Tromp and Circumstance: Trump Goes to England

I listened to Queen Elizabeth's opening remarks at the state dinner on the car radio early this afternoon on the way back to Denver from court. She didn't say a single nice thing about Donald Trump. She pretty much ignored him, and stuck to talking about the friendly relations the U.S. and Great Britain have shared, focusing on WWII. I only heard the beginning of Trump's remarks, in which he too stuck to WWII (although he did highlight a time in WWII when Queen Elizabeth fixed a vehicle engine.) It seemed like both of them had their aides research WWII to come up with quirky anecdotes that would offend no one.

I am beyond chagrined that someone let Trump out of the White House to represent America at an official function. In my constitutionally protected opinion, he belongs in a closet in the oval office, with his public appearances limited to the virtual world and his public comments restricted to Twitter.

As for Melania, all the media talks about are her clothes. It seems today she channeled Princess Diana. At least tonight at dinner, she didn't wear a tiara to match the Queen and Duchess Camilla. Update: I can't believe we are paying for the entire Trump brood to go on this vacation - what is Tiffany Trump's role? She not a minor, she doesn't live with Trump and she doesn't work for the White House or even the Trump re-election campaign. I wonder if D, Jr. got to bring his girlfriend. If so, they've been hiding her thus far.[More...]

Ivanka's tiny hat sat on her forehead like a wet compress for a headache, which she probably had after having to walk behind Melania and hang back with "the crew" as she called them, watching the adults from behind an unstairs window. Or maybe the headache was from watching Jared's disasterous interview on HBO last night.

Trump's entire staff seems to be on hand. This trip should be called "Trump's Most Excellent Con Game " for giving his family and staff a luxury vacation at the expense of America's taxpayers. No wonder he wants a second term.

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    Ivanka's hat (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Zorba on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 05:39:24 AM EST
    Looked like a sanitary napkin to me.  ;-)

    I thought (none / 0) (#7)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 10:06:01 AM EST
    it was an ice bag.

    Nope (none / 0) (#9)
    by Zorba on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 11:14:53 AM EST
    A Maxi-pad.

    A maxi-zilla pad (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 11:19:29 AM EST

    Hee, hee! (none / 0) (#13)
    by Zorba on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 12:10:17 PM EST

    Maxi pad (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 05, 2019 at 06:32:27 PM EST
    Yep...I filmed a... (none / 0) (#14)
    by fishcamp on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 06:55:00 PM EST
    Stay free maxi pad commercial in Aspen.  

    I am stupified.. (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by desertswine on Wed Jun 05, 2019 at 11:13:56 PM EST
    "I believe that there is a change in weather and I think it changes both ways. Don't forget, it used to be called global warming, that wasn't working, then it was called climate change and now actually it is called extreme weather. Because with extreme weather, you can't miss. Look, we have a thing now with tornadoes ... but then when you look back 40 years ago we had the worst tornado binge that we ever had. In the 1890s we had our worst hurricanes."

    The man's ignorance is profound.

    Mike Flynn has fired his attorneys (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 06, 2019 at 11:29:10 AM EST
    Interested in any attorney speak

    Why would he do this at this juncture?

    Billing dispute (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Peter G on Thu Jun 06, 2019 at 06:55:55 PM EST
    Would be my first guess.

    But perhaps Flynn's counsel releasing (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by oculus on Thu Jun 06, 2019 at 07:52:48 PM EST
    to Special Counsel Trump v/m to Flynn counsel.  

    The stuff about keeping him locked away (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 03, 2019 at 07:56:10 PM EST
    Is also being said of Jared.  You have to wonder if the disastrous frightening AXIOS interview was maybe planned to take some of the attention away from the expected clown show in the UK.

    Jared Kushner finally faces the press. It doesn't go well.

    It's sort of funny the interview is being called "hard hitting" because instead of letting him get away with not answering questions once he asked some questions as many as three times and allowed him to not answer them.

    I (none / 0) (#2)
    by FlJoe on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 05:21:08 AM EST
    thought the questioning was fairly brutal, especially the bitherisim sequence.

    He allowed him to say (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 07:15:15 AM EST
    Over and over "I wasn't there"
    And then more remarkably let him get away with suggesting there was never any suggestion Trump was a racist before he was president.  How hard would it have been instead of cartoonishly sing songing  "I know but was it racist"  over and over to say ok, what about the Central Park 5.   Do YOU believe they are innocent?

    Swan is a tool.  Always was.  Always will be.

    As far as the whole family riding along.  I think the message could not be more clear.  We are the American Royal Family.
    The DC Hillbillies from Queens.


