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Donald Trump is going on a 17-day vacation. Who cares? Except...
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 9:14 AM ET, Fri August 4, 2017
President Barack Obama prepares to putt as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii on Wednesday, December 24.
(CNN)President Donald Trump is set to depart the White House later today for a 17-day working vacation at his golf club in New Jersey.
Trump's vacation, as The Washington Post's Philip Bump notes, is twice as long as the vacation President Barack Obama took to Martha's Vineyard in his first year in office -- and will mean Trump has spent 53 "leisure" days through August 2017 as compared to 15 for Obama through August 2009.
Generally speaking, I think "the president is taking a too-long vacation" is a dumb storyline. Presidents -- of both parties -- deserve some down time. Whether they play golf or clear brush in their free time, it's fine with me! We all need a little break. And let's be honest: If I am always not so far from my phone (and work) on vacation, then you can sure as hell bet the president of the United States is staying dialed in too. It's not as though these presidents go to a remote island where there's no phone or Internet service.
That said, Trump asked for this criticism. He was relentless not only in his attacks on Obama's vacation habits but insistent that he wouldn't take any vacation if he was elected president.
"Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his 'native' Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!," Trump tweeted in December 2013. "President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!," he tweeted in October 2014.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly promised that he would refuse to take vacation in order to keep doing the work of the American public.
"I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done," Trump said in July 2015. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off."
"I'm going to be working for you," Trump said in August 2016. "I'm not going to have time to go play golf."
This is what's commonly known as being super, super hypocritical -- not an uncommon look for politicians, but still worth calling out.
The reason Trump made such a big deal about Obama's vacations -- and golf habits -- was because it worked for his own political interests at the time. The Republican base thought Obama was lazy, distracted and ineffective. That he took vacations -- and to liberal enclaves like Martha's Vineyard!!! -- played perfectly into that perception.
For Trump, attacking Obama on vacationing was the equivalent of crushing a hanging curveball deep into the left field stands. It was there. So he swung at it. Hard. Again and again.
Ditto Trump's campaign promise not to take vacations. He was running as the anti-Obama, the tough-talking, hard-deal-making business guy who knew how to run things -- not the professor-turned-community-organizer who thought more government was the answer to anything and everything.
If Obama vacationed, Trump wouldn't. Period.
Like many things Trump says, he didn't actually mean he wasn't going to take vacations. Just like he didn't actually mean he wasn't going to play golf. He believed it all at the time. But that time is not now.
Because of Trump's hypocrisy on the whole vacation thing, we're not going to hear the last of the politics of vacation for, at least, four years. But, can we make both candidates for president the next time around sign some sort of pledge not to make an issue of the other one going on vacation?
We all need it! This is something we should all be able to agree on! Bipartisanship!
Here are some of the most high-profile leaks from the Trump era:
Jan. 5: Classified report on Russian hacking
The U.S. intercepted communications showing high-level Russian officials celebrating Trump's election win over Hillary Clinton as a "geopolitical win," The Washington Post reported. The Post also reported that the U.S. identified Russians who gave the hacked emails from Democrats to the WikiLeaks website.
That same day, NBC News reported it had an inside look at a "top secret" report on Russia that went to President Obama detailing Russian cyberattacks against not just the Democratic National Committee but the White House, State Department and American companies in part to disrupt the American democratic process.
Trump, who was elected but had yet to take office, was not pleased with the leaks and criticized NBC in a subsequent tweet – even though he was set to receive a briefing on the same report:
Jan. 10: The now-infamous dossier
In a controversial move, Buzzfeed News published a dossier which included salacious and unsubstantiated allegations that Russia had compiled damaging information on Trump which could be used against him. The dossier was composed by former British MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Trump responded by calling it "a total political witch hunt" and accused intelligence agencies of leaking the following day. He compared their alleged actions to the gestapo tactics of Nazi Germany.
Intelligence officials denied leaking the document, which had been widely circulated among lawmakers and journalists before its publication. The president’s public criticism stunned intelligence officials, prompting then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to call the president-elect in defense of the agencies.
