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Zirpoli: An extremely interesting week for Trump

The news was extra interesting last week. And that’s saying a lot these days.

The Trump administration has decided to open oil drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts putting at risk beaches and billion-dollar tourist industries along the coasts, including here in Maryland. But the state of Florida was granted a waiver because — pick one: A. the Republican governor of Florida will soon announce his candidacy for the Senate and Trump wants him to win; B. Trump has his winter home and resort on the Atlantic beach in Florida; C. Trump understands that he’ll need Florida’s electoral votes in 2020, or D. all off the above. I’m going with “D.”

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Other states also want a waiver, including our own Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican. However, Trump and Hogan don’t have a warm relationship. Hogan, to his credit, said that he did not vote for Trump.

Also in the news last week, Trump continues his war on the press. During a cabinet meeting, Trump stated that he received letters of praise from multiple network anchors after an immigration meeting he held the day before with a group of Democrats and Republicans. According to Trump, the anchors told him that it was “one of the greatest meetings they’ve ever witnessed.” This was a lie, of course, and CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper, called him on it. First of all, Cooper said sarcastically, "major kudos" to the United States Postal Service for "delivering those letters so fast. So fast, it's almost like it wouldn't even be humanly possible.”

When Cooper asked the White House to back up Trump’s claim that he received letters of praise from many network anchors, the White House put out a list of tweets they received. To this, Cooper responded, “To be fair, this list does have words on it and those words are actually made up of letters, but that's not generally accepted in reality to mean the same thing as ‘letters of congratulation that anchors sent to the president.’”

Also, Trump canceled his trip to London because, he tweeted, “I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" This was interesting because the decision to build a new embassy, for security reasons, was made under President George W. Bush, not President Obama. It seems that in Trump’s world, everything is Obama’s fault, unless it is Hillary Clinton’s fault, but never his fault.

Interestingly, Trump’s ambassador in London, Woody Johnson, called the new building “a bargain.” I guess he didn’t get the message that it was a “bad deal.”

Trump also wondered out loud last week why we don’t have more immigrants from Norway instead of from Haiti or Africa. Having been to Norway and done some work there at the Norwegian Institute for Special Education, I would be happy to advise the president on this matter. Norwegians don’t want to immigrate to America because they have affordable and universal health care, they believe in science, invest in their schools and infrastructure, have great services for families from birth through college, provide preschool to all their children, keep their environment clean, and were voted the happiest nation in the world. I’m thinking the Norwegians view the U.S. in the same light as Trump views Haiti.

Regarding Trump’s derogatory and racists comments about the people from Haiti and Africa, he obviously believes that everyone from these parts of the world are inferior human beings. He judges people based upon their nationality. “Why would we want them?” he asked. And this, my friends, is the voice of racism and ignorance.

Meanwhile, Trump thinks he is smart. Last week he tweeted, “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”

First of all, what’s with the “Like” and why is this 71-year-old man tweeting like a teenage girl talks?

Second, his statement reminds me of something my dad used to say: “The more you know, the more you know how much you don’t know.” But, if you don’t know much, you think you are a genius. Only uninformed and insecure people go around telling people how smart they are, which, of course, immediately communicates their ignorance. Give him credit, Trump does this very well. In fact, he is the best.

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