    Trump's role (none / 0) (#5)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 08:52:44 AM EST
    He is head of state invited by the U.K. for remembrance of the 75th anniversary of D Day.  For Trump not to have gone would have been a slap in the face to both surviving veterans and the U.K.

    Well (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by FlJoe on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 09:04:20 AM EST
    it was kind of a slap in the face  for him to be in Japan on Memorial Day.

    It's a Republican (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 10:11:11 AM EST
    display of patriotism.  Republican senators went to Moscow for the Fourth of July.  (Shelby, Al; Daines MT; Thune SD; Kennedy LA; Moran, KS; Hoeven, ND; Granger TX)

    would they also have been offended if (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 11:47:51 AM EST
    his adult children and their wives didn't go?
    I wonder why they didn't bring Barron? And her parents, who are from Europe?

    I doubt they would have been offended (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Zorba on Tue Jun 04, 2019 at 12:08:57 PM EST
    More likely relieved at not having to worry about security for the extra people.

    Yes, the FLOTUS would have been expected to be there, but not the adult kids.  


    Can't ... stop ... LAUGHING (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by Yman on Thu Jun 06, 2019 at 10:13:05 PM EST
    For Trump not to have gone would have been a slap in the face to both surviving veterans and the U.K.

    Because Trump is concerned about insulting people and hurting their feelings. Because veterans would be insulted if the man who mocks POWs, war heroes and gold star families didn't go.  He// ... he could've just told everyone his bone spurs were acting up and he couldn't make it.  Worked for Vietnam.


    Waiting on Trump (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by jmacWA on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 04:48:18 AM EST
    I bet those vets who were there were more than pleased to have to delay for 15 minutes so tRump could finish his interview with Laura Ingraham.  Nothing says respect like making people wait.  What a dolt.

    He (none / 0) (#25)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 09:01:27 AM EST
    even bragged about it
    "Listen to those incredible people back there," Trump said, motioning towards the ceremony stage. "These people are so amazing, and what they don't realize is that, I'm holding them up because of this interview. But that's because it's you."
     Ingraham later blamed Macron
    "Our cue to end the interview is when we heard the Macron helicopter approaching. And that is what we did. The interview ended before Macron landed. In fact, President Trump was on the lawn waiting for President Macron who was, himself, just a few minutes late."

    It seems like Nancy (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 09:33:13 AM EST
    Who we assume does almost nothing without forethought at least when it comes to Trump did the whole "I want to see him in prison" thing just to bait him into going off on an insane name calling rant with tombstones in the BG and Ingram in the FG.

    Clearly it worked.  Once again she shows she can push his buttons.

    I'm just not sure it really means or accomplished anything.  Trump fans will not care most others will not be surprised.

    I suppose it's not a bad thing that he once again shows himself to be a petty childish fool.  

    But, I mean, who knew.  


    While she (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 09:34:18 AM EST
    Notably demurred from talking politics in front of the tombstones

    This (none / 0) (#28)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 11:12:36 AM EST
    is why I continue to trust Nancy, she is still living inside his head. Her "lock him up" statement was actually quite brash and IMO meant to instigate him.

    IMO, this whole to impeach or not to impeach kabuki is actually letting her control the narrative(at least for now) and that in itself irks tRump to no end.

    I can not begin to imagine what her end game will be, maybe she doesn't either, but even without impeachment she maintains plenty of leverage, especially on the psych front.

    Personally I believe that tRump is truly insane and that there is a decent chance that he will have a total public meltdown at some point.

    His July 4th speech might be very interesting.


    Well (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 11:32:34 AM EST
    She now officially has a nickname

    So it really can only be downhill from here


    The best part (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 05, 2019 at 06:24:12 PM EST
    Of Trumps goofy meeting with the airish guy in the airport lounge (because he refused to do a commercial for Trumps golf course) is the laughably ugly duck sculpture that totally looks like something that would be in an airport lounge

    IRISH (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 05, 2019 at 06:24:47 PM EST
    not airish

    Trump gave the Irish prime minister (none / 0) (#22)
    by jondee on Thu Jun 06, 2019 at 08:22:58 PM EST
    a goodwill token that looked like a chia pet made of shamrocks.

    Probably designed by Jeff Koons.


    Such an odd photo (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 07, 2019 at 11:40:14 AM EST
    The white drape.  The furniture was clearly brought in.  That's probably not airport lounge furniture.

    You have to wonder if that hideous sculpture was also brought in.  And if so by whom.  

    I can imagine the setup happening and Trump says "oh, this is nice.  Why don't we put it in the shot"

     yeah, great idea