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.

96 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”

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