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« Reply #300 on: July 20, 2017, 06:21:27 AM »

To come out publicaly and criticize your own AG like this and blame him rightly or wrongly is really unbelievable.  If I were Sessions I would resign.  If I were Trump I would replace Sessions (not because Sessions deserves it) due to T burning his bridge which he keeps doing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-sessions-russia.html

I am agreeing with Michael Savage.  I am giving up on hoping Trump can do much.  Still we have to keep fighting and holding on....

No other choice
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« Reply #301 on: July 20, 2017, 09:05:46 AM »

quote author=ccp
To come out publicaly and criticize your own AG like this and blame him rightly or wrongly is really unbelievable.  If I were Sessions I would resign.  If I were Trump I would replace Sessions (not because Sessions deserves it) due to T burning his bridge which he keeps doing:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-sessions-russia.html

It is bad and done in bad taste but I agree with Trump on the substance of it.  Sessions should not have wrongly recused himself on what turned out to be a very big deal.  And if he was so compromised that he couldn't perform his duties he shouldn't have taken the position.  MHO

Recusal was seen as the Administration'a first admission of guilt where there was none.

It weakened the adminstration, let an investigation grow out of control and it conceded acceptance of the Democrat's double standard of Justice.  It opened a one sided  case where the other actually has guilt.

The original bond of Sessions and Trump was over border security, a small to medium sized piece of the AG job.
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« Reply #302 on: July 20, 2017, 09:17:58 AM »

" It is bad and done in bad taste "

well it is even worse
Sessions should resign.   It is best now.  IMHO

additionally Trump has stepped into this mess multiple times with OWN his big mouth
and the fact his family tried to cover up this meeting rather then simply reporting to start with has  just destroyed what little credibility they  have

he trustfulness is in the tank . VEry difficult to bring it back  he could still come out of this for sure but.........you know the rest

 was bad before but now we cannot believe anything he says.  we had not choice could not vote for Hillary Trump was not my first choice - Cruz was
 
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« Reply #303 on: July 20, 2017, 09:32:35 AM »

Sessions has been a major disappointment.
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« Reply #304 on: July 20, 2017, 02:05:10 PM »

"Trump has stepped into this mess multiple times with OWN his big mouth"

Very true, however only criminality should be the test in the Russia matter - from the point of view of the AG, DOJ, FBI, IC etc.
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« Reply #305 on: July 20, 2017, 05:30:14 PM »

Doug :   " Very true, however only criminality should be the test in the Russia matter - from the point of view of the AG, DOJ, FBI, IC etc."

The key word is *SHOULD" be

but the real operational  word is *WILL BE*

Today Rush said of the 14 attorneys the IG hired 13 are Clinton or Obama connected!!!!

It would be a huge surprise if they cannot keep this stuff going till the next election which is the plan - in his view - and usually he is right.
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« Reply #306 on: July 20, 2017, 09:01:32 PM »



http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/07/20/krauthammer-sessions-tenure-as-ag-is-limited-its-only-a-matter-of-time-before-he-leaves/
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« Reply #307 on: July 21, 2017, 08:27:36 PM »

Comey needed to be fired, but in firing him in the manner which in did, Trump unnecessarily-- and therefor stupidly-- antagonized a man whom was going to be pissed off enough as it was.

It is the kind of mistake he makes again and again.
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« Reply #308 on: July 21, 2017, 08:38:09 PM »

Comey needed to be fired, but in firing him in the manner which in did, Trump unnecessarily-- and therefor stupidly-- antagonized a man whom was going to be pissed off enough as it was.

It is the kind of mistake he makes again and again.

It's almost as if the president comes from a reality TV background. One where people were dramatically fired.

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« Reply #309 on: July 24, 2017, 10:29:06 AM »

he claimed he did not hire Christie for doing : throwing his people under the bus.
And I don't want to see more pictures of him playing golf.

Getting fed up :


https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-lashes-beleaguered-attorney-general-134127188.html
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« Reply #310 on: July 24, 2017, 10:50:41 AM »

Scaramouche seems to be a very strong selection so far.
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« Reply #311 on: July 24, 2017, 03:03:04 PM »

Replace Sessions With Rudy Giuliani
By DICK MORRIS
Published on DickMorris.com on July 24, 2017
Jeff Sessions, in recusing himself from the two key matters before his office: The phony Russia investigation and the issues surrounding the Clinton Foundation and Hillary's conduct as Secretary of State, has effectively left his post, AWOL.  He cannot act in either of these key investigations because he has recused himself -- recusals which are tantamount to resignation.

Trump should ratify what Sessions has done by replacing him entirely as Attorney General and bringing on someone who will vigorously defend him on the issues of Russia and will play offense in investigating "corrupt Hillary" and the leaks from Mueller and the intel community.
 
