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This week on Game of Thrones

The recent White House shake-ups (resignations of Spicer, Priebus and Scaramucci) seemed to have driven the previous “Trump Jr” frenzy from the news. But it’s back. And all of it may be connected – on the themes of leakers, scheming advisers, and Trump (possibly) not being in control of his own crew.

The new brouhaha is a story from The Washington Post which claims that President Trump personally dictated the initial Trump Jr. statement about Trump Jr.’s short meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016. Naturally, WaPo tries to make it all sound worse than it is. The question arises: How did WaPo get the story?

One clue could be that the WaPo story praises Jared, Ivanka, and White House aides Hope Hicks and Josh Raffel. The praise is traditionally a signal that they are valued sources.

But the leakers of this particular story could be others. Cernovich claims that leaks are coming from White House interns, and/or civilians related to Air Force One. He says:

With Mooch out of the way, Jared Kushner’s interns feel free to record conversations and leak away. Indeed, people on Air Force One are leaking damaging stories to the Washington Post…

Pro-Trump interns were blocked by Kushner and Reince Preibus, as I reported back on May…These [actual, anti-Trump] interns are now recording White House conversations and sharing those recordings with the media…

Trump gave the power of personnel to swamp monster Johny DeStefano, who squeezed out Trump’s most loyal supporters…HR McMaster has also been hard at work purging the NSC of anyone who puts America First…McMaster has been pulling security clearances of Trump supporters…Never Trump’er Brian Hook is in complete control of the State Department…Hook is using this power to block Trump hires at State…Trump is being abused like a beta male by the GOP establishment, McMaster, and Never Trump’ers like Brian Hook.

Interesting, if true. Is it? All I know for the moment, is: Cernovich’s pattern is to wrap hyperbole around grains of truth that nobody else had (also known as “scoops”).

*IF* Trump’s presidency does fail in the end, the probable reason will be this set of issues: that his people were working at cross purposes, allowing The Swamp to infiltrate and consume them all.

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  1. It’s obvious that someone needs to go around the White House and the EEOB twisting wrists, breaking arms and slitting throats (of-course only metaphorically-speaking, LOL) until the leaking and sniping stops!!

    Start by confiscating cell-phones and tablets — and start each meeting by clearing the room on non-essential aides, interns and hangers-on. And no damned conversations in the corridors!! A few careless or “fuzzy” WH-staffers hanging by their thumbs in the main lobby wouldn’t be a bad start either. Then start all-over-again at the State Department. The “intelligence” agencies should be burnt-to-the-ground, they’re hopeless and nonredeemable.

    By contrast, Mad-Dog’s Pentagon is remarkably water-tight, …by Pentagon standards.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 1, 2017 @ 5:39 pm - August 1, 2017

  2. And Kelly’s DHS. I think Kelly might make a difference – slowly, over time.

    I’m sympathetic to Cernovich’s argument that Mooch was going to be awesome for Trump in terms of willingness to do new media and break the old media by creating story chaos…but, the more I learn about Kelly, the more he seems good and I’m glad he got into the White House.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 1, 2017 @ 5:48 pm - August 1, 2017

  3. Naturally, WaPo tries to make it all sound worse than it is.

    Yep, its perfectly innocuous to craft a letter that is deeply misleading to avoid providing support for claims that your son actively sought to collude with what he believed was a Russian government official. Totally harmless ..

    Comment by Cas — August 1, 2017 @ 6:20 pm - August 1, 2017

  4. The leaks so far have been in the dribble class. But the media has been reporting them as if Hoover Dam will burst by noon tomorrow.

    The new “strategy” seems to be aimed at driving a wedge between the Trump children and the public trust. If the media can make the children look like dopes and clowns, they hope to raise their chances of making Trump go slam off and self destruct.

    What Trump has failed most at is going on state by state rallies and promoting his successes and demanding that the Republicans in Congress get with the program. He is still every bit of the force to be reckoned with that he was during the campaign. Every day that Congress is away from Washington should be a day that Trump is bombarding them in their home states. Trump could do three mass rallies a day in three different states and give his recalcitrant Republican Congress critters the runs. He could invite the red counties to invite him to hold a Come to Donald meeting in their congressional district. In turn, he could invite the congress critter to come on the stage with him and face the district.

    The first six months of William Jefferson Clintoon was chaos far more notable than anything thrown at Trump. Until September 11, 2001, the Bush 43 Presidency looked like no one was home.

    We now have the internet coming at us on phones in our pockets and from our dashboards. The media could not find a single thing to be skeptical about Clintoon or Obama’s first six months and the same media can’t find a gram of confidence in anything associated with Trump.

    I’m sorry the “mooch” is gone, but not really. If he were Carville in the Clintoon circus, he would be “colorful.” I would have enjoyed watching him be the court jester. But, it is best under these realities to flush him.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 1, 2017 @ 6:33 pm - August 1, 2017

  5. I cheer on the Starks. They are not in the current administration.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — August 1, 2017 @ 6:36 pm - August 1, 2017

  6. One thing DJT needs to do is fire Ivanka and Jared (and any other family). They’re a liability and nepotism seldom looks good. It would be one thing if they possessed some unique skills but, best I can tell, they don’t.

    For us proles in the private sector, leaking one’s employer’s internal workings is a darn good way to get fired and possibly hauled into court.

    But gummint workers, much smarter and more skilled than the rest of us, appear to be free to leak as much as they want – everything from the menu for Sunday brunch up to top-secret details on mounter-terrorism ops and military operations.

    And yet we trust gov’t with more and more. Weird.

    Comment by KCRob — August 1, 2017 @ 7:12 pm - August 1, 2017

  7. BTW, here’s notes for a post I almost wrote in May:

    If Trump fails, this will be the reason – the Jack Welch critique, personnel /management issues, Trump has let Johnny DeStefano and the NeverTrumpers take over, even Peter Thiel can’t get his people in. He delegates too much; doesn’t aggressively root out the saboteurs. Government employees fighting for their positions is not like a private-sector, family business where people WANT to perform and make money. Root cause is Trump not understanding the govt/Swamp game.

    It has aged well 🙂 to the point of now seeming redundant.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 1, 2017 @ 9:16 pm - August 1, 2017

  8. I think the story is bull crap. There is no way Donald Trump could sound as elegant as his son. Cas, receiving op research from a foriegn government is not illeagle , foriegn governments always try to influence our elections.( We try to do the same.)Cray Cray , who the hell are the Starks?

    Comment by Matthew the Oilman — August 1, 2017 @ 10:29 pm - August 1, 2017

  9. Winter has Come…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 2, 2017 @ 12:18 am - August 2, 2017

  10. who the hell are the Starks?

    It’s a reference to Game of Thrones (used in the title of this post).

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — August 2, 2017 @ 1:32 am - August 2, 2017

  11. Thanks Cray for the info.

    Comment by Matthew the Oilman — August 2, 2017 @ 6:54 am - August 2, 2017

  12. Thanks Cray for the info.

    No worries. I don’t know what your tastes are, but the first four seasons are some top-notch television. Huge investment of time, but quite engrossing and entertaining.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — August 2, 2017 @ 7:27 am - August 2, 2017

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