Donald Trump Remains Unchanged and Unrepentant After Election

Toronto – Ignoring pre-election promises to be more “Presidential,” three weeks into his tenure, US President Donald Trump remains unchanged and unmoved, according to a report in the Washington Post Friday.During his presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised to be “more presidential” when he occupied the Oval Office. Critics are still waiting. Reported February 10 in the Washington Post, many in congress had been harbouring a fantasy that Trump would become presidential simply by entering the “magic” office. That has not turned out to be the case. What has occurred in it’s place, is barely contained mayhem.Chaos by Design As many critics predicted before Trump’s inauguration, President Trump has remained largely “unchanged.” What is different is the chaos that staffers insist is being implemented by design. For Mark Salter, confidante and former top aide to Senator John McCain, the transformation was never expected because that would have required Trump “not just growing into the job, but growing up.”According to Salter, top Republicans deluded themselves into believing, like a fairy tale, all would be well as soon as he entered the hallowed Oval Office. “They just couldn’t bring themselves to believe otherwise because it would have been an indictment of them” for their support of Trump throughout the campaign.Part of the chaos currently permeating the White House, involves top aides jockeying for position by outdoing one another in a bid to please the President, going as far as embracing “alternative facts,” no matter how absurd, to secure Trump’s favour. They do anything to please their boss, including attacking critics and their newest soft target, mainstream media.A Promise Made…The same source stated that, at an April 2016 rally,Trump promised “At some point, I’m gonna be so presidential that you people will be so bored.” This was after his January 2016 promise; “When I’m president, I’m a different person, I can do anything. I can be the most politically correct person that you’ve ever seen.”In an NBC interview two weeks later he vowed he would be “much different, much different” as President. When you’re President you act in a different way, there’s no question about that, and I would do that.”… Is a Promise BrokenBy August, however, Donald Trump was feeling decidedly more defiant saying while in Wisconsin, “I am who I am. It’s me. I don’t want to change. Everyone talks about ‘oh well, you’ve got to pivot.’ I mean you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”Looking into the Trump-as-President future, Brendan Buck, chief communications advisor to House Speaker, Paul Ryan, said “He’s got a unique way of doing things and we don’t ever expect that to change.” read more

Offshore patrol vessel for Sri Lanka Navy launched in Goa

Chief guest, secretary to ministry of defence, government of Sri Lanka, Karunasena Hettiarachchi said, “The project not only shows the shipbuilding capabilities of GSL, but also reflects the very strong diplomatic ties between the two countries and brotherly ties between the two Navies and Coast Guards.”The vessel ‘Sayural’ was launched at the hands of Hettiarachchi’s wife M A W P Gunawardana. Till now Sri Lanka bought all its large ships second hand from various countries. _~ †The first of the two 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPV) built for the Sri Lankan Navy was launched in Goa, India by Goa Shipyard Limited, the Times of India reported.This is the first time in the history Sri Lanka that such a large vessel has been designed for them by a foreign country. The keel of the first vessel was laid on September 10, 2014 and GLS completed 100% hull construction and launched the vessel within 21 months of keel laying. The vessel is in advanced stages of outfitting and will be ready for delivery by August 2017. Highlighting the excellent execution record of the shipyard, chairman and managing director, Rear admiral (retd) Shekhar Mital said, “With so many deliveries/launchings happening ahead of schedule, seen in the context of GSL’s 1/1.5 OPV capability per year till about two years back, corroborates that GSL has come off age and is able to exploit its shipbuilding capabilities and new infrastructure to a much larger scale, through optimization of resources.” (Colombo Gazette) read more