TWW Roundup: Business As Usual
Last week Trump attended the annual G20 Summit in Germany. Once again Americans breathed a sigh of relief when he left the country. But the rest of the world doesn’t seem to want him around either. A recent PEW poll found that only 22 percent of the countries polled believe Trump will do the right thing in relation to world affairs. 74 percent of those polled have no confidence in Trump at all. These are the lowest ratings for a U.S. president in 15 years.
In what some believe was an indirect attack on Trump, Germany placed such items on the agenda as climate change, free trade, and helping migrants and refugees. These topics, which guarantee a poor response from Trump, left him on the outskirts. In a scathing critique that has now gone viral, an Australian reporter observes: “He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him.”
Photo ops from the trip show Trump being snubbed by the First Lady of Poland; Trump sitting alone while other world leaders mingle; and Trump being sidelined in a group picture–in contrast, Obama was right in the middle. To make matters even worse, Trump sent Ivanka to a meeting in his place–causing many to shake their heads wondering what business a person with no political experience has in a meeting with world leaders. Must be business. As usual.
Trump’s so called “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” sent data requests to the 50 states requesting such information as voter name, their political affiliation and which elections they’ve voted in. Given that most experts agree that the only voter fraud that may have occurred probably happened as a result of Russian interference, this commission is little more than an attempt by Trump to stroke his ego by trying to prove that he did not lose the popular vote.
As many as 44 States have refused or at least questioned the commission’s need for this information. Other experts claim the request violated the law by not going through the proper channels. Others have suggested this data collection is a way for Republicans to better tailor future campaigns to circumvent the popular and minority vote.
No Healthcare Act
McConnell and other key GOP players have been unable to garner the votes necessary to pass the American NO Healthcare Act. Now they are discussing simply repealing Obamacare with a replacement to be passed at a later date. While no one seems to be able to agree on how many people are actually utilizing the Affordable Care Act, there is no doubt millions will lose coverage if it is repealed. Keep calling your Congresspersons! They need to know you continue to support healthcare for all.
Pew Research Center, Worldwide, few confident in Trump or his policies
Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 24 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.
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