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👑 Portrait of a President

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Re: 55 Ways Trump Has Changed America - This is really important because so much of the media attention goes to Trump’s wing/tongue flapping over tempests in teapots - which has turned into routine noise. Yes, he’s a womanizer, yes he’s rude, and meanwhile, government agencies/functions have been gutted, paralyzed, eliminated, and the court appointments go on.

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There’s a far simpler explanation I’ve been flipping over and over again since the primaries:

Trump is a sociopath. Not a psychopath. A pure sociopath with an autism spectrum disorder.

This link here really helped elucidate what that means in a practical (non-clinical) sense, because, yes, HIPAA laws require an individual to consent to controlled clinical observation before a doctor can give an official diagnosis. We already know the lengths with which he will go to avoid a sincere medical diagnosis, especially in regards to mental health, but enough professionals have martyred their own reputations to offer humble opinions based on Lifelong Learning Theory that we can piece together the puzzle and use our own “executive functions” to pick this torn from our nation’s heel.

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This is a fun juxtaposition

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Donald Trump has traded cheeseburgers for salads in the presidential diet – at least some of the time.

The president whose trademark campaign-trail dinner consisted of two McDonald’s Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate milkshake is cutting back on doctor’s orders to drop a few pounds, according to three people familiar with the matter.


In a private room in China’s Great Hall of the People in November, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat with President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials as their hosts delivered plates of wilted Caesar salad.

Mr. Trump, in the midst of a five-country tour of Asia, grew concerned the untouched greens would offend the Chinese, according to people familiar with the matter. So he ordered Mr. Tillerson to start. “Rex,” he said, “eat the salad.”

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Well, gee…maybe this will hasten his morally-bankrupt authoritarian demise, who knows? He’s never been anything BUT a loose cannon who refuses to learn or value others & their knowledge. He’s an isolated old man who’s basically gotten away with this strategy all his life…we didn’t really think he’d change or mature now did we? WTF. We must never again allow such inappropriate, incompetent & untrustworthy scum into our White House.

An investor and defense contractor, Mr. Broidy became a top fund-raiser for Mr. Trump’s campaign when most elite Republican donors were keeping their distance, and Mr. Trump in turn overlooked the lingering whiff of scandal from Mr. Broidy’s 2009 guilty plea in a pension fund bribery case.

After Mr. Trump’s election, Mr. Broidy quickly capitalized, marketing his Trump connections to politicians and governments around the world, including some with unsavory records, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times. Mr. Broidy suggested to clients and prospective customers of his Virginia-based defense contracting company, Circinus, that he could broker meetings with Mr. Trump, his administration and congressional allies.

Mr. Broidy was open about his business interests, but the administration made no effort to curtail his offers of access to clients or prospective clients.


Trump’s national security advisers spent months trying to convince him to sign off on a plan to supply new U.S. weapons to Ukraine to aid in the country’s fight against Russian-backed separatists, according to multiple senior administration officials.

Yet when the president finally authorized the major policy shift, he told his aides not to publicly tout his decision, officials said. Doing so, Trump argued, might agitate Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the officials.

An argument the president’s national security advisers have found to be successful in trying to persuade Trump to adopt aggressive Russia policies is that Putin responds to strength and the way to achieve better relations is to be tougher on him, officials said.


In July, David J. Pecker, the chairman of the company that owns The National Enquirer, visited his old friend President Trump at the White House.

The tabloid publisher took along a special guest, Kacy Grine, a French businessman who advises one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men and sometimes acts as an intermediary between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Western businesses.

Mr. Pecker has long used his media empire to protect Mr. Trump’s image. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Pecker’s company, American Media Inc., suppressed the story of a former Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.

The night of the dinner, Mr. Pecker got something from Mr. Trump: an unofficial seal of approval from the White House.

It was an opportune moment for Mr. Pecker to showcase his White House connections. He was considering expanding his media and events businesses into Saudi Arabia and also was hunting for moneyed partners in acquisitions.

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The president is known for his after-hours cellphone calls and his late-night cable news habit, but several times a month, he invites New York real estate pals and businessmen, conservative leaders, prominent TV journalists, former campaign aides, and lawmakers to private dinners inside the White House residence — gatherings never made public on the official White House schedule.

Even as the president has withdrawn from the types of public events that were standard for his predecessors, he’s sustained the dinner party as a staple of presidential power — though he’s traded the high-wattage salons hosted by the Obamas for clubby interactions with people he considers peers, according to eight current and former administration officials and sources who have been to the meals.

The parties, which have recently ramped up, afford Trump the chance to do something he loves — play host — a role that runs contrary to the narrative of him isolated at night in the White House.

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Please pass the Big Macs? :smirk:

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“Often, he’ll say to guests: “Have you ever seen luxury like this?” as he guides them through, said the administration official.”

Luxe tours at the most enormous estate that the country has…huuuuuge. and T will get you what you need. Wow!

“The hell with it,” Trump said, recounting the scene with his aides to a West Virginia crowd last week. Trump tossed the staff-prepared remarks on tax cuts in the air and ducked as the paper fluttered to the floor. “I said, ‘This is boring, come on.’ Tell it like it is.”

One favored staff strategy: Guide the president to the right decision by making the conventional choice seem like the only realistic option. Except now, 14 months into his administration, Trump is on to them, and he’s making clear he won’t be boxed in.

But even before they could begin their pitch in that meeting Tuesday, Trump headed them off, saying he wanted to remove U.S. troops immediately. The ensuing heated argument put new distance between the president and his team and left the military with a mandate, if not a formal order, to remove U.S. troops from Syria within six months.


The Prez responds to his duties at hand as if he alone has the right answer, and therefore no one should try to say or do otherwise. No input seems like it would be welcomed.

Always sung to the tune of “Don’t fence me in”

Confounding of course…now he is boxing himself in with his off the cuff decisions.

And now, The Syrian question looms large…and Bolton’s on board as well. Very discouraging.

I think this thread should be called “Portrait of a FAKE President”… trump is not even remotely like any U.S. president we’ve ever seen.

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