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Welcome to today's edition of the Daily WH #shadowbriefing thread. It's pledge time at the Shadowbriefing. But we don't want your money, well maybe some of it, but we do crave attention instead. So don't forget to retweet and like so we can grow our underground audience a bit.
2. It's been 174 days since the last WH briefing so somebody's got to answer the questions of the day. We take that responsibility very seriously here at eh Shadow Briefing--that is unless we have something more interesting to do that day. So let's get right to it.
3. The next sentence is an attempt to grow our audience. A new shadow briefing poll puts @realDonaldTrump approval rating at 74% and 93% of Americans think James Comes is a communist scumbag. Thanks in advance for the retweet Mr. President. You've retweeted everyone else.
4. Now back to reality. Let me start with a readout of the President's holiday weekend. He was really pissed he had to travel to Poland for the weekend, so the storm could not have come at a better time. Plus it gave him a chance to congratulate Poland from the WH for being
5. invaded by Germany and losing more than 20% of their population in WW2. Not sure congratulations was the right greeting card to choose, but @potus has his own style of communicating. Given the new free time the President proceeded to spend a lot of time on the golf course.
6. For those interested, he had two good rounds and as he tweeted they were very inexpensive for him. I guess he didn't have to pay for the cart, we as taxpayers did. But look at it this way, the $130 million we've spent on the President's green fees is less than Ivanka made
7. last year. So it's just a drop in the bucket. Now part of why she made $135 million last year was because of the green fees, but that's for another day. In addition to golfing, the President did a lot of tweeting. His targets were all predictable, Comey, the media, and
8. Debra Messing. Exactly what you expect a President who had called in sick this weekend to do. Bueller? Bueller? He even went after the Mayor of London, that has had no mass shootings this year, for the violence there while there was a horrific mass shooting here in Texas.
9. That may seem stupid to some people but at least it was on brand. @realDonaldTrump also stayed on top of the storm through briefings and temporarily scared the hell out of Alabama by saying it was in the path of the storm. No harm no foul. The President is preparing
10. emergency storm aid for a number of states. Billions will be sent to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These type of storms have ripple effects and the President wants to make sure these states are taken care of. Any suggestion that electoral politics
@realDonaldTrump 12 United States. Q. Don't you think it has more to do climate change? A. The President believes Climate change is hoax. But just in case he's wrong, he's planning on moving the White House to the midwest. He's talked to all the scientists, but in the end he talked with
@realDonaldTrump 13. @LouDobbs and @seanhannity and they told him not to worry. It will get cold in the winter and everyone will forget. Q. Speaking of Fox, has the President mended fence with Fox News. A. @realDonaldTrump understands the role of a free press in a democracy. More importantly,
@realDonaldTrump 14. He understands the importance of state run TV when you are trying to undermine democracy. He's happy everybody at fox is now on the same page as him. And isn't that Stuart Varney guy a real smarty. And he has an accent too.
@realDonaldTrump 15. Q. Seriously isn't the President playing too much golf for a time of crisis for America. A. I asked that of him this morning and he said 'fuck off--Lincoln went to the theater during the civil war". Listen, between us, it's better when he's on the course, less things he can
@realDonaldTrump 16. screw up. Wouldn't have scared Alabama if he'd played 36..am I right? Q. Isn't it the height of corruption to have the VP stay at his property in Ireland 3 hours away from the meetings in Dublin. A. It'snot the height of corruption, it's not even close. He's done much
@realDonaldTrump 17. worse. Trump hotel, G-7 at Doral, laundering money for the Russians. The Pence stuff is chump change. But he did enjoy ordering him to do it. Plus he know Pence wanted to limit his time in Dublin because of all the gays there. Q. Was Pence apprehensive about meeting
@realDonaldTrump 18. the Irish PM and his male partner. A. Of course he was, he's Mike Pence. That's one of the reasons he sent him. Wanted to see the look on his face when he acknowledged the first man of Ireland. Belly laughed over that one. Q. What is the President going to do about
@realDonaldTrump 19 gun violence in the aftermath of another mass shooting? A. As little as possible. He knows he has to do thoughts and prayers, although he's only marginally acquainted to either of those things, but he's going to stick with the NRA on this one. He figures he'll create another
@realDonaldTrump 20. controversy and everyone will forget about it like they always do. But between now and then expect a lot of word salad from POTUS on what the plans and talks are all about. Q. By my count, the President tweeted more than 20 times about James Comes this weekend.
@realDonaldTrump 21. Isn't that bringing more attention to Comey and keeping him relevant? A. Well its 22 times to be exact and we keep telling him to stop but he's @realDonaldTrump so he knows better-- about everything. Maybe you guys could stop covering his every tweet and he might stop?
@realDonaldTrump 22. Q. How are things going on the China trade front. A. Let me check first whether the President and his family are long or short on the market today. Days they're shorting the market there is no chance of a deal. When they're long things are looking good. They're making
@realDonaldTrump 23. bundle on this one. Who knew being President could be so lucrative. Q. The President seems increasingly agitated and distracted lately. Is there something going on we should know about. Is he receiving any kind of counseling or therapy? Is he on any medications.
@realDonaldTrump 24. Wow, I can't believe you went there. That's over the line. I'm not going to legitimize that question with a serious answer. So here's a silly answer. The President has totally lost it--you have no idea what it's like in there right now. He's taking a bunch of stuff but
@realDonaldTrump 25. it's not clear that it was prescribed for him. And yes he does go to therapy every morning--its called Fox and Friends. Really brightens up his day. On that note, and for my mental health, we need to call it a day. Back tomorrow. Maybe @PressSec will hold a briefing.
@realDonaldTrump 26. Not holding my breath.
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