THE TRUMP TEAM - THE FOURTH REICH
The international crisis merely underscored one closer to home. Trump’s first 24 days in office have become a leak-filled mess, with the fortunes of various aides rising and falling in rapid frequency.
Stephen Bannon, his chief strategist, and his precocious understudy, Stephen Miller, received much of the derision for Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration. (Last week, a federal appeals court ruled against the ban.)
At the same time, the president has had issues with the performance, dress code, and even S.N.L.depiction of his press secretary, Sean Spicer.
Kellyanne Conway, his counselor, has pirouetted from sticky situation to sticky situation—from referring to Spicer’s outright lie about inaugural crowd size as an “alternative fact” to possibly breaking federal law when she gave daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing brand an advertisement on Fox News—seemingly unscathed in her boss’s eyes, but undoubtedly damaging her public credibility.
Meanwhile, chief of staff Reince Priebus seemed poised to ascend after the successful rollout of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Last week, my colleague Sarah Ellison referred to the rollout as “Reince’s Revenge.”
FOX NEWS ANCHOR
Chris Wallace cautioned his colleagues and the network’s viewers Sunday that President Trump’s latest attack on the media had gone too far.
“Look, we're big boys. We criticize presidents. They want to criticize us back, that's fine,” Wallace said Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends.” “But when he said that the fake news media is not my enemy, it's the enemy of the American people, I believe that crosses an important line.”
The “Fox & Friends” anchors had shown a clip of Trump recounting that past presidents, including Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, had fought with the press. They then asked Wallace whether Trump's fraught relationship with the media was a big deal.
In response, Wallace told his colleagues that Jefferson had also once written the following: “And were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Context was important, Wallace said. All presidents fight with the media, but Trump had taken it a step further in making them out to be “the enemy,” he added.
“Yes, presidents have always had — and politicians have always had — problems with the press. They want good press. The press doesn't always give it to them,” Wallace said. “But what Jefferson [was saying] is, despite all of our disputes, that to the functioning of a free and fair democracy, you must have an independent press.”
Trump's contentious relationship with the press has again been in the spotlight in recent days after the president repeatedly attacked the media as “fake news” in several tweets. In one widely shared tweet on Friday, Trump said the media was “not my enemy” but “the enemy of the American People!”
A FEW GOOD MEN
THE PRESS: President Trump did you order the botched Immigrant ban?
JUDGE DREDD: You don’t have to answer that question!
POTUS: I'll answer the question. You want answers?
THE PRESS: I want the truth!
POTUS: You can’t handle the truth! We live in a world that needs walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. And I’m going to build bigger, longer, more awesome, spectacular, incredible, great and wonderful walls.
And I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. I got to get those Mexicanos to pay for it!
And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. Because I am the only one who can negotiate it.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to Americans who rise and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I Donald The Protector Provides and it will get better when I get a security guy since no one wants to work for me.
THE PRESS: Did you order the IMMIGRANT BAN thats so screwed up?
POTUS: YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID! And the assholes on my staff did a great job on it except for the legal part.
REINCE (COSMO) PREIBUS - SENIOR STAFF BABELFACATOR
One of President Trump’s longtime friends made a striking move on Sunday: After talking privately with the president over drinks late Friday, Christopher Ruddy publicly argued that Trump should replace his White House chief of staff.
“A lot of people have been saying, ‘Look, Donald has some problems,’ and I think he realizes that he’s got to make some changes going forward,” Ruddy said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Ruddy went on to detail his critique of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: “It’s my view that Reince is the problem. I think on paper Reince looked good as the chief of staff, and Donald trusted him, but its pretty clear the guy is in way over his head.
He’s not knowledgeable of how federal agencies work, how the communications operations work. He botched this whole immigration rollout. This should’ve been a win for Donald, not two or three weeks of negative publicity.”
“My personal view is they know that they can improve in the area of their messaging, and they’re working quickly to do it,” said Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website, and a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.
