Trump’s White House is run like Game of Thrones for Morons

Way too honest to last with Trump

❝ National security adviser H.R. McMaster has become the latest target of the leaks and infighting that have dogged the Trump administration’s early days.

❝ President Trump has tried to put an end to White House staffers placing palace intrigue stories, which peaked last month with a war of words between chief strategist Stephen Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner that played out in the press.

Now, McMaster, a favorite of Washington’s GOP and foreign policy establishment, finds himself in the crosshairs of anonymous White House officials as the administration mulls ramping up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Those close to the White House describe the latest scuffle as another power struggle between rival spheres of influence. Foreign policy experts see the leaks as a reflection of a broader internal dispute over the appropriate level of U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

❝ Once again, Bannon is rumored to be at the center of it.

❝ …Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake reported that Trump was boiling over with rage at McMaster and had berated him in front of White House staff…The story said that Trump at one point “screamed” at McMaster on a phone call for assuring South Korean officials that the U.S. would foot the bill for a missile defense system, contradicting the president.

RTFA for all the plot lines, mis-characterization of characters, myths and legends counter to any rational evidence-based history. It makes for comic opera. It also describes a swamp filled with competing bigots and fools sucking up to the ignoranus-in-chief.

154 thoughts on “Trump’s White House is run like Game of Thrones for Morons

  1. Miss American Pie says:

    In this photo, inadvertently provided by the Russian Foreign Ministry after U.S. media was barred, Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak at the White House. Official White House photos posted Thursday of President Trump’s Oval Office meetings the previous day leave out Ambassador Kislyak, who is at the center of the controversy over the collusion between Trump’s associates and Russia.

  2. The Mad King says:

    “And then Henry Kissinger walks in…: 24 hours in the Donald Trump circus” (CNN)
    “A theory: Trump fired Comey because he’s taller” (Washington Post)
    Footnote: “President Nixon has been routinely taping all his conversations and meetings in the Oval Office and cabinet room of the White House, in his Executive Office Building office and on four of his personal telephones, former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield told the Senate select Watergate committee yesterday.” (Washington Post July 17, 1973)

  3. I kid you not says:

    The Trump administration is now accepting applications for its first round of interns, who will start on Sept. 6 and work until Dec. 6. The full-time positions are open to college students, college graduates, or military veterans age 18 or over, as long as they are willing to work from 9am until 6pm Monday until Friday. The positions historically have been unpaid, despite pressure in recent years to provide a salary. See application form @
    “Please answer the following questions briefly and candidly. Answers to these questions are limited to 1,000 characters per question.” [examples]:
    ☐ Why are you committed to supporting President Donald J. Trump’s Administration?
    ☐ Which Trump Administration Cabinet Secretary do you most admire, and why?
    ☐ What do you view as the most significant achievement of the Trump Administration thus far?

  4. Heads up says:

    (June 8, 2017) White House on Lockdown After Television Is Hurled Out Window “A group of fourth-grade students from Bethesda, Maryland, was on a White House tour when the incident involving the television occurred.
    “I heard someone screaming lots of swear words and then, like, this big crash,” Zach Dorrinson, a student on the tour, said. “It was messed up.”

  5. Maelström says:

    “‘Category 5 hurricane’: White House under siege by Trump Jr.’s Russia revelations” (Washington Post)
    “Rancor at White House as Russia Story Refuses to Let the Page Turn” (NYT)
    “Donald Trump Jr.’s full emails about meeting a ‘Russian government attorney,’ annotated” (WAPO)

    • Sad Sack says:

      “It’s something that you don’t like talking about, but again we are the most powerful country in the world, and we are getting more and more powerful because I’m a big military person. As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me. And that’s why I say, Why would he want me? Because from Day One I wanted a strong military; he doesn’t want to see that. And from Day One I want fracking and everything else to get energy prices low and to create tremendous energy. We’re going to be self-supporting — we just about are now. We’re going to be exporting energy. He doesn’t want that. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia, as you know, relies very much on energy. So there are many things that I do that are the exact opposite of what he would want. So what I keep hearing about that he would have rather had Trump, I think probably not because when I want a strong military — you know she wouldn’t have spent the money on military, when I want a strong military, when I want tremendous energy, we’re opening up coal, we’re opening up natural gas, we’re opening up fracking — all the things that he would hate, but nobody ever mentions that.” President Trump In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson, July 12, 2017

    • Kuzma's mother says:

      “A former Soviet counter-intelligence officer was in the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June 2016, in which Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report from NBC News.
      NBC said some U.S. officials suspect the former intelligence officer, who was identified as a Russian-American lobbyist, has ongoing ties to Russian intelligence.
      NBC did not name the individual, but it said he denies having any current ties to the Kremlin.
      President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were also present for the meeting.”

