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Concluding a round of golf with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, this weekend, President Trump had a forceful response to North Korea’s successful Sunday launch of an intermediate-range missile. “I said, ‘It won’t happen — the ‘so-called’ Pukguksong-2 wouldn’t go any farther than my par 4 golf drives and it didn’t,” the visibly angry president asserted. “My drive on the 7th hole went 350 yards, way beyond the distance that crooked, overrated, fake missile went.”

When it was pointed out to him that the South Korean military reported the rocket flew 310 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan, Mr. Trump advised everyone to look at the big picture, 350 vs. 310, and not get bogged down in details. His stubborn insistence on an alternate reality provoked widespread outrage forcing both Vice-President Pence and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway to take to the airwaves in defense.

“Look, the President has a right to express his beliefs. That’s why the American public elected him,” said Pence on Meet the Press. Conway, in a contentious interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union, questioned why the media was focusing on such an insignificant issue. “Why aren’t you talking about the 2 birdies he had, and the 4 gimme putts he gave the prime minister as a sign of support for Japan. We don’t hear any of that from the national media.”

Back at Mar-a-Lago, Trump tweeted he would make North Korea’s leader, whom he pointedly called “Kim Dong-un” pay dearly for his latest provocation, and that all options were on the table. In a hastily called follow-up news conference, press secretary Sean Spicer announced: (1) Additional sanctions would include a ban on U.S.-made golf balls and hair products; and (2) The immediate withdrawal of the Trump Organization, in which the president holds no management role, from a billion-dollar deal to develop a championship golf course and luxury condominiums just outside of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. “The president,” he said, “will always put our country’s interests before his family’s profits.”

Early reports from Pyongyang indicate that Kim Jong-un intends to retaliate by wearing knock-offs of Ivanka Trump shoes.

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UPDATE: Granted the above might rate a 10 on a scale of absurdity, but where does that place what actually happened at Mar-a-Lago this weekend after news about the North Korean missile test reached the president: between 6-7? He and the Japanese prime minister huddled with aides at their dinner table to discuss this sensitive diplomatic matter in full view of other Mar-a-Lago diners, and within easy earshot of waiters who were busy bringing entrées. News accounts suggest that numerous security protocols were violated including the use of flashlights on unsecured cell phones that were called into use due to the dim candlelight of the outdoor terrace.

One club member, Richard DeAgazio, posted photos on his FB page, and was both clearly wowed to be at “the center of the action,” and impressed by the president’s demeanor: “He chooses to be out on the terrace, with the members. It just shows that he’s a man of the people,” DeAgazio said. [Editor’s note: If by “people” you mean those who can afford a recently doubled initiation fee of $200,000.]

But maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on a president who’s been in office for less than a month. After all, what better place to deal with an international crisis than in a roomful of wealthy Floridians where the chances are high that a retired diplomat having dessert might be all-too-happy to lend assistance.

Nice to know too that Kool-Aid is one of the drinks served at Mar-a-Lago.

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During her CNN interview with Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway argued that much of the critical coverage of her boss showed a lack of “respect for and recognition of the dignity [of] the office of President.”

Sorry Kellyanne but it cuts both ways.

How does Donald Trump show respect for the presidency by undermining faith in our basic democratic institutions through constant lying? Or by attacking judges doing their constitutionally mandated job?

How does he honor his responsibility to the country by nominating manifestly unqualified, ethically challenged, ideologues to head government agencies? Or by not reaching out to the majority of citizens who voted for his opponent?

Why does he deserve to be called “Mr. President” when he refuses to divest himself of an ownership stake in his business empire?

And what kind of dignity does this Narcissist-in-Chief demonstrate by tweeting about tv shows, the size of his inauguration crowds, and his adult daughter’s business affairs?

It’s a wonder to me how journalists like Tapper manage to interview Trump’s apologists — Conway, Vice-president Pence, chief-of-staff Reince Priebus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan — without having their heads explode. For that kind of professionalism, they have my greatest respect. Me? I’d be tearing my hair out, burying my head in my hands, or sputtering incoherently at the shameless cravenness, evasiveness, dishonesty, and hypocrisy of people who, not being Trump, ought to know better.

I can only hope that a day will come when tv or radio broadcasts will provide a laugh track to accompany interviews with the Oval Office Kool-Aid drinkers. Because that is what they truly deserve — the only appropriate response of an enlightened and empowered citizenry that won’t accept crap as answer.

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