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Pompeo, great choice POTUS. Rex has done what he could, in with the new out with the old. Time for some hard NK negotiations. Pompeo is the right man to have POTUS's back.

 

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Gina Haspel,first female director of CIA, to take Pompeo's place at CIA. A 30 year veteran that worked her way up...

Thought Trump hates women...?

 

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Hope the Senate will confirm these picks immediately. NK deal success needs this done pronto.

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Lmao only in the head of the Trump fanatics the chaos is actually a great thing.

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Crappers

 

I was off by just over 3 months with my prediction of Tillerson removal

 

and all of you expecting Nikki Haley got it wrong also

 

 

Tillerson firing is NOT surprising nor unexpected

 

We all knew this was coming ever since Tillerson called Trump a MORON

 

 

http://independentgirls.com/indiboard/index.php/topic/556131-the-presidents-a-moron-fake-news/?hl=tillerson

 

 

So Friday, Tillerson got his walking orders

 

That explains why yesterday Tillerson agreed with PM May about Russian nerve agent attack on British soil.

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Classy, fired by tweet.

 

Only the timing is a surprise, Trump has been humiliating and undercutting Tillerson for a while now and Tillerson never denied having called Trump a moron.

He was an odd and surprising choice to begin with and his tenure gutted the State Dept of its top echelon of experience and ability and estranged most of his employees. He was a lone cowboy Sec of State working for an unstable president.

 

Pompeo is said to get along well with Trump but at heart he's a conservative politician from Kansas and more hawkish than Tillerson was. But as someone not committed to an anti-government stance, he may be good for rebuilding the State Dept.

 

Gina Haspel may have a rough time getting confirmed. She oversaw some dark activities under Bush, running a black site in Thailand, engaging in torture and participating in the destruction of evidence when a Senate committee was investigating that period. "Just following orders", she was a throwback to the dark days of the CIA when it was ignoring international law. On the other hand, she is a professional, not a politician. More like the kind of people Obama chose for national security positions. When Trump was campaigning, he expressed a fondness for waterboarding so that was a plus for her.

 

Gabe Sherman's reporting has been solid, very well-sourced. He saw big changes coming, but not in this order.

Tighten your seatbelts, Trump unleashed.

 

 

“TRUMP IS GOING FOR A CLEAN RESET”: FUMING IN THE WEST WING, TRUMP PREPARES TO DEFENESTRATE CUCK ALLIES AND GO FULL MAGA
The president will meet with potential chief-of-staff candidates at Mar-a-Lago next weekend. McMaster is likely next to go. Then Jivanka.
Even before he decided to launch a trade war and roll the nuclear dice by agreeing in the course of a West Wing afternoon to a risky sit-down with Kim Jong Un, Donald Trumpwas telling friends he was tired of being reined in. “I’m doing great, but I’m getting all these bad headlines,” Trump told a friend recently. A Republican in frequent contact with the White House told me Trump is “frustrated by all these people telling him what to do.”
 

With the departures of Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn, the Trump presidency is entering a new phase—one in which Trump is feeling liberated to act on his impulses. “Trump is in command. He’s been in the job more than a year now. He knows how the levers of power work. He doesn’t give a fuck,” the Republican said. Trump’s decision to circumvent the policy process and impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum reflects his emboldened desire to follow his impulses and defy his advisers. “It was like a fuck-you to Kelly,” a Trump friend said. “Trump is red-hot about Kelly trying to control him.”

 

According to five Republicans close to the White House, Trump has diagnosed the problem as having the wrong team around him and is looking to replace his senior staff in the coming weeks. “Trump is going for a clean reset, but he needs to do it in a way that’s systemic so it doesn’t look like it’s chaos,” one Republican said.

 

Sources said that the first officials to go will be Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom Trump has clashed with for months. On Tuesday, Trump met with John Bolton in the Oval Office. When he plans to visit Mar-a-Lago next weekend, Trump is expected to interview more candidates for both positions, according to two sources. “He’s going for a clean slate,” one source said. Cohn had been lobbying to replace Kelly as chief, two sources said, and quit when he didn’t get the job. “Trump laughed at Gary when he brought it up,” one outside adviser to the White House said. (The White House declined to comment.)