  6. Beat Goes On says:

    ● “Watching the Downfall of a Presidency in Real Time” By Frank Rich
    ● “Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting sure sounds like a Russian intelligence operation” By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen (director of the Intelligence and Defense Project at Harvard’s Belfer Center, former director of intelligence and counterintelligence at the Department of Energy and a 23 year veteran CIA intelligence officer in domestic and international posts)
    ● “The latest evidence of Trump’s unfitness may be the most revolting”

  7. The Black Spot says:

    ● “With Reince Out, Trump’s Plan for Survival Is Clear: Simply hire more thugs.” (Esquire)
    “It all ended for obvious anagram Reince Priebus with him left alone aboard an SUV in the rain. He had just returned from a trip to Long Island where he’d watched the president* put the presidential* imprimatur on the kind of police violence that killed, among others, Freddie Gray. When Air Force One landed at Andrews, everybody except the president* got out of the SUV. Priebus was invited in. Within minutes, he was no longer the White House chief-of-staff, the president* was long gone, and obvious anagram Reince Priebus was alone in the rain as Friday evening fell. Poor bastard. I’ll bet they even took the cannoli.”
    ● “Everything Trump Does Must Be Viewed Through This Single Lens” By Frank Rich
    “At this juncture the priorities of Donald Trump have winnowed down to a single agenda item: saving himself and his family from legal culpability for their campaign interactions with the Russians and their efforts to cover up those transactions ever since. Almost everything this president does must be viewed through this single lens. If you do so, you’ll find his actions usually make sense.
    This overriding motive explains both this week’s orchestrated staff turmoil in the White House and the simultaneous assaults on the civil rights of transgender American troops and all LBGTQ employees in the private workplace. The primary purpose of all of it is to distract from investigations into potential Trump-family criminality and to galvanize a base that Trump believes will protect him against the rule of law. If you have already forgotten Jared Kushner’s loophole-strewn profession of innocence from Monday, that’s the point.”

  8. Aug 13, 2017 says:

    ⚠️ “Trump suspects Bannon of leaking, putting job in jeopardy”
    ⚠️ “Kelly considers further shuffling of West Wing staff, officials say : Steve Bannon’s role is said to be under particular scrutiny in a review of communication and efficiency.”
    ⚠️ “McMaster dodges question about whether he can work with Bannon”
    (Note: Trump will briefly return to Washington tomorrow for what he describes as a “very important meeting” and a “pretty big” press conference).
    ⚠️ “How Trump’s paranoid White House sees ‘deep state’ enemies on all sides : Internal document shows the ‘alt-right’ Steve Bannon wing of the administration’s fervent belief that America is at risk from ‘the Opposition’ – a cabal of bankers, globalists, the media and even Republican leaders”

  9. Another One Bites the Dust says:

    “Trump Staffer Responsible For Finding Positive News Stories Resigns”
    Just before Andy Hemming resigned from his position as the White House communications team’s director of rapid response on Monday he was profiled by Annie Karni ( ) as the staffer the White House pays “$89,000 a year to spot and distribute positive stories from the mainstream media.” Reportedly the 31-year-old former Republican National Committee staffer’s goal was to ultimately create more mainstream coverage about positive moments for the Trump administration on the very networks the president routinely bashes and refers to as “fake news.”

  10. Cassandra says:

    August 26th: “Trump Cybersecurity Advisors Resign, Citing His ‘Insufficient Attention’ to Threats” (Fortune magazine) In a report issued just after the mass resignations, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council issued a report saying that dramatic steps were required to prevent a possible “9/11-level cyberattack.”

  11. Proverbs 28:13 says:

    “Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes” The news that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort sends an important message to President Trump: his pardon power does not extend to state crimes. In the event Manafort or anyone else is charged under New York law, or threatened with indictment, there will be nothing Trump can do about it. His “power to grant reprieves and pardons” only covers “offenses against the United States,” according to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

  12. Lefty Lucy says:

    “During a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls” (Wapo 8/31/17) “…Trump appears to pine for the days when the Oval Office was a bustling hub of visitors and gossip, over which he presided as impresario. He fumes that he does not get the credit he thinks he deserves from the media or the allegiance from fellow Republican leaders he says he is owed. He boasts about his presidency in superlatives, but confidants privately fret about his suddenly dark moods. And some of Trump’s friends fear that the short-tempered president is on an inevitable collision course with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.
    “He’s having a very hard time,” one friend who spoke with Trump this week said of the president. “He doesn’t like the way the media’s handling him. He doesn’t like how Kelly’s handling him. He’s turning on people that are very close to him.”
    Meanwhile, according to ‘alt-right social media personality Mike Cernovich’: “REPORT: White House Coup Under Way, Trump Basically Under House Arrest” ( 8/31/17)

  13. Clown car says:

    “David Clarke, the controversial outgoing sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is expected to take a job in the Trump administration, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
    Clarke resigned as sheriff on Thursday. A regular presence on Fox News, Clarke has become a well-known figure in conservative circles in recent years. He is also an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. …It’s unclear what job Clarke will take in the administration, but one of the sources said he’s expected to join the White House. Clarke likely won’t be offered a Senate-confirmed role because his nomination would face opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
    Clarke had been under consideration for a job at the Department of Homeland Security, and he even publicly announced his plans to join the administration in May. But he ultimately never landed the DHS job.” (Politico 8/31/17)

    • David W. Maurer says:

      “Ex-Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke to work for Trump PAC – Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, took a similar job with the super PAC last month.”
      Meanwhile the “Draft Sheriff David Clarke for Senate PAC” is continuing to use Clarke’s recent resignation to fundraise for the Senate run that isn’t happening.— even after Clarke denounced the group as a “scam PAC” and advised his supporters to “hang onto your money.” FEC filings show the PAC took in $1.97 million between January 1 and June 30, and spent $1.89 million during that same time period — $1.87 million of which went towards “operating expenditures.” The PAC has spent exactly zero dollars on “independent expenditures” — defined as money spent advocating for or against a candidate in an election — as of its most recent FEC filings.”

