Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

By Ryan Lizza

On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me.

“Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he’s inherited in his new job. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him. While they have publiclymaintained that there is no bad blood between them, Scaramucci and Priebus have been feuding for months. After the election, Trump asked Scaramucci to join his Administration, and Scaramucci sold his company, SkyBridge Capital, in anticipation of taking on a senior role. But Priebus didn’t want him in the White House, and successfully blocked him from being appointed to a job until last week, when Trump offered him the communications job over Priebus’s vehement objections. In response to Scaramucci’s appointment, Sean Spicer, an ally of Priebus’s, resigned his position as press secretary. And in an additional slight to Priebus, the White House’s official announcement of Scaramucci’s hiring noted that he would report directly to the President, rather than to the chief of staff.

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  1. @OP – White House’s official announcement of Scaramucci’s hiring noted that he would report directly to the President, rather than to the chief of staff.

    Ah! The Trumpie personality cult interpretation of “co-operative expert teamwork”!! 🙂

    After all! If there is no random assortment of conflicting views, how can Trump cherry-pick one that he likes, and proclaim it to be “expert advice”? 🙂

  2. It looks like the Republican party has served its purpose of installing Trump, and can now be discarded! – A bit like those thousands of litigants who were foolish enough to enter into business arrangements with Trump!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40759132

    US President Donald Trump has named General John Kelly, who currently heads the Department of Homeland Security, as his next chief of staff.

    The announcement, made on Twitter on Friday afternoon, removes Reince Priebus from the role.

    The embattled former chief of staff had faced pressure since being named as a possible leaker by Mr Trump’s newly appointed director of communication.

    Mr Priebus told CNN he resigned on Thursday after talking with Mr Trump.

    “The president wanted to go in a different direction,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, adding that he thought Gen Kelly was “a brilliant pick”.

    Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed communications director one week ago, had accused Mr Priebus – a Republican Party stalwart – of leaking to the press.

    He also phoned a reporter to unleash a profanity-filled rant against Mr Priebus, whom he called a “paranoid schizophrenic”.

    By Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

    Was there really any doubt who Donald Trump was going to side with in the Priebus-Scaramucci feud?

    The newly appointed communications director took dead aim at the chief of staff online and on-air this week, calling him a “paranoid schizophrenic”.

    Well, as the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. On Friday afternoon the axe fell.

    With Priebus’s departure, the purge of establishment Republicans within the Trump White House is in full swing.
    The former head of the Republican National Committee was brought in as a veteran Washington player to help bridge the insider-outsider gap in the administration, but instead he tumbled into the chasm.

    It’s clear, in tweets and comments, that Mr Trump believes the Republican Party does not have his best interests in mind. Now he’s cutting the party loose.

    By all accounts Priebus’s successor, John Kelly, is a well liked, highly respected man. His selection is yet another example of Mr Trump’s preference for military brass in positions of authority.

    His managerial skills will be sorely tested, however, by a White House staff that has been wracked by internal strife.
    Leading an army into battle may seem easy by comparison
    .

  3. Somehow I am reminded of the way Stalin “disappeared’ all of the leading Bolsheviks of the 1917 coup d’etat, including Trotsky, by the 1030s. Unlike Trump, Stalin appears to have been quite intelligent, and his upbringing in the Russian Orthodox Church certainly taught him a lesson about social coercion and how to effect it. Certainly it was dangerous to be close to Stalin. Whilst no heads have rolled in the USA, it also seems dangerous to get too close to Trump.

    And now a quiet prayer for Sean Spicer and his very handsome pension fund.

  4. …it also seems dangerous to get too close to Trump.

    I watched Priebus interviewed after he was booted. No bitterness. No negative remarks about anyone or anything. He kept praising Trump. Something tells me he was threatened. He seemed more robotic than usual, like someone was holding a gun to his head.

    Scaramucci’s wife filed for divorce. She despises Trump and has nothing but contempt for Scaramucchi and “all the lies.”

    http://pagesix.com/2017/07/29/scaramuccis-fed-up-wife-filed-for-divorce-while-nine-months-pregnant/

  5. From quotation at #3:
    It’s clear, in tweets and comments, that Mr Trump believes the Republican Party does not have his best interests in mind. Now he’s cutting the party loose.