Jan. 24: Leak of draft executive order that could revive CIA 'black site' prisons
The New York Timesreported the existence of a draft executive order that had been circulated within the National Security Council that called for a review of an Obama policy which called for the end of CIA prisons where torture was used for interrogation methods.
Sean Spicer on Jan. 25 claimed that the document was not from the White House, though the Times reported that was false, per three other anonymous officials.
Feb. 2: Leaks of a tumultuous call with Australian prime minister
The Washington Post first reported the leaked details of a January call between Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which Trump berated Turnbull for a refugee agreement set in place by Obama. One day after Trump signed an order barring entry into the United States to travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, Trump was said to have called the refugee agreement with Australia "the worst deal ever" and told Turnbull it put him in a politically difficult position.
Feb. 9: Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia
It was leaked to the Washington Post that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn did actually discuss sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office, despite denying doing so in an interview with the Post the day before. Flynn was fired in February after revelations he misled administration officials including Vice President Pence about the nature of his conversations.
Feb. 24: FBI leaks of Russia investigation
Trump condemned FBI “leakers” after CNN reported that agency rejected a recent White House request to publicly "knock down" media reports about communications between Trump associates and Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
May 15: Trump discloses highly classified information to Russia
The Washington Post first reported that Trump divulged highly classified information in an Oval Office meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Kislyak. The information provided had previously been withheld from allies and many within the U.S. government, and as USA TODAY reported, involved an advance in bomb making developed by the Islamic State that could be used against commercial aircraft.
Operatives from the Islamic State, or ISIS, had determined how to implant and mask an explosive inside the battery of a laptop computer, increasing the likelihood that a bomb can be slipped past screeners onto an airplane.
On May 22, in a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump denied mentioning "the word or the name Israel" in the conversation – a denial that appeared to implicitly confirm later reports that Israel was the partner country that provided the intelligence.
May 18: Leak of Comey memo
Details from memos kept by former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired on May 9, started appearing in the press. As first reported in the New York Times, Comey wrote that Trump asked him to tell the press that the president was not personally under investigation. Comey's memos, details of which were reported by news outlets over the next several days, also included accounts of a meeting in which Trump pressed him to drop the inquiry into Flynn.
The leak of this information – which Comey later divulged he asked a friend to give to the Times – prompted the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
July 19 and 24: Trump tweets leak confirming CIA program
The Washington Post first reported that Trump had decided to end the CIA’s secret program aiding Syria rebels to fight against the Bashar al-Assad regime, something Russia has long sought.
Later, in a tweet criticizing the leak of the end of the program by the Post, Trump appeared to confirm the covert program's existence.
July 21: Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador
The Washington Post reported that Kislyak, Russia's ambassador, told his superiors that he and Jeff Sessions did discuss campaign-related matters in two different conversations. The report contradicts previous statements from the attorney general that he did not speak with the ambassador about issues relating to the Trump campaign.
August 1: Jared Kushner's intern conversation
Jared Kushner held an off-the-record talk with interns and warned them not to leak. But as first reported in Wired, Kushner provided insight into the negotiation tactics he is deploying in his attempts to help forge a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. He also lamented about the difficulties of his various roles which span from creating peace in the Middle East to the opioid crisis and criminal justice reform.
August 3: Phone transcripts of Trump's calls with leaders of Mexico and Australia
The Washington Post publishes annotated transcripts of Trump's calls. In his first call with the Mexican President Peña Nieto on Jan. 27, the president stresses that the Mexican leader must not say to the press that Mexico will not pay for the wall. Trump acknowledged he is in a political bind to claim Mexico will pay for the wall though he also acknowledged that the U.S. will ultimately be the ones to finance the border wall.
The transcript of the Jan. 28 call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull solidified claims already reported about the tense nature of the call due to the refugee agreement inked by Obama. Trump denied the tensions from the call initially, though in the transcript he states: “I have had it. I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day.”
Why Trump vacation critics are dead wrong
By Dean Obeidallah
Updated 6:50 PM ET, Sat August 5, 2017
(CNN) Within moments of Donald Trump announcing his 17-day vacation -- at his golf club in New Jersey -- which begins Friday, his detractors in the media, the political world and beyond, slammed him for this new Trump hypocrisy.