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So, those reports initially that Tillerson was notified Friday that he's done are/where false

 

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Was fired via Twitter (which is what Foxnews saying)

 

Hmmmmmm, makes me think Tillerson comments about Russian nerve agent attack may have been the final straw for Trump

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So, those reports initially that Tillerson was notified Friday that he's done are/where false

 

And

 

Was fired via Twitter (which is what Foxnews saying)

 

Hmmmmmm, makes me think Tillerson comments about Russian nerve agent attack may have been the final straw for Trump

 

yeah, that's it. Trump is so in the back pocket of the Russians that he replaces Tillerson with Pompeo who has been a lifelong hard ass against the Russians.  :crazy:

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There was another firing today, John McEntee, who was Trump's personal assistant, his "body man".

Escorted off the White House grounds by security, said to be under investigation by Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

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So, those reports initially that Tillerson was notified Friday that he's done are/where false

 

And

 

Was fired via Twitter (which is what Foxnews saying)

 

Hmmmmmm, makes me think Tillerson comments about Russian nerve agent attack may have been the final straw for Trump

Gonna ride that Russia train right off the tracks I see.

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...if you're going to fire someone you should at least have the decency to call the person and tell them personally...

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yeah, that's it. Trump is so in the back pocket of the Russians that he replaces Tillerson with Pompeo who has been a lifelong hard ass against the Russians.  :crazy:

 

So in their back pocket that they attack our closest ally across the pond and trump doesn't utter a peep and then fires the SOS when he speaks out against putin. Or how about those sanctions that passed congress nearly unanimously that he hasn't enforced ? Or how about the fact that he's put 0 effort into preventing  putin from hacking into our democracy again..... 

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...if you're going to fire someone you should at least have the decency to call the person and tell them personally...

 

ducky just fired plang on Myspace.  :8)

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Early word on the street was Tillerson was too soft on Russia, Trump wanted someone more hawkish to deal with them, so he goes with the head of the Criminals In Action, who is no friend to Putin.

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...if you're going to fire someone you should at least have the decency to call the person and tell them personally...

Did you just write that donald j trump should have shown some decency? 

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Early word on the street was Tillerson was too soft on Russia, Trump wanted someone more hawkish to deal with them, so he goes with the head of the Criminals In Action, who is no friend to Putin.

Sorry but that does not fly well with the Trump is Putin’s puppet narrative. Try again.

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ducky just fired plang on Myspace.  :8)

 

...as long as you continue to pay me I guess it's OK...

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yeah, that's it. Trump is so in the back pocket of the Russians that he replaces Tillerson with Pompeo who has been a lifelong hard ass against the Russians.  :crazy:

 

That changed when he decided to become Trump's BFF and come over every morning after tv time to read Trump stories.

 

He took the Trump line on Russia and was embarrassed when his senior staff made him walk that back.

 

https://www.axios.com/cia-contradicts-pompeo-on-russian-interference-1513306337-91c2b7d6-10cc-4579-a129-1f1b81dd33fe.html

 

How Mike Pompeo went from one of Trump’s biggest critics to one of his biggest fans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/13/how-mike-pompeo-went-from-one-of-trumps-biggest-critics-to-one-of-his-biggest-fans/?utm_term=.1d373a34408a

 

In politics, "values" are most fungible and readily traded for advancement. Clearest example of that is how the Christian values voters lined up behind a philandering, whoremongering NYC playboy. And how quickly conservative deficit hawks turned tail to get nice fat tax cuts for their donors.

 

And WTF with your DailyCaller? Giving editorial space to Oleg Deriposka of Mike Mannafort schemes fame?

Has the entire right wing become Putin's pussies?

 

One of the great ironies of the Trump presidency is that the man who rode the phrase "You're Fired" to fame and a recovered fortune, is unable to fire anyone face to face.

Cowardly backstabber playing tough guy on  tv & Twitter.

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Gonna ride that Russia train right off the tracks I see.

 

cute that u think KGB Heidi's Trump Derangement is still running on tracks.  :give_rose:

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...if you're going to fire someone you should at least have the decency to call the person and tell them personally...

 

Under Secretary informs media, gets reported 9am Trump never called, has no clue why being fired

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/378083-deputy-tillerson-is-unaware-of-the-reason-for-his-dismissal

 

3 hours after firing via Twitter, Trump calls Tillerson

 

Oh, and the undersecretary gets fired too

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/378133-top-tillerson-aide-fired-after-giving-contradicting-account-of-ouster

 

White House Survivor doesn't disappoint in entertainment value

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2016: Trump hires Rex Tillerson – obvious proof of collusion with Russia.

 

2018: Trump fires Rex Tillerson – obvious proof of collusion with Russia.