    This, of course, can work both ways. The Republican Party is already showing signs of taking a stand against Mr Trump, the failure of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the imposition of sanctions on Russia being the clearest instances to date. When the Republicans no longer regard Mr Trump as their man in the White House (and many of them never did see him as such), he will be at their mercy. I for one am not sure which would be the better president to have: the present raving madman or Mike Pence. Under the former there is no guessing what mischief the commander in chief of the armed forces may get up to in the world and within the United States themselves; and under the latter the citizens of the United States will suffer under the neofeudalism that the Republicans seem hellbent on establishing there. If sanity is to be returned to federal government in the United States, both the Republicans in Congress and Mr Trump in the White House need to be removed from office. The worrying questions are: Do enough Americans understand that, and will they act on that understanding at next year’s midterm elections?

  6. @OP- Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers. . . .

    These leakers were as “bad” as the climate scientists!
    Telling the press and the pubic what was going on in the white House – contradicting Trump’s twitterings and the constant stream of “alternate facts”!

    How is a fantasy “Great America” to be maintained in the minds of Trumpie supporters, with real information emerging?

    Independent costings and non-partisan committees, also keep on embarrassing Trump by debunking Twittered Tumponomics!

  7. Well that’s a fitting end after just 10 days in the job for Mr Mooch. I’ve seen him on tv a few times during the campaign last year and a more unpleasant pathological liar you couldn’t wish to meet other than Trump himself of course. I suppose we’ll never know if his foul mouthed rant about Priebus and Bannon was a deliberate but misjudged attempt to portray himself as a tough guy, an accidental consequence of his normal personality or the result of drink or drugs but it turned out to be a very stupid performance.

    What it shows more than anything though is Trump’s abysmal ability to pick people which he seems to base solely on how many sycophantic things they say about him. His narcissism is so overriding it drowns out any ability to judge a person’s actual performance or suitability for a position. So he surrounds himself with incompetent yes men who tell him how great he is and chaos automatically ensues.

  8. Arkrid sandwich #9

    Exactly right.

    Yet I hard Scaramucci was a “brilliant entrepreneur, a real New Yorker, a straight shooter…” It also shows that the professional liars and spin artists on his payroll – Conway, Huckabee Sanders, all of them – are indiscriminate and shameless. There is nothing that Trump or anyone that he has hired or anything that he says or does that they will not defend, on his behalf, to the bitter end. Nothing. They are like Nazis in that regard – following orders (and getting paid for it).

    There is no room in this administration for any kind of growth. No ability to reflect or learn from mistakes. We are in the hands of an unstable, anti-humanitarian narcissistic man; and he is surrounded by people who were hired to make him seem like he is incapable of erring – not unlike a kind of God. These people are communicating to him as well as the public, I think. He probably believes what they say. As does his base.

    This sort of arrogance is intolerable and extremely unhealthy and dangerous.

    From the birther issue to the comments made on the bus to the hiring of Scaramucci it has been one whitewash and evasion after another. I long to see them all dragged off to prison.

  9. There is nothing that Trump or anyone that he has hired or anything that he says or does that they will not defend, on his behalf, to the bitter end.

    Bad sentence.

    Better: There is nothing that Trump says or does that they will not defend, and no one that he has hired who they will not defend, on his behalf, to the bitter end.

    Don Jr. lied. Pathetic situation. Drain the swamp.

  10. Impeachment a real possibility now.

    Trump dictated misleading statement on son’s meeting with Russians. Advisers fear it could put him and others in legal jeopardy.

    Details about the extent of the president’s personal intervention, which were described by multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations, have not been previously reported. Trump’s involvement adds to a series of actions that he has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III continues his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-dictated-sons-misleading-statement-on-meeting-with-russian-lawyer/2017/07/31/04c94f96-73ae-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.4745dd91721b

  11. Dan #12
    Aug 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Impeachment a real possibility now.

    Trump dictated misleading statement on son’s meeting with Russians.
    Advisers fear it could put him and others in legal jeopardy.

    Looking at other sections of your link, the conspiracy to pervert and obstruct the investigations becomes increasing obvious!
    He also seems to think that witnesses and officials can be intimidated by threats of dismissal!

    The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.

    But within hours, at the president’s direction, the plan changed.

    Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”

    The Washington Post that they fear any indication that Trump was seeking to hide information about contacts between his campaign and Russians almost inevitably would draw additional scrutiny from Mueller.

    Trump, they say, is increasingly acting as his own lawyer, strategist and publicist, often disregarding the recommendations of the professionals he has hired.

    That seems entirely in character!

    “He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.

    Trump has said that the Russia investigation is “the greatest witch hunt in political history,” calling it an elaborate hoax created by Democrats to explain why Clinton lost an election she should have won.

    Peter Zeidenberg, the deputy special prosecutor who investigated the George W. Bush administration’s leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity, said Mueller will have to dig into the crafting of Trump Jr.’s statement aboard Air Force One.

    Prosecutors typically assume that any misleading statement is an effort to throw investigators off the track, Zeidenberg said.

    “The thing that really strikes me about this is the stupidity of involving the president,” Zeidenberg said. “They are still treating this like a family-run business and they have a PR problem. . . . What they don’t seem to understand is this is a criminal investigation involving all of them.”

    With Dunning-Kruger confidence, Trump genuinely does not see anything wrong with blatant lying, and has no respect whatever for expert professional advice or laws applying to him!

    This is obvious, both from his appointments, and his Twitterings!

  12. Meanwhile, the ink is barely dry on General Kelly’s appointment papers and it’s being reported that he was so incensed at the way Trump fired Comey that he phoned Comey to commiserate and indicated he was considering resigning in protest from his then job as head of Homeland Security. This is going to give the increasingly paranoid Trump pause to wonder just where Kelly’s loyalties lie and whether he may be a Trojan horse in the administration with the intention of sabotaging it from inside.

    You can certainly bet your bottom dollar it won’t be long before someone who doesn’t like being under Kelly’s military thumb starts to whisper such things into Trump’s ear. Maybe Kelly’s insistence that the Mooch be sacked so quickly was just to discredit Trump’s ability to pick staff members. But even if so, could the administration survive its brand new Chief of Staff being sacked in turn himself in short order? See how easy it is to sow doubt?

    As an aside I’m getting fed up of reading how Trump thrives on chaos in op ed pieces from shoddy reporters. Trump doesn’t “thrive” on chaos any more than anyone else does. It destroys any chance of his people working together to achieve anything. It is however the natural result of Trump’s utter incompetence and impulsiveness in making decisions. When you think you’re perfect there’s no possibility of learning from your (in his case constant) mistakes. Trump doesn’t have the intellect or the attention span to think anything through. His criteria for picking people seems to be primarily their sycophancy and wealth with a possible third factor of military service. He ignores or is incapable of recognising their actual ability which in most cases seems to be zero, even cursory background checks seem not to get done and of course he cycles through nearly all of them on a regular basis as the reason for his failures which of course can never get blamed on the real source, himself. He is doomed to repeat this cycle because he’s too stupid to break it. Even when he gets good people by some stroke of luck he undermines them almost immediately and constantly by tweeting something contrary to whatever they have just announced or blabbing his mouth off during an interview.

    I used to think Dubya was the anti-Midas, strutting along in his flight jacket which he never earned the right to wear, arms out and back of hands facing forward to make himself look bigger, an incompetent arrogant little prick. He had nothing on Trump though. Absolutely everything Trump touches turns to shit but sadly very little of it seems to stick to him. I still don’t think the majority of the American electorate realise just how difficult it is to unseat a sitting president, especially one we know will never resign like Nixon, never accept impeachment like Clinton and never defer to any other branch of government. Congress have made a token gesture to resist him with the Russia sanctions Bill but this is already a de facto dictatorship and while Republicans continue to put party above both country and morality, Trump is going to trample democracy into the ground.

    As soon as Mueller starts to dig into Trump’s finances he’s going to be out. Trump fears two things above all else. The world finding out just how deeply he has been involved with Russian money laundering and also that his real wealth is but a tiny fraction of what he’s always claimed it to be. He fears the backlash from firing Mueller a lot less than either of those. Congress might appoint another prosecutor but it will put everything back by months or even years and that gives time for plenty more hail Mary plays as he tries to drag his failing presidency to full term. In desperation he might declare war on some country or other, invoke martial law, he has plenty of people to throw under the bus one by one to try and stop its wheels inexorably turning until it crushes himself. The only way he’s leaving the White House is to be dragged out kicking and screaming at gunpoint.

