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Temple Chima UbochiTuesday, March 14, 2017
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PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED, BUT FAILED TO ENTRAP HIS PREDECESSOR (1-2)

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When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour (Piers Anthony)

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

All my life, I have been taught to take the high road, and never to dignify salacious or false accusations. And I have been taught never, never to lie. Not only do I never lie, I never respond to lies, no matter how vicious, no matter how hurtful (Paula Abdul)

onald Trump, the president, has been, at his best, un-presidential. Because of Trump, the news is now being dominated by issues such as wire tapping, Russian meddling, fake news, travel ban, law suits, deep state, sacking etc. Trump has only succeeded in making fear to pervade the society. He's proving to be dangerous!

The latest are:

Trump has suddenly fired 46 U.S. Attorneys, on Friday, March 10, and the NYT wrote that the move was to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department. The sackings were a surprise to many. One of those Trump sacked was Preet Bharara, the powerful U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, despite the fact that he, Bharara, had a deal, brokered directly with President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in a November meeting at Trump Tower, according to CNBC.

Trump's revised Travel ban has just suffered a setback, and many more might be coming, as a federal judge in Wisconsin, on Friday, March 10, barred the enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States. According to the Reuters, the temporary restraining order, granted by U.S, District Judge William Conley in Madison, Wisconsin, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Tweeting might ruin Trump's presidency; as one wonders why a president should be a tweet-freak. Infact, instead of being the Commander-in-Chief, Trump is more, the Tweeter-in-Chief.

There's also the news that the House of cards' creator asked Twitter to remove Donald Trump's account, as he has turned into a "tweeting nuisance", after Trump tweeted that Obama had him "wires tapped" in Trump Tower prior to the election, and even called Obama a "sick guy" for doing so. The International Business Times., on March 5, wrote that "House of Cards" creator, Beau Willimon, isn't pleased with the accusation made by United States President Donald Trump against former president Barack Obama.

This allegation made Willimon fume so much that he presented a 16-tweet defense for Obama and slammed Trump in the process. He argued that Trump's tweets are "a national security threat" for "broadcasting to foreign leaders his continuing impulsiveness, recklessness, delusion & ignorance about govt." In addition, if Trump continues sharing wrong information on social media, Willimon said he believes "enemies [will] take advantage of his flagrant shortcomings."

After his rant, he sent a direct message to Twitter, saying that the social media giant has a responsibility to remove Trump's account. In his words: "With your worldwide reach & impact on the media, you have a duty to steer clear of accounts facilitating nat'l security threats. @Twitter is amazing. It connects the world. That comes with its own responsibility: to do your part in protecting that world".

The MSNBC's "Morning Joe' co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also bashed President Trump on Monday, March 6, according to the Wrap, calling his recent tweets a "low, low moment for Washington." "We are in a crisis," Scarborough declared.

Mr. Trump has "disturbed the beehive, and is now on the run". He causes only problems, and when the fire he ignited turns into an inferno, he will dodge away. Now, Trump has been noticeably less accessible since unleashing a series of Twitter posts accusing former President Barack Obama of bugging Trump Tower during the campaign. The New York Times reported that he briefly spoke with reporters (did not answer questions), in the Roosevelt Room during the meeting with Republican leaders for their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, on Friday March 10, but otherwise kept a conspicuously low profile, with a newfound silent treatment of the news media.

The IBT asked whether President Donald Trump has become scared of tweeting. The Paper noted that with only a handful of tweets coming from the official @POTUS account in recent days - and even fewer believed to be written by Trump himself - there has definitely been a noticeable change in the president's venting patterns. The Paper noted that since Trump tweeted the unsupported claim to his 26.4 million followers, on March 4, that Obama had his "'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" prior to the election, and called Obama a "bad (or sick) guy", he has only tweeted eight times from his personal Android device, with the rest coming from staffers and other White House officials, who use iPhones and iPads.

Trying to decipher this downturn in Trump's digital digit bashing, the Paper offered three reasons why Trump may no longer be tweeting as usual:

1. He is embarrassed

According to White House reporters, after Trump tweeted the spying claims that likened Obama to former President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, the building was in chaos. Officials working for the administration were completely blindsided by the claims and were working manically to find a shred of evidence to support them. They also faced numerous questions from the White House press corps, and were unable to answer a single one, reverting to the official line that the White House was unable to comment while an investigation, which has not be launched, would soon commence. And according to CNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, journalists have also been kept away the president, because he is reportedly too embarrassed to answer any questions about the issue, and has reportedly stayed away from using Twitter to avoid similar situations.

