It’s getting ridiculous. Not to mention dangerous and psychotic.
Again, something blathered on FoxNews is immediately re-blathered by the Trump administration, and, again, causes big problems. No vetting, no consultation with anyone who would know, no counting to ten before repeating it. If it comes from FoxNews, it’s true and good enough to be instantaneously repeated to the world, backed by the full faith, gravitas, and power of the President of the United States, also known as the guy who could press a button and blow us all up (assuming someone on FoxNews “reported” that it would be a good idea).
Judge Andrew Napolitano, on FoxNews, asserted that Barack Obama used GCHQ, (Government Communications Headquarters, the signal intelligence agency of the U.K.) to spy on Donald Trump before he became president.
Yesterday, Sean Spicer repeated the claims:
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ. He’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it,”
GCHQ immediately repudiated the claim as “nonsense, utterly ridiculous, and should be ignored.”
Spicer and General H. R. McMaster, who replaced the disgraced foreign agent Michael Flynn as US National Security Adviser, have now apologized to the GCHQ about this.
First, it should be Donald Trump doing the apologizing, not his surrogates. He could easily say something like, “Sean means well, but sometimes gets too enthusiastic in his loyalty and commitment to us. I fired him today. Please excuse the faux pas. Kiss kiss, are we all good now?”
Second, when will Spicer throw in the towel on his own? When does defending the indefensible become too difficult? Or too amoral?
Finally, is there no one in the White House to tell Trump we’d like to be friends with the U.K.? Or Germany? Or Australia, Mexico, and all our other historic allies? Or is it just going to be Putin all the way down?
Today, Trump will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and attempt to put “their differences” aside. What differences, you ask? Well, the man-baby has said she was “ruining Germany”, that she would lose her election despite being the heavy favorite, and that “the German people are going to end up overthrowing this woman. I don’t know what the hell she’s thinking.”
Merkel, for her part, would like to preserve the important alliance between the U.S. and Germany.
What would prompt the tiny-handed one to say such egregiously stupid things?
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Yup. That’s it. Definitely a good reason to totally screw up our relationship with one of our most important allies.
Two months in, three years and ten months to go. Make America Great Again.