This past week has been another volatile one for the Trump administration.
Intrigue continues in the White House, and, to make matters worse, opinion was deeply divided on the part of his supporters about the airstrike on Syria on April 6 (US time).
Strangely, the airstrike brought much praise from Trump’s enemies on both sides of the aisle. On the other hand, Trump supporters opposing it made their opinions known on social media. Early the following week, Trump stated there would be no ground invasion of Syria. It would appear that the online backlash from centrists and ex-Bernie supporters influenced his decision. Let’s hope he means it.
Speaking of Syria, Roger Stone spoke with Alex Jones on Monday, April 10, 2017. He said that a former congressman wants to spill the beans on Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), a never-Trumper.
And, his defence was, at the time, that the photo had been photoshopped, had never taken place.
There is now proof that this is a lie. More importantly, a veteran former congressman, a very respected congressman, has let it be known that he has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he does not have too much time to be on this mortal coil. Therefore, he is going to be doing an interview regarding John McCain [with] devastating, literally devastating, information that I can, I think, could really … destabilise — and could remove John McCain from the political scene.
Jones asked Stone who the congressman is. Stone was not about to reveal the man’s identity:
This is another member of Congress and he is not well, so, minutes are ticking away. It is my belief that an Infowars camera needs to get into this area … as soon as possible.
They decided that Skype and a video of the interview would be advisable. Stone continued:
This is a very, very respected Reaganite … one who is known as a liberally oriented member, someone who had nothing but disdain for the neo-cons. So … I think we want to look at all the facts before we put our imprimatur behind it, but I know this former congressman to be one of unimpeachable integrity and enormous credibility.
Stone said the man wants to reveal what he has on McCain on Infowars. Jones said he could send a reporter out to meet with Stone and interview the man. Stone said:
I think this is going to be an enormous story … Our man knows what he wants to say … [He is] someone I have known for 20, 30 years — truly credible. I’m going to let him tell his own story, but it is indeed devastating.
I can hardly wait. More to follow, if this takes place.
On Tuesday, March 11, radio talk show host Michael Savage spoke with Jones. He was still angry about Trump’s attack on Syria, because he fears the Deep State was behind it. He told Jones:
I never turned on Trump. But I don’t know how we can reach him [re Syria]. All the worst people on the planet … are saluting Donald Trump.
Alex, we are being tested as we have never been tested before.
He was appalled that, within the space of one week, Trump threatened Syria, China and North Korea. Who was advising Trump, he wanted to know. Who would launch missiles during an official dinner?
What sort of presidency is this?
Jones asked Savage to give a message to Trump. Savage responded:
My feeling is this: Tillerson is misleading you … It’s another war for oil. Remember when Clinton was bombinig the hell out of Serbia in 1999? The same exact elements for war now were for war then, the same people.
Afterwards, he asked Jones:
Did you vote for Rex Tillerson? Was his GD name on the ballot? … I did not elect him to the presidency … I have total faith in [Trump], but what are they doing to him?
All the never-Trumpers are now saluting him. How did this happen? Who is advising him? … Why did I push so hard for Donald Trump? … One reason: we would not have war with Russia.
Savage’s new book is Trump’s War, which hit the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list for non-fiction on March 27. Each chapter begins with the words ‘Trump’s war on …’ Jones asked about Chapter 12, ‘Trump’s War on the Deep State’.
Savage said there is also a chapter called ‘Trump’s War against the War Machine’.
He is chomping at the bit and wants to meet with Trump at the White House to discuss his concerns:
Something happened within the last week [from which he might not recover].
Jones said that Trump’s staffers took his mobile phone away ‘for national security reasons’, he was told. All calls go through Reince Priebus. Jones and Savage said that Obama had his phone with him all the time.
Savage ended the conversation with a slice of history:
World War II was very telling … Japan had been our ally before that.
Re Trump’s advisers on Russia:
The president is a good hearted man. That’s the problem …
Let’s look at the pictures again before taking action.
Savage does not think that Syria launched sarin gas. It looked like a chlorine agent to him.
I pray to God he understands we’re fighting the same war — a war for truth.
Roger Stone hosted a segment of the Alex Jones Show on Wednesday, April 12. He opened with a discussion of the continuing intrigue regarding H R McMaster, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
I think he [Bannon] is being held responsible for the failures of policies of healthcare, and I can report that Ivanka Trump really has been the lead in launching his [Bannon’s] replacement.
I don’t think the outlook is good for Steve, but my sources also tell me that he did not stand up against the strike, that he was neutral on the question of the strike against Syria.
As the leading non-interventionist voice in this administration, that would, of course, be disappointing.
I do think that there is a dynamic for change within the White House staff, despite the official denials.
Wednesday was also the day that Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, said at a press briefing that Hitler never used chemicals against his own people. He later walked back the statement four times. It was a surprising blunder by a man who has taken questions from the press with aplomb. Stone said:
In this case, I’m going to stand up for Sean Spicer, of whom I’ve been most critical, because I think he merely made an honest mistake. He should now come back and say that his reading of history was incorrect regarding the Third Reich’s use of chemicals on their own people, or on any peoples. It is horrific, regardless. And [then] move on.
