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Thread started 02/13/18 7:37am

benni

Trump fills his administration "with only the best and most serious people."

Or so he claimed during the campaign. He stated that he would hire "top, top people" and would fill his administration "with only the best and most serious people."

However, to-date, more than 1 in 3 White House staffers have left within the first year of Trump's presidency.

Manafort, Page, and Flynn are being investigated by the FBI and congressional investigations related to Russia.

Porter and Sorenson have both resigned amid domestic violence allegations. One of Porter's ex-wives actually received a restraining order.

30 to 40 people in the White House have yet to obtain permanent security clearances a year into his presidency. This is concerning because of the reasons why they do not have permanent security clearances yet.

"This administration and indeed Trump's team before the campaign, during the campaign and now in the White House, includes people who are totally unfit to handle classified information," said Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who briefly ran as an independent presidential candidate in 2016.

McMullin said some Trump appointees were having trouble getting clearances because of associations with foreign governments hostile to the US, or through personal habits -- like Porter for instance -- that could potentially leave them vulnerable to blackmail by foreign agents.




Edited because I had too many "withs" -- ugh.


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Reply #1 posted 02/13/18 7:39am

OnlyNDaUsa

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that even made me LOL

Anyone for banning the AR15 must be on the side of the criminal as once banned only criminals will have them.
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Reply #2 posted 02/13/18 7:43am

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

that even made me LOL



LOL - But it's the truth, ain't it? When you start looking into who he has hired, what they have done or not done, who has left either by resigning or being fired....but he said he hires only the best!

I would seriously hate to see who considers to be the worst! eek

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Reply #3 posted 02/13/18 11:00am

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34% turn-over rate in ONE year

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Reply #4 posted 02/13/18 11:11am

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The more I see of this guy's management style, the more I am convinced that he's rarely if ever actually made any money in business.

I'm sure he's refinanced a lot of stuff and taken money out that way, but that's not the same thing as actually making money.

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Reply #5 posted 02/13/18 3:08pm

benni

This just came out regarding the situation with Porter. Apparently the FBI is contradicting what the White House related to when they knew and how much they knew...


https://www.msn.com/en-us...ar-BBJ5Gxt

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Reply #6 posted 02/13/18 3:16pm

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RodeoSchro said:

The more I see of this guy's management style, the more I am convinced that he's rarely if ever actually made any money in business.

I'm sure he's refinanced a lot of stuff and taken money out that way, but that's not the same thing as actually making money.



Remember what Michael Bloomberg said at the Democratic Convention: "Trump says he wants to run the country like he runs his businesses. God help us ! "
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Reply #7 posted 02/13/18 3:40pm

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Better to put a bunch of homeless people in there.

"My motherfucker's so cool sheep count him."
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Reply #8 posted 02/15/18 5:38am

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And it just keeps getting better and better. David Shulkin, VA Chief, used tax payers to pay for a vacation for him and his wife. When his wife was originally turned down to have her expenses paid, Shulkin's chief of staff changed the wording of an email to make it seem like Mr. Shulkin was going to get an award. Voila! Trip paid for by taxpayers.

Bari, a VA spokesman told the Washington Post last September, was traveling on “approved invitational orders,” which is why taxpayers footed the bill.

But now the VA’s inspector general says that was a lie. In a new report released Wednesday, Inspector General Michael J. Missal says Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email to make it appear that Shulkin was receiving an award in Denmark and then used this nonexistent honor to justify taxpayer funding of his wife’s travel.

According to the report, Vivieca Wright Simpson altered the text of an email to make it sound as if Shulkin was being honored at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Copenhagen. She then took this email to ethics officials, who had previously denied a request to pay for Bari’s travel, and received approval to cover her $4,300 plane ticket with taxpayer funds.

“Secretary Shulkin did not receive an award or special recognition during this Europe trip,” Missal writes in the report.

