Jared Kushner’s Failed Security Clearance And The National Security Implications

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump, receives a gift from Iraqi Minister of Defense Erfan al-Hiyali at the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

by Richard Cameron Trump and National Security Donald Trump contends that he is keenly concerned with matters of national security.  So much so, that he has had a plan drawn up to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on that basis – although economists and commerce experts have exposed the false premise and the potential catastrophe of such a move. But when it comes to shielding classified information from individuals not qualified to access such information, Trump has demonstrably no concerns. As was reported in recent days, President Trump’s…

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Trump’s Self-Destructive Nature Is Why His Administration Was Doomed From The Start

by Tony Wyman We have witnessed this month the spiralling descent of a presidency doomed from the start.  The media proclaimed recent revelations and departures to be “astounding” and “shocking,” but they are neither. Instead, what they are is inevitable.  From the start of his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that he was little more than a political vandal, a man intent upon creating as much conflict, discord and destruction as possible, and that he would leave in his wake lives wrecked and institutions weakened,…

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Portergate – The Newest Trump Administration Scandal, Catches Chief Of Staff Kelly In The Crosshairs

video still of Donald Trump, Staff Secretary Rob Porter and then White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the Oval Office

by Richard Cameron   White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have deliberately misled the American people about what he knew about Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s history of spousal abuse. The London Daily Mail broke the story about Mr. Porter’s spousal abuse on Tuesday and that evening, in a statement from his office, Kelly said, “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside…

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What The Steve Bannon Subpeona By Robert Mueller Might Mean

by Richard Cameron   Former chief White House political strategist, Steve Bannon appeared before the House Intelligence Committee  investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and declined to answer all questions posed to him by members of the panel, including those of Republican Mike Conaway (R-TX).  Fellow GOP panel member Devin Nunes, (R-CA) was left with no option but to issue a subpeona to Bannon’s attorney. “Of course I authorized the subpoena,” he told reporters. “That’s how the rules work.”  Bannon was in meeting in closed door hearings for…

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New Book On Donald Trump’s Presidency Unleashes Trump’s “Fire And Fury”

photo of Melania Trump sitting behind her husband during the inauguration

by Richard Cameron   A new book, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, set for imminent release, has been previewed by the BBC, is an inside look at the first few months of the Trump presidency and contains a series of bombshells and embarrassing anecdotes that have Donald Trump and the White House already on the defensive. We’ll discuss a small sample of the excerpts, which include Trump’s description of an administration official as a “cunt”, his daughter Ivanka’s presidential ambitions and Rupert Murdoch’s personal assessment of Trump. Donald the…

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Fear And Loathing In The West Wing – Trump Adminstration’s Circular Firing Squad

video still of West Wing of the White House exploding, from the 2013 film, "Olympus Has Fallen"

by Richard Cameron The story that was disseminated by Trump’s media circus surrogates when General John Kelly took over from the beleaguered ex White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, was that Kelly was going act as a judicious gatekeeper, limiting access to the Oval Office.   The cherry on top would be that the chaos and confused messaging was going to be brought under control and Kelly would be a sobering influence on Donald Trump. From all we can see, Kelly may have accomplished the former to one degree or…

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Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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Trump’s Serial Bad Hires And Fires – Is It Staff, Or Does The Boss Need To Be Let Go?

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by Richard Cameron Yesterday, Tom Price tendered his resignation as Secretary of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is the most recent departure of a member of the Trump administration, but is only the most recent and will, by no means be the last.  In fact, this article, which details at length, the ineptitude of Trump’s hirings and dismissals, will never truly be complete, because more chaos and disarray will always be on the near horizon. Trump’s Hire / Fire Hall of Shame Beginning with his presidential…

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Trump Deputy National Security Advisor Sebastian Gorka Follows Steve Bannon Out The Door

Photo of dismissed assistant National Security Adviser Sebastian Gorka speaking at counter terrorism conference

by Richard Cameron Sebastian Gorka – Fired or Resigned? Trump administration assistant National Security Adviser, Sebastian Gorka – has, depending on conflicting accounts, either resigned or been fired from his position at the White House. This coming on the same day that the White House announced Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his decision to order the Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from military service. It’s being called the mother of all Friday news dumps.  While a written statement from Gorka positions his leaving the…

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Donald Trump Urges Mexican President Peña Nieto To Help Him Politically Navigate The Wall

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by Richard Cameron   A transcript of a phone call between newly sworn in President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto obtained by the Washington Post, reveals that Trump pleaded on January 27th, with Peña Nieto to provide him political cover for the hyperventilated rhetoric Trump was slinging around to his base voters during the campaign about Mexico paying for the border wall. During the conversation between the two, in which Trump did most of the talking in monologue fashion, Trump explained to the President of Mexico, the political…

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