2. Security officials have got through to him

Since Trump has taken office, a number of US security and intelligence officials have anonymously come forward to say they are increasingly nervous about what confidential information the president may inadvertently tweet out. One official recently told the Daily Beast. "We don't always know what's coming. We are making sure we are following the president's tweets because it's often the first place we hear things."

With security officials also warning of using the unsecured Android phone - Trump is believed to use a 2012 Galaxy S3, or the slightly newer S4 model - which leaves Trump open to potential hacking attacks, it may be the case the president has finally succumb to their advice and ditched the habit of constantly tweeting.

3. Trump is becoming scared of breaking the law

With an investigation into alleged US-Russia relations in the run-up to the 2016 elections hotting up, Trump may be becoming more wary of stepping out of line and causing a potential backlash. After all, the chorus calling for his impeachment is steadily growing and any major misstep could be the tinder that starts the fire. Trump is already suspected to have broken some laws when it comes to Twitter, after his embarrassing spelling of 'honoured' (American spelling: 'honored'; Trump's spelling: 'honered') led him to delete the tweet in question, contrary to archiving laws that apply to the president. Anything more serious could mean a trial by Congress and his reign as the leader of the world's most powerful country is one of the shortest of any other president.

Trump's presidency is controversial, while Trump himself is bullish, confrontational and a first class liar. I just read where Bernie Sanders described Donald Trump as a pathological liar working to undermine US democracy. The Independent, on March 11, reported that Bernie Sanders has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, who he described as a "pathological liar" with authoritarian ambitions. Speaking to The Guardian, Mr. Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said he believed Mr. Trump's lies were an attempt on the President's part to "undermine the foundations of American democracy." The Vermont senator pointed to Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated claims about mass voter fraud in US elections, and his dismissal of District Judge James L Robart as a "so-called judge", after he temporarily blocked the President's ban on travellers from Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. The President has also recently accused Barack Obama of wire-tapping Trump Tower, without producing any evidence to substantiate this claim.

Mr. Sanders recently described the revised version of Mr. Trump's travel ban as "racist and anti-Islamic", and accused him of "stirring up fear and hatred against immigrants" after it emerged that the President plans to regularly publish a list of crimes committed by non-US citizens. Mr. Sanders said that these statements were intended to discredit the media, politicians, and the judiciary, in order to give the public the impression that "the only person in America who is telling the truth is the President, Donald Trump." He also used the interview to call on Republican politicians to join him in opposing Donald Trump in the interests of defending American democracy. In his words: "It is incumbent upon [Republicans], in this moment in history, to stand up and say that what Trump is doing is not what the United States is about".

Mr. Sanders also said that "despair is not an option", and called for a grassroots movement, bringing together progressive groups from across the political spectrum, to oppose the President. However, the senator, who is the longest-serving Independent in the history of Congress, also said the Democratic Party must accept some responsibility for Trump's rise to power. Hear him: "What we have seen over the last 30 or 40 years is a Democratic party that has transformed itself from a party of the working class to a party significantly controlled by liberal elite which has moved very far away from the needs of the middle class and working families of this country."

Moving to the crux of this article: Having boxed himself to a corner, as far as his ties to Russia is concerned, Trump started looking for ways to wiggle himself out, and he then thought that going on the offensive will be the best form of defense for him. He decided to unleash a barrage of tweets on Saturday, March 4, accusing his immediate predecessor, President Obama, of "wire-tapping" his offices during the campaign. Trump nor the White House didn't offer any proof, as the accusations remain unsubstantiated and unprecedented.

But how can a president use gutter language in describing his predecessor, calling him bad or sick guy? Why didn't Trump first of all crosscheck the facts before accusing his predecessor of committing felony by tapping his phones during the campaign? The FP wrote that it appears that Trump had gotten his information not from a top-secret briefing, but from a Breitbart article long on innuendo and short on verifiable facts. The NBC News wrote that the notion that Obama tapped Trump's phones during the election apparently came from conservative radio host Mark Levin, who discussed the conspiracy theory on his show on Thursday, March 2. Then on Friday, March 3, Breitbart News, whose former CEO, Steve K. Bannon, now Trump's Chief strategist, ran a story about the topic, which, according to the New York Times, was shown to the president that day, and he picked it up from there without verification. Journalists have pressed White House aides on the accusations, but they offered zero evidence of the claim.

To be concluded!

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