Trump is already handing the presidency to Pence

Whether Donald Trump is already bored with being president, or simply overwhelmed, there are signs that Trump is already handing the presidency off to his incoming vice president Mike Pence.

Keep in mind that earlier this year Trump’s own son reportedly told the Kasich campaign that future president Trunp planned to hand off most of his presidency to his vice president.

And judging by Trump’s refusal to attend the critically-important daily intelligence briefings that the president, and incoming president, receive, it appears that Trump is on track to license the most important parts of the presidency to religious right activist Mike Pence.

Here’s the NYT, which first reported the story of Kasich being offered what amounts to as the entire presidency:

One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply.

The Trump campaign denies the story. Kasich says his staff confirmed it. Here’s CNN:

Kasich told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he didn’t receive a call himself. But he said one of his aides confirmed to him a New York Times report last month saying Donald Trump Jr. tried to entice Kasich with a position as the most powerful vice president in history — putting him in charge of all domestic and foreign policy — was accurate.

“That’s what one of them has told me, yes,” Kasich told Tapper in an interview aired Sunday on “State of the Union.”

And in fact, what are we already seeing? Trump is handing a key aspect of his presidency, foreign policy and the national defense, to his incoming VP Mike Pence. You might have heard that Trump has refused to attend most of his daily intelligence briefings.

Trump intelligence briefings

What you may not have known is who is attending the daily briefings instead of Trump: Mike Pence.

From the NYT:

President-elect Donald Trump has received two classified intelligence briefings since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower — at least so far — than that of his predecessors, current and former U.S. officials said.

A team of intelligence analysts has been prepared to deliver daily briefings on global developments and security threats to Trump in the two weeks since he won. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, by contrast, has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election, officials said.

Donald Trump is handing the presidency off to Mike Pence in the biggest and most offensive licensing deal in the history of the world.

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  • reaganmikenyc

    “Donald Trump is handing the presidency off to Mike Pence…..”

    For the sake of us all,let’s hope so.Liberal Dems might not like Pence’ politics,but he’s normal,respectful human being and a patriot.Trump is none of those things.

    But I seriously doubt Pence would appoint Gen. Michael ”Dr. Strangelove” Flynn as National Security Advisor.Unfortunately,I think the reason Trump expresses admiration for Putin and surrounds himself with generals is because he wants to be like Putin.And that’s the opposite of handing off the Presidency to someone else.That’s one of the reasons Trump eschews objective truths for fantasy stories,something the rest the world simply refers to as “propaganda”.

    Trump is the man who created the Hawaiian investigation hoax in 2011.He likes to spin fantasies for a willing public.How far is willing to take it? Create a national security crises? Use all those Generals to impose martial law? Isn’t that how guys like Putin and Erdogan go about it?

    President Looney with Dr. Strangelove providing the daily intel briefings and strategy.A bit of a challenge for the national security establishment………..to say the least.

  • quax

    Since US companies are heavily invested in the oil patch the chances are good that even if NAFTA fails we will probably fall back onto the trade arrangement that existed prior. This is likely because the US still imports large quantities of Canadian oil. The recent OPEC decision will revive the oil patch, and the fact that Canada is still committed to open trade will be a net benefit if we can retain our trade position with the US (Trump notably has real estate holdings in Vancouver and Toronto, so I don’t think we have to be too concerned about this).

    We are also already noticing that Canada’s universities see more enrollments from abroad as more foreign students avoid the US. This is another net benefit since these foreign students are generating profits for the colleges.

    But at any rate, thank you for your good luck wishes, most appreciated.

  • The Oscar

    He just wanted to ‘win.’ ‘Cus hes a ‘winner!!!’ He was never interested in the job, just winning it. His abject laziness is an issue for another day. And, yes, I’m very liberal. Thus sentient.

  • Demosthenes

    I do, which is why I know the Donald has small hands and end attention span of a fruit fly.

  • Blarg

    Start thinking for yourself.

  • Blarg

    Reductionist, head in sand hand-waving. Who would leave a business they love for a largely thankless job they never wanted. Your logic is not sensible or logical. I understand though, you’re a liberal.

  • Blarg

    Some house cleaning will be in order before those agencies are back on track.

  • Blarg

    Liberals. Biggest bunch of insulting, belittling, condescending, *-ists out there. I blame the trend of Huffington paint on most of it. ;-)

  • Blarg

    Canada is going to be a bleak place over the next four years. Never recovered from the recession. 34% corporate tax, no coast to coast pipelines, USA as an oil competitor v. buyer, carbon tax. That whooshing sound will be business leaving Canada as the CAD plummets. Good luck with Trudeau at the helm.

