The Warnings Nixon Would Give Trump

THE NY POST

By Monica Crowley

Foreign Policy Advisor for President Nixon 1990-94

Since his dramatic ride down the escalator to announce his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has attracted comparisons to President Richard Nixon.

Some have been positive and striking: The scrappy Republican fighter who outmaneuvers all competitors with a savvy appeal to the forgotten “great silent majority,” including disaffected Democrats, thereby creating a new popular movement.

The political self-made man who bypasses the elites, enraging them.

The iconoclast with a vision that matched the moment.

Other common threads have been less flattering: The man sensitive to attacks, real and perceived.

The burgeoning investigations. A high-profile firing.

The appointment of a special counsel.

Top aides in the crosshairs. A braying media. A suggestion of White House tapes. Impeachment chatter.

Of course, Nixon and Trump are different men in different eras and circumstances, and any historical analogy only goes so far.

The current Russia investigation is not Watergate. Watergate had provable crimes, while thus far, there has been no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing by Trump or his team.

But Nixon’s experience should serve as a cautionary tale for his successor.

Nixon’s enemies were legion, as are Trump’s, and for largely the same reason.

Nixon promised to realign the existing order by changing the way theforeign and domestic policy was conceived and executed. Four decades later, Trump promised to smash an irretrievably corrupt system and replace it with an America First populism.

 

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Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8: Will he contradict himself and get nailed?

When Comey testified before the House Judiciary Committee, and Trey Gowdy specifically, he danced around the issues and nothing of consequence was uncovered.

 

Congressman Gowdy is among the better prosecutors and interrogators among his committee.

Does the U.S. Senate have anyone of his caliber?

 

CA. Senator Dianne Feinstein is co-chair on this committee along with Chairman Richard Burr, (R-NC)

When it comes to matters of such importance, this reporter doesn’t look at Senator Feinstein to be an obstruction but to work with the committee to come to a just conclusion.

We must wait until June 8th to see as it will be an open session of the Senate Committee.

Doubtless, Senators from the Left will waste time attempting to defend the indefensible.

 

At the beginning of the discussion below, it’s clear the P.B.S. camera man didn’t know the players.

 

The Washington ExaminerBy Melissa Quinn

Jun 1, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, the committee announced Thursday.

He will testify first in an open session on Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8th with a closed session to follow.

During his testimony, Comey is expected to say President Trump pressured him to end the FBI’s investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign associates and Russia.

It was reported Wednesday.Comey’s testimony is highly anticipated, as he led the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election before Trump fired him last month.Following Comey’s firing, several news reports revealed details of various interactions the former FBI director had with the president.

During one such interaction occurring days after his inauguration, Trump reportedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him. Comey declined but promised to always be honest with the president.In another conversation, Trump reportedly asked Comey to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February.

Comey recorded his interactions with Trump in memos while working at the FBI, and the details of those memos — including his conversations with Trump — are expected to be discussed during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The details of Comey’s memos have caused concern among lawmakers on Capitol Hill, particularly Democrats, who are questioning whether Trump attempted to obstruct the Russia probe.

After Comey was fired, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel and oversee the probe.

Though some lawmakers were initially concerned that Mueller’s appointment would prevent Comey from testifying privately, Comey and Mueller met privately to discuss how Comey could testify and avoid “legal entanglements.”

 

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UPDATE: Behind Comey’s firing the beginning of draining the swamp?

 

Keeping F.B. I. Director, James Comey on as head of the FBI makes as much sense as keeping Loretta Lynch as his attorney general.

 

Both were put in position by Obama and served at his pleasure, Comey finally received the boot for failing to come forward with the truth.

Predictably, Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator from N.Y. grabs the microphone and the media making accusations he is incapable of substantiating.

By Tuesday evening, the shock that had spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired, and why now?

James Comey was one of the Albatrosses and land mines Obama had left for President Trump. Former FBI Director Comey appears to have become unstable in his position, as he began to usurp more and more power for himself; even to the point of making decisions for Obama AG.

