Trump stirs controversy after GOP loss in mid-term elections

President Trump and former attorney general Jeff Sessions (right)

US president Trump has never been one to shy away from controversy. Following the loss of the house to the democrats (republicans still have the majority in the senate and even picked up an additional 2 seats) Trump seems to be pursuing his agenda with even greater pressure than before if judging by his actions just one day after the election.

Trump fired his attorney general Jeff Sessions reportedly due to Sessions refusing to interfere with the ongoing investigation into his alleged corruption and collusion with Russia. This is a potential major blow to the probe led by investigating attorney Robert Mueller.

This move allows Trump the opportunity to find someone who will take steps to shut down Mueller’s efforts. Session’s temporary replacement (Matthew Whitaker) has publicly said there is no need to fire Mueller to halt the investigation which can be stopped by reducing the investigations budget until it is starved of resources.  Such a move would allow Trump to manipulate the process in order to protect himself from potential damning criminal findings from the special counsel investigation.

The Trump administration has also revoked the credentials indefinitely of a CNN’s chief white house correspondent Jim Acosta after a rather contentious exchange between the two at a white house press event. Acosta asked the president a question about a controversial campaign ad that has been labeled as racist by CNN and was subsequently taken down by Facebook and major networks such as NBC and even FOX news. He then posed several follow-up questions and refused to hand-over the microphone when someone who is said to have been an intern by the white house attempted to take the mike from him before he could finish asking the question. Later the white house claimed that his press credentials had been revoked due to the way he treated the white house aide and because he put his hands on her. Acosta denies that he put his hands on anyone. The clip of the exchange is below.

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump told Acosta in the heated exchange.

He later added,” CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them. The president went on to say, “You are a rude terrible person you shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

CNN has come out in support of Acosta, and Acosta speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper has cited the support and encouragement he has received, stating that” I believe this is a test for all of us and I do believe that they are trying to shut us down to some extent.”

CNN released a statement in response to the revoking of Acosta’s credentials making strong accusations against Trump’s Press Secretary: “In an explanation Press Secretary Sarah Sander’s lied.” The news organization went on to state, “She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better.”

According to a Fox news report, Trump’s press secretary has been accused by CNN and the New York times of releasing a doctored video via twitter in an attempt to put Acosta in a bad light by editing and speeding up the video. Those who released the video claim only zoom was added to show where his hand touched the intern. While Fox news could not verify if the video was indeed doctored, according to Fox, it appears to show Acosta karate chopping away the young woman’s hand as she reached for the microphone. In the unedited version Acosta is heard saying “pardon me ma’am” after she attempted to pull the mike from him a portion which was removed in the version Sanders is circulating.

The twitter post containing the allegedly doctored video

This is not the first time a journalist (or entire news organizations) have been banned from the white house following an exchange or disagreement with president Trump or his administration.

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21 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 11, 2018

    John Charles you are all over the place talking nonsense!

    In the first place Donald Trump did not nominate Withtica  for the position, he appointed him, which is a violation of the American constitution, he can only be appointed by the congress of the United States. I am going to tell you again mind your Dominica business.

    If you think running off your mouth is going make Trump love you and give you a handout as Skerrit does, you will never see that in your life.

    Trump don’t know you, and for your information Dominica according to Donald Trump is among the countries he called ” sh… hole; “feces hole) country, you know that deep hole that we squat over in Dominica and defecate that is what Trump term our country!

    He said wherever black people rule are worst off than anywhere else, the man hate Black people, and anywhere a black person rules.

    Roosevelt is black you see, mind your business man, you don’t know squat about America constitution!

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2018

      Not sure where you saw that Trump said where blacks rule they are worst off. Everyone knows though that where Democrats rule, blacks are worst off. If you don’t believe me, please go do some research then we can talk. Also, please let us know exactly how you know that Trump hates blacks. If he does why are so many blacks finally opening their eyes after all these years of Democratic oppression to vote for Trump. Before you respond though, please get your facts in order. Don’t bring any facts from the media. Let me guide you to Professors of Political Science and History.

