In response to the letter by John R. Cobarruvias ("Leave Donald Trump alone to do whatever he's doing," The Daily News, Aug. 2): President Trump has a very clear record of achievement. Tax reform and cutting confiscatory regulatory oversight has undoubtedly helped to revive the American economy.

Direct diplomacy by President Trump has yielded the recent return of 55 U.S. soldiers' remains from North Korea and the real possibility of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. President Trump also fulfilled a promise to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise made during the Clinton administration that was ignored by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. President Trump also is driving the effort to harden United States border security, which benefits every U.S. citizen.

In my opinion, President Trump has made promises, kept promises, and continues to further the interests of the United States in spite of politically motivated criticism hurled by the left and the right. Christians and conservatives coalesced behind President Trump because the distinction was very clear. I will concede on one point, President Trump is not politically adept and that broadly benefits the American public at the expense of special interest.

Pete Dunn

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Emile Pope

Let's see. He promised to release his tax returns? Check. Passed a tax plan specifically designed to benefit the wealthy that was partially written by hand in the middle of the night? Check. Divested from his businesses? Of course. What about his claim to not spend as much time golfing as President Obama? If you think once every three days golfing as less. Healthcare reform? Oh well...

Carlos Ponce

Let's see. "He promised to release his tax returns?" - Rachel Maddow released them for him.
"Passed a tax plan specifically designed to benefit the wealthy that was partially written by hand in the middle of the night?" Liberal excrement - AKA a Libturd".
It was aimed at ALL TAX Payers, Emile. My taxes were reduced. I am not wealthy in the monetary sense.
"Divested from his businesses?" You don't know, he doesn't know. They're in a blind trust."
"What about his claim to not spend as much time golfing as President Obama?" Check with us after his eighth year in office. Trump's got a lot of catching up to do to keep up with Obama's complete golfing time.
"Healthcare reform?" - He proposed it, promoted it. Congress didn't pass it. Time to remove the obstructionists especially the RINOS from office.

Emile Pope

They are not in a blind trust...how's the wall Mexico going to pay for coming along?

Carlos Ponce

"They are not in a blind trust." Proof?
And the wall is being built from the left over funds from the Bush administration and the amount (1.5 billion) allocated in recent legislation.

Carlos Ponce

"Trump’s kids to run businesses via ‘blind trust,’ Trump attorney says"
https://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/trump-children-business-blind-trust-231179
More sources available but I thought you'd prefer the Leftist Poltico.

Emile Pope

Total garbage. Cohen is the one who said this and look where he is today. Also, there is no evidence that trump ever put his businesses in a blind trust. Just the fixer's statement that he would. Pure hogwash...

Emile Pope

Let's see...I ask for proof that trump put his finances in a blind trust and you show me a statement by his lawyer from before he took office stating that trump INTENDS to put his finances into a blind trust. You call this proof??? So where are these "other sources"?

Carlos Ponce

So Emile calls a report from a Liberal website, "Total garbage". Interesting.

Carlos Ponce

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3442581/Trump-International-Hotel-Liquor-License-Filings.pdf

Emile Pope

Work on your comprehension...You gave me a link that said that trump's lawyer said that he INTENDED to put his business in a blind trust. That is not the same thing as DOING it. Unless you can show where he actually did it, your comments are useless...done.

Carlos Ponce

Where he actually did it:
"On January 19, 2017, Donald J. Trump conveyed his personal stock holdings in
Trump Old Post Office Member Corp. to DJT Holdings Managing Member LLC, the
Managing Member of DJT Holdings, LLC (second attachment)."
This document is dated January 27, 2017.
"Donald J. Trump hereby transfers, assigns, conveys and delivers to Donald J. Trump, Trustee of the Donald J. Revocable Trust dated April 7, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as .. Trustee"), his entire interest in DJT Holdings LLC." Dated February 22, 2016
"This Assignment of Shares and Acceptance as Substitute Shareholder (this "Assignment) is made as of the 19th day of January 2017."
More than "intended", Emile, Actually DONE.

Randy Chapman

Can you answer anything? You just run in circles with more idiotic statements.

Emile Pope

He didn't put his assets into a blind trust. End of story...

Carlos Ponce

Emile gives more Liberal excrement that he cannot back up because it isn't true. End of story. But you can believe whatever you want. It really doesn't matter. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to to have a thankless constituent". What matters is we have a born again Christian in the White House fixing up what previous administrations have screwed up.

KA Rex

Again, a bunch of obfuscation from someone who argues the same old same old over and over.