Other supporters of Trump say too much of the senior staff’s attention seems to be taken up by internal conflicts. Only a handful of ambassadorships have been announced, for instance, and some major Republican donors in line for such posts are privately complaining that they have felt cut off from Priebus, after having enjoyed regular contact with him when he was Republican National Committee chairman.
Edward J. Rollins, a White House adviser to Ronald Reagan, said part of the problem for Trump’s team is that so many top officials are “big, national personalities where everything they do is amplified.”
“The real problem here is you have a bunch of people who were pretty much unknown four months ago, and now they’re all characters on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” Rollins said.
Priebus, Trumps Chief of Staff, follows the chief, the chief lies, he swears to it. US President-elect Donald Trump’s new ladder climbing yes man chief of staff Reince Priebus has defended the choice of right-wing media man Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, calling him a “force for good”. A number of critics have denounced Mr Bannon as supporting white supremacism. Adolf would think of him as a son. Maybe “A force for good for nothing” better explains Bannon”.
But Reince Priebus told Good Morning America: This was “ Not the Steve Bannon that I know” adding he was a “ Very, very smart person”. To an idiot, Donald Duck would seem intelligent and smart.
Coming from Priebus thats understandable, his record as a judge of people is questionable. Reince follows money and position. One day Reince will escape from the butt-following mental prison he lives in and will find normalcy on a deserted island far from humanity when the Donald banishes him.
The victims of the infighting and grandstanding of the TRUMP court are almost predictable. Reince’s position will be Bannon on the right and Trumps son-in-law on his left. With Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway behind him, he is in a precarious position. Basically his Christie ‘Yea Boss’ attitude will keep him in the fray for a while. Just ask Chris Christie... who?
Mr Priebus said: “I am very grateful to the president-elect for this opportunity to serve him and this nation as we work to create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace Obamacare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism.” Mr. Paul Ryan, House speaker and certified party man, our biggest coward besides Mitch the Bitch McConnell, “ Said on Monday that Mr Priebus’s appointment was a very, very, very good sign of things to come”
If what we have seen so far is a sample of good things to come, beware these are not just growing pains, this administration is a complete cluster-f*ck. Adolf Hitler made those same promises about Bormann and Eichmann, Speer found recognition too, Reince has spoken like a true TRUMP lay-down and a Paul Ryan spy in the White House.
RUMORS: Specifically, multiple sources close to President Trump with internal knowledge of White House operations told Breitbart News on Monday night that the buck stops with Priebus when it comes to the botched rollout of the executive order temporarily banning most travel to the United States from seven nations with a history of exporting terrorism and temporarily halting the refugee program. This news comes of course in the wake of the news that Flynn was pushed out, but also as more and more reports of a likely shake-up at the top loom.
“Reince is responsible, ultimately, for the rollout of the immigration executive order,” one source said. “He failed to get [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions on the calendar in the Senate in time for what he knew would be a highly controversial executive order. He was supposed to be this wizard in dealing with congressional Republicans, but has not been successful in getting anything serious done.”
KELLYANNE (B.O.W. WOW) CONWAY -
She on the other hand is known as the ‘Bitch On Wheels’ and not afraid of taking on the media spinning faster than a whiling dervish who just got goosed by a cattle prod. She is an American Republican campaign manager, strategist, and pollster. She is President and CEO of The Polling Company Inc. / Woman Trend, and has been a political commentator on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and more and has Donald’s ear.
She also invents phrases like ‘alternative answers’ which is a nice way of saying, ‘I will be lying through my teeth and you are supposed to believe the horseshit I will be throwing at you’. She ranks high on the Scumbag list with T-RUMP and lying comes as easy to her as it does to T-RUMP.
Conway was repeatedly questioned about Spicer’s "provable falsehood" by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press. She angrily responded: “We feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there." “Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods,” he replied. The Jacobs Political Dictionary sees “Alternative Facts” as defined as a Really Big Fuokin Lie”
The other blonde player carrying lots of weight is TRUMP’S daughter, that adds to the mix of opinions and causes. With his daughter adding to the fray, most likely at one point anyone on that team, especially Mr. Priebus might get drawn and quartered.
