Up Close: Donald Trump and Charlottesville

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Bill O'Reilly

The first was in reaction to President Donald Trump's willingness to risk bringing ruin to parts of the world, including the allies, states and territories of the United States, by his narcissistic reaction to events in North Korea.

Trump often went off script and relitigated, in a fashion likely to give White House staff heartburn, how the media covered his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. But he couldn't resist lengthy and riffing remarks aimed at his media foes.

"The crowds were so big, nearly as big as tonight, that the people said right at the beginning, 'You know, there's something special happening here, ' " Trump said. "You learn if you're in shape if you can do that, believe me". "Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence, and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the KKK", Trump said at a rally in Phoenix. "I openly called for unity, healing and love and they know it because they were all there".

There have so far been no attacks on journalists from Trump supporters (Antifa, on the other hand, is a different story), but that still hasn't stopped them from screaming they are about to be murdered by the MAGA hat legions.

Finally, at a press event meant to be about infrastructure, Trump came wholly to the Charlottesville ralliers' defence, saying, "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me".

It was not all negative.

At the forefront of the anti-Trump mania is the mainstream media, whose left-wing bias has become so blatant and so unabashed that not even the pretense of journalistic integrity endures.

However, he did praise Fox News and Sean Hannity, saying they "treated me fairly". "How good is Hannity?".

The Charlottesville controversy provided the media with yet another opportunity to slam Trump.

There's nothing wrong with Trump or anyone else calling out left-wing political violence and anti-Semitism.

The President also hinted that he could pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa county sheriff.

Trump's response was just the latest in a still-young presidency marked by tumult and self-inflicted wounds. Christie has said he doesn't always agree with Trump, but rarely discusses any clashes in public. "I don't believe that because I know what he believes in his heart", Christie said. The controversial address caused the chief scout executive to apologize to the scouting community. While touring a Marine Corps base in Yuma that is a hub of operations for the US Border Patrol, Trump inspected a drone and other border equipment on display in a hangar.

The president may have surprised some when he said the wall would be funded, even if he had to tie the funding to the debt ceiling, which has to be raised by September 30.

Republicans will need the support of their political opponents to secure funding for the wall, which they are unlikely to get. "I was a better student than they were", Trump said, referring to what he called the "elite" media, whom he referred to as "dishonest" and "bad people".

Trombetti said the issue of whether to remove Confederate statutes should be put to a vote locally.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., plans to introduce legislation soon that would - though Trump's signature appears unlikely - require Confederate statutes to be removed from the Capitol. John McCain, R, for casting a surprise "no" vote that sunk the Republicans' health-care bill.

As I mourned the latest Islamic terror attack, this time in Barcelona, Spain, I noticed that virtually all media listings of prior terror attacks where vehicles were used as weapons failed to mention even one of the auto, truck, bulldozer, bus, and other vehicle rammings that take routinely place in Israel. "Build the wall", "Drain the Swamp", etc.

"Why did it take, a day?" a mocking Trump said Tuesday night.

"Nobody wants to me to talk about your other senator", he said, obviously talking about Sen.

The president tweeted last week: "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate". The president touted his "America First" record, his jobs record, and his manufacturing policy.

The North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement between the U.S, Mexico and Canada created to remove tariff barriers between the three countries. "If we listened to the media, we wouldn't be here", he said.

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