  14. Cat's Cradle says:

    GOP campaigns took $7.35 million from oligarch linked to Russia – who also donated $1 million to Trump’s Inaugural Committee. During the 2016 election cycle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (who wasn’t up for reelection) used his Super PAC to accept $2.5 million dollars from that source in order to help fund the election and reelection of any number of Republicans in Congress, which appears to have contributed to his maintaining his role as the Republican leader in the Senate.
    On December 9, 2016 the Washington Post reported that when the intelligence community first presented congress with evidence of Russian election interference, “McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”
    After the election, Trump duly nominated Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife, to become secretary of transportation.

  15. Update says:

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has approached the White House about interviewing staffers who were aboard Air Force One when the initial misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was crafted, three sources familiar with the conversations said. Mueller’s questions could go to the issue of intent and possible efforts to conceal information during an obstruction of justice investigation. The answers to Mueller’s questions also could illuminate the level of anxiety surrounding the meeting and the decision-making that followed.

  16. Flat spin says:

    “In Donald Trump’s White House, there are few tales about power more instructive than the story of Jeff Sessions’ two former top aides.”
    Meanwhile, according to an investigation by Foreign Policy into changes in the intelligence community under President Donald Trump, the CIA has set aside plans to diversify and has become more white and more Christian under new director Mike Pompeo. Noting that Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, is a self-professed evangelical, the report states that the new director once claimed, Islamist terrorists will “continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ is our savior is truly the only solution for our world.” Insiders — many of whom are afraid to come forward — say Pompeo’s religious beliefs are becoming part of CIA dogma to the dismay of longtime employees.”

  17. BAMCIS says:

    “New White House Chief of Staff Has an Enforcer” (NYT 9/8/17) …the first step in taming 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Kelly believes, is installing a No. 2 who is willing to be hated. Consequently, Kirstjen Nielsen, a longtime aide of Mr. Kelly’s and a homeland security official in George W. Bush’s administration, has joined the White House as principal deputy and assistant to the president. Among other things Ms. Nielsen sends out the emails announcing internal policy and planning meetings that now contain a clipped addendum — “principals only” — with a stern warning that any subordinates who wander in will be immediately ejected. She is also responsible for keeping Mr. Kelly’s no-fly list of aides he deems to be unfit to attend serious meetings, the most prominent of whom is Omarosa Manigault, the former “Apprentice” star with an ill-defined job and a penchant for dropping into meetings where she was not invited.
    …Slowly and methodically, Mr. Kelly is replacing the bomb-throwing reality-TV types Mr. Trump feels most comfortable around with competent professionals capable of stabilizing the West Wing. So far, it has been addition by subtraction.
    [Scroll down to see the survivors – and what’s happened to Gary D. Cohn, the chairman of the National Economic Council, since he went public with his disgust at the president’s response to the deadly violence last month in Charlottesville, Va.]

  18. Noobs says:

    “Trump’s Nasa nominee Jim Bridenstine is a climate denier who wants to end the agency’s climate research”
    “7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hope Hicks, Trump’s Latest White House Communications Director”

  19. Latest Installment says:

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set aside some time during the daily press briefing Wednesday to declare that former FBI director James B. Comey should face criminal punishment for allowing negative information about the president to be leaked to the New York Times, and that ESPN reporter Jemele Hill should be fired for her comments about Trump and race.

  20. Next in line says:

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao,, wife of Mitch McConnell, has a continuing financial relationship to Vulcan Materials, a transportation construction company. Chao will benefit from her compensation as a director there for nearly two years — $300,000 in deferred stock awards — if she helps push an infrastructure bill through Congress.

  21. YIKES says:

    “Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a ‘moron’ — and wanted to resign this summer” The White House declined to comment to NBC, and a State Department spokesman told the network Tillerson did not consider quitting in July and did not call the president a moron.
    “Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning shortly after NBC published its report. It was not clear what stories Trump was disputing.
    “Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence” (NBC News Oct 4) See also followup discussion with NBC News’ Carol Lee on MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’.

