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  • 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 […]

    • Scaramucci Scaramucci, can he dance the fandango ?

    • @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”? 🙂

    • 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.

    • Don’t worry, ole Spicy will turn up again somewhere, like a bad penny.

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      …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/

    • @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!

    • 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.

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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.

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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.

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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.

      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!”

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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.

    • 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!

    • Dan replied 3 years ago

      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.”

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • I think he solved it, Laurie.

    • 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.

    • 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.