Recall that Trump had regularly skewered Barack Obama for taking vacations while he was President, and had even tweeted, quoting from his own book, that if you like your job you don't need a vacation. "Don't take vacations," he wrote in "Think Like A Billionaire." What's the point? If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job."
But Trump's critics have it all wrong.
We should be applauding this vacation. Not because Trump has earned a taxpayer-funded holiday. No, as a Quinnipiac poll released this week found, Trump's approval rating is now at the lowest point ever for a president at this point in his term: an abysmal 33%.
What's more, Trump has already spent millions and millions of dollars of our money -- yours and mine -- jetting off to spend weekends at one of his private country clubs to get a break and often play golf. In fact, Trump is on pace to spend more in his first year on personal travel than Obama did in his eight years in the White House.
So while Trump is clearly not deserving of a 17-day vacation only six months into his new job, we, the people, desperately need one! Typically presidents, like Lincoln, will visibly age while in office. In this case, Trump is doing a reverse-Lincoln: he is aging all of us. That is, all of us who are responsible for his dismal 33% approval rating.
Between his alarming policies, his alarming tweets and his alarming gaffes, he may actually be generating enough agita to shorten my life expectancy.
The Trump presidency reminds me of this season of "Game of Thrones," which has been trimmed from the typical 10 episodes to seven. As a result, more action than ever had to be crammed into a smaller period of time.
So let us hope that for the next 17 days, we can all have a Trump-cation. We can return to the lives that we enjoyed B.T. (Before Trump.) We can spend more time with the family. Take up a new hobby that is actually healthy. Maybe even figure out what the Kardishians have been up to (kidding; the one upside to Trump has been we don't hear about the Kardishians anymore).
Of course, the big question is: will Trump ruin our Trump-cation? It's very possible. I get the sense Trump is like the boss who calls you just after you finally got comfortable on the beach on day one of your getaway to ask you a "quick work question." (It's never quick!)
The fact is, it's hard to believe Trump will tolerate being out of the headlines for too long. Reporters will be trailing the President at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. And he will likely call a press conference at some point to lash out at someone or something. And of course, with even less work to do, he may fill his spare time by tweeting.
But here's hoping that Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly has the foresight to cut off Trump's data plan as part of his new reining in of the President. We all need a rest from his Twitter tirades.
Seventeen days will come and go so quickly. But let's pray that for at least a few of those days, we can all get the Trump-cation we have earned.
Donald Trump 'obsessed with his own self-image', says visiting senior Republican
ABC News Breakfast
By Michael Rowland
Updated 8 minutes ago Sun 6 Aug 2017, 11:04pm
A prominent US Republican says President Donald Trump is struggling with the limitations of a job he never expected to get.
Michael Steele, a former chairman of the powerful Republican National Committee, told ABC News Mr Trump was still grappling with the transition from colourful businessman and reality-TV star to Commander in Chief.
"Not everyone listens to you just because you're president," Mr Steele said.
"He's got to deal with that and he doesn't quite yet know how to do that."
Mr Steele said presidents do not have as much power as they might have expected.
"You have 535 members of Congress who have a different view. You have cabinet secretaries who, while they might work for you, still carry out different agendas," he said.
"You've got the voters, the press and all those other interests out there who have a say about what you just said, and that's not something Donald deals with too well."
Mr Steele's assessment comes as Mr Trump faces criticism for taking a 17-day trip to his New Jersey golf club resort, and as a widely circulated Newsweek magazine cover ridicules the President's work ethic.
The former Republican Party chief said Mr Trump had spent a lifetime running his own race.
"When he said he wanted something done at Trump Tower, it got done," Mr Steele said.
"No-one said, 'No sir, I really don't think we should do that', because if you did you didn't come into work the next day, as there was no job.
"That is not the way Washington works and that is certainly not the way the presidency works.
'Obsessed with his own self-image'
Mr Steele said Mr Trump was focused on how he looked to others.