Former FBI Director Comey appears to have become unstable in his position, as he began to usurp more and more power for himself; even to the point of making decisions for Obama AG Loretta Lynch.

Most recently, he seemed to be attempting to even commandeer the power of the United States presidency.

President Trump promised to drain the D.C. swamp and one of its chief creatures has now been given his walking papers.

Members of the Democrat Party who had previously indicated, both before and after the November 2016 election,  that they would like to tar and feather Comey and ride him out of town on a rail, are now beside themselves (a dangerous place for anyone to be) with rage that he was fired for his misdeeds by President Trump.

Any sensible human might ask “Why?”

Comey had divulged that the discovered emails of the Democrat Party’s (then) patron Saint Hillary had committed acts that would be criminal for anyone but a leftist Democrat…and/or any Clinton.

However, he had done it in a way – Comey’s now infamous ‘Hillary’s-guilty-but-I’m-letting-her-go-free’ speech to the nation, that flew in the face of FBI protocol and, likely, the law of the land.

Listening to Senator Schumer (the Dem Party’s titular head) at the time of Hillary’s Emailgate, one would have thought it should have been Comey, not Hillary, who was to blame for Hillary’s sending classified information hither and yon.

So…why is this same Schumer, who had actually and previously called for Comey’s firing, now speaking of Comey as if he’s a fallen hero for the Luciferian Left’s cause?

To We-the-People who have never chosen to live under rocks – the answer is obvious.

It was Comey had divulged that the discovered emails of the Democrat Party’s (then) patron Saint Hillary had committed acts that would be criminal for anyone but a leftist Democrat…and/or any Clinton. (Source)

 

FACT: Presidential appointees serve at the pleasure of the president, then he can fire them for . . . almost anything, really.

There need not be wrongdoing or a failure to perform official duties: It may simply be that the president prefers the services of someone else. (Source)

Was Comey’s termination over the election between Donald Trump and Hillary?

It could just as easily been over the fact that he failed to produce evidence that the D.N.C. was hacked. (Source)

We just have no idea why this happened.

 

No idea,” said one recently retired top FBI official who worked closely with Comey on many high-profile investigations.

“No one knew this was coming.

Everyone is just shocked that this happened.”

 

 

I very inconvenient fact:  Bill Clinton, shortly after his election in 1993 fired Republican Jeff Sessions. (Source)


President Donald Trump had grown angry over the Russia investigation and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower. | Getty 
May 10, 2017

President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week.

When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t call James Comey.

He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters.

He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia.

He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him.

 

 

 

The news stunned Comey, who saw news of his dismissal on TV while speaking inside the FBI office in Los Angeles.

It startled all but the uppermost ring of White House advisers, who said grumbling about Comey hadn’t dominated their own morning senior staff meetings.

Other top officials learned just before it happened and were unaware Trump was considering firing Comey.

“Nobody really knew,” one senior White House official said. “Our phones all buzzed and people said, ‘What?'”

By ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump may have added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain, and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats.

“The timing of this firing was very troubling,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican.

Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

Bipartisan criticism of Comey had mounted since last summer after the director delivered a lengthy statement outlining why no charges would be brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

 

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“All White People are Racist… Being a Racist is Not An Option, it is a Condition”

Black’s like Sharpton, Jesse Jackson would have been unknown names had it not been for playing the race card, pandering to blacks for votes.

 

 

None of these fools would pass the vetting process to obtain a level of clearance to work in the White House with any type of security clearance.

That would include Obama as well.

Anti-racism became racism a while back.

 

Without race baiting, they would be among the hardcore unemployable’s

But most lefties aren’t as open discussing the implications of that.  (Source)

The outgoing chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison student government ripped her college upon departure, saying it “lacks the capacity, courage, and integrity to protect communities of color.”

