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Trump Watch: 3-8-17

Trump Watch: 3-8-17

Awkwardness if Trump Goes to Buckingham Palace ... Trump's tweets about Kate ... John Dean, Vicente Fox troll Trump ...

The Latest Dish on No. 45’s White House



If Donald Trump accepts British Prime Minister Theresa May’s invitation for a state visit later this year, the stage will be set for extreme awkwardness between Trump and the two British princes, William and Andrew, who have expressed revulsion for him because of Trump’s statements about their late mother, Princess Diana. The Daily Beast reported that not long after Diana’s death in 1997, Trump told shock jock Howard Stern he could have “nailed” Diana if he really wanted to. Christopher Andersen, a biographer of the Windsors, said Trump went after Diana so aggressively, peppering her with phone calls and showering her with flowers, that she complained to a friend he was giving her “the creeps.”

Kate, too

The British royals’ enmity toward Trump likely carries over to Kate Middleton, the duchess of Windsor, of whom Trump tweeted after she was photographed topless while sun-bathing. “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!” Trump later added, “Kate Middleton is great – but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude – only herself to blame.” Middleton was photographed from more than a mile away while staying at a private home in France.

Travel ban

Donald Trump signed a new travel ban on March 5 that takes effect March 16. His order, which does not include Iraq, imposes a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations. In addition, the nation’s refu­gee program will be suspended for 120 days, and it will not accept more than 50,000 refugees in a year, down from the 110,000 cap set by the Obama administration, The Washington Post reported.

‘Chronic liar’

“We have as president a man who is erratic, vindictive, volatile, obsessive, a chronic liar, and prone to believe in conspiracy theories,” said conservative commentator Peter Wehner, top policy strategist in George W. Bush’s White House. “And you can count on the fact that there will be more to come, since when people like Donald Trump gain power, they become less, not more, restrained.

Señor Trump

Mexico’s former president, Vicente Fox, has issued stern words of warning to Donald Trump. “Don’t mess around with us, Señor Trump, because if you look for it, you’re going to find it,” Fox said on a special Mexico edition of Conan O’Brien’s late night show that aired March 1.


John Dean, former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, who knows a thing or two about cover-ups, warned Donald Trump over his administration’s alleged links to the Kremlin. “Hey Donald, a tip,” Dean wrote on Twitter. “Cover-ups don’t get easier as they proceed.”


More than two dozen senators are calling on Donald Trump to respond to a surge of hate violence across the country, the Washington, D.C., newspaper The Hill reported. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the 25 senators said there has been an “alarming increase in bias-motivated violence.” “Many members of racial, ethnic and religious minority communities, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, live in very real fear for their safety,” the letter said.

Bad taste

Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be returning for another season of “Celebrity Apprentice” – and he blamed Donald Trump for the show’s falling ratings. “I loved every second,” Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine. “With Trump being involved in the show, people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period now, and I think this show got caught up in all that division,” he said.

Signed quietly

Behind closed doors and with no fanfare, the president quietly signed an order that killed an Obama administration regulation that tightened gun background checks. The rule required the Social Security Administration to send to the FBI the names of people who collect government checks for being mentally disabled and others who have been deemed unable to handle their own financial affairs – a universe of about 75,000 people. The National Rifle Association said the rule curtailed the Second Amendment rights of those people, The Washington Post reported.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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