  • goulo

    “criminalize Christianity”?
    WTF are you talking about? Christianity has not been criminalized in the US. You’re either trolling or delusional. Poe’s law in action.

  • benb

    A crisis will come and it will be an absolute disaster because Pence won’t want to make the final decision and Trump won’t be up to speed.

  • Matildambroome

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  • You spelled it Trunp in the second paragraph.

  • quax

    If you are religiously persecuted you can apply for asylum in a country such as Canada. They will give you a fair hearing. You should really try it, nobody should have to live like that.

  • quax

    Intelligence briefings deal with reality, that’s not what Trump deals in.

  • lilyannerose

    The Pence disclosures were in the same original news article regarding Trump’s behavior regarding the Intel Briefings.

  • buttholepunch
  • AllanG

    Perhaps he can hire Nancy Reagan’s fortune teller?

  • AllanG

    Pence will need the practice. Trump will be impeached for who knows what crimes of bribery and lying. He just can’t help himself because as he likes to brag, he’s really, really smart when it comes to business. Not so much on the ethics.

  • The fact that you claim to be a Christian but voted for the Grab them by the pussy candidate shows what a hypocrite you are. Young people are watching and will be leaving the church even faster than they already were seeing how repugnant Christians really are.

  • Having to take money from gay people to do your job like you always do is your idea of persecution? You are delusional. No one is persecuting Christians in the US but it’s clear that you would happily persecute anyone who isn’t your kind of Christian.

  • Pjs8200

    Conservative logic equates not being able to shove “KKKristian” theocracy down everyone’s throat as criminalizing Christianity. By the same token, not being able to force your beliefs on the the rest of the population is suppressing religious freedom. You obviously don’t care to know the facts or reality about the self righteous bakers blaming religious persecution on their business closing.

  • That is EXACTLY what happened, and we all saw how that turned out. This time around we won’t have a recession, it will be a full-blown depression. But hey, at least Pence & friends will wind up killing off a lot of young conservative men who will sign up to go fight the wars they are going to start. “Silver lining” & all that. ;)

  • Uganda

    excellent comment. Go Trump (2017-2024) & Go Mike Pence (2025-2032).

  • LISTEN UP FOLKS! Everyone pay close attention to Uganda’s comment here… it is an excellent example of what huffing spray paint and gasoline fumes will do to one’s cognitive functions.

  • Well if you can’t trust a die-hard communist and former KGB agent, who can you trust?

  • Uganda

    By Liberal logic, It’s okay for a leftist activist and extremist to run government, criminalize Christianity, suppress religious freedom, close small christian businesses who object to bake cakes based on religious conciseness but it’s not okay for a plain christian who will keep both religious freedom & liberal trash intact.

    By my measurement, Pence is not a christian activist but an intelligent man with no mental disorders.

    Liberalism is like Islam for example:
    In Islam, it’s “a religion of peace” but allows followers to kill decadent “infidels”.
    In liberalism, it’s about “tolerance” & “Diversity” but slaughter those who don’t agree with you e.g the case of Grubhub CEO, Apple, etc where e-mails to staff imply “resign” if you voted for trump because “you have no place here”.

    In summary, in both Islam & liberalism, you say one thing and do the opposite.

  • The intelligence folks didn’t lie. It was a Matter of Cheney & friends selectively ignoring some parts of the information and spinning / exaggerating others while they were explaining it all to that village-idiot puppet of a President we had at the time, all to advance their own jingoistic agenda.

  • guardianne

    and listen instead to Putin?

  • Paul

    If the war on Iraq has taught us anything, it’s that the intelligence agencies are full of people that will blatantly lie directly to the President’s face. If I were Trump, I would be ignoring those briefings, too.

  • Adrian Crane

    This is garbage news.

  • Dover Bill

    Where’s Dick Cheney when ya need him?

  • The Oscar

    He never wanted to be president. He wanted just to win the presidency.

  • Chuck Burnell

    Bwah-hah! What a loony-tune blog. The author knows all this is bull crap, people, he’s just pandering to the fringe left in hopes of garnering a few click-bait hits. Trump is doing exactly what businessmen do; they delegate responsibility, rather than ineffectively trying to run a whole show himself — like SOME presidents we know.

    Good try, AMERICAblog. Now go back to the oblivion from whence you came. Your voice simply doesn’t matter anymore. Time has passed you by.

  • woodroad34

    Isn’t this what they did with W/Cheney? The ignorant puppet in front and Rasputin running the country.

  • Demosthenes

    The Donald has both small hands and a short attention span.

  • UncleBucky

    christianIST. That’s the word! ;)

  • UncleBucky
  • Andrew

    Republicans are grooming pseudo Christian Pence to run for President 2020.

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