Donald Trump: A week of 'biblical' proportions in the US

Donald Trump: A week of 'biblical' proportions in the US

Donald Trump: A week of 'biblical' proportions in the US

Updated 22 September 2017, 11:05 AEST

Hurricanes, earthquakes and talk of war.

You could be forgiven for looking over your shoulder for locusts.

Ahem.

And yes, the doomsdayers are out in force as the US and the Caribbean face down hurricanes, Mexico searches desperately for survivors under collapsed buildings and the President warns that the US will totally destroy North Korea to defend itself or its allies.

That was at the UN General Assembly where world leaders and diplomats gathered to hear a characteristically undiplomatic speech from Donald Trump in his first appearance in the hallowed main UN chamber.

Which old tweet should we drag out?

How about this one from UNGA circa 2011:

Or this one?

There really is a tweet for everything.

So, then The Donald took the stage — in front of those bothersome tiles and delivered a speech that was a little bothersome itself, if you worry about things like imminent nuclear war.

He set up a situation where the US would have "no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

He took the tweet and put it into the speech by calling Kim Jong-Un "rocket man" in the United Nations General Assembly.

And he also said major parts of the world were "going to hell":

Yeesh. Inspiring much?

Feelings were mixed. North Korea said it amounted to the "sound of a dog barking".

Within the states, like most things, the reviews were diametrically opposed.

The left found the rhetoric troublesome, whereas many on the right — particularly Trump supporters, called it a .

Meanwhile, the Russia probe is heating up, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller casting his investigation net far and wide

The DC rumour mill is rife with speculation that the 'Russia stuff' is about to explode again, and let's be honest, it's been a while since we've had a major revelation on that front so it's about time.

Bob Mueller is seeking documents from the White House regarding Donald Trump's decisions to sack national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI chief James Comey as well as details of a meeting with Russian officials in which the President said the dismissal of Mr Comey relieved "great pressure" on him.

Consider this space watched.

Spicer is back

After leaving the White House, Sean Spicer hasn't taken long to reappear in the spotlight — exactly where you'd expect to find him — among the Hollywood elite.

The declaration that the Emmy's crowd was the biggest ever was a light-hearted take on his brazen lie on day one as press secretary to Mr Trump.

We can take it as an apology, right?

Wait, what?!

Eyes on healthcare

Last week we brought you news of the investigation into Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his use of Government aircraft.

This week, it's Health Secretary Tom Price who is in the spotlight over his use of private jets.

According to Politico, Mr Price used private jets five times last week for official government business.

When asked, a spokesman said, "when commercial aircraft cannot reasonably accommodate travel requirements, charter aircraft can be used for official travel".

Politico details the various other travel options that the health secretary could have considered to save the $25,000 dollar cost of a private plane — a train, car or commercial flight from DC to Philly for example — in this piece.

Speaking of health, believe it or not the Republicans are reviving their effort to once again repeal Obamacare.

While the world has been focused on global affairs, in Washington, Republicans are having another crack at "fulfilling a campaign promise" .

During the last attempt, the "Jimmy Kimmel test" was established as a threshold for any replacement health care to pass.

Well, Jimmy Kimmel isn't happy with the new Graham-Cassidy bill.

The best way to understand it? In two parts — two separate monologues from Kimmel this week.

Part I:

And then the following night, Part II:

They're expected to vote next week.

Democrats are still searching for their next generation of leaders.

Who are they? Meet Dan Helmer:

Meanwhile the old hands are floating around.

First, former President Obama has been shopping speeches on Wall Street.

And Hillary Clinton was given a dossier of unused Hillary jokes from Stephen Colbert:

Finally, Frank, who sent a letter to the White House a few weeks back offering to mow the lawn, got his wish.

That's the best thing we saw this week.

Nice mow Frank!