“Racism is a system designed to disadvantage people of color and create inequalities in each pocket os society.

All white people are racist. Not only by upholding a system of disadvantage but being born into a conditioned environment where you are many steps ahead. Being a racist is not an option, it is a condition.”

 

 

 

Let’s, as the social justice left likes to say, unpack that knapsack.

We think of racism as a hatred or bigotry that you feel toward people because they are different.

However, the left’s contention is that racism, like class, is a function of society. You are “born” into a class or into a race. And if your race is white, you’re a racist. Just as if you’re born rich, you’re a capitalist oppressor.

If you understand that, you understand why the left is so violently racist.

 

 

Their talk of “white supremacy” is the new capitalism. White people have to be destroyed for a progressive utopia (or abandon their whiteness the way wealthy people had to redistribute their wealth) the way that capitalists had to be destroyed to smash capitalism.

Being racist is a “condition”. It’s what happens when you’re white. It’s not an option. It’s a skin color.

This is the intersectional left’s own total racism in a nutshell. It’s the most pernicious racist ideology in this country in over a century.

And it’s backed by the full weight of academia, the media, and the entertainment industry.

It is one of the left’s assaults on America that we are fighting.

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Are Trump’s policies draining the swamp?

When is being stuck in the swamp a good thing?
When the phrase is used as in this article to identify unneeded positions as well as those positions that could be done better in the private sector.
Of course the progressive left has made things as difficult as possible for the Trump administration.
It’s time for President Trump to let Washington know full well, bigger and bloated isn’t better, lean and no so mean is what the country needs at this moment.
The swamp will for the most part be drained, be patient, the Administration is starting its fourth month.
President Trump told the Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood last month that despite people carping about him not hiring staff for his administration, some vacancies at federal agencies would actually remain unfilled.“We don’t need so many people coming to work,” Trump said.

“When they talk about putting people in, there are so many jobs in Washington.

We don’t want so many jobs. You don’t need all of those people.”

At the end of Trump’s first 100 days, only 27 of 556 political appointments had been confirmed, as compared with 69 for former President Barack Obama and 35 for former President George W. Bush.

If blame is appropriate, there’s plenty of it to go around.

The administration blames Democrats for slow-rolling nominees. But Democrats and some Republicans counter that the White House isn’t sending names quickly enough.

And a handful of nominees have taken themselves out of contention, mostly because of their various business interests.

Since the president likes hiring business leaders, that’s proving no small problem.

 

in acting capacities, but these folks are seasoned veterans of the Foreign Service and seasoned diplomats,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in April. “I know many of them personally, and I can speak, attest to their ability.
The lack of confirmed appointees means agencies are severely limited in the scope of their policy action, whether it’s enacting changes made by Congress or following through on dozens of executive orders Trump has signed.

Let’s look at all the things the new administration can’t do and won’t be able to do until it gets those top jobs filled.

State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a severe shortage of political appointees at Foggy Bottom and pressure is building to fill vacancies.

“My sense is the big things are getting done,” said the Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano, who handled State Department issues on Trump’s transition team, “[but] you can’t sustain this much longer.

“Tillerson, along with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, is one of two political appointees at the State Department to receive Senate confirmation.

That’s not even a skeleton crew for a geopolitical moment that Russia believes inaugurates a “post-West world order” and in which China seeks to dominate the western Pacific, North Korea’s rogue regime is accelerating its quest for nuclear weapons, and terrorist threats in Africa and the Middle East threaten to spark refugee crises.

Tillerson, who led Exxon Mobil before joining the Trump team, has addressed these crises with diplomatic meetings, supported by career professionals.

Carafano gave them high marks for helping Tillerson with top-tier agenda items. “They pretty much did a complete North Korea review in, basically, less than a week on North Korea policy,” he said. Analyses of policy toward the Islamic State and Afghanistan are also underway.

