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Posted 24 June 2019 - 04:09 PM

Trump regrets ever having named Sessions as AG. He likes Barr who brings Trumpsucking to a whole new level.

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President Donald Trump told MNSBC reporter Chuck Todd that if he could have one do-over in his presidency, it would’ve been not choosing Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general.

In a pre-taped interview that aired on Sunday morning, Todd asked Trump what he would’ve done differently as president in retrospect.

“It would be personnel,” Trump replied. “I would say if I had one do-over, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.”

Trump praised his current attorney general, Bill Barr, as a “fine man” who’s done a “spectacular job.”

“I think he feels that what’s happened in this country was a very bad thing and very bad for our country,” Trump said, likely referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.


Faux News airhead, Trump sycophant, and general danger to the nation Jeanine Pirro relentlessly attacked Sessions. It turns out it's because he blocked her from being given a job at the DOJ that I'm sure she was eminently unqualified to hold.

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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has a well-documented, tight relationship with President Trump, stemming from a 25-year-long friendship.

According to a new Washington Post profile on her past and present ties to the President, Trump took that friendship to a new level when he tried to get the Fox News personality a job under ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Justice Department. According to senior administration officials who spoke to the Post, Pirro was hellbent on getting the gig and pressed aggressively for it.

Sessions ultimately stepped in and stopped her from getting the job. And she in turn used her platform at Fox News to pummel the attorney general as the the most “dangerous person” in the U.S. over his recusal from the Russia probe.

Some of Trump’s most brutal attacks on his “beleaguered” attorney general may have stemmed from conversations he had with Pirro as well. In 2017, Pirro and Trump reportedly met in the Oval Office to discuss the possibility of investigating Hillary Clinton. Sessions wasn’t interested and two days later Trump railed against his attorney general.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 11:06 AM

Why is Trump receiving airtime with these waste of time interviews with Chuck Todd and even Stephanopoulos? It just gives Trump the time to repeat and rehash his grievances, offers nothing new, and gives him the attention he craves. There is no value to any of it.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 11:10 AM

Actually, the Trump interviews may be helpful given his tendency to shoot from the hip and admit things he later regrets. At least it exposes him directly unlike the silly dissembling and bloviating of KelleyAnn and Sarah. I've long advocated no coverage for those two.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 11:18 AM

View PostJackD, on 25 June 2019 - 11:10 AM, said:

At least it exposes him directly unlike the silly dissembling and bloviating of KelleyAnn and Sarah. I've long advocated no coverage for those two.

I couldn't disagree more. I've advocated this kind of coverage for both of them on a 24-7 basis.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 11:44 AM

View PostJackD, on 25 June 2019 - 11:10 AM, said:

Actually, the Trump interviews may be helpful given his tendency to shoot from the hip and admit things he later should regret.

Minor correction. We have to make him regret at the ballot box.

I haven't yet seen any of the Democratic candidates reach political form to inspire confidence. Thankfully, it's not mid-season yet. Still plenty of time to get in to shape. We need 5 - 7 of these candidates competing. The rest are a nuisance. Drop the fuck off! If Bill De Blasio thinks his Presidential run is going to land him some place nicer than he would normally without a run, he's badly mistaken. Joe Sestak? Really! Who's paying for his campaign?

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 12:09 PM

View PostJackD, on 25 June 2019 - 11:10 AM, said:

Actually, the Trump interviews may be helpful given his tendency to shoot from the hip and admit things he later regrets. At least it exposes him directly unlike the silly dissembling and bloviating of KelleyAnn and Sarah. I've long advocated no coverage for those two.

People don't care that he shoots from the hip and later contradicts himself. They've tuned it all out as just political noise and a conveniently cynical attitude that all politicians lie and spin and flip flop all the time. I don't know what it will take to get people to notice that Trump has gone way beyond what a "normal" politician does.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 12:48 PM

GV said:

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People don't care that he shoots from the hip and later contradicts himself. They've tuned it all out as just political noise and a conveniently cynical attitude that all politicians lie and spin and flip flop all the time. I don't know what it will take to get people to notice that Trump has gone way beyond what a "normal" politician does.

A couple years ago Trump said:

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"You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible," Trump said.

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 04:12 PM

View PostRue Bella, on 25 June 2019 - 12:48 PM, said:

GV said:


A couple years ago Trump said:


And sadly he was right.
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Posted 27 June 2019 - 03:33 PM

Best people? Oh, you said BEAST people.