 

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If you heard Pompeo on weekend show you saw how he views his position. In the service of the president.

 

This is an ego stroke to Trump, but also exactly what he wants/needs. Ppl to deliver exactly the msg he wants delivered, when and how he determines.

 

He is the negotiator you are the msngr.

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He will have it his way.......and will not be denied.

 

Oh yeah, that does not sound at all like a dictator.

 

Doesn't this bother anyone else out there?  A man who  surrounds himself with the "best people,"  then fires them all and goes it alone on foreign policy.....not as a nation, but himself, Donald Trump, a man of dubious mental stability, a man who reads little and watches Fox and Friends as his news source,  man who minimizes everything down to how his ego feels at the moment and whether or not people will think he is "winning or losing.?"  This is frightening shit and either he is going out in a straight jacket one day, or enablers who "show him loyalty" won't stop him from bringing the world to a nuclear confrontation.

 

Stop making him  out to be a demi-god, you are just reinforcing what he already feels.

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There was another firing today, John McEntee, who was Trump's personal assistant, his "body man".

Escorted off the White House grounds by security, said to be under investigation by Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

Trump don't TAKE no shit...you fuck up and you are GONE. Nothing new here folks. Can anyone imagine how long naive wood last on one of his Apprentice shows. :rofl:

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Oh yeah, that does not sound at all like a dictator.

 

Doesn't this bother anyone else out there?  A man who  surrounds himself with the "best people,"  then fires them all and goes it alone on foreign policy.....not as a nation, but himself, Donald Trump, a man of dubious mental stability, a man who reads little and watches Fox and Friends as his news source,  man who minimizes everything down to how his ego feels at the moment and whether or not people will think he is "winning or losing.?"  This is frightening shit and either he is going out in a straight jacket one day, or enablers who "show him loyalty" won't stop him from bringing the world to a nuclear confrontation.

 

Stop making him  out to be a demi-god, you are just reinforcing what he already feels.

 

Dubious mental ability.

Reads little.

Minimizes everything.

Going out in straight jacket.

Bringing the world to nuclear confrontation.

 

Butt hurt much?  You got a long 7 years coming up.  Stocking up on the popcorn for the 2020 breakdowns.

 

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Dubious mental ability.

Reads little.

Minimizes everything.

Going out in straight jacket.

Bringing the world to nuclear confrontation.

 

Butt hurt much?  You got a long 7 years coming up.  Stocking up on the popcorn for the 2020 breakdowns.

 

Dubious mental STAbility......big difference.

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Oh yeah, that does not sound at all like a dictator.

 

Doesn't this bother anyone else out there?  A man who  surrounds himself with the "best people,"  then fires them all and goes it alone on foreign policy.....not as a nation, but himself, Donald Trump, a man of dubious mental stability, a man who reads little and watches Fox and Friends as his news source,  man who minimizes everything down to how his ego feels at the moment and whether or not people will think he is "winning or losing.?"  This is frightening shit and either he is going out in a straight jacket one day, or enablers who "show him loyalty" won't stop him from bringing the world to a nuclear confrontation.

 

Stop making him  out to be a demi-god, you are just reinforcing what he already feels.

set your personality differences aside for a moment.

 

Tillerson was good as SOS (respected straight fwd no nonsense businessman), but he did not carry the mesg that was intended to be delivered.  by his own admission he had opposing views.  While this can be a good thing in many cases, when your boss is trying to make a point through negotiating you do not add your twist to it.  In what other business does that work?  Say you worked for Tillerson and he was negotiating oil contracts with a foreign country for Exxon.  Do you think he would let you put your own spin on the discussions - with Exxon shareholders hanging in the balance?  Certainly not.

 

So if Trump wanted to deliver a hard msg to Russia, or Iran or NK and that msg was not conveyed as he wanted it to be, should anyone be surprised he was let go?

 

Now Trump is going to negotiate face to face with NK (and dont be fooled w/China) for the interests of Japan, SK and the USA.  He will not be hamstrung by a msg he is not intending be delivered.  ppl like Trump have gotten where they are by instinct - gut feel.  By looking you in the eye and sizing you up in 2 minutes, by studying your weaknesses and his strengths in advance.  Now he will do this with NK leader.  Pompeo will give him the intel he needs for his discussions, and Pompeo will work the second string with the full knowledge as the CIA director.

 

In short Tillerson was a set of tools,  great for some jobs but not good for others.  A mechanic does not show up with a plumbers tool-bag to fix your car.

