Speaking to children and families from the balcony at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, President Donald Trump delivered a truly bizarre address, touting his own popularity with the nation’s egg producers and bragging about his handling of the economy at an event for people not yet old enough to recite the alphabet without assistance.
“This is 141 years that we’ve been doing this. I don’t remember the first one,” said Trump, who hadn’t yet been born in 1878.
With First Lady Melania Trump by his side, ramrod straight and expressionless, the president went on to thank the White House Historical Association and the Marine Corps Band, but had special praise for “a group of people that do a wonderful job.”
“I love them, I know they like me, too,” said the president ratcheting up the excitement. “It’s the egg farmers of this country, the egg farmers. And they brought thousands and thousands of eggs. I don’t know if you can use them all, but I have a feeling with these young, very ambitious children, they’re going to find a reason.”
“Maybe most importantly, I want to wish everybody a very happy Easter,” Trump said, celebrating one of the most holy days in the Christian religion -the resurrection of Jesus Christ- by touting his handling of the economy. “Our country is doing fantastically well. Probably the best its ever done economically. We’re setting records on stock markets, we’re setting records with jobs, and unemployment numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been.”
“And do we love our military? Our military’s building, is literally being completely rebuilt,” Trump continued, commemorating Easter with boasts about the nation’s ability to prosecute wars against its enemies. “All with great product, the best product in the world, and you know where it’s made? In the USA.”
“So, again, happy Easter,” the president said. “Enjoy yourselves, and I’m coming down right now to be with you.”
“Well, there you have it,” deadpanned MSNBC’s Craig Melvin as cameras cut back to the studio. “The whole scene actually a bit surreal.”
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The hammer will fall during the Trump impeachment hearings — only if you believe in magic
Whether you want the hammer to come down on Donald Trump or finally get the chance to dismiss the whole impeachment inquiry as wrongheaded, the hammer may fall this week if you believe in magic.
Wednesday is Opening Day for the Democrats’ assault on the White House, a chance for House Intelligence Committee members led by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to put the Ukraine impeachment case against Trump in public view.
The idea among Democrats, of course, is that because people refuse to read, public hearings will take the testimony from former ambassadors and national security people out from the shadows and into the light, where all can hear directly from these witnesses, adjudge their independence and credibility and move toward a declaration of impeachment. Schiff said public hearings will show "the most important facts are largely not contested" related to Trump's use of "illicit" means to secure damaging information on his political rivals.
Dutch man arrested for ‘Black Pete’ suicide bomb threat
Dutch police have arrested a man who threatened in a social media post to blow himself up over plans to sideline "Black Pete", a Christmas-time character provoking accusations of racist stereotyping.
The arrest is the latest controversy over the country's traditional Saint Nicholas side kick, portrayed in winter parades and by many Dutch children with a black face, thick red lips, woolly hair and a golden earring.
"A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he threatened to blow himself up in support of the Saint Nicholas tradition," police said in a statement.
Trump’s claim on halting Ukraine aid contradicted by Pentagon official Laura Cooper
According to a new report from The Daily Beast, after the Pentagon's June announcement that it would give Ukraine $250 million in aid, Defense Department officials received a list of questions, seemingly originating from President Trump, seeking information about the aid.
“We got a question from my chain of command forwarded down from the chief of staff, I believe, from the Department of Defense, asking for a follow-up on a meeting with the President,” top Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill last month. “The way the email was phrased, it said follow-up from POTUS meeting, so follow-up from a meeting with the President. So, you know, I'm thinking that the questions were probably questions from the President. That's how I interpreted that subject line.”