Trumpworld is nothing more and nothing less than the biggest assembly of grifters ever to draw breath, all together at one time for the purpose of raiding the public coffers and undermining our institutions. CBS News has learned that Doug “Papa Doug” Manchester, who was Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the Bahamas was involved in what sounds like a pay-to-play scheme with RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel. CBS News: A Trump supporter, Manchester donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund. He was offered the Bahamas post the day after Mr. Trump was sworn in. Manchester said Trump told him, “I should probably be the ambassador to the Bahamas and you should be president.” Then, for two and a half years, Manchester’s nomination stalled in the Senate. His Bahamas relief trip caught the attention of the President. Trump tweeted, “I would also like to thank ‘Papa’ Doug Manchester, hopefully the next Ambassador to the Bahamas, for the incredible amount of time, money and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas.” Three days after the tweet, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel hit up Manchester for a donation. It was no small sum. In an email, obtained exclusively by CBS News, she asked Manchester, “Would you consider putting together $500,000 worth of contributions from your family to ensure we hit our ambitious fundraising goal?” “Did you feel like they were putting the arm on you?” Axelrod asked. “No, I didn’t. That’s part of politics. It’s unbelievable. You give and you give and you give and you give some more and more and more,” Manchester said. Some people give and they give and they get ambassadorships. Ask Gordon Sondland how this is done. His ambassadorship cost $1 Million, which he paid to Trump’s inauguration fund. Interestingly, Bob Corker didn’t have much stomach for developments in Manchester’s case. Former Senator Bob Corker, who was the chair of the Senate’s foreign relations committee before he retired in January, held up Manchester’s nomination. “We had concerns about judgment, about demeanor, about just the whole reason for taking the job,” Corker said. He found McDaniel’s fundraising pitch problematic. “The timing of that request obviously was not appropriate,” he said. Even worse, he said, was Manchester’s response. His big mistake was copying staffers of two senators who controlled his nomination, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Idaho’s Jim Risch, alerting them to his willingness to donate more after confirmation. “I can only tell you that if I received an email like that, there would have been a five-bell alarm that went off,” Corker said. It’s a positive thing that Corker held up Manchester’s nomination and voiced these concerns. However, Corker was one of the early Republican retirees in the Trump era. It begs the question whether the Republicans who are left or the new ones who will run, are going to show the same level of integrity. I think not. One side effect of the advent of Trump has been the resignation of Republicans that could be deemed more reasonable than the others and the ascent of the Jim Jordans and Devin Nunes into the GOP limelight. This, unfortunately, is a trend that will continue as the GOP, already a completely rotted vessel, else it wouldn’t have spawned Trump, continues on it’s erratic and capricious course, where the […]
Imagine a world, as Rod Serling used to intone, where a sitting president known as Donnie Two Scoops, in recognition of his maturity level regarding the distribution of ice cream, spends all his time at the White House watching television and tweeting insults at other statesmen. Ouch. Two schools of thought on this: Do you thank Corker for taking a swipe at Trump on his way out, on the theory of better later than never, or, do you acknowledge that Corker voted in alignment with Trump’s views over 80% of the time, so his tweet-standing at the 11th hour doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot? Thought so.
What is Donald Trump going to do? Even members of his own party think that his new BFF Mohammad Bin Salman is a murderer, saying things like, “There’s no smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,” after their meeting Tuesday with Gina Haspel. NPR: After a briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel, Senate leaders declared Tuesday they were convinced that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is a wrecking ball. I think he is complicit in the murder of Khashoggi in the highest possible level,” said Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. Graham was just one of several senators who delivered blistering attacks on Saudi Arabia and the crown prince following the closed-door briefing. The Saudis have acknowledged that government officials were responsible for the killing but describe it as a rogue operation and say that the crown prince was not involved. “Let me just put it this way. I think if (Crown Prince Mohammed) was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes. Guilty. A guilty verdict,” said Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican. Maybe Lindsey Graham is bi-polar, because he certainly seems to be flip flopping with respect to Trump, claiming one month, “There’ll be hell to pay,” if Trump fired Sessions and then switching out that opinion for the more Trump friendly, “He deserves an attorney general that he wants.” “There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” said Graham, referring to reports that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered by a bone saw after he was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. “It is zero chance — zero — that this happened without the crown prince.” Yeah, but, the Saudis buy a lot of apartments from Trump, and then there’s all those mythical jobs created by the kazillions of dollars the Saudis spend in arms. Plus, and here’s the biggy — Vlad likes MBS and he won’t like it at all if the United States maintains some kind of a profile in the field of human rights. No, he won’t like that one little bit. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56
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