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A State Department official in charge of diplomatic protocol won’t be attending the G-20 summit in Japan this week amid a potential probe into him toting a whip around the office.

Chief of Protocol Sean Lawler has been “suspended indefinitely” pending the conclusion of an investigation and now plans on resigning from his post, according to Bloomberg and NBC News.

A source told Bloomberg that Lawler faces a potential inspector general investigation into his behavior, which includes “intimidating staff and carrying a whip in the office.” NBC reports that a number of personnel in Lawler’s office had “resigned in protest” due to his “management and behavior.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 08:34 PM

I guess Trump isn't as happy with Faux News anymore. Now he's tapping Breitbart.

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Michelle Moons, Breitbart’s White House correspondent, has reportedly been hired to work at the White House.

According to CNN, Moons will join the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.

She’ll be the third former employee from the far-right news organization to join the Trump White House. Former Breitbart editor Julia Hahn serves as the administration’s director of surrogate and coalition communications, and former Breitbart owner Steve Bannon worked closely with President Donald Trump as his campaign manager and later his senior adviser.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 02:37 PM

Acosta is gone.

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has resigned, President Trump told reporters alongside Acosta on Friday morning.

Trump told reporters that Acosta called him Friday morning and the move was Acosta’s decision. Acosta told reporters he thought it would be “selfish” for him to remain as a secretary and criticized the media for its coverage of the Labor Department in recent days.

“As I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus, rather than the incredible economy that we have today,” Acosta said. “It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that 12 years old.”

Acosta’s resignation will be effective next Friday. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will serve as acting secretary, Trump said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:16 PM

Kellyanne can't be bothered to talk to Congress about her lawbreaking. Apparently breaking the law on behalf of the administration is covered by executive privilege.

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White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defied the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena on Monday by refusing to show up to a hearing about her alleged Hatch Act violations.

Pat Cipollone, President Donald Trump’s counsel, explained Conway’s absence in a letter to Oversight Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) by citing “constitutional immunity.”

Cipollone argued that Conway “cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the President,” which is why Trump “has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing.”

Cummings blasted Cipollone’s claim as “completely baseless” in a statement.

“We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the President or about the White House’s policy decisions,” Cummings said. “We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government.”


In fact she and Sean Hannity think it's sooooo funny!

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Kellyanne Conway remains unbothered by accusations from the Office of Special Counsel that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act in media interviews.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Monday evening, Conway and Hannity shared a couple laughs about the allegations and Hannity even addressed her insouciant demeanor.

“I don’t think you look too worried. I’ve known you for many years, you’ve been on the show many years, you don’t look particularly concerned,” he said, before jokingly suggesting that the only thing she’s “guilty” of is being on President Trump’s team.


Republicans, killing democracy one corrupt act after another.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:25 PM

Kelly Anne should be paid no attention. She is an irrelevant blemish on the face of the country.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:23 PM

The only explanation for this I can muster is that Trump would love nothing more than for Americans to die in a terrorist attack to help him in 2020. This isn't a bug in this administration, it's a feature.

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Over the past two years, the Trump administration has cut back and dismantled multiple programs that have worked to aid in the detection and prevention of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to a new investigation from the Los Angeles Times. The programs at the Department of Homeland Security were primarily responsible for helping find and prevent potential biological, radiological, chemical, and nuclear domestic threats. “We’re not as secure as we were 18 months ago,” said Paul Ryan, a retired Navy rear admiral who helped lead the department’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office until mid-2017. Ryan’s office has since been merged with another office. According to the Times, the cutbacks have come at the direction of James F. McDonnell, who was appointed by Trump in 2018 to serve as the assistant secretary for the DHS’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:25 PM

Samantha Bee on Kellyanne. Awesome.

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Samantha Bee didn’t have time to cover all of President Trump’s recent “racisms,” instead choosing to zero in on his demand that four freshmen Congresswomen of color go back to the countries “from which they came.”

“Sadly, the only thing that should surprise anyone is that he wrote ‘from which they came’ to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition,” the Full Frontal host joked. “Way to go, Shakespeare, now return your head to the orifice from which it came.”

“Of course, it wasn't long before spokes-golem Kellyanne Conway leapt to his defense by somehow sounding more racist than her boss,” Bee continued before playing the clip of the White House counselor literally responding to a reporter’s question with, “What’s your ethnicity?”

“Fun fact,” Bee said, “that's also how she answers the phone.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 01:56 PM

More corruption, more private email use. Unfortunately the DOJ, now Donald Trump's personal attorneys, are the ones "investigating." I don't suspect any real civil servant will want to get too close to the truth with Barr doing anything he can to protect Trump.

