2018 December 13 ☆ Thursday

By Nancy Langley
Policy Choices
Originally published December 13, 2018 | 3:21 PM EST

MOST RECENT UPDATE:DECEMBER 13, 2018 |  11:57 PM EST
Updated as new tweets are discovered and posted – and for clerical edits because I have no editor on staff.


Morning Tweets

1st Tweet

Trade Agreement = Wall Funding

In a highly shared press conference two days ago, the president told future House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that if Congress didn’t include $5 billion dollars in the budget to pay for his Wall, he would be happy to “shut down the government’ and that he’d be “proud” to do it.

In reaction, media networks played clips of Trump at his rallies where he and the crowds would shout that Mexico would pay for the Wall.

In this tweet, the president insists that the new United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement ( USMCA) will pay for the Wall because of the savings it will provide to the U.S. The fiscal logic he creates is that the USMCA (X) = Savings for the U.S. = Costs for Mexico; therefore X will fund W. 

But that is a logical fallacy. X does not equal savings for the U.S. AND costs for Mexico. No where in the USMCA is there a provision that includes a clause stating that Mexico will pay for the president’s Wall. No where in the USMCA is there a provision that states that any savings the U.S. gains in the agreement will pay for the president’s Wall.

Budget allocations are decided by Congress – not trade agreements.


2nd, 3rd & 4th Tweets

Court of Public Opinion
vs.
Federal District Court Decision

These tweets are an attempt by the president to remove himself as a target from prosecution for the illegal actions related to his 2016 campaign. Look. There’s one person in this picture who couldn’t keep it in his pants and who was running for president. It wasn’t Michael Cohen.


5th & 6th Tweets

Reversals of Truths | Michael Flynn

~ Who are “they”?

~ Who was embarrassed? Why were “they” embarrassed?

~ Who “overrode the FBI”?

~ Who is the “everybody” that “they” are trying to “scare”?

~ What story have “they” made up?


Afternoon Tweets

1st & 2nd Tweets

Gossip Guy

Seriously? The president of the United States is tweeting about an unfortunate (possibly homophobic) word choice used by a media commentator?

(The commentator immediately apologized when made aware that some viewers found the word choice to be homophobic.)

Does the president have nothing better to do with his time?!?


3rdTweet

FOX News & Self Promotion


4th Tweet

PR | U.S. National Guard


5th Tweet

PR | Governors


6th Tweet

Taunt / Threat of Shutdown

There is a video clip embedded in the Tweet. I didn’t watch it. I saw the press conference yesterday. The press conference where the president told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that if the budget didn’t include funding for the Wall, he would be proud to shut the government down.

Whether the president knows this or not – Americans do not give in to bullies. I hope the one in the Oval Office can afford his own security. He’ll need to do that if he “shuts down the government”.


MOST RECENT UPDATE:DECEMBER 13, 2018 |  11:57 PM EST
Updated as new tweets are discovered and posted – and for clerical edits because I have no editor on staff.