He should name Rudy Giuliani as the new Attorney General.

Rudy is only 73 (Sessions is 71).  A national hero, his actions would have great credibility and he would out duel Mueller in a public contest. 

The new Attorney General should:

•  Investigate the leaks that are proliferating from the prosecutor's office

•  Demand that Mueller fire the newly hired members of his staff who have compromised their objectivity by having donated to either political party or any of the 2016 presidential candidates.

•  Insist that Mueller limit his investigation to only that conduct by Trump or his associates that is recent.  He should not be allowed to act as a sort of appellate court to see if the electorate elected the right person president by rummaging through Trump's 71 years to come up with something to hang on him.

Sessions has neither the strength nor the ability -- in light of his self-emasculating recusals -- to act on this level.

Trump needs and AG who will fight for him and battle the usurpations of the special prosecutor.

And he needs one of sufficient prestige to be able to fire Mueller and assure that the public (or at least Trump's half of it) sides with the Administration.

Giuliani is his man.
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« Reply #312 on: July 25, 2017, 09:05:15 AM »

Doug pointed out there would only be impeachment if Republicans themselves turn.

We may well be getting close to that:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article163424468.html

Trump if you are listening:

Don't expect anyone to be there for you if you are not loyal to even your friends.
Psssst: this ain't about you !
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« Reply #313 on: July 26, 2017, 06:36:07 AM »

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/343588-ex-bush-ethics-lawyer-trump-calling-for-clinton-to-be


Though the question comes up:

Who the heck would want to be the AG for Trump now?

On one hand we want someone strong willed like a Guliani but then again if that person ever disagrees with the king then risk another public spectacle like we are seeing with Sessions.

So perhaps a weaker "follower "  is the only type of person that would work in Trumps world??  not sure
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« Reply #314 on: July 26, 2017, 06:49:38 AM »

Coulter solves who should be AG :  Jared!   cry

Watching the right go down in flames:


http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/25/buchanan-coulter-other-voices-of-the-right-cry-out-in-dismay-as-trump-steps-up-attacks-on-sessions/
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« Reply #315 on: July 26, 2017, 07:54:19 AM »

Trump is losing his support.  He keeps stepping in it.    He is done unless he shuts the blank up, and of course he won't.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-ratchets-attacks-sessions-says-201842703.html
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« Reply #316 on: July 26, 2017, 08:02:09 AM »

"Doug pointed out there would only be impeachment if Republicans themselves turn."

Removal requires 67 Senators (2/3rds) and some Trump state Democrats would be the last to turn.  The majority of the President's own party would have to turn to get there. But Trump doesn't really have a party so impeachment happens when Trump voters turn on Trump.  That will not happen on media/opposition fabricated stories alone.  He would have to actually commit high crimes and misdemeanors to be removed.  All the noise in the room is just noise in the room until a real crime happens.  Tweeting about Sessions, commenting on the French first lady's figure, dissing Morning Joe, general oaf and gaffe behavior, or things that sound horrible or cloddish to people who already hate him won't get him impeached.
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« Reply #317 on: July 26, 2017, 08:20:03 AM »

Trump is losing his support.  He keeps stepping in it.    He is done unless he shuts the blank up, and of course he won't.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-ratchets-attacks-sessions-says-201842703.html

Very strange that he needs a public fight with Sessions.  The recusal mistake turned out to be a disaster but it seems something more immediate is driving this.  I would have to guess Trump is furious that the current AG leadership refuses to fire Mueller.

Sessions backed Trump because of the wall.  Sessions gave up a secure, senior Senate spot for this.  I suppose he liked being an instant crowd hero too.  Now he can have a book deal.
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« Reply #318 on: July 26, 2017, 11:05:08 AM »

No surprises here for a former head of Exxon I suppose.

https://clarionproject.org/secretary-state-disappoints-muslim-brotherhood-qatar/

Secretary of State Shills for Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Secretary of State Shills for Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar
By Ryan Mauro Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration still hasn’t designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization as it was expected to do. Designation falls under the purview of Secretary of State Tillerson, who has chosen the Muslim Brotherhood and its backers in Qatar and Turkey over their Arab rivals.

Tillerson recently signaled his opposition to designating the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-June. He only has negative things to say about the idea.

His main point is that the Brotherhood’s political parties have representatives in governments like those in Bahrain and Turkey. That is irrelevant. If it was such a problem, Bahrain itself wouldn’t have banned the Brotherhood and the U.S. wouldn’t be dealing with the Lebanese government that has Hezbollah in it, which is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Tillerson also repeated the “non-violent” and “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood propaganda. He claimed that the Brotherhood’s political parties in governments “have become so by renouncing violence and terrorism.” That was false when the Obama Administration said it, and it is false now.

