Americans can trust Trump “when he’s not joking’

What if his whole presidency is a bad joke?

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t for the White House PR team themselves seeming to struggling so much telling what are jokjes and what are serious comments from Trump.

The Hill: Spicer: Americans can trust what Trump says, ‘if he’s not joking’

At Monday’s White House briefing, NBC’s Peter Alexander asked whether Americans “can trust it to be real” when the president comments on something.

“If he’s not joking, of course,” Spicer replied. “Every time that he speaks authoritatively, he’s speaking as president of United States.”

When Alexander followed up to ask if Trump still believes that 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election, Spicer confirmed that the president still believes that to be true.

Alexander also asked if Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election are “phony or real.”

Spicer sought to clarify Trump’s use of the word “wiretap,” arguing that the president was speaking in broad terms about surveillance.

“He doesn’t really believe that President Obama tapped his phone personally, but I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election,” Spicer said. “That is a widely reported activity that occurred back then.”

“The president used the word ‘wiretap’ in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that.”

Spicer and Conway are really struggling to make sense of and then explain away Trump’s Twitter attacks.

And this will be blamed on the media too I suppose.

Will Trump start to use a #joke tag in his funny tweets so that Spicer and Conway don’t make themselves the targets of the jokes?

48 Comments

  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 14, 2017

    How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

    Oh I get it now. trump’s using us as a sounding board for his new comedy routine….I guess the joke’s on us eh…but personally I think his appearances on Saturday Night Live offer far more value for money 🙂

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 14, 2017

      He looks better on that, too, younger and handsomer as well as thinner. Is it the lighting ?

  2. Conspiratoor

     /  March 14, 2017

    Good stuff, keep it up. Business confidence at record highs, illegal immigrations down, jobs up. But the man’s just not fit to be president you know

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2017

      Both seem true.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 14, 2017

      So the job reports were fake when they were positive during Obama’s administration but are “very real now” that trump is in the White House….

      …and trump is telling the truth…except when he isn’t…it’s important not to take him seriously…except when he’s serious, but not when he isn’t serious – seriously, believe me.

      Funny, trump has more translators and apologists than the UN

    • artcroft

       /  March 14, 2017

      Its early days and Trump’s living on Obama’s legacy. Soon he’ll have to stannd on his own two feet. If he can find them.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 14, 2017

        Trump’s living on Obama’s legacy

        !!!????

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 14, 2017

          He’s riding on his coat tails, then, claiming undeniable positive statistics to be his own and inventing negative ones that are Obama’s.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 14, 2017

            Sounds like every politician, Kitty, except he isn’t one.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 14, 2017

    Red rags and media bulls. The bull fight continues in the media stadium while the world gets on with its business outside

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 14, 2017

      unfortunately the world isn’t able to get on with its business … as you should know.

      That growing tide of protectionism led by trump has serious negative ramifications particularly for our meat and wine exports to USA.

      At an annual value of over $500m a year our wine exports to America could be hugely compromised by higher tariffs. And currently we export $1.2bn in tariff-free beef to America. Slap a 10% tariff on that and see what happens…

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11817442

      Add in the effects of increased tariffs on what is currently valued at AU$4.6bn in agriproducts exported by Australia, and watch chaos ensue…

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/us-politics/us-election-farmers-nervous-over-threat-to-food-exports/news-story/f04379b41a3040bb7a30ad73beae8cff

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 14, 2017

        Any sign that’s actually happening, JB? No, just more MSM venting into empty space.

        Meanwhile Trump is focused on Obamacare reform, illegal immigration, cutting regulations, destroying ISIS, controlling dangerous nuclear wannabees and reducing the size and cost of government. But that’s fine. Keep the loony Left ranting on about irrelevancies.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 14, 2017

          Oh, come on, Alan, you can’t believe that the entire world’s press is anti-Trump to that extent, even ours.

          His Obamacare reform will save money but at the expense of the health of the people who will be left without cover, people who are seriously worried. One has less sympathy for the ones who voted for him and are now being rewarded with a fart in the eye and cry of ‘Tough titty, suckers !’

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  March 14, 2017

            Once again Kitty…you’ve got it all wrong!

            XD

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 14, 2017

              Har har. That’s about it 😀

              An old lady I knew who had pancreatic cancer would lie down and pull the sheet up when she heard someone coming in….then pull it down after a few seconds and say ‘Just practising !’ She hearly gave a few people heart attacks. One of the nurses spoke at the funeral and told the story.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 14, 2017

            The entire world’s press is not anti-Trump, Kitty. I’ve linked to a lot of supportive articles. But a lot is, just as the vast majority of political journalists are Lefties.

            Obamacare is failing financially as it is. It’s not a matter of saving money, it’s a matter of finding solutions that can work. The final form of that is still unclear and the suggestions are that Trump has an open mind to that.

        • Gezza

           /  March 14, 2017

          But hang on Al. Obama was focussed on illegal immigrant removals, especially criminals, HFD reported yesterday. What he wasn’t doing was telling everyone illegal immigrants were bringing crime, they were bringing drugs, they were rapists, and some of them, he assumed were good people. Obamacare reform was one of Hillary’s intentions wasn’t it? Requiring two regulations to be got rid of for every new one is stupidity because it doesn’t address whether they are actually needed or not – fuckwit stuff. Obama was equally aiming to destroy ISIS. And I don’t know where Hillsry stood on reducing the size and cost of government – what was her position on that?

          • Gezza

             /  March 14, 2017

            Oh, Obama was focussed on controlling dangerous nuclear wannabes as well, btw. Neither of them was focussed on Stopping Bibi grabbing more Palestinian land until the very end of Obama’s term, but Obama wasn’t conned by flattery & personal relationships with his son-in-law into doing what Bibi wanted.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 14, 2017

            Requiring two regulations to be got rid of for every new one is stupidity because it doesn’t address whether they are actually needed or not – fuckwit stuff.

