Man, I knew that after the midterms things were going to be different, but they must be climbing the rafters and swinging from the chandeliers at the White House. Everybody is eyeing the exits. Now Sarah Hucky Boo Boo Sanders is supposedly leaving the end of the year — the second time this story has surfaced in the past four months. And Raj Shah is going with her, supposedly. The Independent: Ms Sanders and Mr Shah have not responded to a request for comment from The Independent nor any other media outlets. She did tweet on Wednesday evening about an hour after the CBS News report that she “love[s] her job” and accused the media of not speaking with her about her alleged departure. The 35-year-old Ms Sanders did not, however, directly deny that she would be leaving by the end of 2018. CBS News retorted that it had made “repeated requests” for her comment on the matter. David Cay Johnston, author of The Making of Donald Trump, told BBC News: “Her denial is: ‘I don’t know anything about this.’ She doesn’t say: ‘I’m not leaving’. It’s what we call a non-denial denial”. And who’s on board to replace her or Shah? Nobody knows. “Nobody wants to come in,” a source close to the administration told CBS News. “So they’ve gone through two rounds and now they’re at third tier of people who are just lucking out — battlefield promotion ends up promoting people who aren’t qualified for the position”. Maybe seeing her name in the box marked “Defendant” next to Donald Trump’s was a sobering experience. It would be for most people. In any event, if she does leave now, it would be the smartest thing she could do. Like Hope Hicks, she might be able to swing some corporate job at Fox or the like. If she stays on board the Trumptanic, it is only going to get uglier and lying about doctored video tapes will be the least of what she’ll be remembered for. And as for who’s going to replace her? Want my bet? I bet Anthony Scaramucci. After John Kelly leaves, Scaramucci will return to be the press secretary. Trump loves to recycle people, it’ll be Scaramucci or Lewandowski. Or, here’s a completely mad idea — what about Megyn Kelly?
Donald Trump crowed at one point that the White House on his watch was, “a finely tuned machine.” Yeah, and so’s a nuclear reactor until you pull the rods out too far. Mira Ricardel, deputy to National Security Adviser John Bolton, evidently got into a cat fight with Melania, over “seating on Air Force one,” if you can believe it, and the allocation of National Security Council resources on her trip to Africa — the same trip where she ran up a bill for $95K one day for a hotel room and never even stayed there. Evidently, when John Kelly and Bolton had their recent set to in the hallway outside the Oval Office, where Kelly purportedly grabbed Bolton by the collar, they were discussing Ricardel. Kelly couldn’t get the job done for Melania, so she went straight to Donald on the French trip and bye bye Mira. The conflicts at this White House are overlapping and labyrinthine, with tempers running hot and everybody at each others’ throats. Wall Street Journal: “This is how the president works,” one White House official said. “He’s doused a bunch of people in gasoline and he’s waiting for someone to light a match.” Bear in mind, that since the inception of this administration it’s been leakier than a bar drain with the beer spigot left on — and everybody has a theory as to who the leaker(s) is, Bolton’s deputy being the current blamee. The first lady’s team told the president that they suspect Ms. Ricardel is behind some negative stories about Mrs. Trump and her staff. The first lady’s office issued a statement on Tuesday calling for Ms. Ricardel to be dismissed. “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” said Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump. The “honor” of indulging Melania’s every whim, perhaps. Kelly didn’t like Ricardel either, nor did Mattis. Ms. Ricardel also repeatedly clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Pentagon team over staffing decisions and policy differences, according to people familiar with the feud. That discord has created a chill in relations between Ms. Ricardel and Defense Department officials wary of her intentions, these people say. […] Mr. Kelly has been looking for ways to force Ms. Ricardel out for weeks. Two weeks ago, Mr. Kelly cited Mrs. Trump’s concerns as he pushed Mr. Bolton to replace her, but Mr. Bolton resisted, officials said. And that’s when Kelly went for Bolton’s throat, literally, while they screamed profanities at one another, because whatever Kelly said about Ricardel, Bolton said about Nielsen — just speculating. Mr. Bolton, meanwhile, has been among those pushing for Ms. Nielsen’s ouster, officials said. The Washington Post reported Mr. Trump’s decision to remove Ms. Nielsen on Monday. Now here’s where it gets good. Among the sources of tension for Mr. Bolton and Ms. Nielsen stemmed from a plan she raised to deal with the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ms. Nielsen raised the possibility of asking the United Nations refugee agency to set up camps on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border to house the migrants, according to people familiar with the talks. Mr. Bolton pointedly dismissed the idea as unworkable and misguided, a […]
We have come a loooooong way since Jack and Jackie Kennedy took Paris by storm and all of France became enthralled to the Sorbonne-educated First Lady, who acted as translator for her husband and Charles DeGaulle. (By the by, Melania Trump claims to be fluent in French, among several other languages, but I digress.) The farce that was this *residential trip to Paris is a full 180 degrees away from that one. But the French love farce, they invented it and right now, Donald Trump is the man they love to hate and don’t expect that to change. Trump’s tweet dissing Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating Tuesday morning is not going to sweeten the pot any, that’s for damn sure. Donald Trump is easily the most hated man in Europe and if he continues making gaffes in his future visits abroad, Most Hated Man In The World will be a title he could print up on business cards, and nobody will question it. Yann Barthes is the host of a popular show in France, “Quotidien.” First he mocks Trump’s “style” mercilessly with a super cut, saying, “We are in the porn industry in this country, you came to the right place.” Then he bottom lines it. This is one of the best 1:15 you’ll have all day. Enjoy.