The disappointment in Tillerson’s position is made exponentially greater by the fact that now is an optimum time to designate the group.

The Arab world is putting unprecedented pressure on Qatar over its support of the Brotherhood and other jihadists in the Islamist swarm. Muslim foes of the Brotherhood are left wondering where the U.S.stands because Trump and Tillerson aren’t on the same page.

Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole goes so far as to assert that Tillerson is “sabotaging” Trump’s foreign policy and urges his departure from the administration.

While President Trump expressed his support for the Arab measures against Qatar and unequivocally described Qatar as a major terrorism-financier, Tillerson did the opposite. He described Qatar as “very reasonable” in its reaction to the Arabs’ pressure.

His spokesperson read a scripted statement accusing the Arab states of having ulterior motives, saying the U.S. is “mystified” by their complaints. The State Department even cast doubt on the credibility of the Arabs’ accusations, claiming that they haven’t provided supporting details. Qatar’s lavish sponsorship of terrorism and extremism is uncontestable.

As Poole documents, far from offering support for those Arab states opposing Qatar, Tillerson publicly made moves towards Qatar’s Turkish allies and increased criticism of Qatar’s Saudi adversaries. The Trump Administration also agreed to sell up to 36 fighter jets to Qatar right after the Arabs began their campaign.

Tillerson even signed a counter-terrorism agreement with Qatar, spitting in the faces of the Arab countries fed up with Qatar’s repeated breaking of its promises to change its behavior. Immediately after signing the deal, Qatar reiterated its firm commitment to Hamas (and therefore, the broader Muslim Brotherhood organization of which it is an official branch).

 
Tillerson’s Ties to Qatar

People are inevitably influenced by those they surround themselves with, especially if that interaction is lucrative. Perhaps Tillerson’s favoring of Qatar has something to do with the close relationship he had with the Qatari government as a businessman with ExxonMobil, which has a decades-long association with the rulers.

ExxonMobil was a founding member of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council in 1996, an entity created by the Qatari regime. Tillerson was a senior official at the time. Another listed founding member is Al-Jazeera, the jihadist-friendly propaganda network run by Qatar and the Brotherhood. One of the Arab states’ top demands is the closure of the network headquartered in Doha.

After becoming chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson became a member of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council’s advisory board. He apparently held this position up until when he became Secretary of State, as his name is still listed with that title on the website.

The Vice President of ExxonMobil Production’s name is currently listed as a member of the Council’s board of directors. Al-Jazeera officials also appear on the advisory board and board of directors.

The organization’s website says that the U.S.-Qatar Business Council “played a major role in the formation of Qatar Foundation International (U.S.-based).” The Qatar Foundation headquartered in Doha is a major promoter of Islamist extremism, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, including Islamists in America.

When the Arab campaign against Qatar began, the Qataris immediately began utilizing their contacts to try to win the State Department over. It deployed its lobbyists in America and they had leverage: The West’s three biggest energy companies, including ExxonMobil, were trying to strike a deal with the Qatari government for expanding liquified natural gas production.

But Qatar isn’t the only country working aggressively to influence U.S. foreign policy in a direction favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey’s government is also leading the Islamist charge.

 
Tillerson’s Ties to Turkey

ExxonMobil is a member of the U.S.-Turkish Business Council. The chairman is Ekin Alptekin, the very same Turkish businessman at the center of the controversy with President Trump’s former National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn.

Alptekin’s company had a $600,000 contract with Flynn to promote the Erdogan government’s interests. Flynn’s firm registered as a lobbyist but did not register as a foreign agent. The Justice Department’s National Security Division began an investigation last November. Flynn registered as a foreign agent of Turkey after he was fired and replaced by General H.R. McMaster.

We do not currently know of direct dealings between Tillerson and Alptekin, but ExxonMobil’s involvement in the U.S.-Turkish Business Council highlights how his prior relationship with the Turkish government may influence his behavior.

At a time when Erdogan has few defenders, the Islamist dictator finds a supporter in Tillerson.

On July 9, Tillerson traveled to Istanbul to receive an award from the World Petroleum Congress. There, he heaped praise upon those who defended Erdogan against a coup attempt last year, going so far as to describe the Islamist government as a democracy. He said:

“Nearly a year ago, the Turkish people – brave men and women – stood up against coup plotters and defended their democracy. I take this moment to recognize their courage and honor the victims of the events of July 15, 2016. It was on that day that the Turkish people exercised their rights under the Turkish constitution, defended their place in a prosperous Turkey, and we remember those who were injured or died in that event.”