“For an hour and a half on Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow whipped America’s left into a froth, dangling on Twitter the prospect that she would reveal Donald Trump’s tax returns on live TV that evening. What Maddow had were the first two pages – the 1040 – of Trump’s 2005 tax return. The documents were leaked to Pulitzer Prize-winning financial reporter David Cay Johnston of the site DCReport.org.” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/four-things-we-learned-about-trumps-tax-returns-from-rachel-maddow-107764/

“In total, according to CBS News reporter and presidential historian Mark Knoller, President Barack Obama played a total of 333 rounds of golf while President...Since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Trump has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere 140 times since becoming President, and that's as of August 6, 2018.” https://thegolfnewsnet.com/golfnewsnetteam/2018/08/06/how-many-times-president-donald-trump-played-golf-in-office-103836/

“Though he stepped away from day-to-day operations of his businesses, Trump declined calls to divest or place his holdings in a blind trust. So he retains ownership in companies that do business with foreign diplomats, state-controlled companies and state-owned television channels. A prime example is the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which is getting business from foreign governments and their representatives.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/trump-s-business-ties-and-that-emoluments-issue-quicktake-q-a

He did not want to reform health care - he wanted to destroy the Affordable Care Act. He has no alternative plan. And enjoy those tax breaks - After 2025, all individual tax cuts are set to expire. At the same time, corporate rate cuts are made permanent under the bill. https://money.cnn.com/2017/12/20/pf/taxes/tax-cuts-temporary/index.html

Carlos Ponce

"He did not want to reform health care..." More Liberal excrement.
And by the way - Trump is a better golfer than Obama.[beam]

Emile Pope

He’s had more practice while in office...

Robert Braeking

Emile - He promised to release his tax returns..........right after Hillary releases the 30,000 e-mails. The Declaration of Independence AND the Constitution were written by hand totally, and some in the middle of the night. Actually once every 3 days golfing IS less......and he is a better golfer than Obama. When Trump buys a set of golf clubs it is a real estate transaction.

Emile Pope

That's not what he said. That's what he changed it to...

Gary Miller

What some liberal changed it too? Some of his promises require congressional action, those he can do himself are being kept. Getting rid of more progressives in congress will help him with some more. He turned over control of his family business, approved by the courts, to other family members, .

Emile Pope

So releasing his tax returns requires congressional approval?

Emile Pope

So he turned over his businesses to family members...who work for him and have access to information the public doesn’t get. Drain the swamp???

Carlos Ponce

What Trump did was legal.
For comparison see
"Obama faces Questions on his Blind Trust- But no evidence any of his actions benefited his investments"
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/17515394/ns/politics-decision_08/t/obama-faces-questions-his-blind-trust/
"Obama purchased $5,000 in shares for AVI, which was developing a drug to treat avian flu. Two weeks after buying the stock, as the disease was spreading in Asia, Obama pushed for more federal funding to fight the disease, but he said he did not discuss the matter with any company officials. " AVI gained $2000 after this action.
From Politifact:
"Romney told Obama: 'You also have investments in Chinese companies. You also have investments outside the United States. You also have investments through a Caymans trust.' "
"we rate Romney’s statement Mostly True."
This was in response to Obama's claim: "The Obama campaign has connected Romney’s overseas investments in the Caymans to methods for avoiding U.S. taxes."
https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/oct/17/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-also-has-investments-chinese-com/
Another Leftist source to make Emile happy but Emile is never happy.

Emile Pope

We're talking about trump. Quit trying to change the subject.

Carlos Ponce

I will post what I want to post. If you don't like what I'm writing - don't read it, Emile.

Thurmond Raleigh

No doubt the economy is doing well and it was also doing well under Obama, but according to Trump you can’t believe those fake polls. All of a sudden those polls are believable.

Carlos Ponce

Check the poll's demographics.

George Croix

The stock markets were doing good....as a percent of increase nearly as good as right now. Then and now, not much else to invest savings in when interest rates are in the toilet....
The folks now enjoying their income tax cuts, which is anybody earning income, and no longer unemployed, some demographics at all time historical high employment, and no longer on food stamps, and no longer taxed for not wanting high deductible mandatory health insurance, and veterans who can finally go get care at any facility if the VA is backlogged, and...etc.....the economy might well be said to have improved significantly over the previous 8 years....and years further back than that.
In fact, for at least one demographic, the promises of jobs and a better opportunity to advance are greater now after only 18 months than in the previous half century or so of promises made by various Presidents and Adminsitrations and especially used as a 'vote for us' bludgeon by the Democrat Party, the 'friend of the working man', despite taxing hel_ out of workers and giving it to non-workers....go figure...
Never mind polls.
Believe your paycheck and net worth......

