It’s hard to believe a thousand days have passed since Trump was inaugurated. It seems like ten-thousand. Ten-thousand days and ten-thousand lies. Yesterday was no different.
Trump lied about Syria, saying that our troops were out of danger and coming home. In fact, our troops remain very much in danger and are still trying to extract themselves from northern Syria to a more stable location. None have come home, and most are scheduled to re-deploy to Saudi Arabia to protect the Saudi oil fields as a favor to one of Trump’s favorite bloody strong-men, Mohammad bin Salman. Meanwhile, our evacuated Syrian bases are being occupied by Russian troops in a huge win for Putin, who has wanted a real foothold in the Middle East for years.
The House voted yesterday on a resolution to condemn Trump’s Syria retreat and it passed 354 to 60, with 129 Republicans joining Democrats. Speaker Pelosi reported the vote to Trump in a White House meeting and he freaked out, calling her a third-rate politician and comparing Democrats to communists. Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer walked out of the meeting in disgust and Pelosi said to reporters, “all roads lead to Putin with this president,” and again criticized Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds.
During the same meeting Senator Schumer mentioned former Defense Secretary Mattis’s concern that Trump’s retreat would re-animate ISIS, to which an enraged Trump replied that Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.” Trump’s lies and delusions aside, General Mattis is a beloved figure in the military and Trump’s comment will only add to the growing disgust many veterans and service members feel about the Syria debacle and the president.
Perhaps the most significant news yesterday came from investigative journalist Heather Vogell of ProPublica, who obtained certain financial documents from the Trump Organization showing what looks like evidence of financial fraud. According to her report, Trump inflated his expenses for tax purposes and deflated the same expenses to obtain loans. He also inflated his revenues to obtain loans and deflated the same revenues for tax purposes. If true, this is either tax fraud or bank fraud or both. In one example, Trump reported $744k in insurance costs for tax purposes and reported $457k in insurance costs on a loan document (in the same year). Here is the article:
Most people who know Trump’s history have long assumed he’s a grifter and his businesses are shady but this is the first report of specific evidence of possible financial fraud within his core business (as opposed to, say, his now defunct charity). And it confirms why he so stubbornly refuses to release his tax returns. State tax authorities better be scrambling to see these records, especially in New York, which could add to Trump’s criminal legal woes the moment he stumbles from office. These financial inconsistencies and subsequent disclosures could also provide damning fodder for criticism of Trump as we approach the 2020 election.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office” if he isn’t tossed out beforehand.