On June 1st, 2017, Donald Trump appeared at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his intention of withdrawing the US from the Paris Accords on Climate Change, a non-binding, flexible agreement among 195 nations globally, with only Nicaragua and Syria abstaining. The pact is more aspirational than emphatic, allowing nations to set their own pace and policies to bring them along the road to carbon emissions reductions. As such, the US’s participation was more important symbolically than as a practical matter, establishing us as a world leader as well as a cooperative partner in the struggle to prevent a climate-based disaster in the coming decades.
Asteroid Astrology: Trump
Clearly, the political apprentice in question is Donald J. Trump, who simply can’t seem to absorb the steep learning curve of the new job he holds.
As defined by the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution, passed in 1933, each administration begins at 12 noon on January 20th of the year following a presidential election. Thus, all US administrations (unless they succeed mid-term due to the death or resignation of a sitting president) have essentially the same structural dimensions: a Sun at 0 Aquarius conjunct a late Capricorn Midheaven and a mid-Taurus Ascendant.
So what’s behind all the drama about the crowd size for Trump’s inauguration? With the newly-minted president claiming it to be the largest ever, estimating it at “a million, a million and a half” (which in itself is a pretty broad range for an estimate), but the Parks Service suggesting it was closer to 250,000, a tempest in a teapot exploded over the new administration’s first weekend.
At 3:31 PM EDT on Friday, 24 March 2017, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa’s cellphone rang. The number was blocked, but Costa took the call anyway, and was surprised to find Donald J. Trump speaking on the other end. “Hi, Bob. So, we just pulled it.”
I know what you’re thinking – with such a broad range of possibilities that fits this title, how can we pick just one? How to choose from the thicket of untruths, half-truths, exaggerations, braggadocio, falsehoods and downright lies that have proceeded from the lips of Donald J. Trump, just since the announcement of his candidacy?