  22. Day 262 says:

    ● Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ face-off with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’
    ● Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”
    ● Bannon on 2018: ‘Nobody’s Safe – We Are Coming After All of Them and We Are Going to Win’
    ● Establishment gears up for Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP leadership
    ● The President of the United States of America has made 1,318 ‘false or misleading claims’ over the last 263 days
    ● Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation

  23. FAKE NEWS™ says:

    “I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling” : “In recent days, I’ve spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods.” Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair Oct 11, 2017.
    Useful template:

  24. Day 265 says:

    In a highly unusual move White House chief of staff Kelly took the podium on Thursday to conduct the daily White House press briefing himself
    “I’m not quitting today,” he said. “I don’t believe, and I just talked to the president, I don’t think I’m being fired today. …I was not sent in, I was not brought in, to control anything but the flow of information to the president so he can make the best decisions,” he said. “I was not sent in to or brought in to control him. you should not measure my effectiveness as chief of staff by what you think I should be doing.”
    Official White House transcript

  25. 4theRecord says:

    “…It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration. They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims. A main task of the chief of staff seems to be to shield him from dinner guests and telephone calls that might set him off on a foolish or dangerous tangent. Much of the White House senior staff seems bound, not by loyalty to the president, but by a duty to protect the nation from the president. Trump, in turn, is reported to have said: “I hate everyone in the White House.” And also, presumably, in the State Department, headed by a secretary of state who apparently regards his boss as a “moron.” Michael Gerson, senior policy adviser to George W. Bush (10/12/17)
    See also “Sinister figures lurk around our careless president.” George F. Will (October 13 at 8:10 PM)

  26. Ketchup says:

    ● Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the powerful chairman of the House financial services committee, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Hensarling, a conservative and former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, is also a key conduit between the GOP caucus and the White House through his close relationship with Vice President Mike Pence. He is at least the 21st Republican member of the House of Representatives to pass on a re-election bid since President Donald Trump has taken office.
    ● “Trump’s ouster of U.S. Attorney Dana Boente matters” it was Dana Boente’s office from which we saw the subpoenas related to Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn. It was Dana Boente’s office that has been handling the investigation into WikiLeaks – and potentially charges associated with WikiLeaks. And it was through Dana Boente’s office where Special Counsel Robert Mueller first started using a grand jury. Dana Boente, in other words, has been at the center of a legal/political hurricane, and from what we know, he did not want to leave his post. Trump ousted him anyway. This is the same president who’s taken the unprecedented step of meeting privately with prospective federal prosecutors before nominating them to posts where Trump may personally face legal jeopardy.
    ● Meanwhile, Stephen Bannon is worried President Trump would not survive an impeachment vote, according to a report published Wednesday in Vanity Fair. Bannon and Trump ally Roger Stone both believe establishment Republicans are waiting for a chance to impeach Trump, the magazine reported.

  27. Runtime Error says:

    “Ex-Trump security chief testifies he rejected 2013 Russian offer of women for Trump in Moscow” (CNN)
    “How Donald Trump Rules America’s Garden of Dicks and Sparked the #MeToo Movement” (Newsweek)
    “Carrier corporation continues with planned staff cuts at plant Donald Trump promised to save : More than 200 Carrier employees will lose their jobs in January”

  28. Kafayı üşüttü says:

    “Flynn probed in alleged plot to kidnap Turkish cleric for $15M” “…The FBI has been looking into claims made by former CIA Director James Woolsey that Flynn and Turkish officials discussed a plot to kick Gulen out of the United States. According to a recent Reuters report, Woolsey pitched a $10 million contract to two Turkish businessmen to help discredit Gulen while Woolsey was an adviser to Trump’s election campaign. Woolsey was a member of Flynn’s firm, the Flynn Intel Group, according to a Justice Department filing by the firm and an archive of the company’s website.”

  29. Cut & run says:

    “Mounting GOP retirements threaten House majority”
    “A retirement wave has hit House Republicans, emboldening Democrats who have become increasingly bullish about their prospects of winning back a majority in 2018.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Thursday became the latest Republican to announce he would not seek another term.
    The 13-term Virginian followed Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), both of whom announced Tuesday — hours before Republicans suffered sweeping losses at the polls — that they’d retire from Congress.
    All told, 29 Republicans will not seek reelection to their House seats, compared to only 11 for Democrats. Fifteen Republicans are retiring outright, rather than seeking other political offices or positions. Only two Democrats are doing the same.”

  30. Laugh Riot says:

    Trump Nominee who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association has been approved for a lifetime federal district judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The lawyer, Brett Talley, is the fourth judicial nominee under President Trump to receive a “not qualified” rating from the bar association and the second to receive the rating unanimously. Since 1989, the association has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees as not qualified. Mr. Talley’s nomination is just one of the latest examples of Mr. Trump’s efforts to reshape the nation’s courts, packing them with young, deeply conservative judges.

  31. runtime-error says:

    National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation. Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.

  32. Re-up says:

    Trump lawyer claims the “President cannot obstruct justice”
    Plea agreement includes clause showing Flynn consented to participate in ‘covert law enforcement activities” (IE: wear a wire) if required
    ““You come at the king, you best not miss.” Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), HBO’s “The Wire”, 2002~2008.

  33. Day 326 says:

    Omarosa Manigault, the former reality TV star turned political aide to President Trump, has resigned from her administration position, the White House announced Wednesday.
    Manigault resigned on Tuesday “to pursue other opportunities,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Her resignation will not be effective until Jan. 20, 2018 — exactly one year since Trump took office. “We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Sanders said. Manigault’s official title was director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, but in reality she had a more undefined portfolio that caused some consternation among her colleagues. She was widely reported to wander into meetings to which she was not invited, or derail briefings with off-topic discussions. In April, she also showed up at the White House with her bridal party for a surprise photo shoot, Politico reported, but was banned from posting the pictures publicly due to “security and ethical concerns.”