Career officials are playing this major role for political and substantive reasons. Trump vetoed Tillerson’s first choice of deputy secretary of State because he criticized Trump during the campaign. Tillerson, for his part, is choosing his team methodically while developing a plan to reorganize State and reportedly cut 2,300 jobs.

“If the secretary is holding up because he wants a clear idea of how he wants the department structured, I’m OK with that,” Carafano said. “He’s got a department that he’s probably going to be running for at least four years, and people are policy, and it’s a lot easier to get it right at the start.”

If that takes too long, however, then foreign policy issues that are important but not urgent could fall through the cracks or be decided without the traditional degree of State Department input. “The State Department view is not being expressed in a lot of rooms where policy is actually being created,” as one senior Senate Republican aide put it.

Carafano concurred that the current team doesn’t have the bandwidth to address the full spectrum of U.S. foreign policy issues.

Trump’s administration did little to take advantage of American chairmanship of the Arctic Council before handing the post to Finland, Carafano observed, a missed opportunity at a time when Russia is conducting a military buildup in the region.

And “there’s any number of international meetings coming up,” such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in November, that will require the attention of a broader team of political leaders at the State Department.

“They are going to get to the point here where the lack of depth to work the breadth of policy issues is catching up to them,” Carafano said. “By the time the summer’s rolling around, they’ve got to be bringing more people in.”

Defense

The Department of Defense is unique among federal agencies in that it alone has an entirely parallel workforce that does not change with administrations, namely the armed forces.

So the Pentagon can function with few or no political appointees in place, which is a good thing, considering that only one of the 53 Pentagon political appointees that require Senate confirmation is in place so far, and that is Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Nine others have been nominated.

The Pentagon actually has two civilian leaders requiring confirmation, Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, a Obama administration holdover who has agreed to stay on until his successor is confirmed. Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan has been nominated for the job.

So with 52 positions vacant, only the biggest, most pressing needs are getting the full attention of the secretary.

 

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Obama’s first 100 days as ex-president: With Obama’s Official Bowing Guide

 

Saturday marks President Trump’s first 100 days as president, but it also marks Barack Obama’s first 100 days as a former president.

 

So how has Obama done?

He’s chalked up his own share of wins and losses.

To sum it up in two words, Obama Sucked!

Obama’s legacy is destined for the graveyard of history.

He tried to turn the United States into a Socialist utopia and failed miserably.

He destroyed wealth, jobs, the military and made our country the laughing stock of the world with his “Bowing Tour,” as one example.

 

Syria uses chemical weapons after Obama said they were gone

An attack by the Syrian government on the people of the Idlib Provence on April 4 killed 89 people.

Early videos of the victims indicated that the weapon was a chemical or nerve agent, and those fears were confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons just weeks later.

In 2013, the Obama administration and Russia jointly brokered a deal with Syria that called for the destruction of all of the country’s chemical weapons.

In 2014, then-Secretary of State John Kerry said in a television interview that, “We got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”

The chemical weapons attack seemed to indicate that wasn’t true, although some still hold out as a possibility that Syria did, in fact, clear out all its chemical weapons only to rebuild their stockpiles at a later date.

Still, no other event in the last 100 days has discredited the Obama legacy as Syria’s chemical attack.

 

News on Iranian prisoners released by ObamaPresident Obama released several prisoners as part of an exchange with Iran, as part of the Iran nuclear agreement.

The prisoners being released “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses,” according to the administration.

 

But a recent report by Politico shows that the release of some Iranian-born prisoners as part of the deal was broadly misrepresented by the Obama administration.The new report says, “In reality, some of them were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration.”Obama’s questionable $400,000 speech

Obama once said that at some point, rich people have “made enough money.”

But that didn’t stop him from charging $400,000 for a speech on Wall Street that riled up some Democrats, who said it looked bad at a time the party is trying to rebuild from the disastrous 2016 election.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., admitted that Obama’s speech “just does not look good.”

Obamacare survives … for now

One of the few bright spots for Obama is that his signature law, the Affordable Care Act, has not been repealed by Republicans.

