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Trump Daily: Protests in the streets and Russian contacts

Maclean’s Bulldog, Nov. 10, 2016: Day two in the era of Donald Trump begins with an awkward meeting and anger in the streets


 
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Nov. 10, 2016: Donald Trump and Barack Obama had the awkward meeting neither of them expected to have, while the president-elect was protested in U.S. cities, and Russia hinted at taking some credit for the election results. Plus, the U.S. Senate leader wasn’t wild about all of Trump’s ideas, at least the non-conservative ones.

Here’s our daily Trump Bulldog, rounding up what you need to know about what happened on this day as President-elect Donald Trump prepares for the White House, and vice versa.

When Trump met Obama

Trump’s political career was launched with the “birther” movement, and by some accounts he decided to run for president after Obama made some jokes about him at a White House Correspondents’ dinner. And today they met as outgoing president and president-elect. After the meeting, the two men delivered some anodyne comments, with Obama calling himself “encouraged” by Trump “wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that the country faces,” while Trump declared: “we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties.”

Anti-Trump protests in American cities

Major cities throughout the U.S. saw protests against the new president. The protestors seen in places like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver were predominantly young, carrying signs with slogans like “not my president” and “Lincoln would be ashamed,” and there were also walkouts in high schools and colleges. It was another sign of the urban vs. rural, young vs. old split that defined this election, as well as the shock of discovering that much of the U.S. was less liberal than it seemed. “[He’s] not the leader of the America I live in,” one protester told the Guardian. “Or the America I thought I lived in.”

Glorious Mother Russia and the Decadent Yankee Election

There was a lot of talk during the election about whether Vladimir Putin was taking an interest in the results. There is a lot more talk today now that Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, said “there were contacts” between Russian officials and people who worked for the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign immediately denied this. Another Russian official said that there had been some meetings between Russian diplomats and Trump campaign people, while Hillary Clinton’s team refused similar requests. Who thought we would see the day when the Democrats were more anti-Russia than the Republicans?

Trump hits a wall in the form of the Republican Senate leader

What will Donald Trump try to do in his first 100 days in office? That may be a less important question than what Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell will let him do. In a meeting with Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, where they discussed the agenda of a unified Republican government, McConnell “shot down or expressed little enthusiasm” for some of Trump’s ideas. With at least one of them, the idea of term limits for Congressional representatives, McConnell openly announced that he won’t be taking it up in the Senate. But he also seemed uninterested in Trump’s less conservative proposals, like infrastructure spending, which McConnell doesn’t consider a priority according to NPR. And he “declined to discuss the Senate’s immigration agenda further,” but is all-in on trying to repeal Obamacare. In other words, expect the Senate to pass the policies on which Trump is a normal business-class Republican, and ignore the rest.

Aaron Sorkin tries to explain Trump

Many people wrote about how to explain Trump to their children, but The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin published his explanation in the form of an open letter in Vanity Fair, addressed to his 15 year-old daughter Roxy as well as her mother, Julia. He encouraged the “Sorkin girls” not to give up fighting, and warned them that Trump fans would like nothing better than to see them “sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you.” He also tried to cheer Roxy up by predicting that Trump can’t make it through a year in the White House “without committing an impeachable crime,” though he noted that his other predictions have been wrong so far.

Must-read: CBS News’s Will Rahn on how the press got the Trump story so wrong: “Journalists exist primarily in a world where people can get shouted down and disappear, which informs our attitudes toward all disagreement.”


 

Trump Daily: Protests in the streets and Russian contacts

  1. Thanks, Macleans – that Canadian perspective has focussed on an election issue I have seen few American pundits address – the Russians and how they’ve stolen the white House.

    President Obama announced to the nation that Russian hackers were engaged in trying to interfere with the election process. Hilary Clinton announced that she was backed by at least 8 national security orhgans that had detected Russian attempts to place Donald Trump in the Oval office. This is foreign interference of the first water.

    Yet in typical American ‘good loser/good winner’ style the fact that a foreign entity – an enemy foreign entity may well have stolen the voice of the American people is treated like an issue of ‘hanging chads’.

    Where are the headlines, “Trump Elected by the Kremlin”?

    And knowing that why, ever, would Clinton concede?

    • Kevin. The Kremlin has been active in the USA for the last 8 years. Yes – under Obama’s watch and while Hillary was Secretary of State.

      I’ll just give you one example and see how you respond to the discussion. When Bush left the presidency a full 100% of the USA’s Uranium mines were owned by US companies. Now I’m sure you would know and acknowledge that Uranium is a strategic asset. In the last 8 years Obama/Hillary sold 20% of those strategic assets to none less than – tada – Russia! That’s right – thanks to Obama/Hillary – 20% of US Uranium mines are run by Russian companies.

      Are you surprised? Shocked? Come on now – anyone who does even the most basic investing in resources would have known that.

      • The CPUSA has very much been involved in elections since the rise of Obama.

    • Oh get a grip. Misinformation. Educate yourself instead of listening to some talking head and then having the inbred silliness of thanking them for keeping ‘us’ Canadians informed. Well I got news for you bud, you have a long way to go before you’re there.

  2. So where are all those this week that said that this election was rigged? Would it have only been rigged if Clinton won?

    • That’s a good question CC. If I had to guess than it would have been a resounding “YES”.

      But, I say yes for one thing, based on Clinton’s emails which revealed the deliberate, systematic and covert take-down of Bernie Sanders. In other words, “rigging” the DNC nomination and in effect the election.

      Why not let Democracy just take its course? Was she that afraid of Bernie?

      Hillary’s take-down of Bernie was not just revealed in her emails of course, but the man himself Bernie whom substantiated the claim as well.

      You may remember Hillary’s “hitman” David Brock? He formed a company called True Blue Media that bought an 80% stake in BNR (Bernie News Roundup) through Moko Social Media. You see the obvious conflict of interest right? Do you see who had editorial control? Guess who also sits on the board of MSM? Leo Hindley, another member of team Clinton. And then Peter Dao (team Clinton) was appointed CEO of True Blue Media. Well I suppose you also get the idea of the amount of mis-information that was applied to Bernie’s campaign. Poor guy – he never had a chance.

      There’s many examples of Clinton’s election rigging. I don’t want to bore you suffice to say much of it points back directly to Hillary’s involvement.

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