Being Jewish, my favorite expression is, and it comes from long discussions at my family’s dinner table, ‘What do you have with five Jewish advisors’. Ans: Six opinions! What do you have with TRUMPS closest advisors...chaos! And soon my prediction is they will start killing each other with kindness. In this case “Kindness is defined as using a sharpened knife instead of a dull one”.
With TRUMP playing the game and removing Barrack Obamas Presidential Orders without any ideas of consequence or whom it might hurt, without a backup plan especially in the health market which is tenuous at best. He is off to a bad start. Guided by someone with the word CON right in her name.
She is a CHIEF adviser to Donald Trump and defended his controversial travel ban by citing a terror attack which never happened. Ms. Conway also coined the phrase ‘Alternative Facts’, referenced the ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ after responding to a question about the President’s executive order.
What is the ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ and what did Kellyanne Conway say about it? Conway made the remarks during an interview on MSNBC while discussing the President’s travel ban.
She said: “President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre.”
She added: “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered. ”But it soon emerged that the attack didn’t get covered because it never actually happened.
The White House aide was referring to the arrests of Iraqis Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi – who lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2011, they were arrested after sending money and weapons to terror group al-Qaeda in Iraq. They also admitted making homemade bombs while living in their native country which were used against US troops.
During an earlier conversation, Conway said she intends to remain connected to Trump once he takes office but implied that it would be nearly impossible for her to take on an official White House role and be a mother to her four children, all of which are younger than 12, at the same time
“I do politely mention to them the question isn’t would you take the job, the male sitting across from me who’s going to take a big job in the White House. The question is would you want your wife to,” Conway said, describing conversations she’s had with male colleagues. “Would you want the mother of your children to? You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.”
In context, it appears Conway was saying that the men she spoke to said they wouldn’t want their wives taking a White House job, and that she might not take a job because of her children. She certainly never implied that all women with children should not have role in the White House. She has four children under twelve.
And based on her criticisms which come fast and furious because she spins so much, she may have already showed her hand and her exit strategy. She really has botched beyond belief a few interviews and her statements carry little weight.
Meanwhile, following reports that CNN had refused to accept White House counselor Kellyanne Conway as an interview guest this past Sunday due to concerns over her credibility, Conway showed up on The Lead this afternoon to speak with anchor Jake Tapper.
The conversation immediately became contentious and heated when Tapper confronted Conway over President Donald Trump’s claims that the media has ignored and not reported on certain terror attacks. He further took issue with the list that the White House sent out, highlighting that the press covered the vast majority of the attacks they cited and that some were, in fact, given heavy coverage.
By the way, she needs a vacation. On TV this week she looks weathered and sickly, maybe her conscience, that sense of right and wrong is catching up with her. You can only believe in make believe for so long. She helped TRUMP get elected and when Humpty Trumpty falls off the wall she might get landed on with egg all over that face.
STEVE BANNON - HEAD KAHUNA
CHIEF MESSAGE MASSAGER AND LENINIST
He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School and a former US Navy officer. This is good. Then he went to the dark side. He became an Investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a Conservative documentary film maker celebrating Reagan, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party (Propaganda)
He is seen as in conflict with the traditional Republican establishment, a racist and right-wing extremist by some members of his own party and believes Trump’s priorities on taking office would be to “ Get his arms around foreign policy”. A believer in Tax reform for the rich and raise taxes for the middle class and plans changes to the Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare.
Just days after President Trump spoke of a “running war’’ with the media, his chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, ratcheted up the attacks, arguing that news organizations had been “humiliated” by the election outcome and repeatedly describing the media as “the opposition party” of the current administration.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.
“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald J Trump is the president of the United States.”
The scathing assessment — delivered by one of Mr. Trump’s most trusted and influential advisers, in the first days of his presidency — comes at a moment of high tension between the news media and the administration, with skirmishes over the size of Mr. Trump’s inaugural crowd and the president’s false claims that millions of illegal votes by undocumented immigrants swayed the popular vote against him. MORE:
WHO IS THE PRESIDENT TRUMPS ALTER BRAIN BANNON
Who is really running the Whitehouse? A cluster-f*ck of this proportion cannot be promulgated by just one man. On the other hand T-RUMPS multiple personalities lend the possibility of who showed up for pretending to work that day.