Tillerson doesn’t defend Erdogan in all circumstances, as he did condemn the Turkish security personnel who attacked protesters in Washington D.C. in May. But that’s not exactly a bold stand; it’s something that any public official would condemn.

When it comes to the tough issues, Tillerson has sided with Qatar and Turkey, even when it contradicts the commander-in-chief who picked him for secretary of state.

 
On designating the Muslim Brotherhood, Tillerson sides with Qatar and Turkey

When the Arab states piled unprecedented pressure on Qatar for its sponsorship of terrorism and extremism including the Brotherhood and Hamas, Tillerson sided with Qatar and Turkey.

When it comes to last year’s coup in Turkey, Tillerson sided unequivocally with Erdogan’s Islamist dictatorship. He didn’t even necessarily have to talk about it during his visit to Istanbul. He chose to.

When it comes to the Kurds, our best allies in fighting ISIS, Tillerson’s State Department sided with Turkey in criticizing the Iraqi Kurds’ referendum on independent statehood. It also implied opposition to Kurdish independence, reacting to the referendum with a statement in support of a “united” and “federal” Iraq.

Political analysts always say that Trump was elected because people wanted change from an outsider. Tillerson is not bringing change. When it comes to Islamism, it’s the same-old same-old. Possibly worse.
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« Reply #319 on: July 27, 2017, 01:43:46 PM »

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/a-cast-of-thousands-of-possible-acting-ags?utm_term=.jmVkpLZgL8#.kp46G1r51N
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« Reply #320 on: July 28, 2017, 08:12:42 AM »

From  7/24 post:

" Scaramouche seems to be a very strong selection so far. "


Sadly that lasted for about 2 days!  That's right , he calls a lib reporter who undoubtedly tapes him and makes the kind of comments that are headlines within 24 hrs:

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/mark-levin-blasts-wh-infighting-stupid-moronic-pathetic

Coulter makes good point about Jared here though Trump must ultimately take responsibility which he won't:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/27/coulter-trump-in-mess-because-jared-kushner-thought-dems-would-cheer-firing/
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« Reply #321 on: July 28, 2017, 05:43:26 PM »

This is crazy .  Trump or his WH officials cannot even speak in the WH without having to fear it will headlines the next day .   

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/leaks-journalists-Alan-Dershowitz-White-House/2017/07/27/id/804226/

do we need a separate thread on "leaks"
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« Reply #322 on: July 30, 2017, 06:20:55 AM »

Just a few weeks ago !  9 months pregnant  !  Oh my Lord !  Give me a break.  More soap opera  !  Just what we don't need !

https://pagesix.com/2017/07/29/scaramuccis-fed-up-wife-filed-for-divorce-while-nine-months-pregnant/
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« Reply #323 on: July 31, 2017, 10:30:28 AM »

But Trump may not be listening to her much    grin

WHITE HOUSE
Ivanka and Jared find their limits in Trump's White House
The president's daughter and son-in-law continue to hold sway over personnel decisions, but last week's decision on transgender military service was a reminder that they have so far had little effect on his policies.
By ANNIE KARNI and ELIANA JOHNSON 07/30/2017 06:38 PM EDT
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“She’s in there doing what she can,” said R. Couri Hay, a publicist and a longtime friend of the Trump family. “It’s unrealistic, unfair and cruel to expect her to change climate policy and pre-K and women’s issues in six months.” | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo


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By one measurement, last week was a good one for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law had been double-teaming for weeks to persuade him to oust chief of staff Reince Priebus, pushing for a new chief who could “professionalize the West Wing,” according to multiple White House officials. On Friday, Trump finally announced he’d replace Priebus with John Kelly, his secretary of Homeland Security, starting Monday.


That victory followed Trump’s appointment a week earlier of financier Anthony Scaramucci, a campaign surrogate and donor, as communications director, a move the couple also strongly supported.

But if Ivanka Trump and Kushner, socially liberal former Democratic donors, remain influential voices with Trump on personnel decisions, they have so far had little effect on his policies.

Last week they were blindsided by the president’s tweet saying he planned to ban transgender people from serving in the military, according to several White House aides, a major coup for conservatives who had been quietly lobbying the administration on the issue for months.

White House officials said the first daughter was surprised by her father’s posts; in the past, Trump has been a supporter of gay rights. Ivanka Trump, according to these officials, learned of the decision when she saw her father’s tweet on her phone.

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The decree came less than a month after the first daughter tweeted, in honor of Pride Month: “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” And it spurred another wave of liberal rage directed at Ivanka Trump.

For all the talk of a White House war between New York City liberals and traditionalist conservatives, it was the latest example of the limited influence the moderates have been able to wield on policy.