There was also the issue of the Wimbledon tickets, which were unethically obtained, Missal found. The report says Shulkin asked for and received the tickets from Victoria Gosling, an executive with the 2016 Invictus Games, a sporting competition for wounded vets. Shulkin explained to VA ethics officials that Gosling was friends with his wife, allowing him to accept them based on a “personal friendship.”

But when the inspector general interviewed Gosling about the issue, she was unable to remember Bari’s first name.

After a long pause, Ms. Gosling was unable to recall Dr. Bari’s name, stating, “You actually – I think that kept throwing me. I’m actually having a genuine blank here.” Ms. Gosling was unable to recall Dr. Bari’s name before the interview concluded.



http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/va-chief-the-latest-trump-official-to-join-the-kleptocracy.html


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Reply #9 posted 02/28/18 2:24pm

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Hope Hicks, communication director at the White House, testified yesterday and admitted that she had told "little white lies" in her role for Trump.

Yep, only the best people for our Trumpy Dumpy. She is now resigning her position.

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Reply #10 posted 02/28/18 2:41pm

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benni said:

Hope Hicks, communication director at the White House, testified yesterday and admitted that she had told "little white lies" in her role for Trump.

Yep, only the best people for our Trumpy Dumpy. She is now resigning her position.

Shit. Show. Lock him up.

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Reply #11 posted 03/01/18 9:35am

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Trump is such a joke. I nearly choked to death when I heard him say if he was at that Florida school when the shooting occured, he would've ran in to fight armed or unarmed. Funniest thing I've heard out of his month all year, but the year is still young. He's the biggest lier I've ever seen as President, even more so than Nixon.

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Reply #12 posted 03/02/18 6:22am

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Empress said:

Trump is such a joke. I nearly choked to death when I heard him say if he was at that Florida school when the shooting occured, he would've ran in to fight armed or unarmed. Funniest thing I've heard out of his month all year, but the year is still young. He's the biggest lier I've ever seen as President, even more so than Nixon.



Nixon was at least intelligent... although perhaps he sought to much intelligence... wink.
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Reply #13 posted 03/02/18 10:11am

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HR McMaster is leaving soon.

"My motherfucker's so cool sheep count him."
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Reply #14 posted 03/07/18 4:46am

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Gary D. Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, said on Tuesday that he would resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration.

"'Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.'' - Thomas Jefferson
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Reply #15 posted 03/09/18 1:53pm

benni

Who is left from his original cabinet picks? Anyone know?

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Reply #16 posted 03/12/18 4:27am

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benni said:

Who is left from his original cabinet picks? Anyone know?


Betsy DeVos. She was on 60 Minutes last night - a HUGE embarrassment. Had absolutely no answers for direst questions about the failire of the whole "choice" schools BS in Michigan. Apparenlty she also had nooooooooooooooo solid answers this morning on The Today Show with regards to being named the new "school safety commission" and the president's new gun legislation which includes arming teachers.





rolleyes









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Reply #17 posted 03/15/18 7:13pm

benni

McMaster's is out:


President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

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Reply #18 posted 03/15/18 7:14pm

benni

We need a "Another One Bite's the Dust" sticky thread to keep up with all of the firings in the Trump administration.

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Reply #19 posted 03/15/18 8:10pm

benni

The Trump administration's pick to head the United Nations organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide regularly pushed anti-Muslim sentiment, including claims that Muslims were trying to impose Sharia law in the US.

A CNN KFile review has turned up previously unreported tweets that reveal Ken Isaacs has an extensive history of sharing anti-Muslim sentiment. Isaacs pushed a conspiratorial view of Islam and promoted the fringe views from prominent anti-Muslim activists, the review shows.

The State Department last month nominated Isaacs to serve as director general of the United Nations' International Organization for Migration, a 169-member organization whose mission it is to promote "humane and orderly migration" through assistance to both governments and migrants. The organization is actively involved in resettling refugees, a hot button issue in Europe and the US as large populations of migrants, many of them Muslim, have fled from the war torn regions of Iraq and Syria.