💀 Steve Bannon does show up and writes the bylines of the T-RUMP massacre without any conference with his peers in other departments. This is both stupid and dangerous on behalf of Herr Trump who is appearing and acting as the future Fourth Reich Fuehrer of the United States.
💀 He is the senior adviser to the president at the White House.
💀He is filling seats from his Gestapo former staff at Breitbart.com.
💀 Trump appointed him to an unprecedented seat on the Principles Committee of The National Security Council (never before given to a political adviser by any administration, Democrat or Republican).
💀 Bannon has created a counter group to the NSC in his office, called the Strategic Initiatives Group. “Bannon and his team have been increasing their public profiles on foreign policy issues in recent days,” which may be an understatement.
💀 This past week, it was Bannon, not the president, who got the cover story in Time which called him “the Second Most Powerful Man in the World.” Because of his importance in the Trump administration, there is great interest in finding out what he believes, and what motivates him.
💀 Bannon believes the financial collapse to “the financial elites and the American political class.” They took care of themselves, he tells the crowd, and let everyone else suffer, as government took over the financial industry, the auto industry and the health system. As well as mortgage defaults.
💀 The New York Times which he calls the paper “of the liberal elite,” while he describes The New York Post as the paper of the people.
Bannon famously believes that we’re at war,that “ not only with jihadists and Islam around the world, but at home with the press—the real opposition party—and the entire American left-wing.
Bannon’s anger and concern is for the enraged middle-class, who sees “socialism for the poor and the very wealthy,” while middle-class people are “paying for their own children’s destruction.”
💀 He notes how the bankers and the people at Goldman-Sachs, where he once worked, made money on the backs of regular people, who lost their homes and saw their incomes decline.
💀 Now that he is in the White House, Bannon seeks to use the Trump presidency and administration as the vehicle to fulfill the very revolutionary goals he has sought since 2008.
💀Referring to the movement he is helping build as a revolution “and this is a revolution,” Bannon emphasized “a new center-right populist movement.” Bannon’s version means a new nationalist, anti-immigrant movement quite different from that favored by many conservatives and centrists. That alone, he believes will produce the revolutionary outcome he seeks.
JARED (OY VAS MERE) KUSHNER
ADVISOR - CONSIGLIERE - SON - IN - LAW
Add to the mix multiple power centers and an insecure, defensive son-in-law. “Two people close to the transition also said a number of Trump’s most loyal campaign aides have been alarmed by Jared Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere.”
The picture suggests an unhinged president, too many weak aides and an administration that cannot control itself, let alone coverage of its breakdowns. To repeat, nothing much of substance, certainly no major policy defeat, has yet occurred. One shudders to think what will happen when setbacks do occur.
Trump’s inability to acknowledge his own lack of support prompts him to seek refuge in “alternative facts” — to lie to himself and others. The Post reports, “Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes …
Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the start of the bipartisan gathering rehashing the campaign. He also told them that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.” The obsession with replaying the election and concocting a phony excuse for losing the popular vote reminds us that despite mockery for constant lying, Trump cannot help himself. He lies because reality won’t conform to his narcissistic view of the world.
After months of behind-the-scenes work cultivating ties on both sides of the Arab-Israeli divide, Jared Kushner is ready for his debut on the global stage this week.
Come Wednesday, he’ll join his father-in-law when he welcomes Israel’s hawkish, hardline, headstrong Prime Minister at the White House. This will be Donald Trump’s first pow-wow with Benjamin Netanyahu as president, and SLOTUS (America’s son-in-law) cum unofficial special envoy for Middle East peace, will be by his side.
Though Kushner occupies a unique and perhaps unprecedented position in this administration, the circumstance he now finds himself in is decidedly unenviable. For even the most seasoned diplomats and foreign policymakers, the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a pressure cooker assignment that can cause angst of an existential nature.