  34. Spud says:

    “The World According to H.R. McMaster”
    “Why Trump’s national security adviser thinks it might soon be time to bomb North Korea”
    “HR McMaster, Don McGahn mentioned in report on White House aides who may leave soon”

  35. Sleazeballs says:

    ☻”Vice President Pence told reporters in Japan on Thursday that he only recently learned of the allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, and declined to answer a question about why he often seemed “out of the loop” when it came to major events at the White House.” (The Hill 2/8/18) ☻”White House says background check for Rob Porter was never completed” (USA TODAY 2/8/18) ☻”Former Wives of Top White House Aide Rob Porter Both Told FBI He Abused Them” (The Intercept 2/7/18) ☻”White House says it ‘could have done better’ regarding Porter allegations” (CNN 2/8/18) ☻”The Trump White House has been plagued by rumors of illicit romances — and now Hope Hicks is at the center” (Business Insider 2/8/18) (includes a roundup of the rumored relationships in Trump’s campaign and White House). ☻’The Best People’ : The White House bungled the Rob Porter abuse scandal from start to finish and beyond.” (US News 2/8/18) ☻”Rob Porter, White House Aide, Resigns After Accusations of Abuse” (New York Times 2/7/18)

  36. Do-si-do says:

    White House musical chairs: Trump to nominate drug czar in reshuffling of top jobs President Trump will nominate a top White House aide as the nation’s drug czar, the White House said Friday as it announced a list of 31 nominations and appointments in the Executive Office of the President. …The drug czar’s post has been without a permanent incumbent since Gil Kerlikowske left to become the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection in 2014. There have been three acting directors since then. Trump’s first nominee for the job, Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his nomination in October after a Washington Post report revealed his involvement in crafting a bill to neuter the ability of drug agents to crack down on black market shipments of opioids.
    The ONDCP’s chief of staff was fired in December, and presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway has been running opioid policy out of her office in the West Wing.

  37. Unraveling says:

    “…Ms. Nielsen has since left the White House to become secretary of Homeland Security. Her absence and Mr. Kelly’s reluctance to trust and promote people he does not know well have also been cited in some of the chaos surrounding Mr. Porter. Ms. Nielsen frequently blocked and tackled for the chief of staff, making herself the main line of approach to him. Without her, officials often approach Mr. Kelly freely now, and he sometimes does not remember what he has said to different people, two officials said.” [New York Times Feb 11, 2018 “Abuse Case Exposes Fissures in a White House in Turmoil”)

  38. Augean Stables says:

    → “Who Needs a Controversy Over the Inauguration?: Reince Priebus Opens Up About His Six Months of Magical Thinking” → “Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump’s attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told The Associated Press Wednesday. At the same time, developments in the bizarre case are fueling questions about whether such a payment could violate federal campaign finance laws.” → VA chief Shulkin, under fire for Europe trip, acknowledges ‘the optics of this are not good’ → “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at a loss for words on Rob Porter. I am here for her.” (Dana Milbank, Washington Post 2/14/18) “As a public service, I used the time waiting in vain for Wednesday’s briefing to compile the following executive summary of l’affaire Porter, in Trump administration officials’ own words:”

    • Mike says:

      “The national security adviser to President Trump said Saturday that the new FBI indictments show indisputably that Russians meddled in U.S. elections.
      During the Munich Security Conference in Germany, H.R. McMaster said “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” that Moscow meddled in the 2016 campaign.” (Fox News 2/17/18) “McMaster’s remarks follow the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by a federal grand jury for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential elections. The case brought by Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Justice Department, details a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S.” The Russian nationals are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election,” according to the indictment.”
      See Case 1:18-cr-00032-DLF Document 1 Filed 02/16/18. INDICTMENT: The Grand Jury for the District of Columbia charges: (.pdf)

  39. Rachel's list says:

    Fox News: “A growing number of people have left the Trump administration in just over a year – a group that includes former press secretary Sean Spicer, FBI director James Comey and chief strategist Steve Bannon. …Read on for a look at some of the staffers who have left since Trump took office.”

  40. Red Wedding says:

    “Rex Tillerson: Secretary of state fired by Trump in Russia warning” (BBC) “…a statement released by Under Secretary Steve Goldstein implied that Mr Tillerson was first made aware of his firing by President Trump’s tweet.
    “The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason,” he said. After this statement was released Mr Goldstein himself was fired by the White House.”
    There are also accounts that suggest Tillerson was fired after joining the UK in criticizing the Russian poison agent attack.
    “Russia Falsely Denies Connection to the ‘Deadliest’ Poison Ever Made”
    “Putin enemy found dead in London eight days after Skripal poisoning, as counter-terror police launch investigation” The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says. Theresa May said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as “undeclared intelligence officers”. She also revoked an invitation to Russia’s foreign minister, and said the Royal Family would not attend the Fifa World Cup later this year.
    NATO Article 5

  41. 4theRecord says:

    “Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday fired Andrew McCabe, the No. 2 official at the FBI and a longtime target of President Trump. McCabe’s ouster comes just days before he was scheduled to retire on Sunday, after more than 20 years at the bureau.”
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder (D): “Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous”
    Donald J. Trump (10:08 PM – Mar 16, 2018) “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
    Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe (3/16/18 11:57 EDT): “I walked into FBI every day as acting head expecting to be removed”

  42. bacio della morte says:

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin Says He Was Fired After Opposing Privatization of VA Healthcare. A White House official said Shulkin was informed of his dismissal by chief of staff John Kelly Wednesday afternoon before the president announced the move on Twitter. Shulkin’s name was scrubbed from the Department of Veterans Affairs website soon after. Trump has nominated his White House physician to replace Shulkin. “Hours before he was ousted, former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin discussed his progress in his position with President Donald Trump — who gave him no indication that he would later fire him.”

