Trump: “Republicans in the Senate…look like fools and are just wasting time”

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Trump Lashes Out on Twitter

Frustrated over the Trump-Russia investigation and the failure of the GOP healthcare bill, Donald Trump spends an angry day on Twitter, even attacking the party he supposedly represents in the White House.

In a rare Saturday away from the golf course, Trump began by repeating misinformation from Fox and Friends:

The Fox claim is a distorted conflation of two different stories. Fusion GPS, which gathered a dossier of potentially-damaging financial and political information on contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, has also worked on commission for Russian clients in other, unrelated matters.

There is no evidence that Russia opposed Trump and favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. To the contrary, the e-mail exchange between Donald Trump Jr. and an intermediary for a Trump associate and Russian billionaire setting up a June 2016 meeting with Kremlin envoy — a meeting which promised material damaging to Clinton — made clear that the Kremlin desired a Trump victory.

However, Trump had already moved on. His next tweets blamed the defeat of the GOP healthcare bill in the Senate on a supposed super-majority needed for its passage:

Trump’s tweets appeared to be a confused reference to the process for any budget reconciliation, which can need 60 votes to advance. However, they conveniently ignored that, on each of the three occasions when the measure to repeal ObamaCare reached the Senate floor last week, only 50 votes — plus, if needed, a tie-breaker by Vice President Mike Pence — were required.

Trump continued his argument with a swing at the GOP leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Trump added his threat that he would tear down the healthcare system, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”

Later in the day, there was a curious tweet which appeared to dismiss former, unnamed allies who have been jettisoned or may soon depart the Trump Administration — including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, dismissed on Friday, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, humiliated publicly by Trump over the past two weeks:

Finally, there was a swipe at China as Trump pondered the ongoing diplomatic and military challenge of North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests:

Trump did not say what he would now do as President to solve the North Korean situation or China’s supposed economic exploitation of the US.

NYPD Joins Criticism of Trump’s Endorsement of Police Brutality

The New York City Police Department has joined forces denouncing Donald Trump’s support of police brutality in a speech on Friday.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement:

The NYPD’s training and policies relating to the use of force only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners.

To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public.

In his speech on Long Island, Trump encouraged police to hit people around the head when they were detained.

The NYPD joined the Suffolk County Police Department on Long Island; the Gainesville, Florida Police Department; and the International Association of Police Chiefs in rejection of the beating of prisoners.

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