A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 154th Unpresidented Week As POTUS
Trump’s first major typo after winning the election was spelling Unprecedented incorrectly. He infamously tweeted “Unpresidented.” This typo is emblematic of his administration: An impulsive, frantically thrown together group of characters with virtually no oversight. After Trump was sworn in, I started writing the weekly “Unpresidented” column, analyzing every day of his presidency. This is week 154.
2020 is off to a shaky start. The mental instability of the man currently occupying the Oval Office has further destabilized the Middle East and taken America to the brink of war.
This week, President Trump made the reckless decision to assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the 2nd most powerful figure in Iran. This move came after a US contractor was killed in a rocket attack on Kirkuk Province base last week and the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. While the Trump Administration is claiming there was the threat of an imminent attack, that intelligence is reportedly “razor-thin.” The US reportedly had communications between Iran’s supreme leader and Soleimani indicating that they had not yet approved any plans by Soleimani for an imminent attack. This hasn’t stopped President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from lying to the American people about it.
This assassination was widely panned as disproportionate and the most provocative move in the region in years. President Trump also did not notify Congress before taking this action. When framing this assassination, let’s be clear: this was all set in motion when Trump left the Iran Nuclear Deal, which Iran was complying with. President Trump then began applying crippling economic sanctions which triggered Iran’s escalations in the region that brought us to this point. Iran was not behaving in this manner when the Iran Nuclear Deal was active.
Now, we’re here and the damage Trump has done is immeasurable. Iran was recently struggling with divisive protests, but after this move, the entire county is now united. Iraq’s parliament has also voted to expel US troops from the country. While the resolution is non-binding, it sends a clear signal. President Trump is now threatening to commit war crimes by attacking 52 cultural sites in Iran if they retaliate and he’s also threatening to sanction Iraq. The Trump Administration has also deployed 3,500 additional troops to the region. The current situation is fraught.
Iran has yet to retaliate but we need to worry both about short-term attacks and about what this means over the course of the next decade. Moments like these highlight why it’s so important for the President of the United States to not be a pathological liar who has made over 15,000 false or misleading statements. During this important moment, we need to trust this administration is being honest and we simply can’t.
The fact the looming impeachment trial and his toxic fragile ego very likely contributed to Trump’s decision to assassinate Soleimani, without regard for the consequences, is why most Americans opposed Trump since the moment he entered politics.
Let’s dive into yet another Unpresidented week.
Trump Was Warned Ukraine Aid Freeze Was Illegal
Day 1,075: Monday, December 30
Monday’s top stories:
- The New York Times: Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion
- Axios: Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer
- Rantt Media: A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 153rd Unpresidented Week As POTUS
- The Washington Post: Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro
- CNN: Putin and Trump spoke by phone to discuss counter-terrorism efforts, Kremlin says
- CNN: US strikes 5 facilities in Iraq and Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia
- AP: Trump faces raft of foreign policy challenges in new year
- CBS News: Jimmy Carter, 95, back in church for first time since brain surgery
- The Independent: Attacks on children in war zones almost triple since 2010
- The Straits Times: Hong Kong to end 2019 with multiple protests; big march planned for Jan 1
New Years Eve and New Years Day
Day 1,076-1,077: Tuesday-Wednesday, December 31-January 1
I took these days off. First days off in a very long time.
President Trump Kills Soleimani
Day 1,078: Thursday, January 2
Thursday’s top stories:
- The New York Times: Iraqi TV Reports Strike Kills Powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander
- Just Security Exclusive: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns
- NBC News: ‘Devastating blow’: Schumer says newly revealed emails show why Senate GOP needs to allow impeachment witnesses
- Business Insider: Trump’s Iran and North Korea strategies are both falling apart, and it couldn’t come at a worse time for him
- CNN: READ: Newly released Mueller investigation FBI memos
- NBC News: Conservatives seek immediate purge of over 200,000 voters in Wisconsin
- NBC News: Julián Castro drops out of presidential race
- Roll Call: House retirements already outpace average for past election cycles
- Mother Jones: Oh Nothing, Just the President Calling for More People to Be Jailed
- TheHill: Williamson lays off entire campaign staff
- Bloomberg: Pelosi and McConnell Begin 2020 in Standoff Over Trump Impeachment Trial
- TheHill: Ten senators to watch on Trump impeachment trial
- The Daily Beast: Trump Throws Fresh Fuel on Dangerous QAnon Conspiracy Theory
- CNN: Trump spent 1 of every 5 days in 2019 at a golf club – CNNPolitics
- Politico: Ivanka and Jared included in presidential delegation to Davos
- The Guardian: Cyber attacks and electronic voting errors threaten 2020 outcome, experts warn
- Newsweek: New Year’s Day Gun Violence Claims 177 Lives as 2020 Begins
- CBS News: Sanders’ 4th quarter fundraising efforts top the 2020 Democrat field
- CNN: Australia fires: NSW declares a 7-day state of emergency
- BBC News: France protests: Longest strike in decades stuck in deadlock
Wagging The Dog
Day 1,079: Friday, January 3
Friday’s top stories:
- Time: Why the U.S. Assassination of Iranian Quds Force Leader Qasem Soleimani Has the U.S. Bracing for Retaliation
- ABC News: Iranian authorities appoint replacement, vow retaliation for killing of general
- CNN: US citizens urged to depart Iraq after airstrike kills Iranian commander
- CNN: New images emerge of scene of air strike
- NBC News: Pelosi says Trump carried out strike on Iranian commander without authorization and she wants details
- HuffPost: Trump Responds To Assassination Of Top Iran General By Tweeting Picture Of U.S. Flag
- NBC News: Trump’s strike on Iran general jeopardizes vow to stop ‘endless wars’
- Business Insider: The UK government warns Trump that war with Iran is ‘in none of our interests’
- Al Jazeera: Oil prices surge after US attack kills senior Iran military chief
- NBC News: U.S. to send 3,000 troops to Middle East after embassy attack, Soleimani killing
- Business Insider: The United States’ main allies are abandoning Trump over his ‘dangerous escalation’ with Iran
- Los Angeles Times: Israel had advance notice of U.S. plan to kill Iranian general Suleimani, report says
- The Washington Post: Giuliani associate Lev Parnas can give impeachment investigators phone data, documents seized by prosecutors, judge says
- AP: ‘A more dangerous world’: US killing triggers global alarm
- CNN: Why now? Lawmakers question timing and legality of Trump’s strike against Iranian commander
- TheHill: Kaine introduces resolution to block war with Iran
- The Daily Beast: Why Obama, Bush, and Bibi All Passed on Killing Soleimani
- Politico: Impeachment trial in limbo as Senate leaders trade blows
- NBC News: United Methodist Church looks to split over LGBTQ issue
- ABC News: NYPD officer resigns after allegedly breaking into woman’s home, yelling racial slurs