You might want to put some champagne on ice, just in case. Today could get very interesting. Let me say that if any investigation is leak proof, it is Robert Mueller’s. However, it’s common knowledge that he had done lots of work and that he was holding off on taking action solely due to the midterm elections. With those being history, more or less, look for some seemingly quick developments in the Trump Russia investigation. Swiftboat birther Jerome Corsi and his ally Roger Stone have already indicated a belief that they’ll be indicted any time now. And don’t forget, it was speculated when Trump melted down the day after the midterms and went for Jim Acosta’s jugular that he was really upset about the possibility of Junior being indicted. That was supposedly the compelling reason for Trump to move so quickly with the firing of Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to replace him — a move which looks to be blowing up in his face as we speak. Plus, Michael Cohen took the train to D.C. to meet with Mueller yesterday. The day is young, and could become quite interesting. Trump is venting his spleen on Kirstjen Nielsen right now, trying to get control of something, somewhere in his administration, and that will probably occupy him for a little while until Robert Mueller gives him something new to think about. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw
Poor Donald Trump. He keeps looking for the second coming of Roy Cohn. “Where are my killers? I need a killer,” he has been heard to bemoan. Jeff Sessions absolutely was not his killer. Sessions was a vast disappointment. Then Trump was going to hire lawyer and Fox talking head Joe diGenova, and that didn’t pan out. Trump didn’t like him when he met him. No killer there. Then Trump caught wind of an interview Matthew Whitaker gave on CNN disparaging the Mueller probe, and voila! A killer was born! Found, in any event! And now that might all go to hell as well. On Sunday Adam Schiff said this on Meet the Press. “The facts for recusal are very strong here. This is someone who has made repeated and prejudicial statements against the investigation and who has made false statements about it, claiming that the Russians really had no impact on our election. And [he’s] someone who has an important relationship with one of the witnesses in the investigation. And I want to say this: we have every right to expect all of the employees of the Justice Department to follow ethics rules and that means especially the Attorney General. But I want to make this very clear. If he doesn’t recuse himself, if he has any involvement whatsoever in this Russia probe, we are going to find out whether he made commitments to the president about the probe, whether he is serving as a back channel to the president or his lawyers about the probe, Mr. Whittaker needs to understand that he will be called to answer and any role that he plays will be exposed to the public. We don’t want there to be any ambiguity about that.” It looks like Matt Whitaker could find himself between a rock and a hard place, with a choice of recusing himself, or facing charges for obstruction of justice if he sticks around and does Trump’s bidding. Trump demonized Sessions for following the law rather than figuring out a way to circumvent it, which is what Trump means by “killer.” At this point, it doesn’t look like Whitaker is going to fare much better than Sessions insofar as saving Trump is concerned. Whitaker is looking more and more like a flash in the pan than a killer. Whitaker appears to be boxed into recusing, and when Trump hears about it on Fox News, he’ll blow a gasket. Watch out White House TV sets and coffee pots, Donnie’s about to throw a yuuuuge tantrum. He might even tear out his remaining few strands of hair.
