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T afraid to admit that as many Trumpists have claimed the press was occasionally too lenient on President Obama and has been occasionally too harsh on Trump He is also not afraid to admit when Trump actually does something good as rare as it is Most importantly though he is not afraid to admit that Trump is the most contentious troublesome problematic dangerous and unconstitutional president in recent memory I trained to be a journalist but my timing was unfortunate because investigative journalism began to replace the who what when where why how journalistic style to which I was commited Respecting Others Privacy Faded As privacy faded as realm of aggressive getting the best story first journalism Began Began To Appear I began to appear I continued over the ears to read and follow contemporary journalists who have attempted to emphasize through in depth research and who tend to emphasize studied and thoughtful reporting that can accommodate the whys and hows Major Garrett is such a person I feel that he doesn t go so much for the sensational stories as he can deal with the hows and whys of issues and events In his book he mentions several times how he wished he could have understood Mr Trump better and earlier I too have felt this way so often have I caught myself in Huh mode as I have read his Tweets or watched portions of his speeches This happens less often since gaining some new perspectives from Mr Garrett s book I m glad I read it An account of the first ear of the Trump presidency by the CBS White House correspondent The book works best as an account of the day to day decision making from an insider s perspective It falls apart when he attempts commentary too much has been overtaken by decision making from an insider s perspective It falls apart when he attempts commentary too much has been overtaken by events of the second ear As to be expected Garrett is a bit defensive about the role of journalism in the political process A thorough well written book with lots of data to back up information and stories Major Garrett is a knowledgeable White House correspondent who has seen the political comings and goings during several White House occupants and he is able to paint a picture of similarities and differences with a steady handOf course as one of those of the majority of Americans who didn t vote for the current WH resident no one person one vote in this country I am horrified of the day by day chaos and upending of s and traditions our country has long established and enjoyed I am also horrified by the distancing from our traditional allies and the embracing of those who are by every measure are our enemies SighThe most depressing aspect of the book for me was the chapter on deregulation As the mother earth of my family I am saddened by the long reaching effects of the tremendous assault on regulations enjoyed and for the benefit of First book written by Major Garrett that I have read Given that he is a CBS White House correspondent I was interested in his take on our current administrationI am surprised at how much I learned from this book It was also disheartening to see the damage done to our governmental institutions in just the 18 months this book covers Because of the constant crazy news coverage and all the hate especially toward my gender I have been trying to avoid the news and tune it out But this book made me see that regardless of how I respond damage is being done each and every dayThe book does not cover the sensationalized stuff like Stormy Daniels or the pee tape from the Russian hotel room It focuses on important stuff we should all care about the Supreme Court nominations immigration cabinet appointments the Mueller investigation the FBI North Korea Saudi Arabia health care reform the tax cut and the overall health of our economy race and deregulation I think this book finally answered for me in a way that made sense why Trump won We all knew that since the inauguration it s been a crazy ride This book provides an opportunity to review that time period and attempt to put it into perspectiveIt is not an easy read The writing style is great and engaging but the topics just dragged me down That said I highly recommend this book for all US adult citizens. Horitative mature and consistently entertaining account of one of the strangest eras in American political historyA consummate professional with unimpeachable integrity remarkable storytelling skills and a deep knowledge of his subject earned through decades of experience Garrett brings to life the twists and turns of covering this White House and its unconventional occupant with wit sagacity and style Mr Trump's Wild Ride should place him securely in the first rank of Washington journalis. ,


Mmensely readable and informative if a bit dry at times What he does extremely well though is making valid points about the topic that were either missed by the general public at the time or have only now come to light points that certainly give one pause On Trump s travel ban The travel ban Trump signed was the least restrictive of the eight offered for review The other seven had countries and restrictions p 111 On Immigration in general What is immigration policy s goal Is it to serve employment needs in border states and for the agricultural industry Is it to serve some universal cultural norm Is it to serve America s national security and nothing else Trump asked the last uestion and he asked it without hesitation or guilt p 113 Later Garrett submits this interesting statistic The United States has admitted than 3 million refugees since 1975 and only 20 have been convicted of a terror crime The exact number of people killed by refugees from 1975 to 2015 is three p 122 On Saudi Arabia and the Middle East Trump gave a speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh Saudi Arabia on May 21 2017 which emphasized a challenge to Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia to drive out the terrorists and extremists Indeed the phrase Drive them out became the catch phrase and rallying cry of Trump s foreign policy in regards to terrorists Here s the entire speechAs Garrett writes For the Muslim and Arab majority nations in attendance Trump offered a stark challenge and reassuring promise The challenge fight terrorism now or risk Ska your future and American indifference that could migrate toward hostility the promise we will not overthrowou and we won t even fret over human rights violations press freedoms or labor laws so long as ou fight extremism p193 In early October 2018 Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Turkey In mid November the CIA announced that the evidence pointed to a state sanctioned execution ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Did Trump condemn the crown prince Not at all He didn t want to threaten future arms deals and economic stability with Saudi Arabia Essentially Trump said he values money over human lifeOf course had people been listening to that May 2017 speech this is consistent with what he was sayingOn Race At the Justice Department Trump scaled back civil rights enforcement At the Department of Housing and Urban Development