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The Department of Justice is now investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke used a private email account for official business as part of an ongoing criminal probe into Zinke, the Interior Department’s inspector general told Democratic lawmakers in a letter earlier this week.

The Interior Department IG is working with the Justice Department to probe Zinke’s alleged role in a land deal with the head of Halliburton as well as his alleged efforts as interior secretary to dismantle a tribal casino project in Connecticut, both possible offenses first reported by Politico.

In a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva, Interior Department IG Gail Ennis said the department would fold the pair’s request for a review of Zinke’s personal emails into the criminal probe. In April 2018, Cummings and Grijalva wrote to Ennis requesting a review of Zinke’s private email usage. Zinke resigned in December.

“Last year, the OIG began investigating the matter you presented contemporaneous to a related criminal investigation that we are coordinating with the Department of Justice,” Ennis wrote to Cummings and Grijalva Monday. “In consultation with DOJ and to avoid any interference with the criminal case, we have decided to combine the investigations. When we write our final report of investigation, we will include information that addresses the issues raised in your letter.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Grijalva called Zinke a “perfect metaphor for the Trump administration” and called on the Justice Department to conduct a fair investigation.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 02:19 PM

The death of America not only continues, it accelerates under this administration. A man who is clearly detached from reality and would destroy our intelligence agencies' ability to protect our nation, but increase their ability to protect Trump, is likely more than acceptable to most of them.

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President Trump didn’t hide his intentions for hiring a Republican lawmaker to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence while speaking to the press on Tuesday.

He said he nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) — who, among other things, thinks special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is linked to the Clinton Foundation — to “rein” in an intelligence community that he claims has “run amok” under Coats, an official who’s vociferously warned of Russia’s meddling efforts.

“I think that John Ratcliffe is going to do an incredible job if he gets approved, he’s gotta get approved, but I think he’ll do a great job, I hope he gets approved,” he told reporters Tuesday. “I think we need somebody like that, we need somebody strong that can really rein it in because, as I think you’ve all learned ,the intelligence agencies have run amok. They’ve run amok.”

Trump tends to undermine his own intelligence community when it comes to findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election — and has even publicly accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of interference — because he feels it delegitimizes his win.


And the members of our intelligence community know it. Remember when they were patriots in the eyes of the GOP? Now they're enemies and smeared with the broad brush of "the deep state."

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Members of the intelligence community are concerned that President Trump is trying to politicize their agencies with the Republican lawmaker he’s chosen to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, The Washington Post reported.

Current intelligence community officials told the Post that they’re wary that Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), the firebrand “investigate the investigators” lawmaker whom Trump has tapped to replace Coats, won’t be willing or able to offer Trump “unvarnished” assessments of their agencies’ work, in the Post’s words.


And, as usual, Trump's nominee has no actual credentials for the position, just political ones. Oh, yeah. He's also a liar but then that's a plus for trying to get a position as a Republican.

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President Donald Trump’s pick for director of national intelligence may be lacking a little-noticed but crucial qualification for the job: intelligence experience.

Reports suggest that Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) may have overstated elements of his work as a national security prosecutor in Texas’ Eastern District.

The congressman’s bio states that he worked as head of the Eastern District of Texas’s anti-terrorism and national security unit from 2004 to 2007, before being named acting U.S. attorney for the same district until 2008.

But NBC was unable to find any public record of Ratcliffe prosecuting any terrorism cases, despite a claim on his website that he “put terrorists in prison.”

One national security case in which Ratcliffe has claimed involvement was a terrorism financing case called U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation. The Texas congressman has boasted of his involvement in the case, saying in a 2015 press release that he “convicted individuals who were funneling money to Hamas behind the front of a charitable organization.”

But ABC was unable to find court records supporting Ratcliffe’s involvement in the case as a prosecutor. The news organization cited former officials who worked on the case as saying they had no recollection of Ratcliffe working on the matter.

The director of national intelligence oversees the intelligence community and curates information to the president by assembling his daily briefing.

If confirmed by the Senate, Ratcliffe may also play a role in Attorney General Bill Barr’s ongoing review of classified information related to the start of the Mueller investigation. President Trump delegated declassification authority to Barr in May.

Ratcliffe has led the rhetorical charge to “investigate the investigators,” a key Republican strategy to portray the special counsel probe as politically compromised.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

The Trump administration's attack on the rule of law continues unabated. Remember in 2016 when some said people were overreacting when they said how far Trump would go? How does that analysis sound now?