Tastelessness and tackiness has just been redefined. Take a look at this. He can’t get the veterans their GI Bill benefits, but no problem, he’ll give them a MAGA hat, made in China, and enrich his own coffers. Nothing odd about priorities here, nah. The veterans should pay to support him, right? The mind reels.
Political conspiracy theorist, birther, and long time ally of Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, says that he will soon be indicted by Robert Mueller, and guess what, it’s all due to the evil machinations of the Deep State. Washington Post: “The Department of Justice is run by criminals,” Corsi said, adding: “I think my crime really was that I supported Donald Trump. Now I guess I’ll go to prison for the rest of my life, because I dared to oppose the Deep State. “ […] On Monday, Corsi told listeners of his daily live-stream web program that he turned over two computers, emails and other communications to Mueller and sat for six interviews totaling more than 40 hours since receiving a subpoena two months ago. But he said that his cooperation had “exploded” in recent weeks and that Mueller’s team has now said he will be criminally charged. “I’m going to be indicted. That’s what we’ve been told. Everyone should know that,” he said. “I anticipate being indicted on a charge of some form of lying,” he said. “Trying to explain yourself to these people is impossible …. I guess I couldn’t tell the special prosecutor what he wanted to hear.” Corsi is one of nine associates of Roger Stone who have been interviewed by Robert Mueller to determine whether anyone in Trump’s orbit coordinated with WikiLeaks in the release of emails belonging to the DNC which were allegedly hacked by Russian operatives. Looks like the noose is tightening. I wonder when they’ll get to the part where Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary’s email on national television? Or, would that constitute “presidential harassment?” To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56
First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams makes a good point when he says that the issue is not really CNN v. Trump, it is First Amendment v. Trump, and somebody is going to have to bring the suit, sooner or later. CNN: Floyd Abrams, a constitutional law expert who has appeared frequently before the Supreme Court, told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday that CNN has a case. — “I think it’s a really strong lawsuit,” Abrams said. “I can understand CNN being reluctant to sue because the president keeps saying CNN is the enemy of me, and CNN might have reluctance to have a lawsuit titled ‘CNN vs. Donald Trump.’ That said, yes, I think they should sue.” Abrams said. — “This is going to happen again,” he said. “It’s likely to happen again. So whether it’s CNN suing or the next company suing, someone is going to have to bring a lawsuit. And whoever does is going to win unless there’s some sort of reason.” __ Former ABC White House reporter Sam Donaldson, who said he’s been asked to prepare an affidavit to support CNN’s case, said Trump’s decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials “is not only wrong and unfair, it’s dangerous for the press as a whole.” In addition to the incident with Acosta, on Friday as Trump was leaving town for Paris, he reviled black journalist April Ryan, calling her “nasty” and a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.” There’s that pot calling kettle thing again, which is the hallmark of Donald Trump. Ryan says it’s simple, Trump sees black women as his inferiors. Washington Post: It’s not hard to find the common denominator: Though there’s hardly anyone — from his predecessors to senators in his own party — he won’t try to shout down with ad hominem insults, Trump relishes, and injects venom into, verbal attacks against women of color. Correspondents don’t go to the White House every day to make friends. We do our jobs courteously, but also thoroughly and assertively, to get answers for our viewers, listeners and readers about the statements and actions that affect all Americans’ lives. Sometimes that means having a quiet sidebar with a member of the White House communications staff. Sometimes that means meeting with first son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the administration’s approach to criminal justice reform. Sometimes that means shouting a question at the president as he crosses the White House lawn on the way to boarding Marine One. You can tell, though, by the way Trump has responded in recent days to more than one black female journalist that he sees our presence there as illegitimate. If he didn’t, he’d either answer our questions or simply ignore them, not berate us. But when Trump denigrates black women, he’s sending the message that he doesn’t see us equally. Trump sees everybody as his inferiors, except for tyrants and dictators, whom he lionizes. That’s who he is. April Ryan had the hubris to ask Trump if he was a racist and oh, no little lady, you don’t go there — most especially if you’re a woman of color. Trump should enjoy the new crop of Representatives in the House. We’re in for some very interesting sailing just ahead. As the line from […]
