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Trump abandons plans for infrastructure advisory council

Trump abandons plans for infrastructure advisory council”

The same week President Trump's two business advisory councils disbanded and his remarks meant to kick off infrastructure reform turned into a series of controversial statements about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president's plan for an infrastructure council is dead before it began.

Anyone who is shocked or crying on cable networks after Donald Trump's Charlottesville press conference have either been blind to his entire administration or feel guilty about their complicity in normalizing it. Trump hired Steve Bannon, from the alt-right and white nationalists website Breitbart, he made Jeff Sessions Attorney General, he hired Stephen Miller for his communications team, he hired Sebastian Gorka and Michael Anton, and that is a fairly substantial list of men with strong ties to white nationalism. The last time African Americans faced a president who openly sympathized with a terror state was Woodrow Wilson, nearly 100 years ago. Rebel Media, the ultra-conservative Canadian media site, openly flirted with the "alt-right" white supremacist movement right up until the instant that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was run over and killed in Charlottesville. A 20-year-old OH man said to have harboured Nazi sympathies has been charged with murder. Almost 7 in 10 GOP voters, 68 percent, said that "Trump's description of who's to blame" is correct, while only 21 percent disagreed.

Two major charities, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society, announced they are canceling fundraisers scheduled for Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Florida, amid the continuing backlash over Trump's remarks.

The Tennessee Republican, typically an ally of the White House, warned: "Our nation is going to go through great peril" if Trump can not show that he understands "what has made this nation great".

As the situation in Charlottesville continued to devolve, President Trump remained silent.

Trump signed an executive order last month establishing the council, with members to be drawn from real estate, construction, transportation and other sectors of the economy. "I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency".

JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon, a member of one of the panels, said in a statement that "fanning divisiveness is not the answer".

Even Mr. Trump's much-ridiculed former White House communications director, the hapless Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, weighed in on ABC News Sunday morning, opining that his short-time boss "needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that". "I believe that's why we were called to our job". Lindsey Graham of SC of falsely stating Trump's position on the demonstrators.

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And more than half of Republicans polled, 56 percent, thought Trump was having no effect on race relations around the country, while 70 percent of Democrats said Trump's actions were creating more division. Arpaio gained a national profile due to his harsh treatment of inmates and outspoken opposition to illegal immigration. The same goes for his tweets calling it "foolish" to tear down "our lovely statues and monuments" to Confederate leaders because "you can't change history".

Few public figures have voiced support for Trump over his response to the violence. House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, "White supremacy is repulsive".

"When the President was elected, he promised to unite us".

The public spat between Trump and CEOs comes as the White House and the Republican-led Congress are looking to advance an overhaul of the tax code. He also expressed distaste for removing Confederate statues in a heated news conference on Tuesday.

"He's anxious about his reputation being trashed, which is much more valuable to him than anything else", the former administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of Cohn. And Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska tweeted, "Anything less than complete & unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by the POTUS is unacceptable".

How ironic that these rule of law-defying opportunists are champing at the bit to impeach Trump in the name of the rule of law. Bob Corker said after an event in his home state. Trump asked, referring to the commander and one of his most prominent generals, followed by two founding fathers of the very Union the Confederacy sought to destroy.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May offered a rare rebuke of Trump from so close a United States ally.

Shulkin, speaking Wednesday at Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, told reporters that he was "giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American", according to The New York Times. Will they call him out? The country's justice minister accused Trump of trivializing anti-Semitism and racism. After the live-on-TV moral failure of his ranting reaction to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., this is no longer a reasonable hope. "It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775". "I think that that is quickly fading away".

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