Six months ago, few would have thought the president would have been circumventing his daughter to deliver victories to fiscal and social conservatives—but that’s precisely what happened with the transgender military ban, which the Pentagon has put on hold pending review.

Now, as Ivanka Trump runs up against some of limits of her power in the White House, she appears to be narrowing her objectives—and disappointing those progressives who had pinned their hopes on the president’s family members exerting more of a moderating influence on his presidency.

“Actions speak louder than words,” said Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the nonprofit Human Rights Coalition. “Either Ivanka is ineffective in her advocacy within the building, or her voice doesn’t matter to the president as much as she hopes it does.”

Ivanka Trump has had some victories. While she lost out on persuading her father not to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, she had much more success in limiting a religious liberties executive order to abortion and procreation issues, cutting out many other possibilities that would have angered the LGBT community.

“She’s in there doing what she can,” said R. Couri Hay, a publicist and a longtime friend of the Trump family. “It’s unrealistic, unfair and cruel to expect her to change climate policy and pre-K and women’s issues in six months.”

But Ivanka Trump — who once met with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to discuss a needle-threading way to potentially fund the organization — is staking out her reputation on getting a child care tax credit passed in a Republican Congress as part of tax reform, and fighting for paid family leave to be included in the budget.

She has told allies that she wants to be held accountable solely on those issues she is actively working on — uphill battles that will count as major victories if she is successful — and the success of a World Bank fund she helped start, geared at helping female entrepreneurs gain access to capital. She has also said she wants to make ending human trafficking a White House priority.

Kushner, for his part, remains focused on projects that are peripheral to the White House’s main domestic agenda, like introducing technological innovations to the federal government. In the first six months of the administration, he has steered clear of the legislative battles that have been the meat of the work of Trump’s policy shop, focusing instead on relations with Mexico, China, Canada and the Middle East.

Ivanka Trump has explained to critics that she doesn’t want to ruin her credibility with Republicans, whose support she will need, by being perceived as what she sometimes refers to as a “super-lib” and expressing her personal disagreement with the administration’s most conservative policies.

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1600 PENN
Without Priebus, Trump Is a Man Without a Party
By TIM ALBERTA
Meanwhile, she desperately wants to lower expectations of what she can achieve in an administration where she views herself as one person on a large team — even though other White House officials said she still has access to the president whenever she desires it. Allies have bucked up her spirits by telling her that her legacy will look better in hindsight if she is successful in moving the needle on her stated issues. And as she navigates the unique role of working-daughter-in-the-White House, she is reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography for guidance and inspiration.

Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner declined to comment for this story.


People close to her say Ivanka Trump is aware of the criticism hurled at her — and sometimes frustrated by the misunderstanding of the limits of her power.

From her newly renovated, all-white office in the West Wing, Ivanka Trump often fields messages from progressive friends pushing her to speak out on their pet issues. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio messaged her ahead of the climate decision, begging her to do more to intervene.

She’s no newcomer to the difficult balancing act. In the early aughts, as she sought to make a name for herself in New York society, she had to simultaneously embrace the family brand while trying to distance herself from the gaudy reputation of the Trump name, already unwelcome in the upper echelons of Manhattan society.

One well-known socialite who was friendly with Ivanka Trump put it bluntly: “Everyone knew that Jared’s father was a felon and her father was a buffoon, but you looked past that because they stood on their own two feet and were sophisticated and presentable. They were accepted despite their parents. Now, there’s no separating the two.”

But friends and acquaintances who knew Ivanka Trump before her move into politics said they are not surprised that she has remained publicly in lockstep with her father. “I know her well enough to know her relationship with her father, which is that she will never, ever, go against the grain,” said one former fashion-world friend who has socialized with Ivanka for years but has not spoken to her since she moved to Washington.

Another close friend of the family, who has known Ivanka Trump her entire life, said: “She wanted to be the apple of her father’s eye. There’s no question, she worked hard to be the perfect image her father wanted.”

In the wake of one of the most tumultuous weeks in Trump’s presidency, his daughter had a private lunch with the United Nations secretary-general Friday to discuss economic empowerment for women. She’s made similar diplomatic excursions, traveling to Berlin in April to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a women-themed summit and meeting with female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.

It’s a world apart from her father’s domestic policies — and one more in line with the first lady-like role that she bristles at. The prime movers behind Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military were two of the House’s most conservative members: North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Jim Jordan.