During the latter half of 2016, then-candidate Trump unceremoniously dumped this portfolio into Kushner’s lap, in a very public manner, before he’d doled out any other major diplomatic positions. Why, one might wonder, would the president, whose boundless admiration for his son-in-law is a matter of public record, give him the toughest assignment in foreign policy? Perhaps he’s decided to get strategic.
There are two dichotomous explanations for President Trump’s choice.
The first is that President Trump believes in Kushner’s talents so fiercely and unequivocally that he imagines him capable of out-maneuvering every foreign service officer at the State Department today and every bona-fide diplomat that has come before him. No matter that Mr. Kushner has never before tried his hand at foreign diplomacy nor lived in the region; in our president’s eyes, Kushner’s deal-making prowess is all the qualification he needs to get the job done. This is plausible.
A second explanation is that the POTUS is thinking about the matter more realistically, and after considering the historical trajectory of America’s quest for a viable Mideast peace deal, has come to the sensible conclusion that his own prospects for success during the next four to eight years range from slim to none. Because he has no real expectation of resolving the conflict during the course of his tenure, he’s decided to get strategic.
STEPHEN (MADMAN) MILLER
LOUDMOUTH - SPINNER - TRUMP ALTER EGO
Stephen Miller is a senior advisor to President Donald Trump. Prior to his current appointment, he was the communications director for then-Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, who as of February 2017 is Attorney General of the United States.
Staff members on Capitol Hill recall Stephen Miller, the 31-year-old White House adviser behind many of President Trump’s most contentious executive orders, as the guy from Jeff Sessions’s office who made their inboxes cry for mercy.
As a top aide to Mr. Sessions, the conservative Alabama senator, Mr. Miller dispatched dozens and dozens of bombastic emails to congressional staff members and reporters in early 2013 when the Senate was considering a big bipartisan immigration overhaul. Mr. Miller slammed the evils of “foreign labor” and pushed around nasty news articles on proponents of compromise, like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
Trump signaled his appreciation for Miller’s performance on Twitter. “Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows,” he wrote on Sunday. “Great job!”
That horrified Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, two media figures who have waged war on Miller after Trump signed the executive order to restrict immigration and travel from high-risk countries in the Middle East.
“The White House has got to stop embarrassing themselves by putting this guy up. … That is the worst performance of anybody — that made Susan Rice the Sunday after Benghazi look smooth,” Scarborough said on his Monday morning show.
After playing a highlight clip of Miller’s performance, Scarborough threw up his hands and dropped his pen in horror as Brzezinski appeared speechless: “It’s so much worse than I ever thought,” Scarborough stated.
Brzezinski mockingly referred to Miller as a “lad” and began a hashtag campaign on Twitter to throw him out.
“The Steven Miller interviews this morning on all the Sunday shows were frightening! Sorry Mr President. No.. A really bad sign,” she wrote. She continued, “If the WH thinks that is a person they want to put out front-it’s beyond sad for our country. First KellyAnne now this..embarrassed for USA.”
The senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has been making stunning statements all over TV lately, like this one on “Face the Nation” on Sunday:
“The media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
That line alone was enough for Mr. Miller to become Public Enemy No. 1 with a few late-night hosts on Monday.
“The only way that statement could be more terrifying is if he yelled it in German.” — SETH MEYERS
“What’s up with ‘will not be questioned’? What does that mean? It’s less like an argument and more like a line from ‘50 Shades Darker.’ ‘I will not be questioned!’ — TREVOR NOAH
“‘Will not be questioned’? Let me test that theory: What the f*ck are you talking about?” — STEPHEN COLBERT
Mr. Colbert went on to challenge Mr. Miller, who had told George Stephanopoulos that he would go on “any show, anywhere, anytime, and repeat it, and say the president of the United States is correct, 100 percent.” Mr. Colbert invited Mr. Miller onto Tuesday’s show.
COLBERT: If you don’t show up, I’m gonna call you a liar. And if you do show up, I’m gonna call you a liar to your face.