"This is who he is. This is a guy obsessed with his own self-image; how his numbers are doing, whether everything is playing to a narrative he has developed in his own head," he said.
Mr Steele has been taking part in the annual Australian American Leadership Dialogue, a private diplomatic initiative where key figures from both countries gather to discuss the state of the relationship and work on ways of resolving tensions.
It's fair to say that phone call between Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Trump was widely discussed over the two-day session last week.
The transcript of the call was released as the dialogue was getting underway, in a timely reminder of the unique challenges in dealing with the 45th president.
Despite his concerns about Mr Trump's behaviour, and despite the various investigations now underway in Washington, Mr Steele believed the President would see out his four-year term.
"I think the President will be here for as long as he wants to be here," he said.
Donald Trump says he doesn't watch CNN. Except ...
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 12:21 PM ET, Mon August 7, 2017
President Trump tweeted this: "Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!"
He followed it up in rapid succession with two more tweets on Blumenthal: "Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and.......conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?"
What occasioned this Trump rant?
TV, of course. And, specifically, CNN -- which Trump likes to say he never watches.
Blumenthal had appeared on CNN's "New Day" right around 7:45 a.m. And, in the interview, he blasted Trump -- and defended special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election.
"There is no minimizing or underestimating that attack by the Russians," said Blumenthal. "It was purposeful and relentless, and it involved propaganda and hacking into our voting machines or at least an attempt to do it and potential collusion by the Trump campaign and then obstruction of justice. That investigation must be pursued."
This morning's timeline is proof positive of something we have long known: The idea that Trump doesn't watch TV -- and CNN in particular -- is ridiculous.
In February, Trump proudly proclaimed: "I don't watch CNN. ... I don't like watching fake news."
This exchange, from an Associated Press interview with Trump in April, is both amazing and telling on that front.
TRUMP: OK. The one thing I've learned to do that I never thought I had the ability to do. I don't watch CNN anymore.
AP: You just said you did.
TRUMP: No. No, I, if I'm passing it, what did I just say (inaudible)?
AP: You just said —
TRUMP: Where? Where?
AP: Two minutes ago.
TRUMP: No, they treat me so badly. No, I just said that. No, I, what'd I say, I stopped watching them. But I don't watch CNN anymore. I don't watch MSNBC. I don't watch it. Now I heard yesterday that MSNBC, you know, they tell me what's going on.
Here's the thing: Trump watches more cable TV than roughly 99% of the country. Even before he was a candidate, his Twitter feed reveals an obsession with cable news. Does anyone think that habit would change once Trump became a candidate -- and then president -- and so much of the daily cable chatter was all about him?
If you did think that, you don't know Donald Trump.
During an interview with the Washington Post in August 2016, Trump interrupted the interview no fewer than five(!) times to watch or point out something on the TV that was on throughout.
"He was seated so that right behind me was the television screen tuned to Fox News," WaPo's Phil Rucker, who conducted the sitdown, told Yahoo News. "And every time Fox showed Donald Trump on the screen or a statement that Trump had made or they had a reporter doing a live shot in front of Trump Tower in New York, Donald Trump commented on it. He was very excited to see himself on the TV. So he was not fully focused on the interview."
Time magazine's profile of how Trump spends his nights in the White House includes this description of how the president has changed his personal dining room:
"But the thing he wants to show is on the opposite wall, above the fireplace, a new 60-plus-inch flat-screen television that he has cued up with clips from the day's Senate hearing on Russia. Since at least as far back as Richard Nixon, Presidents have kept televisions in this room, usually small ones, no larger than a bread box, tucked away on a sideboard shelf. That's not the Trump way."
There has never been a president more obsessed with cable TV news -- and the tone and tenor of the coverage of his White House -- than this one. And it's not even close. Trump watches the shows closely, always looking for supporters and detractors -- fingers at the ready to call out hypocrites with a few taps on his phone.
This is who he has been his whole life. It's who he is now. And it's who he will be even after he leaves the White House. Tigers don't change their stripes. And Donald Trump watches CNN.
Yeah, it seems his daily information and intelligence might be majorly based on TV news.