  13. It looks like the rate of turnover of Trump appointed muppets who are too incompetent do their jobs, is increasing!
    That is a problem of the pseudo-science-science deniers, fantasist, ideological thinkers, the Dunning-Kruger confident, and sycophants in general! They don’t function productively in the real world, and cannot or will not, co-operate with people who do!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40782299

    White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post.

    The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his own colleagues.

    President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and spokesman, Sean Spicer, both left their posts after Mr Scaramucci’s appointment.

    Chief of staff Gen John Kelly, sworn in on Monday, sacked Mr Scaramucci.

    The president was also unhappy with Mr Scaramucci’s performance, the White House confirmed.

    Mr Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said the president thought Mr Scaramucci’s comments to the reporter “were inappropriate for a person in that position”.

    He has not been moved to another White House role, she added.

    Mr Trump had tweeted in the morning about job and wage figures, and insisted there is “No WH chaos”, referring to reports about fighting among White House staff.

    Mr Scaramucci had boasted of reporting directly to the president, rather than to his chief of staff.

    It seems the General Kelly, as new chief of staff, has taken this to mean Scaramucci does not want to work or co-operate as a member of his team!

    By Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

    Staff in this White House have the job life expectancy of mayflies. Only 10 days ago, Mr Scaramucci burst on to the scene as the fast-talking New Yorker whose fanatical devotion to the president was matched only by his distaste for the established order.

    Although his job tenure was short, he managed to do a lot of order-disrupting.
    Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned to give Mr Scaramucci a “clean slate”.
    Then, like a heat-seeking missile powered by foul language, Mr Scaramucci went after Reince Priebus, who was unceremoniously cashiered on Friday.

    Now it is Mr Scaramucci’s turn to wipe down the slate.

    If Mr Scaramucci’s exit was indeed orchestrated by John Kelly, it could be an indication that the former general is quickly asserting control over what has been a rancorous White House.

    Perhaps it is the first sign of order being established, even if the brevity of Mr Scaramucci’s tenure – he wasn’t officially set to begin until 15 August – will be a short-term embarrassment for the president.

    Then again, it could be that the pace of change is quickening as the Trump administration approaches the centre of the vortex. Only time will tell.

    Mr Scaramucci also called a reporter to attack Mr Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and accuse him of leaking information to the media.

    During the on-the-record phone call, he also made vulgar statements about chief strategist Steve Bannon.

    He also pledged to fire every member of the communications team, as part of his crusade against “leakers”.

  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40820863

    The special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election has begun using a grand jury in Washington, reports say.

    The move suggests Robert Mueller may be taking a more aggressive approach to gathering data on possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign team.

    Grand juries are used to issue subpoenas to compel people to testify.

    The president has again poured scorn on the inquiry, telling a rally in West Virginia it was a “total fabrication”.

    In the US, grand juries are composed of members of the public who hear evidence in secret.

    Prosecutors use them to gather evidence, as they can compel people to testify or hand over documentation.

    They consider whether evidence is strong enough to issue indictments for a criminal trial.

    The juries do not decide the innocence or guilt of a potential defendant.
    How is it being used in this case?

    Prosecutors have for months been using a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, which had issued some subpoenas in the case, reports say.

    Mr Mueller has now opted for one of the several grand juries that sit in Washington, and reportedly began using it several weeks ago.

    Analysts say it shows Mr Mueller is taking full control of the investigation.

    He has already replaced most of the prosecutors originally on the case, in favour of his own legal minds.

    The switch from Virginia to Washington is also more practical. Mr Mueller’s office will be closer and he knows the Washington federal courthouse better.

    What will it look into?

    As grand juries are secret, there will be no disclosure. Mr Mueller himself has given no details.

    It is clear Mr Mueller is investigating a meeting in June last year, in which Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met a Russian lawyer. Mr Trump Jr has admitted he was promised damaging material on Mr Trump’s rival in the presidential race, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, though he says none was forthcoming.

    According to Reuters news agency, the special counsel is examining whether anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign encouraged the Russians to start releasing material about the Clinton campaign.

    Mr Mueller is reportedly seeking to determine whether Mr Trump knew of his son’s meeting before it happened, or if he was briefed on it afterwards.