Lindsey Graham is pictured. | Getty Images
CONGRESS
As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort
By BURGESS EVERETT, JOSH DAWSEY and RACHAEL BADE
After the failure of an amendment that would have stripped Pentagon funding for gender reassignment surgeries, the duo approached Defense Secretary James Mattis. They discussed a number of options, including a two-year delay on the implementation of Obama administration policy guidelines that permitted Pentagon funding for the surgeries. When that path lead nowhere, they took their case directly to the White House, where they spoke with several officials including Marc Short, the director of legislative affairs.

Inside the White House, the issue was so closely held — and resolved so quickly — that just a handful of West Wing aides were aware of what was transpiring. In addition to Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, a Catholic evangelical with a history of pushing religious liberty policies, had no inkling of what was underway.

Meadows and Jordan had also corralled a group of conservatives capable of sinking the appropriations bill, making it clear to the White House they were willing to do so if the funding issue wasn’t resolved. “They were frustrated with Mattis and DOD, and the White House was sympathetic to them on the policy,” said a senior White House aide. Neither Meadows nor Jordan responded to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, Christian conservatives such as Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer were also lobbying the Trump White House, a factor that boosted the congressmen’s cause, according to a second senior White House official.

Their requests ran the gamut: While the congressmen asked the White House to resolve the funding issue, which had riled both fiscal and social conservatives, some Christian leaders came asking for the blanket ban the president delivered on Wednesday. But even they were surprised when Trump came down on their side. “I wish the Republican Congress was as bold as the president is on a wide range of issues,” said Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. “But unfortunately, like on health care, they don’t seem to be.”

Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in an interview with Fox News radio, cheered the president for “showing that the bottom line is the bottom line is the bottom line.”

The other bottom line: Ivanka Trump is aware she needs a real win — not just starting a conversation about paid family leave that may or may not materialize in a final budget — to win back credibility.

Her old circles are skeptical. When asked what her view was on Ivanka Trump, the fashion designer Charlotte Ronson wrote in an email: “Fortunately, I don’t know her well enough to give any good accounts.”

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« Reply #324 on: August 01, 2017, 12:18:30 PM »

Rumor has it that Ivanka and Jared will have to go through Kelly to get to Dad.

GOOD!
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« Reply #325 on: August 01, 2017, 08:49:14 PM »


CD wrote :

"  Rumor has it that Ivanka and Jared will have to go through Kelly to get to Dad.  "

But then there is this:    angry undecided

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/01/ivanka-trump-says-looking-forward-working-alongside-gen-kelly/
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« Reply #326 on: August 01, 2017, 11:30:20 PM »

Sounds like some discreet elbowing is going to be in play , , ,
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« Reply #327 on: August 02, 2017, 01:44:29 PM »

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/evaluating-john-kellys-record-at-homeland-security?mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20%28194%29&CNDID=50142053&spMailingID=11612091&spUserID=MjAxODUyNTc2OTUwS0&spJobID=1220182297&spReportId=MTIyMDE4MjI5NwS2
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« Reply #328 on: August 03, 2017, 12:34:02 AM »

The Israel angle on McMaster's purge of Trump loyalists from the National Security Council is that all of these people are pro-Israel and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, positions that Trump holds.

McMaster in contrast is deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump. According to senior officials aware of his behavior, he constantly refers to Israel as the occupying power and insists falsely and constantly that a country named Palestine existed where Israel is located until 1948 when it was destroyed by the Jews.

Many of you will remember that a few days before Trump's visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו and his advisers were blindsided when the Americans suddenly told them that no Israeli official was allowed to accompany Trump to the Western Wall.

What hasn't been reported is that it was McMaster who pressured Trump to agree not to let Netanyahu accompany him to the Western Wall. At the time, I and other reporters were led to believe that this was the decision of rogue anti-Israel officers at the US consulate in Jerusalem. But it wasn't. It was McMaster.

And even that, it works out wasn't sufficient for McMaster. He pressured Trump to cancel his visit to the Wall and only visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial -- ala the Islamists who insist that the only reason Israel exists is European guilt over the Holocaust.

Victoria Coates, Senator Cruz's former foreign policy advisor served until two weeks ago at the strategic communications department of the National Security Policy. She just made a lateral move to work under Jason Greenblatt. Had she not made the move away from McMaster, she too would have been fired, I am told. Coates is a friend of mine. She is deeply committed to a strong US-Israel alliance.

In May, Adam Lovinger, a pro-Trump national security strategist on loan from the Pentagon's office of net assessment was summarily informed that his security clearance was revoked. He was fired and escorted from the White House like a spy and put on file duty at the Pentagon.

Lovinger is a seasoned strategic analyst who McMaster hated because he supported India over Pakistan, among other things.

Lovinger has not been told the grounds for his sudden loss of clearance but Mike Cernovich reported that the grounds were that he traveled to Israel for a family bar mitzvah. In other words, there were no grounds for dismissal. His boss at the Pentagon -- unbelievably named James Baker, is an Obama hire who hates Trump and supports Obama's agenda.


