March 29, 2018

Is Donald still hot, sweet, luv'n Stormy Pornstar? Trump Exposed, Melania Silent.

COMMENT

So the US (and world) is stuck with playboy-mafioso Trump for a bit less than 3 years. Surely the  failed US electoral system could have appointed better - eg.  James Comeyas a Democrat OR Republican. 

An equally principled Robert Mueller is mentioned at the end of this article

ARTICLE

From  Australia's government owned  ABC News, March 29, 2018 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/donald-trump-stormy-daniels/9596950

"Why Donald Trump hasn't addressed porn star Stormy Daniels by name"

Updated 27 minutes ago
Throughout the 14 months of his presidency, and even before that, Donald Trump has never hesitated to lash out or taunt people who get on his nerves. No one has been spared, from Pope Francis to Kim Jong-un to journalists and even sports figures.
But there's one name you aren't seeing in Mr Trump's tweets (at least, not thus far): Stormy Daniels.
The porn star/video director gave an extensive interview with the US version of 60 Minutes on Sunday night, talking about her alleged affair with Mr Trump in extensive detail.
Speaking in an articulate, determined way, Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — calmly discussed how a thug came up to her in 2011 and implied that her daughter could come to harm if she didn't keep silent.
She spoke about the non-disclosure agreement she signed a week and a half before the 2016 election, what journalist Anderson Cooper called "the most famous hush agreement in history".
She also talked about spanking Mr Trump, having dinner with him, and having consensual sex with him in 2006, when she was 27 and he was 60. She didn't enjoy the encounter, Daniels told Cooper, but felt that she didn't have a way to escape it.
It was the 180-degree opposite of the famed 1990 New York Post front page that supposedly quoted Marla Maples, later to become Mr Trump's second wife, as saying her relations with Mr Trump were "the best sex I'd ever had".
Ms Daniels said nothing about the affair was a secret, even though Mr Trump's wife, Melania, had just given birth to their son, Barron, who is now 12 years old.
The reaction from Mr Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has been understandably irate, and Daniels has been threatened with a $1 million fine every time she speaks about Mr Trump.
Melania Trump's press secretary has asked that the Trumps' "minor child" be spared from being included in any news stories.

So much Fake News. Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate. But through it all, our country is doing great!
And Mr Trump sent out a single cryptic tweet about fake news.

Why he's stayed quiet

But Mr Trump has said nothing about her specifically, for a number of reasons.
First, if Mr Trump were to let loose with tweets about Daniels, he would essentially confirm the entire relationship. There is no question that the NDA exists, or that Ms Daniels received $130,000 from Mr Trump's attorney, Mr Cohen.
But, there is still a question of where that money came from, specifically whether it was drawn from campaign funds, which would be illegal under US law.
Mr Cohen has insisted he paid the money out of his own pocket and that "people are mistaking this for a thing about the campaign", according to Vanity Fair.
Second, the president has a family — five children, including Barron, who lives at the White House; Ivanka, who works at the White House; and Donald Jr., who is going through a divorce — not to mention the First Lady.
The spectre of a sitting president attacking a porn star might be something that the media would relish, and his family actually might cheer him on. But then again, they might not.
Eventually, people will be writing biographies of both the president and his wife, and no doubt they will be writing their own autobiographies at some point, too. Every utterance, every gesture and every tweet becomes historic material.
All of those books are now likely to include pages about Stormy Daniels, and only the President can blunt its impact on the public's view of the First Family for generations to come.

Pre-nup 'a hard, ugly tool'

Also, there is the question of the relationship between the First Lady and the President, one of the most talked about in Washington since Bill and Hillary Clinton, who was rumoured to have thrown a lamp at her husband in anger over his behaviour.
Mr Trump has had pre-nuptial agreements with all three of his wives. He told New York Magazine that he actually thought his agreement with Melania, before their marriage in 2005, had made their relationship stronger.
Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.
VIDEO: Stormy Daniels v Monica Lewinsky: History repeating itself? (ABC News)
"It's a hard, painful, ugly tool," said Mr Trump. "Believe me, there's nothing fun about it. But there comes a time when you have to say, 'Darling, I think you're magnificent, and I care for you deeply, but if things don't work out, this is what you're going to get.'"
In addition to financial settlements, some pre-nups also spell out the assumptions for each party in the marriage, and whether fidelity is expected. It's completely possible that there are no such expectations in the Trump pre-nup.
And yet, if Mr Trump were to attack Daniels by name, it could be fodder for any future legal actions by his wife, whether or not she decides to stay married.
It seems incredible to be talking about a president, his wife and a porn star, but that is the state of Washington in 2018.
And, the situation is not even the greatest of Mr Trump's problems, given that he is already preoccupied with what former FBI director Robert Mueller may be digging up on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Daniels, however, seems to have accomplished something that no one in Mr Trump's staff has been able to do. She has put the President's speaker on mute."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That summarizes the state of geopolitics in DC: bedtime stories. Not exactly a stellar reflection. Meanwhile China paraded the Liaoning with its escorts and the "entire" South Sea fleet with a few submarines and AWACS thrown in. We all know which message of the two will resonate in Asian capitals.
KQN

Peter Coates said...

Yes KQN

Most citizens of Asia would find it unbelievable Americans could have elected, low life liability Trump.

Though Trump might partly redeem himself if his hardnosed approach to North Korea has pressured a worried China to force Kim to be a bit less belligerent.

Regards

Pete

Anonymous said...

Hi Pete

President Trump, who is suffuring from domestic storm caused by so-called inappropriate relationship with Ms Daniels, is going to suffur another storm, because his administration admits technology transfer of submarine to Taiwan [1, 2]. The submarine technology may include diesel generators, hull design and so on. If China identifies the manufactures related to the submarine technology transfer, she will take revenge on them.

[1] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-usa-submarines/trump-administration-grants-license-for-taiwan-submarine-project-report-idUSKBN1HE0PU
“Trump administration grants license for Taiwan submarine project: report”

[2] http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/980960/news-taiwan-us-submarine-china
“US approves license for Taiwan submarine plan”

Regards

Peter Coates said...

Hi Anonymous [at 9/4/18 12:10 PM]

Thanks. I'll publish an article about Taiwan's Shakey Submarine Future, tomorrow.

Regards

Pete

Peter Coates said...

Looks like Trump needs to worry about more than his world broadcast extra-marital sex life. The Feds seem to be on the tail of Trump Inc.

See "F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It ‘Disgraceful’" of April 9, 2018 at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/us/politics/fbi-raids-office-of-trumps-longtime-lawyer-michael-cohen.html :

"WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday morning, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress.

Mr. Trump, in an extraordinarily angry response, lashed out hours later at what a person briefed on the matter said was an investigation into possible bank fraud by Mr. Cohen. Mr. Trump accused his own Justice Department of perpetrating a “witch hunt” and asserted that the F.B.I. “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office."

PETE COMMENT: China's Xi and also Putin must be rubbing their hands with glee or trepidation at the US Head of State's many failings.