Trump forced senior White House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) that violate the constitution and put loyalty to Trump above public service.
Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post wrote:
I haven’t been able to lay hands on the final agreement, but I do have a copy of a draft, and it is a doozy. It would expose violators to penalties of $10 million, payable to the federal government, for each and any unauthorized revelation of “confidential” information, defined as “all nonpublic information I learn of or gain access to in the course of my official duties in the service of the United States Government on White House staff,” including “communications . . . with members of the press” and “with employees of federal, state, and local governments.” The $10 million figure, I suspect, was watered down in the final version, because the people to whom I have spoken do not remember that jaw-dropping sum.
It would prohibit revelation of this confidential information in any form — including, get this, “the publication of works of fiction that contain any mention of the operations of the White House, federal agencies, foreign governments, or other entities interacting with the United States Government that is based on confidential information.”
But there are reasons to be skeptical of the NDAs—either of their existence entirely or that many in the Trump White House who signed them believed in their enforceability. Marcus herself considers some of these reasons, including the First Amendment violations of White House aides held to any such contracts. And who was party to the NDAs? Trump himself? The office of the president? The federal government? Any answer would be problematic to enforcing the contracts if and when a dispute ended up in court.
The Trump NDA for White House staff is not enforceable because White House staff do not work for the president. White House staff work for the federal government. Trump does not have the power to implement a non-disclosure agreement on employees of the federal government because it is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Any former senior Trump White House staffer is free to say whatever they want.
Besides the First Amendment, the 1968 Supreme Court decision in Pickering v. Board of Education dealt addressed the issue of the government controlling employees’ speech. Teacher Marvin Pickering was fired after writing an op-ed criticizing the school board and superintendent, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, saying that even though an employment relationship is different from the typical government-citizen relationship, employees still have rights.
A more recent case did limit some of this protection, but probably not to the extent that President Trump would like. In 2006, the Supreme Court said in Garcetti v. Ceballos that employees speaking “pursuant to their official duties” weren’t considered citizens in that situation, but as government employees, and therefore could be punished for speaking out of turn.
Trump thinks so little of the constitution, and frankly, most Americans would be surprised if he knew anything about it, that he would public employees sign an NDA that loyalty to Trump over their duty to the American people.
Donald Trump went beyond thinking that he is above the constitution, to placing himself above the constitution.
America doesn’t have a president. They have dime store despot taking up space in the Oval Office.
Donald Trump Tweets “Very Nice Note” from North Korea
The romance between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be going strong, with the president revealing he received a “very nice note” from the dictator.
Mr Trump tweeted a copy of the letter, dated 6 July, the day that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Pyongyang.
“Great progress being made!” he said.
A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made! pic.twitter.com/6NI6AqL0xt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
The note from Kim comes after Mr Trump reportedly sent a special gift over for Kim with Mr Pompeo — a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. The gift was in-joke between the two, in reference to Mr Trump’s “Little Rocket Man” gibe of last year.
Mr Trump supposedly asked Kim in their historic June meeting in Singapore if he knew the song, but Kim didn’t. The president also reportedly wrote a message on the CD and signed it.
In Kim’s letter, he describes the June 12 summit, and the resulting joint statement agreed by both sides, as the “start of a meaningful journey”.
“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the US will sure surely come to fruition,” he wrote.
“I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement.”
But the North Korean leader called on his counterpart to take “practical actions” to build trust.
“The invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions,” he said.
Trump Makes Fool of Himself Already During NATO Breakfast
Trump didn’t waste time making a total and complete fool of himself. During a NATO Breakfast which was supposed to be a lighthearted talk between leaders, he said anything he could that didn’t make sense and embarrassed himself left and right.
Somehow, Trump thinks Germany is being held captive by Russia. How?
“We have to be talking about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country that we’re supposed to be protecting you against. Everybody’s talking about it, all over the world. They’ll say, ‘well wait a minute, we’re supposed to be protecting you from Russia.’ But why you pay billions of dollars to Russia for energy? Why are countries in NATO, mainly Germany, having a large percentage of their energy needs paid to Russia, and taken care of by Russia? Now if you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia.”
Absolutely no one there knew what he was talking about, and even John Kelly, Trump’s own Chief of Staff couldn’t hold back his embarrassment. Visibly displeased by his boss’s strange behavior, he even facepalmed a few times.
Trump Wants to Deport 100,000 Citizens Next Year to Prevent Voting
According to reports, Trump isn’t stopping his anti-immigrant agenda, and it’s going to get worse: he is going to start deporting American Citizens who have been naturalized with a new task force. The claim is that they received their citizenship fraudulently, and should have it revoked. However, as most people pointed out, it’s only targeting Hispanics.
This has been used in the past for German Nazis who hid in the United States, but this time it’s going to be only for Mexicans.
A source within DHS said that they have flagged already “thousands of citizens” and that that orders from the White House are clear: deport hundreds of thousands within the next year in Southern California before the elections in 2020.
They are creating the Office in Southern California, and moving and hiring Spanish speaking agents there. There is no sign whatsoever that this new “task force” is doing anything but targeting Americans of Mexican descent.
In 2015 he said he was going to have stormtroopers, a “deportation force” that would round up 11 million people.
He wasn’t joking.
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