In the span of 48 hours, the 3rd strongest U.S landfall for a hurricane on record slammed into the Florida panhandle, and the Dow Jones plunged nearly 1400 points in 2 trading sessions.
One would think these events would, or should, preoccupy the time of the President of the United States. However, our current President, Donald Trump, has his own agenda.
Below is a timeline.
3:25 pm ET, October 9 – Donald Trump denies climate change report
President Donald Trump on Tuesday cast doubt on a United Nations report warning that we have just 12 years to curb climate change by suggesting it wasn’t more credible than reports that say the environment is “fabulous.”
The UN report, which is based on more than 6,000 scientific references from 91 authors across 40 countries, outlines the impact of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It warns that the world is rapidly running out of time before the planet will see catastrophic effects.
9:30 am ET, October 10 – Dow Jones Industrial Average opens up 11 points
11:45 am ET, October 10 – Donald Trump says it would be unfair to reschedule campaign rally due to hurricane
President Trump, while discussing Hurricane Michael in the Oval Office with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, says it would be unfair to the people planning to attend his rally in Pennsylvania if he were to cancel the event.
1:15 pm ET, October 10 – Hurricane Michael makes landfall with 155 mph winds
When Hurricane Michael crashed into the coast of the Florida Panhandle as a strengthening Category 4 storm, it packed maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and a central pressure of 919 millibars. Based on these two key measures of intensity, it ranked among the top four most-powerful hurricanes to hit the United States.
The Florida Panhandle, which was devastated by Michael, has no prior record of such a strong storm. Incredibly, Michael was still a major (Category 3) hurricane when it tracked into Georgia early Wednesday evening, becoming the most intense storm to hit the state since 1898.
4:00 pm ET, October 10 – Dow Jones Industrial Average closes down 818 points, in large part because of Trump’s tariffs
The Dow Jones plummeted by 818 points on Wednesday, closing at 25,608 and marking the worst day for the index since February.
The S&P 500 closed 3.3 percent lower, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq tumbled by 4 percent for its worst day since Brexit. Wall Street’s “fear gauge” or volatility index rose to its highest level since April.
Investors were mainly reacting to rising rates and Treasury yields, as well as a recent warning from the International Monetary Fund — essentially the world’s lender of last resort — that global economic growth was being crimped by trade tensions and a tit-for-tat over tariffs.
7:00 pm ET, October 10 – Donald Trump gives campaign speech in Pennsylvania, accuses Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia
“There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats and Russia,” Trump told a campaign crowd in Erie, Pennsylvania, shortly after they had begun chanting “Lock her up!” about the former Secretary of State on Wednesday. “There was a lot of collusion with them and Russia and lots of other people.”
8:00 am ET, October 12 – Donald Trump calls into Fox & Friends, spends 45 minutes attacking Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, James Comey, Jeff Sessions, the Mueller Investigation, and the Federal Reserve
President Donald Trump said serving in the White House has cost him billions. He called the rhetoric of former attorney general Eric Holder ‘‘dangerous.’’ He said he could work with Democrats on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure if they take control of the House. And he asserted that Hillary Clinton should have been taken off the campaign trail and jailed.
All that — and much more — came in a freewheeling 45-minute phone interview with the hosts of ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ on Thursday morning.
9:30 am ET, October 12 – Dow Jones Industrial Average opens down 80 points
11:30 am ET, October 11 – Donald Trump blames the Federal Reserve for the Stock Market drop
Trump also told reporters in the Oval Office Thursday morning that he knows monetary policy better than the Federal Reserve’s leaders and continued criticizing them for interest-rate increases.
“I’m not going to fire him,” Trump said of Powell, a Trump appointee who legally can only be fired for cause. “But I think it’s far too stringent far too fast.”
Trump said the market plunge is “a correction that I think is caused by the Federal Reserve.”
11:45 am ET, October 11 – Donald Trump delivers bill signing remarks with Kid Rock
Kid Rock had a few choice words for a reporter as the “All Summer Long” attended the signing of the Music Modernization Act by President Donald Trump.
The 47-year-old musician was seen walking up the driveway to at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when a reporter tried to shout a question to him as he passed on his way to the West Wing.
When an unknown reporter asked if Rock thought the president should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the singer wasn’t having any of the political games.
“He should fire you,” the singer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, yelled back as he walked by the reporter.
12:00 pm ET, October 11 – Extent of catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael begins to become clear
Entire oceanfront communities in the Florida Panhandle were virtually obliterated, an Air Force base suffered “catastrophic” damage and at least six people were killed by Hurricane Michael, a sucker-punch of a storm that intensified suddenly and now ranks as one of the four most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the United States.
Tiny Mexico Beach, Fla., a town of about 1,000 residents, appeared to be have been almost destroyed by Michael’s 155 mph impact — just 1 mph short of a Category 5 storm. Aerial footage showed much of the seaside enclave reduced to kindling, trees sheared off just above the ground, tangles of power lines strewn in the streets and cars and boats piled up like rubbish. Entire blocks seemed essentially empty, with houses and everything else that had been on them smashed by storm surge and wind and presumably washed out to sea.
12:30 pm ET, October 11 – Donald Trump meets with Kanye West in the Oval Office
“They tried to scare me to not wear this hat,” West said of his red “Make America Great Again” cap. But, he said, “This hat, it gives me power in a way.”
“You made a Superman cape for me,” he told Trump.
It was a surreal scene even by the standards of a nonconventional White House. The unlikely allies spoke to reporters before a closed-door lunch that had been billed as a forum to discuss policy issues including manufacturing, gangs, prison reform and violence in Chicago, where West grew up. Spectators at the show included Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former NFL star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.
During one pause, Trump seemed to acknowledge the oddness of the moment, saying, “That was quite something.”
4:00 pm ET, October 11 – Dow Jones Industrial average closes down another 500 points
U.S. stocks tumbled a second day, with major averages notching wild swings in heavy volume. Treasuries surged after a strong 30-year auction, the dollar fell with oil, and gold, that traditional safe haven, posted its biggest gain in more than two years.
The S&P 500 Index fell more than 2 percent for a second straight day and is now in its longest slide since 2016. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 500 points. Tech shares that bore the brunt of the selling Wednesday fared relatively better Thursday, though the Nasdaq 100 Index’s losses from an August record reached 8 percent.
We don’t have a President. We have a deranged narcissist who is far more concerned with talking to people who will massage his ego than he is concerned with what is actually happening in the world. We have a deranged narcissist who is not existing in the same reality as everyone else. We have a deranged narcissist who would rather spend time attacking all of his critics than actually doing his job. We are Rome and we are being led by Nero.