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On the Russian equivalent of 60 Minutes today, a Russian journalist said,

 

"Yesterday Tillerson supported Theresa May in her "highly likely" Russian accusation and Trump immediately fired him. Trump is ours."

 

A few weeks ago I posted clips from Russian tv, comedy shows mostly getting laughs at portraying Trump as Putin's puppet.

 

 

Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?

 

The specific timing of the move—following the secretary of state’s split from the president to condemn a Russian attack in the U.K.—raises questions about its motive

 

The White House’s account of the Tillerson firing collapsed within minutes.

 

Senior administration officials told outlets including The Washington Post and CNN that Tillerson had been told he would be dismissed on Friday, March 9.

 

Within the hour, the State Department issued a statement insisting that Tillerson “had every intention of remaining” and “did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason.” CNN reported that Tillerson had received a call from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday night indicating that he would be replaced that did not specify timing; a senior White House official told the network that it was Trump himself who had suddenly decided to pull the trigger on Tuesday morning. Tillerson learned of his actual firing the same way everybody else did: By reading about it on Twitter shortly after 8:44 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 13.

 

A lot turns on that timing. On March 12, Tillerson had backed the British government’s accusation that Russia was culpable for a nerve-agent attack on United Kingdom soil. If Tillerson had been fired March 9, then his words of support for Britain could not explain his firing three days before. But if the White House was lying about the timing, it could be lying about the motive.

 

And since it now seems all but certain that the White House was lying about the timing, it looks more probable that it was lying about the motive too.

 

That suspicion was accelerated by the president’s words to the White House press corps before stepping aboard Marine One:

“As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be.”

That is not support for Britain. It is the direct opposite.

 

Britain and the United States share intelligence information fully, freely, and seamlessly. It’s inconceivable that the U.S. government has not already seen all the information that Theresa May saw before she rose in the House of Commons to accuse Russia.

 

If the U.S. government had a serious concern about the reliability of that information, it would have expressed that concern directly and privately to the U.K. government before May spoke. But the U.S. had no such concern—that’s why the now-fired secretary of state and the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom both endorsed May’s words. When Trump raises doubts about the facts, about American agreement with its British ally, about the accuracy of the British accusation against Russia, Trump is not expressing good-faith uncertainty about imperfect information. Trump is rejecting the consensus view of the U.K. and U.S. intelligence communities about an act of Russian aggression—and, if his past behavior is any indication, preparing the way for his own determination to do nothing.

 

 

It echoes the approach he took toward Russian intervention in the U.S. election to help elect him in 2016: Feign uncertainty about what is not uncertain in order to justify inaction.

 

The U.S.-U.K. response to the Russian nerve gas attack should have been coordinated in advance. It was not. The U.S. statement of support for Britain should have arrived on the day that the prime minister delivered her accusation. It did not. The retaliation—if any—should also already be agreed upon. It plainly has not been.

 

The United Kingdom does not find itself deprived of U.S. support because of some British mistake or rush to judgment. Most of the U.S. government shares the British assessment of what happened—as attested by Tillerson’s statement in support of Britain, which would have relied on U.S. intelligence agency reports. Only Trump stands apart, vetoing any condemnation of Russia and perhaps punishing his secretary of state for breaking ranks on the president’s no-criticizing-Putin policy.

On June 4, 2017, Trump took to Twitter to chide British officials for taking too long to blame a terror attack on Muslim extremists.

 

 


This time, Britain did not hesitate. It has named the assassins. And now it is Trump who is squeamish.

On March 10, 2018, the president’s son tweeted:

But apparently some enemies’ feelings command more sensitivity than others.

 

Yesterday, the Republicans on the House intelligence committee announced that they had concluded the investigation of the Russian interference—and would soon publish a report acquitting Trump of collusion. Bad luck for them to release the report on the very day that Trump again demonstrated that something is very, very wrong in the Trump-Russia relationship. It’s possible to imagine innocent explanations. And it’s easy to list the plausible explanations. Ominously for the western alliance and the security of the United States, those two sets no longer overlap at all.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/exodus-rex/555473/

 

 

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If trump hired "only the best people" what the fuck is "Javanka" doing in the WH at all?

 

 

 

 

And why the hell did so many of the "best people" leave year 1?

