Trump is unhinged

Read his own words. Source: White House transcript of remarks aboard Air Force One.

Border wall could be solar. Must be transparent because of danger from bags of drugs being thrown over. 700 to 900 miles would be enough because of natural barriers and some areas so remote that no one crosses there.

Only learnt of Trump jr meeting Russians days ago.

Has good relationship with all 19 others of G20.

But healthcare is tough.

If Hillary had got in, energy prices would be double.

Says Dakota Access Pipeline goes to Pacific [actually goes to Illinois en route to Texas].

His base is substantially stronger than it was in November, and this Russia stuff is making him stronger because his supporters feel it’s an unfair witchhunt.

Bloomberg and CNN report the same transcript, released by White House.

Excerpts follow. I give complete paragraphs to avoid risk of quote mining (disclosure; I am not a Trump supporter). For his account of his discussion with Putin, which I found completely impenetrable, see link to transcript.

Trump Air Force One

On the border wall:

Q             You were joking about solar, right?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, not joking, no.  There is a chance that we can do a solar wall.  We have major companies looking at that.  Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border.  And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good.  But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.

One of the things with the wall is you need transparency.  You have to be able to see through it.  In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.

And I’ll give you an example.  As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff?  It’s over.  As cray as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.  But we have some incredible designs.

But we are seriously looking at a solar wall.  And remember this, it’s a 2,000 mile border, but you don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers.  You have mountains.  You have some rivers that are violent and vicious.  You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing.  So you don’t need that.  But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.

On Donald Trump, Jr.:

THE PRESIDENT:  Don is — as many of you know Don — he’s a good boy.  He’s a good kid.  And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting.  It was a short meeting as he told me — because I only heard about it two or three days ago.

[Moving on from discussion with Putin] Afterwards?

Trump G20THE PRESIDENT:  Very shortly there afterward.  And I said, there’s so much killing in Syria.  We got to solve Syria.  We’ve got to solve Ukraine.  And you know, I’ve always said — and I’m not just talking about Russia — we’re a lot better off — like it’s a good thing that I have a good relationship with President Xi.  It’s a good thing I have a good relationship with every one of them — Modi — you saw that.  Every single one of them of all 19 — there’s 20 with us.  All 19, I have a great relationship with.

On healthcare:

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I think, first, I want to do — well, we have a few things.  We have a thing called healthcare.  I’m sure you haven’t been reading about it too much.  It is one of the — I’d say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare.  It’s like this narrow road that about a quarter of an inch wide.  You get a couple here and you say, great, and then you find out you just lost four over here.  Healthcare is tough.

More on President Putin and Russia, and on energy:

And, by the way, I only want to make great deals with Russia.  Remember this, I have built up — we’re getting $57 billion more for the military.  Hillary was going to cut the military.  I’m a tremendous fracker, coal, natural gas, alternate energy, wind – everything, right?  But I’m going to produce much much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office.  Ever.  We’re going to have clean coal, and Hillary wasn’t.  Hillary was going to stop fracking.  She was going to stop coal totally.  Hey, in West Virginia I beat her by 42 points.  Remember, she went and sat with the miners and they said get the hell out of here.  So, I was going to — if Hillary got in, your energy prices right now would be double.  You’d be doing no fracking.  You’d be doing practically no fossil fuels.

Dakota Access pipeline, By NittyG via Wikipedia

More on Energy:

The first thing I signed, the first day, was the Keystone Pipeline.  That first * was the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline — also Dakota Access.  Now, what does that mean?  Dakota Access takes it to the Pacific.  Who do they compete with?  Russia.  Hillary would have never signed — that was with the reservation — she would have never signed it.  I was given great credit for that one.  That was a tough one.  First day.  It’s also 48,000 jobs between both of them.  The other one I signed, that was the Keystone.  That was dead.  That was dead for two years.  It was never going to happen.  I revived it on day one.  You know, you’ll check, please check it.  I have to be exactly accurate.  They’ll say, oh I wasn’t totally accurate.  But that goes to the Gulf, right?  Competes with Russia. [Actually, goes to Illinois en route to Texas]

On allegations of collusion with Russia:

THE PRESIDENT:  What pressure?  I didn’t — I did nothing.  Hey, now it’s shown there’s no collusion, there’s no obstruction, there’s no nothing.  Honestly, the whole thing, it is really a media witch hunt.  It’s been a media witch hunt.  And it’s bad for the country.  You know, when you talk about Russia, if Russia actually did whatever they want to do, they got to be laughing, because look at what happens — how much time. . . .

They feel it’s a witch hunt, the people.  There are a lot of people.  And those people vote.  They don’t stay home because it’s drizzling.  We proved that.  But every single party chairman said that my base is substantially stronger than it was in November.  That’s a big compliment.  That’s a big compliment.  And I feel it.

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on July 15, 2017, in Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Vindictively destroying the work of Obama on healthcare – when he has NOTHING of substance to replace it with. It must be ‘America furrrsst’ yet again. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-healthcare-bill-senate-fire-truck-collapse-wheres-fire-joke-a7847471.html

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  2. There is the 25th Amendment, but then we all get Pence, and he’s far, far, far more dangerous.

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  3. Donald Trump Juvenile (not to be confused with Donald Trump Junior).

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  4. Edward Willhoft

    The man survived bankruptcy by doing business with suspect (mafia) Russian oligarchs! One of the floors at Trump Tower is monopolised by Russian business men!

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  5. It certainly made me smile and even break into a raucous laugh at times ; that’s the attractive thing about Mr Trump , he is real but unbelievable. Also he is a great innovator he can twist an argument on its head in a Twitter , small wonder that many love him when compared to the thought drenched politicians with their rambling arguments. That’s the great danger of politics voters do not respond to truth but to novelty and personality. I always think our own parliament is something like a theatre where actors strut and say their lines for most effect.
    Serious men and women are involved in research or performing intricate tasks , maybe writing scientific papers but the orators and actors of this world are on the political stage. A man with Trumps talent at convincing others is extremely dangerous , to him the world is a circus and he is the centre pin.

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  6. Edward Willhoft

    Paul,

    Even Republicans have got the message that Trump is dangerously unhinged and more suited to applying for a job with the Mafioso. There is an inevitability as to the ultimate outcome of his corruption that is a feature of most of his family and son-in-law: IMPEACHMENT! I predicted, even before he became POTUS that given enough rope he will hang himself. A leopard doesn’t change its spots overnight or ever!

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