President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family before formally signing his cabinet nominations into law, in the President’s Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. From left are Vice President Mike Pence, the president's wife Melania Trump, their son Barron Trump, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

Trump Tweets Crazy Like A Fox

President Trump took the unprecedented measure of shutting down several federal agencies’ social media feeds (which in context makes perfect sense), in order that he might be the Tweeter-in-Chief. He keeps two Twitter accounts now, @POTUS and the ubiquitous @RealDonaldTrump, which have mostly mirrored each other since Jan. 20.

Twitter is Trump’s show cards. What he actually does as president is played closer to the chest. And it’s working very well.

When Trump wants to make his points known, he tweets. In 140 characters, it’s a perfect sound bite. The more outrageous the bite, the more the press will report it. If Trump makes a speech, they parse it. If he tweets, they amplify it. No other politician in history has used this medium to such tremendous effect as Trump.

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith made the point very clear from the floor of the House.

“The national liberal media won’t print that, or air it or post it,” Smith said. “Better to get your news directly from the President. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.”

The truth? Not really. The point? Absolutely.

Point: Chicago is bleeding.

Trump uses Twitter to great effect in trolling the main stream media. The whole inauguration crowd brouhaha and then the voter fraud investigation announcement. Who knows if he’ll really carry it out? The point is to make the media report it.

He hits them over and over again in the pocketbook, where the heads of news organizations feel it. Obsession with ratings may be Trump’s chief indulgence (since he doesn’t drink), but he’s not the only one who indulges it.

He tweets to take credit for things that haven’t happened yet.

Then there’s what Trump really does.

(Executive orders and memoranda so far.)

  • Revive Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines
  • Freeze all EPA regulatory actions and grants
  • Freeze all pending regulations for all agencies where a Trump appointee has not been sworn in, with exceptions for health, safety, financial or national security matters
  • Reinstate the Mexico City Policy, blocking U.S. taxpayer funds from being used overseas for abortions
  • Formally withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Instituted a federal hiring freeze except for the military, safety or national security positions
  • Directed the HHS to “waive or delay” implementation of Obamacare provisions that would impose a financial or regulatory burden on any state or individuals (essentially, that’s all of it)
  • Begin planning and designing the U.S.-Mexico border wall
  • Direct Homeland Security to prioritize illegal aliens with criminal convictions for deportation
  • Reinstate the Secure Communities program which Jeh Johnson shut down in 2014
  • Freeze visa issuance from certain countries where Islamic terror is an export
  • Deny federal funding to “sanctuary cities”
  • Authorize hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional immigration officers

(Cabinet.)

  • Not lose a single cabinet nomination in the Senate.
  • Confirmed: Kelly, Mattis, Pompeo, Haley
  • Upcoming: Tillerson, Carson (unanimous approval), Chao
  • Waiting for committee vote: Perry, Zinke, DeVos, Sessions, Mnuchin, Pruitt
  • Awaiting hearings: McMahon, Mulvaney, Price, Puzder, Coats, Lighthizer, Perdue, Shulkin
  • Announced that he will nominate a SCOTUS pick next week

Trump has been president for less than a week. The press has spent most of that time arguing over the size of the inauguration crowd and criticizing his statements on “voter fraud.” He’s crazy like a fox, and every card he holds so far is an ace.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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