Isaacs, who has spent a large part of his career in relief efforts, currently heads international relief efforts for Samaritan's Purse, the Christian non-profit founded by Franklin Graham. Isaacs previously served in President George W. Bush's administration as director of foreign disaster assistance for the US Agency for International Development.

In June, the UN group's members will hold a vote on Isaacs' appointment. He must receive support of two-thirds of its members to get elected.

It has been a long-standing practice for members to elect the US-chosen candidate. The current IOM Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, has served two five-year terms since 2008. Prior to that, US pick Brunson McKinley served from 1998 to 2008.

After his nomination was announced, The Washington Post reported that Isaacs had made disparaging remarks about Muslims and suggested Islam was inherently a violent religion on social media. Isaacs apologized at the time, telling the Post that he "deeply" regretted his comments, and added, "I pledge to hold myself to the highest standards of humanity, human dignity and equality if chosen to lead IOM."

KFile's subsequent review turned up tweets not identified in the Post report that shed more light on his anti-Muslim views, including pushing claims from fringe, anti-Muslim groups and individuals.
Isaacs did not respond to a request for comment on this report.

Asked about the tweets in this story, the State Department sent CNN's KFile a statement that spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave to the Post in February.

"Mr. Isaacs has apologized for the comments he posted on his private social media account. We believe that was proper for him to do so," Nauert said last month. "Mr. Isaacs is committed to helping refugees and has a long history of assisting those who are suffering. We believe that if chosen to lead IOM, he would treat people fairly and with the dignity and respect they deserve. I would refer you to Mr. Isaacs for any information on his statements."

In December, Isaacs retweeted anti-Muslim activist Robert Spencer, who has said that there is no way to "tell peaceful Muslims from Jihadis in any discernible manner." In the tweet, Spencer defended President Donald Trump's retweeting of anti-Muslim videos by Britain First, a far-right group that has since been suspended by Twitter for violating their rules.



Yep, he hires "only the best and most serious people." :-/

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Reply #20 posted 03/16/18 8:33am

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Trump admitted that he lies.

"My motherfucker's so cool sheep count him."
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Reply #21 posted 03/20/18 1:19pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Trump admitted that he lies.

He is probably lying about that too.

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Reply #22 posted 03/22/18 7:15pm

benni

benni said:

McMaster's is out:


President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.



And it is official.

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Reply #23 posted 03/26/18 5:49pm

benni

Do you remember Rob Porter? The one that was accused of beating his ex-wives? Well, Trump is talking about bringing him back into the fold. Nothing but the best for Donald Trump.

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Reply #24 posted 03/26/18 6:58pm

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benni said:

Do you remember Rob Porter? The one that was accused of beating his ex-wives? Well, Trump is talking about bringing him back into the fold. Nothing but the best for Donald Trump.



That's just lovely....
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Reply #25 posted 03/27/18 6:06am

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jjhunsecker said:

benni said:

Do you remember Rob Porter? The one that was accused of beating his ex-wives? Well, Trump is talking about bringing him back into the fold. Nothing but the best for Donald Trump.

That's just lovely....


Well, he's lonely shrug

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Reply #26 posted 03/27/18 6:09am

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jjhunsecker said:

benni said: That's just lovely....


Well, he's lonely shrug

And it's good to have another serial abuser by your side.

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Reply #27 posted 03/27/18 6:12am

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13cjk13 said:

DiminutiveRocker said:


Well, he's lonely shrug

And it's good to have another serial abuser by your side.


yeahthat

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Reply #28 posted 03/27/18 6:39am

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Trump fills his administration "with only the best and most serious(ly messed up) people."

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Reply #29 posted 03/27/18 6:44am

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RodeoSchro said:

Trump fills his administration "with only the best and most serious(ly messed up) people."


Fact.

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