Donald Trump is at his most dysfunctional right now, which is saying quite a bit. He couldn’t even show up at a WWI memorial ceremony, lying that his helicopter was “grounded” and he was stopped by rain, while other world leaders effortlessly gathered together in sunshine and intermittent drizzle. Then he showed up two hours late to a major diplomatic dinner thrown by President Macron and was photographed hugging himself, which is his tell that he’s freaked out. So, what’s going on? American writer Greg Olear has a hypothesis. While the famous Trump baby blimp flies aloft the Place de la Republique, Trump is going to meet with the man who holds his future in his hands, Vladimir Putin. Bear in mind that both Putin and Trump know what Putin has over Trump — and maybe Robert Mueller knows. We’re going to find that out in due time. McConnell and Murdoch were photographed entering the building where McConnell’s office is a few nights ago. And Fox News did go radio silent on Twitter. Who knows what that’s about, but it certainly invites interesting speculation. Throwing Sessions into the street so precipitously and elevating con man Matthew Whitaker to run the Department of Justice was not a good idea. Trump realized how egregious his faux pas was and began walking the decision back immediately. Forgetting how to shake another man’s hand is not a good sign. Now, Trump is in Paris and clearly showing signs of major meltdown. CNN has reported that he is in “a sour mood” and “tense.” The photographs taken with Trump and Macron either show a smiling Macron and a slumped over, visibly miserable Trump, or Macron clearly trying to make the best of it, like you or I might take the arm of a doddering relative on the verge of a breakdown, hoping to humor him. Merkel and Macron see a monster, Trump sees salvation, or at least forebearance — he hopes. Trump shook hands briefly with the man who pwns him, Putin, at the ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. Notice how Trump gives a smile which is out of character for him. His usual grimace is a dominant sneer. Not in this case. This is the beaming tale wag that the beta dog gives when the alpha arrives on the scene. This is Donald being friendly and deferential to the man who can crush him like a gnat. Trump will meet with Putin and it won’t be like the cozy two hours in Helsinki without Pompeo or Bolton or anybody accountable to the American government present. Or, maybe Trump can sneak away for a private rendevous, who knows? This entire house of cards might be in the process of collapsing. It’s a cinch that Donald Trump is, just take a look.
Movie legend John Wayne must be spinning in his grave right now. Wayne was a member of the John Birch society who lived in wealthy white Newport Beach, in the very enclave of conservative politics, CA-48, presided over by Dana “Surf Nazi” Rohrabacher for the past 30 years. If the Duke was alive, he would undoubtedly be chagrined that with 69% white people in the district, a ten point Republican registration advantage and all that money, Rohrabacher went down in flames after 15 terms. And he’s not the only one. Steve Knight and Jeff Denham look to be history too, with Mimi Walters and Young Kim cringing as final ballots are counted. Los Angeles Times: “This is more than just a bad year,” said Mike Madrid, a GOP political strategist. “This is essentially a realignment in California politics, and the traditional base that has served the Republican Party no longer exists.” Madrid said “a clean sweep” of GOP incumbents was possible. He said he expects the party to see worse results in 2020 because it didn’t have “leadership with the strength and the foresight to get us out of this.” This election is by no means over because Californians are notorious for voting by mail. Hundreds of thousands of votes are being counted by hundreds of employees working 12 hours a day. Andrew Acosta, a Democratic strategist in Sacramento, called the ballot counts a “slow-moving train wreck” for Republicans. “I believe Mimi Walters and Young Kim are breathing a little easier, but it is not done yet,” Acosta said. “Count the ballots before you spike the ball.” What’s most interesting, is that Rohrabacher was one of the Republicans running for reelection who, like Martha McSally, totally accepted “the embrace” of Donald Trump. How’s that been working out? Rohrabacher, 71, of Costa Mesa, had not had a serious challenge to the seat until this year, when discontent with Trump ran high in the 48th. “The Russian thing was ridiculous,” said Tony Quinn, demographer and California campaign analyst. “That didn’t help him.” “The district became much more of an anti-Trump suburb, and he no longer connected to the people there,” Quinn said. “He had an opponent who was a former Republican businessman, not some wild-eyed lefty. And for at least two years, people were willing to try something new.” It is devoutly to be wished that this is a bellwether for the fate of Republicans statewide and perhaps nationwide as well. The Republicans had their voter registration advantage, their 30 year incumbent, the embrace of the sitting *resident and still they washed. Why? Because the election was a referendum on that *resident and the Rohrabacher race, of all of them, screams that loud and clear. At this point, Republicans will do well to hang onto 11 of California’s 53 congressional seats. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, pilgrim. Hahahahahahahahaha! Wipe out! To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56