    US media have also quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that the special counsel is looking into whether President Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI chief James Comey, who was leading the previous investigation into Russian interference.

    Mr Mueller was then appointed in May by the deputy attorney general of the Department of Justice to continue the inquiry.

    Mr Mueller is also reportedly investigating the financial dealings of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort as well as those of Michael Flynn, who Mr Trump sacked as national security adviser because he failed to disclose his Russian contacts.

    Mr Trump was his defiant self at a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, on Thursday evening.

    Mr Trump said the allegations were a “hoax” that were “demeaning to our country”.

    “The Russia story is a total fabrication,” he said.

    The crowd went wild as he continued: “Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign. There never were. We didn’t win because of Russia, we won because of you.”

    Ty Cobb, a lawyer appointed last month as White House special counsel, said he had been unaware a grand jury was being used.

    Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign.

    Or:- more accurately Most empty headed Trump supporters and readers of false news, who know-it-all BEFORE the investigation has been carried out, – “know” there were no Russians in our [Trump’s] campaign. – DESPITE THE EMERGING EVIDENCE.

  15. Trump’s denials and inept interventions, do seem to be digging him deeper into a charge of obstructing justice, and building up the percentage of US voters who think impeachment is appropriate!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40820863

    Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

    Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation has always been a concern for the Trump administration. Now it’s deadly serious business.

    With the news that a grand jury has been convened in Washington DC, and that it is looking into the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Russian nationals, it’s clear the investigation is focusing on the president’s inner circle.

    This news shouldn’t come as a huge shock, given that Mr Mueller has been staffing up with veteran criminal prosecutors and investigators. It is, however, a necessary step that could eventually lead to criminal indictments.
    At the very least it’s a sign that Mr Mueller could be on the trail of something big – expanding the scope beyond former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his questionable lobbying.
    It also indicates his investigation is not going to go away anytime soon.

  16. It looks like Trump is increasingly being bypassed as the obstructive irrelevance he is!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40852910

    The US secretary of state has warned Russia’s foreign minister of “serious mistrust” between the two nations due to Moscow’s US election interference.

    Rex Tillerson said Russia’s actions had damaged the relationship, but added it’s not “useful to just cut everything off over one single issue”.

    The US will respond by 1 September to Russia’s expulsion of 755 staff from the US embassy in Moscow, he said.

    US intelligence agencies believe the Kremlin tried to help Donald Trump.

    Moscow vehemently denies any efforts to influence the US election, and retaliatory sanctions passed by Congress last month – against President Trump’s wishes – have sparked a tit-for-tat.

  17. Alan4D

    “Irrelevance.”

    Alan, I am taking this out of context, but Trump is not “irrelevant”, is not a clown, and is not someone who I think should even be ridiculed, at this point. We do so at our peril. He is a man to be feared! The sooner we all realize that the better off we will be.

    While the media focuses on Putingate (and it should) Trump’s agents of destruction continue along their nefarious path. It seems, at times, like a hopeless lose-lose situation for right thinking people everywhere.

    Trump deregulating in secrecy:

    When President Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, the Transportation Department turned to people with deep industry ties.
    One appointee had previously lobbied the department on behalf of American Airlines. Another held executive roles for several electric and hybrid car companies regulated by the department. A third was a lawyer who represented United Airlines in regulatory matters.

    The three appointees have been identified by The New York Times and ProPublica in a continuing effort to track members of the deregulation teams. The appointments, previously unreported, follow a pattern identified by the two news organizations: By and large, the Trump administration has stacked the teams with political appointees, some of whom may be reviewing rules their former employers sought to weaken or kill.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/business/trump-deregulation-teams-transportation-department.html

    And this too is worthy of discussion, attention, in addition to being a welcome distraction for Trump /Bannon / Miller et al. and their fellow agents of destruction.

    Trump’s Monday morning Tweet Storm

    “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling). Look at rallies in Penn, Iowa, Ohio and West Virginia,” he said on Twitter in a string of messages. “The fact is the Fake News Russian collusion story, record Stock Market, border security, military strength, jobs, Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!”

    “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!”

  18. This is life and death.

    Scientists fear Trump denial! And they should. And they’re all smiling on TV. Laughing, kidding around. Same stupid commercials. It lulls us all into tranquility. Everything is normal and will be until the bitter end – unless something is done!

    WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.
    The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.
    “Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.

    The authors note that thousands of studies, conducted by tens of thousands of scientists, have documented climate changes on land and in the air. “Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change,” they wrote.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/climate/climate-change-drastic-warming-trump.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

  19. Dan #23
    Aug 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Alan4D

    [obstructive] “Irrelevance.”

    Alan, I am taking this out of context, but Trump is not “irrelevant”,

    He is irrelevant to promoting the constructive actions I mentioned , and obstructive in carrying out these, or any effective government actions which are beneficial to citizens or good international relations.

    The point I was making is that people are starting to bypass him, as increasing numbers, realise that trying to have rational discussions with him is a waste of time!

    He is a man to be feared! The sooner we all realize that the better off we will be.

    Indeed so!

  20. Hi, Alan

    I was just making a point: Trump is “relevant” (although that is not the perfect word) in so far as he and his movement is dangerous as hell. I admitted to taking the word word out of context. I just meant that he is not someone to be taken lightly. And if he is part clown as so many people say that makes him all the more dangerous. A clown can blow up the world.

    I heard that McMaster has been growing increasingly frustrated over Trump’s poor attention span. Big surprise.

    Among his biggest challenges was holding the attention of the president. In classified briefings, Trump would frequently flit between subjects…. Trump had little time for in-depth briefings on Afghanistan’s history, its complicated politics or its seemingly endless civil war. Even a single page of bullet points on the country seemed to tax the president’s attention span on the subject, said senior White House officials.

    “I call the president the two-minute man,” said one Trump confidant. “The president has patience for a half-page.”

  21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40917640

    Fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says there are people in Washington working against President Donald Trump.

    He said there are “elements” within the White House trying to eject Mr Trump.

    He spoke to ABC News for the first time since being sacked last month – after just 10 days in office.

    It followed the release of a phone recording in which he launched a strongly worded attack on White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

    He also directed profanity-laced insults at Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

    Mr Scaramucci said he had thought the interview was off the record.

    “What happens in Washington… is the president is not a representative of the political establishment class, so for whatever reason the people have made a decision that they want to eject him,” he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Sunday.

    “I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president’s interests or his agenda.”

    Well spotted Sherlock!!
    Perhaps someone with greater perception and some administrative competence, might have worked out WHY the interests of the country and the people, come before the interests of the president!

    When asked to identify the individuals, he said he had already “named some names” and strategic changes were in place.

    However, he said the president needed to bring in “more loyalists” in order to carry out his agenda.

    Quick!!! More sycophants!!!
    Trump has failed to purge ALL the people who have professional skills and at least some grasp of the real issues affecting operating a competent government! 🙂

  22. Alan4discussion #27
    Aug 13, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says there are people in Washington working against President Donald Trump.

    There is certainly at least one person in the White House working very actively against Donald Trump …… Donald Trump!

    It is hard to imagine anyone more unsuited to be in the spotlight. Not a day goes by without him revealing more about just how disgusting he really is. His initial and tardy statement about Charlottesville blaming both sides and refusing to condemn Nazis. His people try to ameliorate the damage by getting him to read a prepared statement but even that starts by talking about the economy and is far too little and 3 days too late. Then as we knew he would because he always does he doubles back down again. Speaking off the cuff in Trump Tower while his Chief of Staff John Kelly hangs his head in despair Trump blames both sides again and says his initial despicable statement was “very nice”.

    As CEOs of major corporations leave his Manufacturing Council in protest Trump lays into them childishly on Twitter saying he has many more lined up to replace them and that one of them, Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma, will now at least have more spare time to lower his rip off drug prices. He blames the fake news media for not being happy with his comments and that they’re very bad people.

    It’s not surprising that after 7 months in office he’s barely filled 1/5th of government positions. Who in their right mind would want to work for this idiot who blames everyone around him for his own mistakes and sacks people on a whim or throws his staunchest allies under the bus when he’s having one of frequent tantrums.

    Anyone who is still hoping that there’s some hidden empathy, intelligence, dignity or statesmanship that might show itself is living in fantasy land. We’ve seen all we’re ever going to see of Trump – an immature sociopath of no discernable ability. It matters little if there really are others in Washington working against Trump because no one destroys his reputation as thoroughly on a daily basis as Trump himself.