 

If they were the "best"...what the hell we got now?  :laugh:

 

 

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You just forgot the carve-outs. trump meant to say that he would get the best people, except for family, close friends, people to whom he owed favors, people to whom he owed money, people whom he wanted to do future business with, people he had done past business with, people who had knowledge of his money laundering and other illegal activities, people who Ivanka or Jared or Jr or Eric owed favors to, people to whom Ivanka or Jared or Jr or Eric owed money, people whom Ivanka or Jared or Jr or Eric wanted to do future business with, people that had done past business with Ivanka or Jared or Jr or Eric , and people who had knowledge of Ivanka's or Jared's or Jr's or Eric's illicit activities. Except for those few exceptions, trump hires only the best.

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Please name someone Trump hired who he owes money to.

 

Thanks in advance jackass.

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Bob will provide the details. 

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So if Trump wanted to deliver a hard msg to Russia,

 

:rofl:

 

Literally the funniest thing I've read all morning. Trump has naught but unending admiration and praise for Putin. How can you not see this ? 

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:rofl:

 

Literally the funniest thing I've read all morning. Trump has naught but unending admiration and praise for Putin. How can you not see this ?

how can you not understand what you are seeing. Keep watching it will become clearer as he cleans up the race baiters foreign policy.

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What I see is a pathetic and weak non response from trump in the wake of Russia attacking one of our closest allies.

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There was another firing today, John McEntee, who was Trump's personal assistant, his "body man".

Escorted off the White House grounds by security, said to be under investigation by Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

He was actually working under Tillerson and deemed to be a LEAKER. If you work for Trump...you have to be impeccable. You can even ask any of his BEAUTIFUL ex wives or porn stars 

 

"YOU'RE FIRED" is not a foreign phrase for Trump. 

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What I see is a pathetic and weak non response from trump in the wake of Russia attacking one of our closest allies.

That is why Tillerson was FIRED and Pompeo installed. ( which has been in the works for a LOOONG time )

 

Trump is sick of Russian aggression.

 

Limp wristed obiie knew about it the whole time and did NOTHING. It was always funny when Putin gave him the MEAN stare and obiie couldn't look him back in the face.

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...if you're going to fire someone you should at least have the decency to call the person and tell them personally

Bosses DO that ??? WOW, that NEVER happened to ME....I heard it was usually an underling that did the dirty work...but, I could be wrong. Trump let him know what was coming a long time ago.

 

Pompeo just had to get a grip on the CIA first.

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What I see is a pathetic and weak non response from trump in the wake of Russia attacking one of our closest allies.

Trumps administration is very much onto Russia and vocally speak out continuously. They wouldn't have been there for over a year if they were not pushing Trumps agenda 100%. Trump would fire his mother thru Kelly, instantly by tweet, if anyone dared to defy Da Don.

 

Tillerson's replacement, Cia Director Mike Pompeo, won't be any softer on Russia. He has been as consistently hawkish as Tillerson. after more than a year of Tillerson's stubborn performance,Trump has given up on the power of deals to remake U.S. foreign policy. His uncompromising game of chicken with North Korea's Kim Jong Un may just lead to a historic summit. Possibly a similar escalation yields better results with Putin...?

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That is why Tillerson was FIRED and Pompeo installed. ( which has been in the works for a LOOONG time )

 

Trump is sick of Russian aggression.

 

Limp wristed obiie knew about it the whole time and did NOTHING. It was always funny when Putin gave him the MEAN stare and obiie couldn't look him back in the face.

 

So you are saying that by not condemning Russia or Putin publicly, or spending any of the $120M allocated to the State Department to deal with Russian election counterintelligence, or to implement sanctions against Russia passed by Congress...Trump is sneaking up on Putin. Brilliant! Trump already told us he's super smart...I just never realized. Thank you for 'spalinen' 

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Trump shops in "As Seen on TV" aisle for staffers.

 

Kudlow from CNBC to replace Cohn.

 

A host from Fox n Friend is now the 4th ranking officer in the State Dept.

 

There was Omarosa and da Mooch,

 

John Bolton is rumored to be in line to replace McMaster

 

He's modified the Apprentice script to incorporate the backstabbing and casual cruelty of Survivor and Big Brother

 

Luckily tv shows have relatively short lifespans before ratings decline

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So you are saying that by not condemning Russia or Putin publicly, or spending any of the $120M allocated to the State Department to deal with Russian election counterintelligence, or to implement sanctions against Russia passed by Congress...Trump is sneaking up on Putin. Brilliant! Trump already told us he's super smart...I just never realized. Thank you for 'spalinen' 

Sneaking UP ??? I think Trump just SPIT in his face. NOT a nice thing to do to a BULLY....gotta be ready to back it up. Poor little obiie just drew lines with his Crayon

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Trump shops in "As Seen on TV" aisle for staffers.