  43. Grand-Guignol says:

    “Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience” (Washington Post March 30, 2018)
    “GOP strategist Steve Schmidt weighs in on the report detailing questionable hires & activity within the White House & it’s personnel office” (MSNBC 3/30/18)
    “Anthony Scaramucci says White House’s turnover rate is typical of a startup : ‘The president is an entrepreneur,’ says the onetime White House communications director”
    “Donald Trump Spent $27k In Taxpayer Money Tracking Media Stories After Stormy Daniels Sued Him” …It’s not the first time Trump’s Office has used the service, but it’s by far the most they’ve ever spent … the last being $9,504 in February of 2017, right around the time Trump’s then Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, allegedly tried to interfere with the FBI’s Russia probe.

  44. Yawn says:

    “John Kelly blew up at Trump in Oval Office meeting, threatened to quit “(March 28th)
    P”resident Trump started his Sunday morning with a tweet calling The Washington Post “made up garbage” in response to a story the Post published on Saturday describing Chief of Staff John Kelly’s frustrations in the West Wing.” (see also “What is the Donald Trump v Jeff Bezos feud really about?” }
    “President Trump and truth: Another difficult week”

  45. Loopy says:

    “Trump Jr.: Dad’s ambassador to the fringe : In promoting a YouTube conspiracy, the president’s son again stirs the passions of the far right.” According to University of Miami Professor Joseph Uscinski, co-author of “American Conspiracy Theories,” there is a method to Trump Jr’s madness which has an impact on the national narrative “under the guise of just innocently sharing and spreading stories. If something happens and they don’t like the narrative, they use a conspiracy theory to change the narrative,” explained Uscinski. “This is what was done with Parkland.” Also: “Trump Jr.’s interaction with fringe figures from the right-wing social media universe sends a strong message of validation to those communities and gives mainstream oxygen to segments of conservative politics that are largely unmoored from reality,” according to Jared Holt, a researcher for the website Right Wing Watch.
    Also, “Don Jr. Gave an Interview in 2007 Where He Talked About Trump’s Penis Size : We now know more about the Trump family’s genitals than we ever wanted to.”

  46. Day 445 says:

    “White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert was pushed out of his position by the newly installed national security adviser John Bolton, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed his departure in a statement, saying President Donald Trump “is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.”
    Meanwhile: “Less than 24 hours removed from Donald Trump musing that “many people” have told him he should fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sarah Sanders made clear that that the White House has researched such a move and believes Trump has the ability to do it.”
    “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Trump”
    “It’s Mueller, Not Trump, Who Is Draining the Swamp” (NYT OpEd by Quinta Jurecic, deputy managing editor of Lawfare)

  47. 4theRecord says:

    ● Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 6:00 AM – 11 Apr 2018 “Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!”
    ● “Trump’s flimsy case for firing Rod Rosenstein”
    ● “If Trump Fires Rosenstein, This Man Could End Up With Power Over the Russia Investigation : He has virtually no criminal law experience but has worked for a bank with ties to Vladimir Putin.”
    ● “Dana Boente, former top Justice Department official now at FBI, has been interviewed by Mueller and turned over notes” “…The people familiar with the matter said Boente also gave to Mueller notes he had made memorializing his own conversation with Comey. The notes, which were first shown on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and confirmed as authentic to The Washington Post by a person familiar with the matter, seem to confirm that what Comey told Boente in the spring of 2017 was consistent with what Comey would later tell Congress about his interactions with Trump.”

  48. proverbial box of chocolates says:

    “The Michael Cohen legal sideshow: Gasps, pratfalls and paparazzi”
    “Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer’s mystery client”
    “Inside the career of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who was once fired from a college radio station and now advises Trump”
    “Now we know what Sean Hannity was omitting”