      Also, please note that the Democrats are the party of handouts. Trump believes in getting up everyday to work hard for your families. If you would think a little you will accept the fact that you both had the same beliefs. I’ll bet you’re not pro- choice, anti-gsy, anti big government and anti welfare. You as a proud Dominican have Republican values. Same as Trump. Tell us otherwise.

      • BJB
        November 23, 2018

        Amen to what Anonymous said in reply. Mr Telemaque’s opinion. Is the pure and unrestrIned product of propaganda and not fact.

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  2. November 10, 2018

    Hello and good evening my people. Well Donald Trump grand father was a Nazi,His father was a Klue
    Klux klan and Donald is a senile old man who don’t have any morals. He cheated on all three of his wives and he even paid hush money to two prostitutes to make them keep quiet during the elections. Mr Sessions have more class in one finger than Trump have in his whole body. Trump tells so many lies and it’s so easy to confront him with his own words. Trump reminds me of when I use to go and debrief prisoners at central booking where the prisoners always think they can talk themselves out of their situation but only to find themselves deeper into their mess. Just wait when Mueller unseal the secret indictment he has on Donald Trump JR that’s when the president will go crazy and lash out by doing more illegal things. I just can’t see how can the Republican Party recover from Trump and how can they ever complain about anything like Family values or budget spending.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2018

      We can already tell the media has made up your mind for you. Learn to think freely, sir.

      • November 14, 2018

        To Anonymous

        Hello and good evening my people. Sir I live in New York since 1978 and we know that Donald Trump is a liar and a fraud. He would call up the Newspapers and pretend to be someone else while saying good things about his hotel. Just Google Trump and look at the many article in the village voice from Juan Gonzalez and Mr Newfield. I deal with facts and I get my information from different sources.

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  3. J.john-Charles
    November 10, 2018

    Pragmakit the sad thing is the Democratic party if you follow their history they were and still is the racist party.I can give examples upon examples,but I am at work.that will be for another time.Every city in the U.S.where you have a large Percentage of blacks, poverty is reigning like king and these cities are all run by democrats.In Chicago the last time you had a Republican mayor was1931.Milwaukee,the 6th poorest city in the U.S. the last Republican mayor I think 1908.

  4. J.john-Charles
    November 10, 2018

    It is right,ethical and legal for those on NBC,FAKE NEWS CNN, MSNBC etc. etc to insult the president his wife and children.calling him adolth Hitler,racist,murderer,wicked,low IQ,homophobic Islamaphobic,heartless and you could go on.But it’s wrong for an individual who is not a journalist and never claimed to be one,but have his one hour programme on fox News giving his opinion and you even calling it illegal for him to appear on a politicical platform. Maybe you are one of the blacks who are still under slavery the only difference is your new master is the Democratic party. I have said it before let me repeat I am not educated,but I can think for myself and can read and understand a little thing….May God open the eyes of my fellow black s

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2018

      The hypocrisy of the Democrats is stunning.

  5. J.john-Charles
    November 10, 2018

    Mr/Miss Sisserou
    You are correct,we really love our low IQ president.Trump said I was pro death bot after listening to a mother’s story I became pro life.And as a believer in Christ,man I love Trump.During the campaign Hillary Clinton said “if a mother is about to give birth tomorrow morning,this baby has no constitutional right to live. The mother can abort it “There was a bill in the legislature in Illinois that if a woman goes to a health center/hospital to have an abortion and it so happens that this little baby still survived,this bill would allowed the state to take care of the child.Twice Obama voted against.He said it is not the mothers wish……Thank God for this low IQ president

  6. Pragmatik
    November 9, 2018

    The funny thing about all this is that in a country like Dominica that calls itself a christian nation, that is super conservative (we still have old victorian anti-buggery laws on the books) where people are super religious, you find that people will support the most anti-religious, anti-conservative, pro queer, pro gay, pro abortion party and their leaders. If you questioned the average Dominican on these issues you would find that they would be more in line with the republican party. BUT democrats have dibs on the race issue which unfortunately is like a chain to people of color. That’s the only reason why caribbean people (and people of color in general) think they should support democrats, because of racial issues plain and simple. And the saddest part is that most of those issues are either made up or widely exaggerated. But I really hope democrats win after Trump’s turn ends and they stack the supreme court

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2018

      Omg! I keep saying this. They are true Republicans at heart. Dominicans are hard workers, anti gays, pro prayer in schools yet they blindly support the Democratic party whose values are completely contradictory.

