Keystone pipeline won’t have to use American steel, despite Trump’s repeated promises
ERIN DOOLEY ANGIE YACK
The Keystone XL pipeline will not be bound by the Donald Trump’s Jan. 24 memo requiring new and retrofitted pipelines to use American steel, the White House said today — and apparently contradicting promises made by the president.
“The way that executive order is written … it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired. And since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One. “But I know that everything moving forward would fall under that executive order.”
The presidential directive requires “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law.”
Spicer: Town hall demonstrations include ‘professional’ protesters
Ben Kamisar (The Hille)
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday played down anger brewing against lawmakers at town halls across the country as a mixture of real concern and demonstrations from “professional” protesters.
“There’s a hybrid there: I think some people are clearly upset, but there is a bit of professional protestor, manufactured base in there,” Spicer said at the daily briefing.
“Obviously there are people who are upset, but I also think that when you look at some of these districts and some of these things, it is not a representation of a member’s district or an incident. It is a loud, small group of people disrupting something in many cases for media attention,” he said.
“Just because they’re loud doesn’t necessarily mean that they are many.”
Spicer’s comments echo the sentiments of Trump, who argued Tuesday evening on Twitter that the “so-called angry crowds” facing GOP lawmakers at town hall events are partly “planned out by liberal activists.
Republicans Accuse Protesters of Organizing for Political Change
Eric Lovitz (NY Mag)
Last night, congressional Republicans came home to rooms full of angry people. At town halls across the country, conservative lawmakers were protested, heckled, and shouted at. A few unfortunate souls were even asked to explain — in detail — the GOP plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act.
But Republicans aren’t worried. They’re onto liberals’ cute little game. They’ve realized that these so-called “protests” are, in truth, tactical demonstrations — planned, in advance — by people who want to bring about political change.
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
At first blush, this tweet may seem like another eccentric outburst from our tweeter-in-chief. Why would anyone think that protests are illegitimate simply because they’re planned?
The complete list of all 80 false things Donald Trump has said in his first 4 weeks as president
Daniel Dale (The Star Washington Bureau)
U.S. President Donald Trump makes frequent false claims about matters big and small. The Star is planning to track them all. Contact Daniel Dale at email@example.com if you hear Trump say anything you know is false or should be checked.
80. Feb. 16, 2017 — White House press conference
The claim: “I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.”
In fact: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all earned bigger margins in the electoral college than Trump did.
79. Feb. 16, 2017 — White House press conference
The claim about former campaign manager Paul Manafort: “He said that he has absolutely nothing to do and never has with Russia. He said that very forcefully. I saw his statement. He said it forcefully. Most of the papers do not print it because it’s not good for their stories.”
The 5 other front page stories the Star could run after Trump’s wild presser
In fact: The New York Times story Trump was criticizing included Manafort’s denial, in which he said he never “knowingly” had contact with Russian intelligence officers. Other major outlets that followed up on the story also printed a denial from Manafort.
The president returned to the speech lines of his campaign and insisted that the White House is running ‘so smoothly’ despite reports of chaos and infighting
Trump attacks ‘dishonest media’ while making false claims at Florida rally | US news | The Guardian
In English: This happened in Sweden Friday night, Mr President
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet
trumpalternativefacts.com website post author’s thoughts:
U.S. president Donald Trump gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida, Saturday evening.
While speaking about keeping America safe he mentioned the major terrorist attacks in Nice, Paris and Brussels – and in the same sentence he pointed out an unspecified event in Sweden Friday evening.
”You look at what happened last night in Sweden”, he said.
Mr President, here is what happened in Sweden Friday night…
9 things it’s hard to believe the president of the United States actually just said
Jeff Stein (vox.com)
Minutes after President Donald Trump’s press conference concluded on Thursday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “unhinged” and “wild.”
Here are nine quotes from the presser that back up that assessment.
1) At the beginning of the press conference, Trump blasted intelligence community leaks about his campaign’s alleged contact with Russia as “fake news.” A reporter asked Trump to clarify whether he meant the leaks were fake.
Fact check: Trump said he “inherited a mess.” Did he really?
Josh Boak and Calvin Woodward (Associated Press)
trumpalternativefacts.com website post author’s thoughts:
Which word does he use more often anyway, disaster or mess?
President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts.
A look at some of his claims in a news conference Thursday and how they compare with the facts:
TRUMP: “To be honest I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.”
THE FACTS: A mess is in the eye of the beholder. But by almost every economic measure, President Barack Obama inherited a far worse situation when he became president in 2009 than he left for Trump. He had to deal with the worst downturn since the Depression.