by Countable | 3.20.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"President Trump touted his plans today to bolster the U.S. military in front of shipbuilders and sailors on the deck of the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia — a brand new carrier that is expected to be commissioned this summer."
""This is American craftsmanship at its biggest, at its best, at its finest," Trump told the gathered service members. "Hopefully it's power we don't have to use. But if we do, they're in big, big trouble."
Read more at ABC News.
"Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication" between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday.”
"Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. But among Mr. Trump’s inner circle, it is Mr. Flynn who appears to have been the main interlocutor with the Russian envoy -- the two were in contact during the campaign and the transition, Mr. Kislyak and current and former American officials have said."
Read more at The New York Times.
"Officials in the Obama administration reportedly spent Barack Obama's final few days in office spreading their message internally that President Trump's associates had maintained inappropriate ties to Russian officials during the campaign, an allegation that neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration has publicly substantiated."
"Obama administration officials also sought to preserve evidence of what they characterized as Russia's attempts to influence the election by hacking into Democrats' email accounts, according to a New York Times report issued late Wednesday."
Read more at Washington Examiner.
"Somewhere, in an undisclosed room in the U.S. Capitol, there is legislation that will ostensibly repeal and replace Obamacare. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went on a high-profile, somewhat quixotic crusade to find it."
"The whole circus was a manifestation of the fact that Republicans trying to make good on a campaign promise to get rid of Obamacare are caught between reality (undoing a major social program on which 20 million people rely isn't easy) and ideology (influential conservative groups are demanding that lawmakers fully repeal Obamacare, or else)."
Read more at The Washington Post.
"Well, that’s one way to make an entrance."
"On his first day as Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke rode a horse to work. While wearing a hat. With an escort from the United States Park Police."
"According to the Interior Department, his ride took place from the National Mall, where the National Park Service has stables, to the Interior Department's main building, located just off the Mall. He was then greeted by more than 350 federal employees. There, a veterans song was played on a hand drum by a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, who is from Montana's Northern Cheyenne tribe."
Read more at USA Today.
— Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: U.S. Navy Photo_on_the_James_River_in_2013.JPG) / Public Domain)
Written by Countable
Trump wearing military attire and saluting vets in an aircraft carrier? THE DRAFT DODGER IN CHIEF! How insulting
Eisenhower first warned us about the military industrial complex. Trump is now right in the middle of this and will try to figure out how to make money in this process
Why are we spending more money on the military? I know, his friends in the defense industry need more money. We need to spend that money on the health of the Americans who need it. Get our children the education they need to put us back in the running with the rest of the world. I'm getting sick of this truth challenged, weasel that is currently in OUR White House. He needs to go and play with his Russian friends.
We don't need to spend more on war fare. How can we pay for this if we don't increase taxes on the rich. It doesn't add up. We're cutting money from education, healthcare but and making more enemies with countries that we're are allies and investing in weapons.
We need to stop prioritizing the military industrial complex and make funding for social and environmental programs our top priority.
It is despicable when he addresses our military when he himself had five deferments for a bogus bone spur ailment. He is a fraud, he is an embarrassment, he needs to be investigated and impeached!
What a joke. I can already see the financial abyss the GOP is leading us to. Oh! but hey! Let's kick people off the only health insurance they have, even if it is sub par. I would love to take away the lazy gop's health insurance that I pay for.
I hope that my representatives vote against expending the military budget. We already have the most expensive military in the world. If the government is so worried about possible conflicts in the horizon, perhaps they should send diplomats overseas instead of soldiers.
Our country does not need a large military. Cutting funding for diplomatic avenues but raising military is reversing our priorities. Using words rather than might is right. Apparently we have a frightened president who needs to feel safe by developing an army around him. So sad.
What is this administration afraid of???? What happened to the screams about our debt??? Defense spending is not our top priority. How about infrastructure. Get a grip
All Trump wants is a ship named after him. It's so obvious.
Let's just waste more money on the military. Forget about health care, the environment or education.
We spent 25% of every dollar on the military already. Why do we need to spend more? Let us use that money for education, the environment, medical reasons, scientific reasons.
Our military is already heavily funded. We need to spend money on education and infrastructure.
This country already spends 2/3 of our budget on defense which is more money than the next 10 countries combined. We do not need give aways to arms manufacturers' and the military industrial coffers just because they donated bigly and support this administration. Defense should mean defending our country and not destruction of foreign countries who disagree with us.
There seems to be no reason to increase military spending to this level unless the Administration is planning on starting some type of war. Aside from my concerns about the Administration intentions, I am also concerned about where the money to pay for the increase will be found.
Vote no. Let's pay off the weapons from the last two wars first.
Before you vote to increase spending, get some information on what we are buying and how it will benefit or military fight against terror. Maybe we don't need more nukes and tanks, maybe we need more special forces and technology to defend the USA. Make certain you know what we are buying before you vote
I don't feel safe with anything Trump does. God help us.
Besides the fact that we don't need more military spending, that particular aircraft carrier has been a spending disaster with so many dollars wasted and so many problems with it unsolved.