he allowed tighter restrictions on access to subsidized housing He backed efforts in Congress and at the Department of Health and Human Services to scale back food stamps These were not definitionally race based decisions but the conseuences stood to disproportionately fall on people of color Those close to Trump would bristle at allegations of racial hostility Trump they would say was not against people of color as much as he was against handouts subsidies and welfare It was however nearly impossible to find the same hostility toward corporate welfare tax subsidies for wealthy hedge fund managers profitable drug companies or industries that benefited from Trump s regulatory relief p 225 In regards to his shithole countries comment We must acknowledge p 225 In regards to his shithole countries comment We must acknowledge accusation that an American president described Haiti El Salvador and all of Africa as a shithole would have for weeks paralyzed any previous modern presidency subjecting it to widespread criticism party defections voter outrage and international condemnation Some of that was visited upon Trump but in muted forms because the revelation seemed oddly neither unexpected nor out of place for Trump That is original and important And uite possibly worrisome p 233 On Living with Collective PTSD in Post 1172016 America The reality is that Trump does not share does not inspire and does not lead nearly so much as he owns commands demands projects and brands He is in every way exhausting to the soul and corrosive to the spirit This is hardest for those who still admire him and wish most fervently for him to succeed p 304 Garrett is as fair and and wish most fervently for him to succeed p 304 Garrett is as fair and close to unbiased as it is possible to be in today s political climate He is no. Rump presidency from its underlying substance For even in its first half Trump's tenure has been highly conseuentialIn Mr Trump's Wild Ride Major Garrett provides what journalists are often said to do but usually don't a true first draft of history His goal was to sift through the mountains of distracting tweets and shrieking headlines in order to focus on the most significant moments of Trump's oung presidency the ones that Garrett believes will have a lasting impact The result is an aut. Not really anything new I ve got to stop reading about this Guy It S An It s an If Becoming Project Five Fifteen you are not having nightmares about the Trump presidency nowou will after reading this book Major Garrett has been a White House correspondent covering the last four presidential administrations As a freuent viewer of CBS News I was eager to read Garrett s observations on the White House s current incumbent detailed in Mr Trump s Wild Ride I think Garrett often begins his TV commentary with a little smirk on his face so as expected the book s subtitle The Thrills Chills Screams and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency was a good prelude to what Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency was a good prelude to what found inside He describes Trump in this way his ochre skin his suspension bridge hair and his whirligig rhetoric Chaos in the Trump White House a Rating 35CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett looks at the first ear of the Trump presidency His goal is to identify the moments or collections of related moments that he thinks will contribute to Trump s legacy whether they be for good or for ill and he does not make a judgment on that issue The events he identifies arethe appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court immigration issues beginning with the travel ban the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General the firing of Jim the travel ban the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General the firing of Jim as FBI Director His initial foreign visit to Saudi Arabia the failure of the ObamaCare repeal events related to racism like Charlottesville the reference to shole countries the NFL and the national anthem etc overtures to North Korea especially the Singapore summit the repeal of many federal regulations and the tax reform law His discussions are generally remarkably objective he lines out the events and projects possible conseuences in multiple directions lots of ifthen formulations The book is relatively short so the discussions are not terribly deep but he does identify specific issues whose development bears watching and he does it while writing well and injecting the occasional catchy sound bite My favorite in hsi discussion of regulatory reform The swamp has not been drained It s been repopulated fewer regulatory manatees gray whales and sponges private capital sharks barracudas and eels Esteemed reporter Major Garrett takes a look at Trump s first ear in his presidency by closely examining certain issues he had to deal with such as health care tax reform his attorney general Jeff Sessions the firing of FBI director James Comey environmental regulations and immigration This is not a pro or anti Trump book but a serious piece of journalism looking at the issues of that time period and Trump s contributions to each 2020 will be an interesting election as by then we will have of an understanding of who Trump really is based on the various conclusions of several investigations This book also provides the reader with a greater understanding of Trump and his positions something that too often is lost in the noise surrounding his outrageous behavior Major Garrett a well known name in mainstream media circles and the White House Correspondent for CBS News attempts to make sense of the nonsense that is the Trump Administration in his latest book Mr Trump s Wild Ride The Thrills Chills Screams and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency He starts off by asking the simple uestion Does Donald Trump Matter The answer is anything but simple of course It is a ualified Kiffe Kiffe Demain yes in which Garrett points out the many accomplishments that Trump has made which will have long lasting effects and conseuences for future presidents and fellow Americans for decadesGarrett s book is essentially a list of several things that Trump has succeeded in doing in his first twoears that for than half the country look like a morass of unconstitutional racist sexist pro business policies which they are but to Trump supporters are proof that Trump is merely doing what he said he d do by fulfilling his campaign promises one at a timeGarrett breaks down the topics extremely well picking apart the fact from the fiction as only a seasoned professional journalist can The result is Major Garrett has been reporting on the White House for nearly two decades covering four different presidencies for three news outlets But if he thought that his distinguished journalistic career had prepared him for the uniue challenges of covering Donald Trump he was in for a surpriseLike many others in Washington Garrett found himself having to unlearn many of his own settled notions about the nature and function of the presidency He also had to separate the carnival like noise of the

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