    As time has gone by I’ve noted that I comment on this less frequently now. I don’t think there’s much left to say. It’s just going to be 3 1/2 more years of the same unless Mueller gets him first, which I doubt, or he resigns or gets impeached. I do still wonder how long John Kelly will last. It must be soul destroying being close to Trump every day and Kelly must realise by now he has no chance of reigning Trump in.

  23. Arkrid Sandwich #28
    Aug 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

    There is certainly at least one person in the White House working very actively against Donald Trump …… Donald Trump!

    I see the turnover of White House staff continues!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41059672

    US President Donald Trump’s hawkish deputy national security adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has left the White House, it has been confirmed.

    The latest White House departure came a week after his ally, ultra-conservative White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, was dismissed.

    It is unclear whether Mr Gorka was also sacked or quit of his own accord.

    He was quoted as writing in a letter that some in the White House were was seeking to undermine Mr Trump.

    “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA [Make America Great Again] promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” he reportedly wrote in the letter, printed on conservative news site the Federalist.

    “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

    You have to admire the sheer ironic delusional gall, of describing “Trump Central” as “The People’s House”! – Unless some restricted clique of “people” is what is envisaged!

    However, unnamed White House officials told US media he had been forced out. “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” a source told Reuters news agency.

    An unnamed official was quoted by the New York Times as saying the president’s chief of staff, John Kelly, had “telegraphed his lack of interest in keeping Mr. Gorka during internal discussions over the last week”.

  24. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41059672

    Who else left Trump’s White House team?

    Steve Bannon, chief strategist – 18 August

    Anthony Scaramucci, communications director – 31 July

    Reince Priebus, chief of staff – 28 July

    Sean Spicer, press secretary – 21 July

    Mike Dubke, communications director, 30 May

    Michael Flynn, national security adviser – 14 February

    Mr Gorka worked for Mr Bannon before they both joined the Trump administration: He was national security editor at Mr Bannon’s Breitbart news website, often writing about the threat posed by Islamist militants.

    Mr Bannon, sacked after a review by chief of staff Kelly, likewise pledged to remain loyal to President Trump.

    In the letter attributed to him, Mr Gorka tells the president: “Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.

    Like President Trump himself, he rails against the mainstream media, accusing the BBC and others of spreading fake news.

    Perhaps he can explain how the news of Bannon’s and his own departure, is “fake”! 🙂

  25. There is more push-back from Republicans against Trump’s outrageous encouragement of lawlessness in his supporters, and his personal disregard of law and procedure!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41064787

    Trump Arpaio: Top Republican Paul Ryan condemns pardon for sheriff

    Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, spoke out after Mr Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, convicted last month of criminal contempt.

    Mr Arpaio had defied a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants suspected of being illegal.

    President Trump tried to have the case dropped months ago, US media say.

    He asked both Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and Donald F McGahn II, the White House counsel, what the options were for helping Mr Arpaio, a longtime Trump supporter, the New York Times says, quoting unnamed officials.

    Mr McGahn and Mr Sessions both promptly told the president the case could not be dropped and the charges wiped away, according to the officials, speaking anonymously.

    “After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency,” a Washington Post story says.

    “The speaker does not agree with the decision,” Mr Ryan’s spokesman, Doug Andres, said.

    “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States.
    We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”

    Other prominent critics of the pardon from within Mr Trump’s Republican Party include Arizona Senator John McCain and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

    Arizona’s other Republican senator, Jeff Flake, also condemned the move as did Democrats and human rights campaigners.

    The pardon is unusual in several respects, according to an Associated Press analysis:

    Mr Arpaio did not submit an application
    through the Office of the Pardon Attorney

    His pardoning took place before he was sentenced
    (sentencing had been set for 5 October)

    He was pardoned for a misdemeanour offence,
    which carries a penalty of less than a year in jail,
    when generally those seeking a presidential pardon
    have been convicted of felonies

    The former sheriff was an eager supporter of Mr Trump’s campaign to become president and backed tougher policies to combat illegal immigration.

    So from an ethical point of view, Trump should have declared a personal interest in the case of one of his prominent personal supporters who was photographed campaigning alongside Trump during the election, – and stood aside from any involvement!

