President Trump, who has been away from the political establishment of Washington, was more isolated on Saturday than ever before, airing his recent complaints and retreating to his private golf course in Virginia while his colleagues gather around the late Senator Paying tribute to John McCain
Trump had not been invited to the memorial service for McCain at the Washington National Cathedral, where his two youngest predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, delivered hymns of praise.
The 45th President, McCain, a colleague who detested Republicans, did not mention him in a series of morning missiones on Twitter . Instead, Trump announced threats to end the North American Free Trade Agreement and to propagate a false conspiracy theory that accused the government of misconduct in overseeing one of his former campaign workers.
"I love Canada, but they've taken advantage of our country for many years!" Trump wrote in a tweet as his motorcade made his way to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. The president, who was informed by reporters when he left the White House, wore a white, short sleeve T-shirt and white MAGA hat
"If we do not make a fair deal for the US after decades of abuse, Canada will come out "Trump wrote. "Congress should not interfere with these negotiations, otherwise I'll just quit NAFTA and we'll be much better off."
The sharp separation between Trump's fistfights and the worthy commemoration, broadcast live on news channels and online, underscored the President's unwillingness to take on traditional authority and his contempt for Washington's protocols and conventions, which he gladly undermined.
Trump has drawn attention to McCain, who angered him last year with a decisive vote against lifting the Affordable Care Act of the Obama era. The President declined to draft a first draft by a White House official statement that called McCain a "hero," and he reluctantly ordered the American flag over the White House to be halved after being raised to the minimum on the full staff
In another tweet tweet to its 54 million followers, Trump propagated an article from CNSNews.com, a conservative Web site that proposed a recent Judicial report Watch, a conservative government monitoring group, revealed a bomb blast: One US Supreme Court failed to hold hearings as it approved and renewed Warrants for monitoring and communications of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.
Trump cited Judge Tom Fitton, citing "corruption" within of the FBI and the Ministry of Justice and the leadership this r agencies are "for lunch" in search of accountability.
In fact, the story was groundless because the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which handles arrest warrants for suspected spies and terrorists, does not normally hold hearings.
The eleven judges, all appointed by the Supreme Court Supreme Court, take alternate turns as "serving judges" for several weeks, examining written applications from the Department of Justice, and rarely conducting hearings to review them. The trials are secret and ex-parte, so no lawyers or witnesses for the suspects are aware of the request for an arrest warrant.
In Washington's National Cathedral, Trump was not mentioned at his service by his two predecessors, whom McCain had specifically requested. But many of her remarks seemed to be aimed at representing a contrasting worldview to the conspiracy, untruth, and animosity offered by Trump.
"Even though we disagree, especially when we disagree, John believes in honest arguments when he hears other views, Obama said to the mourner, including McCain's wife, Cindy and his daughter Meghan." He also understood it when we get used to bending the truth. , , our democracy would not work.
Trump spent a little over four hours at his golf club, and although White House assistants provided no details of his activities, news photographers posted photos of him playing golf.
When the president left the resort that afternoon, his passed Motorcade nearly a dozen protesters with signs and flying little balloons Baby version of Trump in diapers.
"You, Trump, are not John McCain," read a note.
Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report.