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This gets a bit deep in the weeds. But it’s worth going there. Because it’s important. The President has been going into court in his personal capacity – i.e., with his own private lawyers – trying to knock down various House efforts to subpoena documents relative to his personal and business finances. His lawyers, particularly a guy named William Consovoy, have made a raft out of outlandish legal claims which, if taken at face value, mean the Congress has very little oversight or investigative powers at all.

Those are the President’s personal attorneys. They work directly for him as an individual. They have no responsibilities to the office of the President or the US government in general. So making maximal claims isn’t terribly surprising and of course it’s Trump. Of course, he’s going to do that.

But now the Department of Justice is entering these cases and to a great degree mimicking these arguments. And of course the Department of Justice represents the people and the constitution. (The White House Counsel’s Office represents the President in his official capacity.) What all of this amounts to is that the Department of Justice is now more or less openly operating as the President’s personal defender. That’s Bill Barr talking, the guy who Trump insider Matt Schlapp lauded back in February as Trump’s first “fully operational confirmed Attorney General.”

From perspective this isn’t terribly surprising. We’ve seen Barr’s corrupt management of the DOJ in his handling of the Mueller probe, his efforts to fan various “Deep State” conspiracy theories ginned up by the President’s supporters. But this is another major example of it.

Josh Kovensky has the story here.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:50 PM

This piece at TAC pretty much makes the case that the only people left to join the administration are either horrible or incompetent puppets. That's really all that's left in the pool anymore. I suspect Trump is fine with that. Exhibit A is the name their rolling around for U.N. Ambassador. If you thought Nikki Haley was bad at the job it sounds like you ain't seen nuthin' yet.

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President Donald Trump’s recent choice of the relatively unknown Congressman John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence and his elevation of Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—despite concerns about her inexperience—illustrates the power vacuum within Trump’s cabinet, and the opportunities this opens up for interventionists like National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The rash of remarkably unqualified and inexperienced candidates for top slots points to a presidency that values personal loyalty to Donald Trump above the ability to govern effectively. This atmosphere favors those with Washington insider status and the policy goals to bring it to fruition, say defense analysts who spoke to TAC.

Trump’s recent picks “fit the pattern of the eroding of competence which is particularly happening in the national security apparatus,” said Trita Parsi, associate professor at Georgetown University, in an interview with TAC. These are “clearly people that are just willing to go along with whatever the political agenda is.”

Unfortunately, that agenda may be wielded now by the most experienced, and powerful senior officials left standing—Bolton and Pompeo—whose aggressive foreign policies sometimes clash with their president’s.

“My view on this is that any appointment on Trump’s foreign policy staff after the ascent of Bolton will reflect Bolton’s will,” said Mark Perry, TAC senior writer and author of The Pentagon’s Wars. “Which is to say: if Kelly Craft meets with Bolton’s approval, it’s because he views her as weak.”

Almost everyone else who originally held a senior national security job has now left the Trump administration, including the defense secretary, national security adviser, attorney general, FBI director, secretary of state, White House chief of staff, secretary of Homeland Security, and director of the Secret Service.

This week, the Senate confirmed multi-million dollar Republican donor Kelly Craft to replace Nikki Halley, who left her post as ambassador to the United Nations at the end of 2018. Craft was mostly absent from her previous position as Trump-appointed ambassador to Canada. Before that she was appointed delegate to the UN by President George W. Bush, and headed her own business advisory firm in Kentucky. That is where her resume seems to end. She has no other government or foreign policy background, academic or professional, to speak of. This makes her one of the least experienced people to ever hold the post.

“Craft’s appointment as UN ambassador is just one more step towards the ‘Trumpification’ of government functions, whether it’s putting his unqualified family members in key White House roles or rewarding countries that patronize his businesses with sweetheart deals,” Emma Ashford, a research fellow in defense and foreign policy for the Cato Institute, told TAC.

“Rather than simply pointing out how unqualified Kelly Craft is for the United Nations job, I think it would be wise for us to reconsider the idea of politically appointed ambassadors entirely,” Ashford said. “Is there really any ambassadorial appointment so unimportant that it should be handled by a donor, rather than by experienced diplomats? The whole donations-for-ambassadorships system is bad for U.S. diplomacy and national security.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 07:18 PM

This is a golden opportunity for a foreign intelligence agency to make assets out of prospective appointees, given that there's a limited number of people who could be appointed and a completely uncritical Senate confirmation process.
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