Steve Fouga

Analyses have shown that U.S. presidents, and heads of government in general, almost always at least try to keep their promises, and for the most part succeed -- about 2/3 to 3/4 of the time.

So when presidential candidates promote their agendas, they really mean it, and if elected they usually get it done. Pay attention!

Carlos Ponce

WAPO lists 40 major promises made by Obama. He kept 11, compromised on 12 (not as promised) and broke 17 of them. That's only about 1/3. So according to your "analysis" he was below average. But that was for 96 months. Trump is only into his 19th month and is doing pretty good.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/obama-promises/

Steve Fouga

Why does it matter what Obama did? I quoted an average; you turned it into an attack on Obama. Why do you always do that, Carlos? Still butthurt that he beat the snot out of your guy, TWICE?

"In recent years, the fact-checking website PolitiFact has been paying close attention to this question, and its numbers are largely in line with what scholars find. Examining more than 500 promises President Obama made during his two presidential campaigns, PolitiFact finds that he has fully kept or reached some compromise on 70 percent of them." So I guess it's a matter of perspective.

I agree that Trump is doing "pretty good," but not great.

Carlos Ponce

"you turned it into an attack on Obama" How in the world is reporting the findings of a Liberal publication on Obama an ATTACK?
Compromise means he did not do exactly as "promised".
In other words if Trump compromises Liberals would say he LIED.
But when Obama compromised it counts as promise fulfilled.[rolleyes]

Steve Fouga

Carlos says: "In other words if Trump compromises Liberals would say he LIED."

Well, he lies an awful lot, so there's a good chance they'd be right.

Carlos, you sure tend to make a lot of things into a discussion of either Obama or Clinton. They're old news, unable to affect much going forward. Look toward the future, and pay attention!

Carlos Ponce

If you take an objective look at what Liberals construe as a Trump lie in their minds.you would find their hypocrisy overwhelming. I include Obama and Clinton for comparison to illustrate that hypocrisy. They treated GW Bush badly too but he did not fight back. Liberals liked that.

George Croix

I was paying attention when candidate Hillary Clinton promised to continue the policies and practices of Pres. Barack Obama.
Which is a major factor in why I voted against her, and in so doing gritted my teeth and voted for candidate Donald Trump, depsite not liking either one of them.

George Croix

Just imagine how much more could already have been accomplished were it not for the abjectly lunatic 'resistance' and THEIR 'direct threat to our democracy":
Note:
"A Texas restaurant was forced to shut down its social media accounts on Saturday after it received backlash for posting a photo of Jeff Sessions during the attorney general’s visit to the Houston chain.
The fury against El Tiempo Cantina began when the restaurant posted a picture Friday of owner Rolando Laurenzo’s son and Sessions. Laurenzo wrote in the caption that it was an “honor” to serve the attorney general, who was in Houston to meet with law enforcement officers on crime and illegal immigration.
Fans quickly condemned the post and lambasted the restaurant for serving Sessions. Some people urged customers to boycott the restaurant while others sent death threats to Laurenzo and the staff."

Boycotts and death threats for serving food to the AG of the United States.
This crap has gotten WAAAY out fo hand, and it's past time for anyone fed up with it to start pushing back before these lunatics end up running the nut house they're from......

Steve Fouga

Nah, George, it wasn't for serving him food. It was for saying it was an honor to serve him. I have to agree with the protesters, although not with the ones sending death threats. Even Sessions's boss considers him a weasel.

George Croix

Yet a few short decades ago we had riots over who could NOT eat peacefully in a some restaurants. So soon we forget or ignore.....
Weasel or not, which he is, this crap is totally out of hand.
Of course, it's weasels against the weasel in this case. Getting a crowd together then shouting from it is about as cowardly and weasely as it gets.
That's the 'resistance' MO, though.....says plenty about them.....
Somebody is gonna get the crap beat out of them, or worse, on BOTH sides of this, if the 'direct threat to our democracy' loons, the 'resistance', doesn't tone it down....

Donna Spencer

During his campaign, the things he told his voters he would do crazy stuff and guess what, that's what he has done. So yes, he has done what he said he would do.

Jarvis Buckley

Question do the socialist. so called democrats on this forum agree with Elizabeth warrens statement that Americas justice system is racist from front to back???......just wondering.

George Croix

Sure, Jarvis.
They've got no other excuse for their own failures and defficiencies. Blame anything else. Anything.
Just like the Russians made Hillary lose, rather than Hillary herself....