  49. Day 458 says:

    “Whenever we make the mistake of rhetorically asking if this whole Donald Trump thing can get any worse, we’re always provided with a definitive answer we weren’t seeking. There’s almost no way to classify what we’re now seeing play out, as Trump gets more frazzled and desperate, and the antics of him and his allies get further exposed. Some of these latest developments don’t even seem like real life. I mean, of course no one was shocked to learn yesterday that Donald Trump has been caught lying to the FBI about the details of his “Pee Pee Tape” trip. But that was the least cartoonish story of the day. Michael Flynn’s son decided to incriminate Mike Pence in the Trump-Russia scandal, apparently just for the heck of it. We knew Pence would get his eventually, but no one would have predicted it would come from a meddling kid.
    Then there are these bizarre allegations about Donald Trump’s military doctor supposedly getting drunk on the job and improperly handing out drugs. In a surreal twist, this comes just days after Trump began ranting about an unnamed “drunk/drugged up loser” on Twitter, although we’re pretty sure Trump was referring to a different one of his associates. Things have gotten so cartoonish over the past few days that Trump’s pal Sean Hannity just got caught up in a real estate scheme involving Trump’s HUD department, and the story is barely registering.
    A week ago, Hannity’s role in the Michael Cohen scandal was front page news. Now things have gotten so much weirder, Hannity’s new scandal can’t even get attention anymore. Shania Twain is now apologizing for Donald Trump, because that’s not weird. Trump is suddenly talking about pardoning a guy who’s been dead for seventy years, and shockingly, it’s not Wilbur Ross. This is all a hot circle of garbage, and it’s still only Tuesday.” Bill Palmer 4/24/18 (see links)

  50. Day 469 says:

    The White House physician assigned to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Pena, has resigned. This comes after CNN reported Tuesday that Pence’s doctor privately raised alarms within the White House last fall that President Donald Trump’s doctor Ronny Jackson may have violated federal privacy protections for a key patient — Pence’s wife, Karen — and intimidated the vice president’s doctor during angry confrontations over the episode.
    Two FBI officials who have faced scrutiny in recent months also resigned from the bureau on Friday.

  51. Flopsy says:

    Two of the most visible members of the Trump administration are planning their departures, the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil.
    Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits, according to sources inside the White House and close to the administration. Sanders, who has become a confidante of President Trump since the departure of former communications director Hope Hicks, has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.

  52. Update says:

    Joe Hagin, a top aide to President Donald Trump, will be leaving the White House next month, an announcement that comes a day after BuzzFeed News reported he had previously worked with key backers of an alleged “sex cult.” The Washington Post reported earlier this month that Hagin was eyeing the vacant position of deputy director of the CIA but he’s now planning to end his career in federal government and return to the private sector.
    The very long list of high-profile White House departures : A guide to the resignations, ousters, and firings of the Trump administration. (Vox Jun 19, 2018)
    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and President Trump are said to be “barely tolerating one another.” Politico reported on Monday that Kelly, who was once seen as the person who would get a chaotic West Wing under control “has largely yielded his role as the enforcer…as his relationship with Trump has soured.” The media outlet also states that, according to four people familiar with the chief of staff, Kelly “has told at least one person close to him that he may as well let the president do what he wants, even if it leads to impeachment — at least this chapter of American history would come to a close.”

  53. Loopty Lou says:

    President Donald Trump has reportedly soured on Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and is now increasingly making US military policy on his own.
    Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, stopped US military exercises in South Korea, and aired plans to create the first new military branch in 70 years all in snap, shock decisions that saw Mattis scrambling to keep up, according to a new report from NBC.
    Mattis is out of the loop and Trump doesn’t listen to him, say officials. On Iran, North Korea and other major issues, the defense secretary has been out of the loop.

  54. Ice & Fire says:

    “ICE chief Thomas Homan is retiring tomorrow, but he’s not going out quietly” (Washington Examiner 6/28/18)
    The Washington Examiner is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz, reportedly the 38th richest person in the U.S. with an estimated net worth of $12.5 billion as of March 2017.

  55. Dum D Dum says:

    ☑︎ The U.S. ambassador to Estonia has resigned from his post over frustrations with President Donald Trump’s recent comments about the European Union and the treatment of European allies. James D. Melville wrote in a private Facebook message on that he decided it was time to step down from his post after Trump’s comments on how the EU was “set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank” and that “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.”
    ☑︎ President Donald Trump appears to be trying to break up the European Union, as reports emerge that he told his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, that his country should leave the bloc. According to a column published in The Washington Post, Trump said the U.S. would offer France a bilateral trade deal if Macron was to lead one of the EU’s founding members out of the union.
    ☑︎ Manafort Reported $10 Million Loan From Russian Oligarch in 2010 Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska accused Manafort and his longtime deputy Rick Gates in a lawsuit earlier this year of “vanishing” $26 million he gave them a decade ago. It’s not clear whether the $10 million loan mentioned in the warrant this week was part of the transfers Deripaska named in the lawsuit, though The Associated Press reported last year that Manafort had a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska that began in 2006 and ran for a few years.

  56. Day 539 says:

    Former informal Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone acknowledged Friday night that he “probably” is the unnamed person referred to in special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment against Russian intelligence officers.
    Stone, who earlier Friday said that he did not believe he was the unnamed person mentioned in the indictment, said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that he now thinks he is the person in the filing released earlier Friday.
    The document makes reference to an unnamed individual “who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump” and exchanged Twitter direct messages with Guccifer 2.0, an online persona allegedly used by the Russian officers.
    “White House: Trump-Putin summit ‘is on’ after hacking indictment” (BBC)
    At a Florida press event on 27 July 2016, candidate Trump issued a now famous request. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
    The 27 July date makes an appearance in Mr Mueller’s most recent indictment document, as well. “On or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office,” the court filing reads. “At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign.”