As for Iran, well, suffice it to say that McMaster supports the deal and refuses to publish the side deals Obama signed with the Iranians and then hid from the public.

The thing I can't get my arms around in all of this is why in the world this guy hasn't been fired. Mike Flynn was fired essentially for nothing. He was fired because he didn't tell the Vice President everything that transpired in a phone conversation he had with the Russian ambassador. Whoopdy doo! Flynn had the conversation when he was on a 72 hour vacation with his wife after the election in the Caribbean and could barely hear because the reception was so bad. He found himself flooded with calls and had no one with him except his wife.

And for this he was fired.


McMaster disagrees and actively undermines Trump's agenda on just about every salient issue on his agenda. He fires all of Trump's loyalists and replaces them with Trump's opponents, like Kris Bauman, an Israel hater and Hamas supporter who McMaster hired to work on the Israel-Palestinian desk. He allows anti-Israel, pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-Iran Obama people like Robert Malley to walk around the NSC and tell people what to do and think. He has left Ben (reporters know nothing about foreign policy and I lied to sell them the Iran deal) Rhodes' and Valerie Jarrett's people in place.

And he not only is remaining at his desk. He is given the freedom to fire Trump's most loyal foreign policy advisers from the National Security Council.

One source claims that Trump's political advisers are afraid of how it will look if he fires another national security adviser. But that makes no sense. Trump is being attacked for everything and nothing. Who cares if he gets attacked for doing something that will actually help him to succeed in office? Why should fear of media criticism play a role here or anywhere for this president and this administration?

Finally, there is the issue of how McMaster got there in the first place. Trump interviewed McMaster at Mara Lago for a half an hour. He was under terrible pressure after firing Flynn to find someone.

And who recommended McMaster? You won't believe this.

Senator John McCain. That's right. The NSA got his job on the basis of a recommendation from the man who just saved Obamacare.

Obviously, at this point, Trump has nothing to lose by angering McCain. I mean what will he do? Vote for Obamacare?

If McMaster isn't fired after all that he has done and all that he will do, we're all going to have to reconsider Trump's foreign policy. Because if after everything he has done, and everything that he will certainly do to undermine Trump's stated foreign policy agenda, it will no longer be possible to believe that exiting the nuclear deal or supporting the US alliance with Israel and standing with US allies against US foes -- not to mention draining Washington's cesspool - are Trump's policies. How can they be when Trump stands with a man who opposes all of them and proves his opposition by among other things, firing Trump's advisers who share Trump's agenda?
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« Reply #329 on: August 03, 2017, 06:28:31 AM »

The above is in line with the Drudgereport headline from a Weekly Standard piece about McMaster trying to oust Bannon and all his allies:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/inside-the-mcmaster-bannon-war/article/2009109
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« Reply #330 on: August 03, 2017, 08:32:49 AM »

The more I read about Mc Master the more I want him to be purged.  If McCain recommended him than that says it all frankly.   He has to go from what I can see from my armchair.

His world view and policy stance is not what i voted for:

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/trump-loyalist-ezra-cohen-watnick-fired-from-nsc-sources-say
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« Reply #331 on: August 03, 2017, 12:30:24 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450120/jeff-sessions-is-not-going-anywhere?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170803_Jolt&utm_term=Jolt
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« Reply #332 on: August 05, 2017, 01:13:54 PM »

http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/mcmaster-fires-top-counter-jihad.html/
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« Reply #333 on: August 05, 2017, 01:25:09 PM »

relevant to Susan Rice's security clearance from McMaster

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-intel-officials-call-for-revocation-of-clintons-security-privileges/
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« Reply #334 on: August 05, 2017, 06:59:20 PM »

A story last week said only 14% of Republicans support the job the (Republican) Congress is doing, right after health care reform imploded.  The correct number should be zero.  Who on the right can approve of failure?  That may hurt fundraising,  turnout and brand polling but doesn't make anyone who hates big government switch to favor failed government programs amd the party that brought us that.

Trump approval apparently has hit new lows while nothing seems to get done, yet I would bet he has increased in stature since becoming President and would defeat Hillary more handily now than he did last year.

With his tweeting, his mis-steps, his big mouth, his ego-centric personality, his loose connection with accuracy or truth etc, I could never say I approve of him as President or tell a son or daughter to grow up to be like him.  But I would vote for him over every possible Democrat imaginable. 