Steve Fouga

To be absolutely clear, George, and speaking only for myself, my issue is that the Russians attempted to influence our election, and probably did influence it -- not that they "made Hillary lose." Even worse, there's a possibility that Trump and/or his associates were complicit.

That should pee-O every participant on this forum, regardless of whom they voted for.

Carlos Ponce

The Russians are currently trying to influence the mid-terms with anti-Trump, anti-Conservative posts. From the rhetoric of some of our forum posters this seems to have some effect.
And much of the 2016 Russian posts came AFTER the election to promote anti-Trump marches.
"In total, the ads were clicked on about 3.7 million times. Most of those clicks came after the election. The ads run afterward, though, were more successful."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/05/10/what-data-on-more-than-3500-russian-facebook-ads-reveals-about-the-interference-effort/?utm_term=.0c9279c9adf3
"Sixteen thousand Facebook users said that they planned to attend a Trump protest on Nov. 12, 2016, organized by the Facebook page for BlackMattersUS, a Russian-linked group that sought to capitalize on racial tensions between black and white Americans. The event was shared with 61,000 users"
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/358025-thousands-attended-protest-organized-by-russians-on-facebook
"Shortly after the November vote, the Russians helped organize several pro-Trump rallies at the same time they organized anti-Trump protests, calling on people to object to the election results.
On November 12, the Russians helped coordinate an anti-Trump rally that drew as many as 25,000 people, according to NBC News."
https://www.businessinsider.com/russians-organized-pro-anti-trump-rallies-to-sow-discord-2018-2/

Steve Fouga

"The Russians are currently trying to influence the mid-terms with anti-Trump, anti-Conservative posts."

Of course, Carlos. They will sow discord in any way they can. I guarantee their objective is the same as yours, though: protect the House and Senate for the GOP.

Carlos Ponce

" I guarantee their objective is the same as yours, though: protect the House and Senate for the GOP.." That's not their objective.

George Croix

Of course it PO's me, Steve. I love my country and don't like it being messed with.
I just refuse to deny and ignore that the Russians have been meddling in EVERY country they could for DECADES, especially this one, which would include elections, yet alluvasudden in THIS country all kinds of drawers are wadded up over it. And, silliest of all the current hoopla, is blaming Trump for it. Gotta have some excuse for losing besides the real one....
The stunningly ignorant OR dishonest, or both, 'resistance' is making full blown as-es of themselves by the minute and pretty soon will have people fighting in the streets... moreso....for no better reason than they think they got screwed. They DID...by their lousy candidate. Pretty darned two-faced, since we KNOW, not guess, that our ex-Pres. and the FBI and the State Dept, et al, KNEW THE ROOSKIES WERE MEDDLING and did squat, except say 'cut it out'....No daily hysterical 'news' reports and 'protests' and Special Counsel Investigations and so on for that!!! It sucks.
Be mad at Obama on down for sitting on their as_ and doing nothing because they didn't want to rock the election boat. That's NOT in dispute...it's known and proven fact.
To say it doesn't matter now because Obama is gone is pure BS, because then it shouldn't matter at all for anyone about the 2016 election because that's over with, too.
Folks keep saying there may be a possibility Trump was complicit.
Could be. So far, not a smidgen of evidence to that....just inuendo and slobbering...after two years of looking.
Yet, we KNOW Obama, Hillary, her top aids, the top FBI people, top State Dept. people, and the DNC WERE, not just maybe, WERE, complicit. Millions paid via the Fusion GPS cutout and their Russian cionnections, and essentially an attempted soft coup at the top levels of government here to try and influence the election HERE, BY OUR OWN PEOPLE, then tried to negate it after the fact.
THAT is FAR worse than Russian bots fooling people who believe whatever they see on the net...it makes Watergate look minor and tame.....but, of course, the fake news and their audience are having none of that.......they gotta bite Trump for....so far....being inpleasant....
Utter hypocrisy, or stupidity, or dishonesty, or, depending on who's involved, any combination of two, or all three.
THAT ALL should PO every particiapnt on this forum, regardless of whom they voted for.
But, noooooo.........

Steve Fouga

Well, we'll see. I think the Trump campaign was complicit in the Russian interference and that they conspired to cover up their complicity, and I believe those conspiracies will be proven "beyond a shadow of a doubt," as they say in court.

As for the guilt of Obama, Hillary, all the other top people... well, I'm still waiting to hear about Justice Dept and congressional investigations, indictments, etc. I guess the folks in charge don't feel they have much of a case. Maybe someday we'll know. I say hang all the guilty ones. I'm an equal opportunity supporter of American justice, but I'd first like to see some activity by the people elected and/or appointed to mete it out.

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