  57. Yezhovshchina says:

    Retired Adm. William “Bill” McRaven resigned from the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board last month, just days after issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. The Defense Innovation Board serves as an independent advisory committee to the Pentagon specializing in issues related to technology and innovation. McRaven’s picture has been removed from the board’s website.
    While his departure was first reported by Defense News on Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed that McRaven, the former head of Special Operations Command, officially resigned last month, just four days after he authored a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post slamming Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s clearance. See also “Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump”

    • no comment says:

      Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump at 6:54 AM – 12 Oct 2018: “So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job.”

  58. Hollywood Liberal says:

    President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and one of the US’s highest-ranking diplomats, to replace Nikki Haley as the US’s ambassador to the UN. Nauert, 48, did not have experience in foreign policy, government, or politics when she left her job as a Fox News host to join the Trump administration last year. There has never before been a State Department spokesperson who has simultaneously served as undersecretary for public affairs and public diplomacy, a top-ranking post that directs strategic messaging, promotes cross-cultural exchanges, and oversees the Global Engagement Center, which fights foreign propaganda.
    Nauert has also been rumored to top the president’s list of potential replacements for the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

  59. Ovsiankina effect says:

    “Donald Trump Trash Talks Michelle Obama, Jim Acosta, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Claims Not To Know Acting AG Whitaker”
    “Trump says he doesn’t know acting AG, despite reports of Oval Office meetings”
    “A group of Senate Democrats on Friday demanded information concerning what they said was a possible breach of federal ethics laws by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, asking the department’s top ethics official to provide details on meetings Ross participated in with officials in whose companies he had investments.”
    “Trump is telling people he wants to replace Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by the end of the year : favoring former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to become Commerce secretary, sources say.”
    “When President Trump first launched his campaign in 2015, National Enquirer publisher David Pecker reportedly offered Trump a unique gift: He’d pay off women who alleged they’d had affairs with Trump. And contrary to what he’s claimed before, Trump personally orchestrated and took advantage of that promise, The Wall Street Journal reports.”

  60. Red queen says:

    “First lady Melania Trump demanded the ouster of National Security Adviser John Bolton’s top deputy, Mira Ricardel, on Tuesday as reports swirled about an imminent shakeup of President Donald Trump’s administration.” “Ricardel, Bolton’s top deputy, clashed with the first lady’s staff after threatening to withhold National Security Council resources during Melania Trump’s trip to Africa last month unless Ricardel or another NSC official was included in her entourage, one person familiar with the matter said.
    A White House official disputed a Wall Street Journal report that Ricardel had been fired soon after Melania Trump’s statement. A second official said Ricardel was still in the building as of about 4:00 p.m. in Washington.
    Meanwhile “…the Washington Post first reported late Wednesday that Trump was preparing to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has repeatedly blamed for what he calls an immigration “crisis” on the southern U.S. border. Nielsen is a close ally of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who preceded her at the Department of Homeland Security. It’s possible her departure may lead to his, though he has said he will serve through Trump’s re-election contest in 2020.”

    • consumed by maggots says:

      “White House chief of staff John Kelly could soon be departing from the Trump administration following conflicts with first lady Melania Trump and other officials, NBC News reported Tuesday.
      Kelly and Trump have reportedly clashed over the first lady’s staffing requests and her travel arrangements. Citing two White House officials, NBC News reported that the first lady voiced concerns to President Trump earlier this year after Kelly denied multiple requests from her to promote her aides. NBC News noted that Kelly has also clashed with national security adviser John Bolton. The two were reported to have engaged in a profanity-laced verbal disagreement outside the Oval Office last month.”

      • Déjà Vu says:

        “CNN is reporting that White House chief of staff John Kelly will resign in the coming days.” “White House sources told CNN on Friday that Kelly’s relationship with the president, often reported as tumultuous, is no longer seen as “sustainable” and will likely lead to Kelly’s ouster in the near future.
        Nick Ayers, a longtime aide to Vice President Pence currently serving as Pence’s chief of staff, is being mentioned as a potential replacement, according to CNN.
        Rumors of Kelly’s departure have been frequent, yet he has held on to his position.”

        • Frakhas valad! says:

          Nick Ayers, currently chief of staff for United States Vice President Mike Pence, has declined an offer by President Donald Trump to become his chief of staff.
          The refusal on Sunday comes days after Trump said his current chief of staff, John Kelly, would leave the office in January.
          Ayers had allegedly been in talks for months to take the job, but was unable to agree on terms with Trump, according to Reuters news agency.
          Instead, Ayers announced on Twitter he would be leaving the White House soon, apparently to return to his home state of Georgia where he would work “to advance the cause”.

          • Bogus Potus says:

            Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 5:30 AM – 11 Dec 2018:
            “Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!”

  61. Fox & Friends says:

    President Trump is expected to announce Friday that he has chosen Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News host, to become the next ambassador to the U.N., according to a senior administration official. She’s been a strong defender of Trump’s at the podium, something he has clearly noticed.
    “She’s excellent, she’s been with us a long time, she’s been a supporter for a long time,” Trump told reporters on Nov. 1.
    Before joining the Trump administration, she had no government or foreign policy experience, though she did work on some overseas assignments for ABC.
    The State Department used to hold daily briefings. That has been scaled back to two a week, at most.

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