Obama sacrificed the re-election chances of numerous representatives and senators when the legislation passed in 2009. But as tough as it was to pass the law, Republicans are showing it may be even harder to get rid of it.

While the law survives, the vital signs for Obamacare are still mixed.

The law is still insuring millions of people, but there are fewer and fewer choices for people in many states, as insurers have pulled out due to lost profits.

The Trump administration has threatened to make it even harder on insurers by not providing cost-sharing subsidies, and Republicans are still angling to repeal the law.

 

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The media’s first 100 days

The media earned the moniker, “Fake News,” for just reason.

 

For the most part, they are too lazy to go out and do the digging to uncover a real story.

They are satisfied with sitting back and throwing their thoughts from a parallel universe in the hopes that they will stick.

 

Reporters are spending the day prattling about how short President Trump has come up in his first 100 days, but why should they have all the fun?

In that same 100 days, a new Morning Consult poll released Friday said that more people are trusting of the White House than the media to tell them the truth.

The poll also said that more than half of Americans think the media are out of touch and that 48 percent think the media have been harder on him than on past presidents.

(The other 52 percent must not recall the time Julie Pace of the Associated Press asked Obama in 2014 if he had a good night’s sleep.)

What’s the opposite of “success?”

Everyone knew Trump, a celebrity businessman with no political experience, would be on a steep learning curve after his surprise win in November so that he hasn’t passed any major legislation in 100 days means nothing.

The press, however, isn’t new to this and it’s done worse in the same amount of time. But even after two years of journalists confessing they “missed something” in Trump’s rise, the national papers, networks and news websites have done nothing different and even when they have, it’s been dumb.

 

After the Daily Beast hired some conservative writers earlier this year, the site’s editor in chief, John Avlon, patted himself on the back by releasing a statement to acknowledge his “growing roster of reform Republican columnists.”

The statement didn’t say that “reform Republican columnists” translates to: writers who hate Trump.

Matt Lewis, Stuart Stevens, Rick Wilson and Lachlan Markay are all Republicans at the Daily Beast who didn’t like Trump during the campaign and write almost exclusively negative things about him now.

At the start of April the Los Angeles Times began a series of editorials on Trump, six total, all negative, and then bravely explained why they “took a stand.”

(Very brave to criticize the president from that hotbed of Trump supporters known as Southern California.)

 

The Washington Post, competing with Lifetime Movies for best melodrama, adopted the humiliating slogan “Democracy dies in darkness.”

Scott Pelley of the CBS “Evening News” was heralded twice by the press this year for inserting what passes for searing commentary into his newscasts, like “Today, the president had another Twitter tantrum.”

It’s as if the media collectively woke up and said, “I’m either going to stab myself to death or die trying!”

Trump has boosted the economic outlook by dismantling excessive regulations, slowed illegal immigration at the border to a near halt and appointed a young Supreme Court justice.

The most would-be conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat could do was say in an op-ed last week that things “could be worse.”

To mark the lead up to Trump’s 100 days in office, MSNBC on Thursday aired a news package with interviews of foreigners offering their “reviews” of Trump, which correspondent Richard Engel worriedly summed up as “not good.”

True, “America First” probably doesn’t poll well in the West Bank (where Engel interviewed someone for his story) but so long as it seems to reflect poorly on Trump, MSNBC will run it.

Nobody expects a loudmouthed outsider to swoop into the highest office without some setbacks, least of which just 100 days in.

But everyone can see Trump is pushing forward on the big things he said he would: A plan for a wall on the Mexican border has been commissioned, NAFTA is being renegotiated and another attempt at healthcare legislation is on its way.

 

On the other hand, the news media said they would undertake the massive burden of understanding the perspective of working class people who voted for Trump and: Nah, he’s a racist!

Trump’s 100 days haven’t been flawless. But at least he’s trying.

The national media aren’t even doing that.

 

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