Photo: Shealah Craighead
It was upsetting to listen to President Donald Trump’s news conference following his meeting with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.
Trump said the United States would stop its war games in the area, which would save “a tremendous amount of money.” He talked about how expensive it is to send bombers from Guam to the Korean peninsula for the war games.
While it was hugely inappropriate for Trump to be talking about the cost of the military exercises following a negotiation on denuclearization and probably unwise for him to give Kim this victory so early in the negotiations, it also showed how skewed Trump and his administration are on government spending.
In addition to military exercises, Trump and his administration complain about the cost of children’s health insurance, Medicaid, environmental protection, the State Department, food stamps, Head Start, the FBI, the Justice Department, scientific research, Medicare, and much more.
The Trump administration is trying to slash government spending because it gave huge tax cuts that benefited corporations, not consumers, early this year. In his second budget proposal, Trump is proposing a 42.3 percent cut to all non-defense spending.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has a record number of top government officials – Scott Pruitt, Steve Mnuchin, Ryan Zinke, Ben Carson, and Rick Perry – under investigation for misspending taxpayer money. Then there’s Trump himself, spending more than $13 million in his first year in office on travel expenses, including trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and Bedminster, N.J. golf club.
Trump’s press conference was embarrassing. In addition to his uncalled-for remarks on government spending, Trump:
- Praised Kim for being a “talented” leader.
- Told a reporter to be nice.
- Asked which of two reporters had better hair.
- Said he hadn’t slept for 25 hours.
- Referred to a reporter who wrote a positive story about him with the Staten Island Ferry but hasn’t written a positive story since.
- Said Justin Trudeau didn’t know he had a television on Air Force One so he didn’t think Trump would see his critical news conference about Trump after he left the G7 Summit.
- Bragged about how good he is at deals, but the one-page document on the summit didn’t contain anything new.
- Said he appreciates the nice way One America News, a conservative outlet, treats “us.”
- Said he could see North Korea has nice beaches when he watched its exploding rockets.
- Said North Korea could have the best hotels in the world instead of launching missiles.
- Said North Korea saved the Winter Olympics by agreeing to participate.
- Said he doesn’t have to verify because he has “one of the great memories of all time.”
I was busy working on photos, so I didn’t want to get up and turn the TV off. It was so awful to listen to the press conference. I wish Trump would have had presidential-type remarks written for him, read them, and then gone home.