We had a 180 degree turn on almost everything important.  The Supreme Court, environmental regulation over-reach, attempts to roll back Obamacare, tax reform effort coming, and on and on.  The question is not whether you approve of him.  The question is whether you want him to keep going.  I do.
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« Reply #335 on: August 06, 2017, 01:14:45 AM »

http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/mcmaster-cair-terror-blocked-hirsi-ali.html/

http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/mcmaster-israel-illegitimate.html/

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« Reply #336 on: August 06, 2017, 10:46:29 AM »

John Batchelor show podcast discussing McMaster who believes and preaches  Obama ideology  :  *There is no connection between Islam and radical terror*

McMaster's beliefs are clearly different to Trumps and he is a "danger" to Trump:

https://www.reddit.com/r/ThePodcastFeed/comments/6rvlht/the_john_batchelor_show_mcmaster_is_a/
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« Reply #337 on: August 07, 2017, 02:00:15 PM »

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/official-mcmaster-calls-israel-illegitimate-occupying-power
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« Reply #338 on: August 07, 2017, 07:03:11 PM »

Caveat lector, it is Breitbart:

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/08/06/mcmaster-worked-think-tank-backed-soros-funded-group-helped-obama-sell-iran-nuclear-deal/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20170807

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/06/liberal-anti-trump-media-group-goes-embattled-gen-mcmaster/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20170807
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« Reply #339 on: August 08, 2017, 06:25:37 AM »

on Trump vs sanctuary cities:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/sanctuary-cities-funding-justice-department/2017/08/07/id/806360/
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« Reply #340 on: August 08, 2017, 08:54:56 AM »

https://amgreatness.com/2017/08/05/mcmaster-mattis-rare-assets-not-deep-state-liabilities/
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« Reply #341 on: August 08, 2017, 09:05:31 AM »


http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-officials-say-under-fire-mcmaster-a-great-friend-of-israel/
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« Reply #342 on: August 08, 2017, 09:22:51 AM »

I dunno.  There are Israelis who will to this day proclaim Barack is /was a great friend of Israel

OTOH VDH defends McMaster and I trust his opinions:

https://amgreatness.com/2017/08/05/mcmaster-mattis-rare-assets-not-deep-state-liabilities/
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« Reply #343 on: August 08, 2017, 09:34:59 AM »

see my post three above  grin
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« Reply #344 on: August 08, 2017, 03:19:34 PM »

"see my post three above"
you beat me to the punch   Smiley)
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« Reply #345 on: August 08, 2017, 10:21:37 PM »

Anyway, with thermonuclear war on the horizon, now may not be the time to change the National Security Advisor , , , shocked
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« Reply #346 on: August 08, 2017, 10:48:03 PM »



This week, the Forward, a purportedly Jewish newspaper placed ZOA Chairman Mort Klein behind Nazis and ahead of Ayatollah Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah on a list of bigger threats to the Jews than anti-Semite Democratic kingmaker Linda Sarsour.

In recent days and weeks, the Jewish left has claimed ever more stridently that anyone who attacks George Soros, a living breathing Jew hater who has poured millions of dollars into groups that wage political warfare against both Israel and its American Jewish supporters. Soros' critics -- like Sarsour's critics -- are anti-Semites. Why? Because Soros was born Jewish.

So critics of a Jewish anti-Semite, who criticize him because he is anti-Semitic, are anti-Semites because they criticized an anti-Semite who happens to have been born Jewish.

Which brings us to McMaster.

In the article linked below we see slate.com calling Breitbart's Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein an anti-Semite for reporting earlier today that McMaster worked for a think tank funded by Soros.

In the second article posted below from Frontpage Magazine's Daniel Greenfield we learn that the ADL has again sprung into action. No, it isn't attacking the Forward for calling Mort Klein. It is attacking McMaster critic Mike Cernovich alleging he is an anti-Semite. As Greenfield notes in the link below, this from a group that gave a hechsher to Jew hating Keith Ellison when he ran to lead the Democratic National Committee, was silent on the California imam who called for the genocide of world Jewry and can't decide if it has an opinion one way or another about Jew hating Linda Sarsour.

As Daniel and others point out, it is quite notable that people who despise Trump and attack him at every opportunity are lining up to defend McMaster.
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« Reply #347 on: August 09, 2017, 05:53:49 AM »

" As Daniel and others point out, it is quite notable that people who despise Trump and attack him at every opportunity are lining up to defend McMaster  "

very insightful observant statement.  (VDH excepted here - does VDH know something we don't or do we know something he does not believe?)
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« Reply #348 on: August 09, 2017, 08:46:14 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/08/09/mcmasters-former-group-quietly-took-massive-funding-from-sharia-ruled-bahrain/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20170809
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« Reply #349 on: August 10, 2017, 12:15:06 PM »

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/hugh-s-one-on-one-with-gen-h-r-mcmaster-1018099779985
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