Trump’s Dump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, former Trump adviser Michael Flynn has updated his financial disclosure form, again, to reveal that he worked for the Trump campaign's data firm. That firm, Cambridge Analytica, is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn has issued a subpoena for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's real-estate business for possible abuse of an investment-for-immigration program. The company was caught marketing visas in exchange for investment in China using Kushner's connection to Trump.

Finally, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general says Trump's call to hire 15,000 new border and immigrant agents is impractical, unnecessary, and maybe impossible.

A report released this week by the DHS inspector general concludes that based on its rigorous screening requirement for law enforcement jobs and the relatively high rate of attrition among Border Patrol agents, Homeland Security would have to vet 750,000 applicants to find 5,000 qualified personnel.

In addition, to hire the 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents the president called for in executive orders he issued in his first days in office, a pool of 500,000 candidates would need to apply, auditors found.

Now, here's Colbert on Trump adviser and "national forehead reserve" Stephen Miller and the Statue of Liberty.

Here are some other stories that caught my attention this week:

Infamous "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has been convicted for securities fraud.

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty for his role in the company's emissions cheating scandal.

MS-13 gang members who spoke to CNN said Trump's anti-immigrant crackdown is making their gang stronger because witnesses who come forward will be deported.

In related news, a married father of two who testified in a murder case was recently arrested by immigrantion agents.

Qatar has filed a legal complaint with the World Trade Organization against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates for illegally isolating the country.

Lawyers representing Rod Wheeler, the Fox News contributor who's suing the network for defaming him as part of a conspiracy to spread fake news, say they will seek to depose Trump himself.

Bloomberg has a good look at the potential for Russia's economy to tank in the coming years because of sanctions imposed by the west. Maybe they shouldn't have conspired to interfere in everyone's elections.

Have a good weekend.

  • Aynwrong

    “Presidenting is hard.”

    “…Russia’s economy to tank in the coming years because of sanctions imposed by the west.

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      • Aynwrong

        Alas, the Russian economy has been saved.