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2018

      People need a good history lesson. They don’t realize that the Democratic party is the true racist party. They founded the KKK. At that time blacks were Republican. But d during the great depression, due to starvation and for basic survival, they chose the deal that would get them out of suffering. The racist Democrats who wanted their votes have them welfare, free food, housing iin exchange for votes. Within 4 years black Republicans switched sides. If I were starving I’d probably do it too. But even after switching sides Blacks still faced oppression. They were still lynched. We are still at the bottom of the totem pole despite voting Democrat election after election. We need to open our eyes, become empowered. I live in the US so I know what i’m talking about.

  7. sisserou
    November 9, 2018

    Boy, americans love their low IQ President. :lol:

  8. Hmmm
    November 9, 2018

    :( This is some sad nonesense. Really? Dude or lady you should read what you wrote again because your rant says one thing, your are a fox (fake news) news watcher who is as ignorant of facts door knob. By the way the only real fake news is fox news, it’s not a news channel it’s a part of the Republican party propergander machine, the same folks on foxs spilling their hate are same ones on right wing talk radio. Fox news even proved they’re not a news network by allowing 2 of their fake journalists to campaign with the potus in the last hours of the mid-terms, which may n
    ot be illegal but is definitely unethical. Which other network allowed it’s reporters or journalists to campaign for any candidate? No lie can live forever, and simply repeating lies over and over will never make them true. My advice, find yourself a different source of information you might learn something.

    • Pragmatik
      November 9, 2018

      The entire MSM network (aside from fox) campaigns for democrats 24/7. But how would someone who can’t even spell “propaganda” correctly even know the first thing about politics. smh

  9. J.john-Charles
    November 9, 2018

    Correction…..it should be,name one person who has been charged etc

  10. J.john-Charles
    November 8, 2018

    Who ever wrote this piece is well qualified to join the club president Trump calls FAKE NEWS.First time I am hearing this investigation is for corruption.Secondly under the constitution he has the power to stop this nonsense investigation.It’s two years in the making and has not stopped it.they have spent almost $30,000,000 and have came up with nothing.Any one who disagrees with me,one person who has been charged or found guilty for colluding with Russia in Trump’s campaign?
    Also no one can accuse him for corruption,Trump isn’t in it for money, he is a billionaire and his son in law is also a million and not one cent goes in their pokes for salary.
    This Acosta guy from CNN is always rude and looking for attention,it’s not his first time.He was arguing with the president about 7000 people a caravan who is on their way to the U.S and planning to cross the border illegally.Trump said it’s an invasion and he is arguing with the president saying it’s not
    Yes he touched her.

  11. J.John-Charles
    November 8, 2018

    Trump didn’t fire him because he didn’t want to interfere with the ongoin Investigation about Russian making Trump won the presidency and corruption (which both is a make up story) all this fake story is the result of democrats that cannot accept defeat,so they invented this nonsense
    He was replaced because he was the first senator who joined Trump’s campaign Wil others thought he was not serious.when Trump became president he asked senator Sessions to be his attorney General and he accepted the position…My problem with Sessions you were there from the beginning campaigning night and day with Trump nothing to do with Russia,soon after taking the position you removing yourself from the so-called inquiry and saying I was in the campaign so let my deputy take over.Robert Mueller have spent almost $30,000000 and not a single evidence of any collusion with Russia.Mueller charging a man 4 not paying taxes 10 years.He should tell Trump take another person for A.G

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2018

      Please remember too that the same Democrats who are crying down Trump now for firing Sessions were the same ones who couldn’t stand Sessions. Democrats are such hypocrites, so very confused. Trump can’t do anything right.

  12. J.john-Charles
    November 8, 2018

    What controversy? Trump nominated him for A.G. don’t he have the same right to replace him?

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