            No, because the selection is being done by those who want the new regulation in the responsible department. It would be hard to find a more motivated and knowledgeable judge.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              Yes but according to the blurb from his acolytes they can’t have a new regulation even if it’s needed until they have repealed two others, which may be needed. Where’s the sense in that?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 14, 2017

              The sense is that there are already far too many regulations.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 14, 2017

              … and that the world has survived several billion years without the new regulation so is it actually necessary at all?

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              Both non-sequiturs, Alan. The world survived for billions of years without humans, btw. So presumably we should be dispensed with, by that logic?

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              You realise what you are attempting to defend is a “mindless bureaucratic policy”, don’t you, Alan?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 14, 2017

              Of course we could be, from the world’s point of view, but equally of course we are judging from our point of view so yours is the non-sequitur.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 14, 2017

              I’m just pointing out that it is not mindless and I shouldn’t have to point out that it is reducing said bureaucracy but evidently I do.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              Let me correct myself. A review of whether some or all extant regulations are needed is a sensible policy. But you are attempting to defend a “mindless bureaucratic rule”.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              Czech exit Al. You’re wasting my time on this one.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 14, 2017

              It’s not mindless. It has a purpose and a rationale. You just don’t like it.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2017

              No it’s a bureaucratic rule. You just don’t admit it.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 15, 2017

              It’s a political rule, not a bureaucratic one. Bureaucrats like you hate it.

            • Gezza

               /  March 15, 2017

              I’m not bureaucrat & never was one. It’s a bureaucratic rule from a political numpty. It’s like the good old 2% Sinking Lid Departmental Budget Allocations policy rule here. That was quietly dispensed with after Cave Creek & other less publicised adverse impacts. Back to your laundry Al.

            • Gezza

               /  March 15, 2017

              It’s not mindless. It has a purpose and a rationale. You just don’t like it.

              So do regulations. You just don’t like them, Al.

              Just as an aside, did you put that sign up about using the pot cleaners, btw?

  4. Zedd

     /  March 14, 2017

    ‘What if his whole presidency is a bad joke?’

    Yes, BUT is anyone really laughing ??

    This whole matter is showing ‘mainstream USA’ (mainly; Right-wing ‘Red-necks’) are becoming the laughing-stock of the political world !

    The biggest joke being; Mr T would have all believe, he is doing the RIGHT thing for the American people.. (at least the wealthiest ones.. anyway) 😀

    • Brown

       /  March 14, 2017

      The political world can laugh all it likes because at many levels its irrelevant and is to be treated with disdain. American red necks is a cheap insult slagging off generally hard working, kind and generous people. They may not be trendy but that doesn’t make them dumb. Trump may be hopeless but in my view its too soon to say. If it turns out he is hopeless he will be keeping company with many of his predecessors that others like so no more harm done than if the US had picked Clinton.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 14, 2017

    Wonder if trumps joking about this too?

    Almost half a century after dropping 500,000 tons of explosives and killing hundreds of thousands of people in Cambodia to stop supplies going into South Vietnam, the United States is demanding that the country pay back US$500 million in war debts.

    Apparently, slaughtering hundreds of thousand of Cambodians was quite expensive. The current U.S. ambassador has just last week said that it’s time to finally pay up, after apparently being given instructions by trump.

    The bombings drove hundreds of thousands of ordinary Cambodians into the arms of the Khmer Rouge, which seized power in 1975 and over the next four years presided over the deaths of more than almost two million people through starvation disease and execution.

    IMHO America owes Cambodia far more than the blood money it’s demanding now

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-12/cambodia-us-debt-arrangement-slammed-by-former-ambassador/8347120

  6. Zedd

     /  March 14, 2017

    I still think the proof that Mr T is a total JOKE.. is that hairdo; believe it or NOT !!

    more proof he, is living in an ‘alternative reality/fantasy land’… 😀

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 14, 2017

      That has to be his own hair, who’d pay for that ?

      If Spicer and Blondie have been reduced to saying that he was joking every time he says things that aren’t true, they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. These are issues far too serious to joke about. Obama wire tapping isn’t funny, it’s slanderous and libellous.

      Was DT joking when he said that he knew Putin well/had appeared on television with him/had met him/had never met him ?

  7. Zedd

     /  March 14, 2017

    I hear Mickey mouse has taken to wearing a ‘Donald trump watch’ 😀

  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 14, 2017

    HELP !!! microwaves can be used for surveillance. Many people turn them off at the wall-I do-so they’d be of limited use. I know that bugs can be planted anywhere, but the idea of a microwave ITSELF being turned into a spying machine is too absurd.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2017

      I’m not sure but I think she might have been referring to microwave microphones, if that’s how those long range eavesdropper things work. Who can say with Kellyanne though. She doesn’t listen to what she’s saying sometimes I suspect.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 15, 2017

        It would have to be that, but a bug could be in anything…I had the impression that the micros were being used for surveillance :-/ That may be be why mine keeps sighing and saying ‘Boringgggggggg

        Anyone called Kellyanne sounds like a bimbo. It’s a doll’s name.

        • Gezza

           /  March 15, 2017

          Tbh the first time I heard the name I thought she was Chinese.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 15, 2017

            Why ? Neither name is Chinese, and Conway certainly isn’t. It’s a child’s name.

            • Gezza

               /  March 15, 2017

              It was on telly. I wasn’t actually looking at it at the time. I heard “Kelly Yan-Conway”. Soon sorted it out though. Spun round for a look.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 15, 2017

              Yan is Cornish, as I discovered when I read an Enid Blyton set there.