 

Kudlow from CNBC to replace Cohn.

 

A host from Fox n Friend is now the 4th ranking officer in the State Dept.

 

There was Omarosa and da Mooch,

 

John Bolton is rumored to be in line to replace McMaster

 

He's modified the Apprentice script to incorporate the backstabbing and casual cruelty of Survivor and Big Brother

 

Luckily tv shows have relatively short lifespans before ratings decline

 

 

Some more on the tv president,

 

 

 

During a brief Q&A with reporters yesterday, Donald Trump conceded he’s looking “very strongly” at CNBC’s Larry Kudlow to lead the White House’s National Economic Council. As of today, he’s apparently done looking.

 

There’s every reason to believe the CNBC anchor will fit in just fine on Team Trump. As a Washington Post  analysis noted yesterday, Kudlow is “as standard a Wall Street Republican as you’ll find. He believes in the Reaganite Holy Trinity of low taxes, low inflation and free trade. He believes in them so much that he’s spent the better part of the last 20 years proclaiming them on TV and radio.”

 

 

President Donald Trump plans to name longtime supporter Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser, sources told CNBC Wednesday.

 

Kudlow would replace National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, who resigned earlier this month after clashing with the president over controversial steel and aluminum tariffs. Kudlow also was not a fan of the policy, although Trump said Tuesday that “he has now come around to believing in tariffs as a negotiating point.”

 

That, alas, hasn’t always worked out for him. By some measures, Kudlow has been consistently mistaken about many of the major economic debates of the last several years.

 

But what I think is the most important takeaway of today’s news is that there are few tools in the United States more important than Donald Trump’s television remote control.

 

One of the staples of this presidency is that he’s moved by what he sees on his TV screen. This obviously shapes his tweets – Trump has live-tweeted various Fox News programs more than once – but it also shapes his personnel decisions.

Fox News’ Heather Nauert is now a key official at the State Department (who was recently promoted). Fox News’ K.T. McFarland was Trump’s deputy national security advisor. Fox News’ Monica Crowley was chosen to work at the National Security Council before a controversy forced her departure. Fox News’ Jonathan Wachtel was named the spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the United Nations. Fox News contributors such as Ben Carson and Elaine Chao are already in the president’s cabinet, and now CNBC’s Larry Kudlow will be the top economic voice in the White House.

 

Even Jay Sekulow, a top member of Trump’s legal defense team, has no relevant experience working on the issues he’s tackling now, but he has maintained a very high profile in recent years on conservative media, which very likely helped get him his current gig.

 

The list may yet grow: Fox News’ John Bolton is rumored to be in contention to be the next White House national security advisor.

 

The Washington Post  joked last year, “The Trump revolution won’t just be televised. It will be led by television talking heads.” It’s even truer now than it was then.

 

What’s more, it’s not just personnel. The president met with Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin recently, and when their conversation turned to pending V.A. health care legislation, Trump reportedly called a Fox News personality, Pete Hegseth, “to get his opinion” of the bill.

 

When proponents of steel tariffs launched a lobbying campaign, they ran TV ads where they thought Trump might see them. When Kristian Saucier wanted a presidential pardon, he went on Fox News to ask for one – and received one soon after. When White House aides wanted to convey to Trump that the indictments of 13 Russian operatives was not good news, they went to cable news in order to shape the president’s understanding of the developments.

 

Foreign diplomats have urged their governments’ leaders to appear on American television “as a means of making their case to Trump.”

 

Following up on an item from last year, I should emphasize that as a rule, I’m not at all inclined to criticize those who watch a lot of cable news. It just so happens that I work for a cable-news television show and get paid by a cable-news network.

 

That said, it’s also fair to say that while we’ve had media-conscious presidents in American history, we’re never seen someone with the kind of obsession Trump has. To get a job on Team Trump, go on TV. To get a message to the president, go on TV. To influence the direction of the White House, go on TV.

 

This isn’t how the executive branch of a global superpower is supposed to work.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-taps-cnbc-anchor-white-houses-top-economics-job#break

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Must be part of Putins puppet plan...new tuff USA TD sanctions slapped on Moscow/Russians.

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Must be part of Putins puppet plan...new tuff USA TD sanctions slapped on Moscow/Russians.

+1 that Putin is devilishly smart using USA to get back at his own friends and countrymen. Got to hand it to him Edited by PASSIONSEEKER

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