  26. After the end of the Duhnald “presidency” (whenever that may be, the sooner the better), the US need a serious case of Nuremberg (Nürnberg) trials for the scum participating in this “administration”. Taking care of some of the Dubya dung that is still left over as of today would also be very useful. How likely is this going to happen and with what result? Think of Goebbels or Goering presiding at the Nuremberg trials (Goebbels had committed suicide before the trials, Goering did so just before they were about to hang him). Afghanistan with nukes – not a pretty thought.

  27. Alan4discussion #32
    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

    So from an ethical point of view, Trump should have declared a personal interest in the case of one of his prominent personal supporters who was photographed campaigning alongside Trump during the election, – and stood aside from any involvement!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41058851

    Joe Arpaio appeared at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies during his presidential bid (See photo on the link)

    Mr Arpaio appeared on the campaign trail with Mr Trump in 2016 – describing him as “the law-and-order candidate”.

    US President Donald Trump has pardoned ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt.

    Thanking the president, Mr Arpaio said his conviction was “a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department”.

    “Thank you…. for seeing my conviction for what it is,” tweeted Mr Arpaio.

    Perhaps in the interests of respect for law and order, those “so-called judges” should have Arpaio re-arrested for further criminal contempt of court in that tweet!

  28. Has anyone heard if Jared Kushner has solved the Middle East problem yet? Has this been accomplished? I really don’t see what’s taking him so long! Our boy wonder!

  29. Trump has made it very clear that the law and constitution he swore to uphold is far less important to him than being praised and flattered. He sends the message that you can get away with breaking the law as long as you pledge loyalty to Trump. Also his seeking to get Sessions to drop the trial in much the same way as he sought to get the Russia investigation stopped now amounts to a course of improper behaviour as opposed to a single instance which might be treated as an aberration or a mistake. Trump does not believe any laws or rules apply to himself. His narcissism leads him to believe that he is so all powerful and so important that he floats godlike above the laws that only apply to mere mortals. If he ever does get impeached then he is providing a wealth of evidence to support the case against him.

    Grounds for impeachment seem to basically be whatever congress decides to charge someone with and both the Comey firing and Arpaio pardon could very well fit the bill.

  30. I know we keep wondering how deep the Trump barrel is but he still doesn’t seem to be anywhere near scraping the bottom yet. In what must be one of the most extraordinarily tone deaf comments he’s yet uttered he’s now said he released the news of Arpaio’s pardon during the hurricane coverage because of “ratings”.

    “A lot of people think it was the right thing to do,” the president said Monday, during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. “Actually, in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they were normally.”

    Sick man.

  31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41245690

    Twenty-eight-year-old interim White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will serve in the role on a permanent basis, US media report.

    The longtime Trump aide is the fourth person to fill the role, replacing Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired in July after just 10 days on the job.

    Ms Hicks has served as President Donald Trump’s strategic communications director and campaign press secretary.

    The ex-Trump Organization employee is one of his most trusted aides.

    The former Ralph Lauren fashion model’s permanent appointment comes after a summer of staff shake-ups at the White House.

    Who is Hope Hicks?

    Former director of strategic communications

    Was one of the first staffers to join Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign

    Served as Mr Trump’s press secretary and handled media requests during his campaign

    The former fashion model worked as a publicist for Ivanka Trump’s fashion label

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40960773/how-hope-hicks-went-from-modelling-to-being-donald-trumps-new-media-director-at-28

    How Hope Hicks went from modelling to being Donald Trump’s new media director at 28

    Hope Hicks replaces Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired after 10 days.

    She doesn’t have a background in politics, but has been connected to the Trump family for the last five years.

    And she’s quietly worked her way up to being one of the president’s closest allies – and one of his highest paid, on $180,000 (£140,000) a year.

    So how did someone with such a low profile get one of the most important jobs in the US government?

    In early 2015, Hope Hicks was thrust into the political sphere when she went with Donald Trump on a trip, which turned out to be the first part of his presidential campaign.

    She even helped run his Twitter account, noting down what he wanted to say and ordering others in the Trump organisation to tweet them.

    When the campaign got more serious, she had to decide between becoming a full-time political press secretary or going back to work for the Trump real estate company.

    She chose the latter. But again, Donald Trump personally asked her to stay on his political team. She accepted.

    So we now have an ex-model Twitter Tweetie, working for the Trump-family white House! I wonder what the US tax-payers are paying her?

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