He is being unfairly targeted and ostracised because he is the spokesman for President Donald J Trump.
He then discussed Syria:
We are also, I think, interested to see that Donald Trump’s moves in Syria — the limited and very surgical airstrikes — which, I think, turn out to be, in the end, more symbolic than determinative in terms of what happens on the ground in Syria.
There are indications that, despite the very best efforts of Generals Mattis and McMaster to push President Trump into being George W Bush and expanding the war in Syria with 150,000 troops, Trump, to his credit, whose instincts are always good, is resisting that narrative and falling back to his campaign position of not seeking foreign wars based on the need for regime change.
The positives of the [action] in Syria are pretty clear.
China is now openly urging the North Koreans to behave and saying that, if they don’t, the Chinese may nuke their nuclear — I should say ‘bomb’ — plant.
The Russians giving indications that they might be willing to reconsider their support for Assad, as long as we are committed to the destruction of … ISIS terrorism in the country, these are all manifestations of the diplomatic move, or the — I should say — geopolitical move, of the assault on the airbase in Syria.
At the same time, I don’t think that you have a circle of advisers around the president reminding him of his campaign pledges, and making the case for non-intervention.
But the case is being made by many rank-and-file Trump supporters who are bombarding social media and the White House with negative reaction to the limited incursion into Syria and letting the president know that they remember his pledge not to go off to future foreign wars.
That is having an effect, not in the sense that his advisers are affecting him — McMaster, Mattis, certainly the first son-in-law — but I think Trump is reinforced in a correct view that we should not expand our engagement into Syria, and — as I told Politico yesterday — in my opinion, doing so, would be the functional end of Trumpism.
The president seems to be going in the right direction here. I think he has a diplomatic success on his hands. It remains to be seen whether it is a military success, whether it affects the bottom line of what happens in Syria. But he seems to be making a number of signals that he is moving against a wider war.
That day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Syria and Assad were a major topic of conversation.
The next day, April 13, the US launched a highly-targeted MOAB in Afghanistan, killing 96 extremists in an ISIS-K stronghold in Nangarhar province.
On April 14, North Korea pledged to launch a missile on Saturday, April 15. On April 16, The Telegraph reported that the US might have caused the launch to fail via a cyber attack. Vice President Mike Pence had just arrived in Seoul at the time. He is holding talks with the South Korean government regarding their northern neighbour.
Alex Jones and Roger Stone spoke on Saturday. Jones asked about the ongoing intrigue in the White House.
Stone said (starting at 1:45):
Donald Trump is no man’s puppet. He works only for the American people … When Donald Trump has all the information, he invariably makes the right decision. And this is what he is doing here. He elected to do a limited strike. His advisers saw an immediate opening for a full Vietnam-style ground war …
The bad news for them was that so many libertarians, so many non-interventionists, so many patriots, so many Trump supporters expressed their opposition or their concern, both publicly and privately, that Trump had to correct the focus, over the objections of Mattis, over the objections of McMaster … He has elected not to expand the war …
All he’s doing is prioritising, getting the nukes out of the hands of the maniac in North Korea and getting China’s help to do that, which appears to be happening. [This] is a higher priority for the president right now.
He added that China was turning away North Korean coal.
With regard to Afghanistan, Stone reminded listeners that, during his campaign, Trump pledged to defeat ISIS.
Stone said that Trump’s only failure so far has been healthcare, but that Trump did not get the right information. Stone says that John Boehner, former Speaker of the House who is now a lobbyist for Big Pharma, wrote the bill that failed to see a vote. Stone added that Reince Priebus pushed the bill onto Trump, calling it ‘our bill’. Stone doesn’t think that Trump knew Boehner was behind the bill. Afterwards, Trump met with Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to discuss his (Paul’s) proposal. That’s far from ideal, but at least healthcare is still in the mix, and a better plan can come from Paul’s starting point:
Donald Trump never loses when he is temporarily defeated. He only loses when he stops fighting.
As for the White House infighting (approx. 9 mins in):
Inside the White House, they have essentially what is referred to as the Gang of Three. That really is comprised of Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus and Dina (Habib) Powell, former Bush operative who spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative a couple of years ago …
They have failed spectacularly when it comes to getting Trump off his agenda. You see, they would like him to be more mainstream, more establishment. They want him to be popular when he goes to Malibu or the Upper West Side. But, I don’t think Donald Trump cares how he is perceived in those places …
Steve Bannon, who I continue to think is a good man, has been increasingly surrounded, and there are two possibilities. He could survive but be neutered by sitting in an office with a phone and a desk but no authority. Or he could choose to leave … I don’t think he’ll be fired, but when the president of the United States and even the New York Post say he doesn’t know who you are, that’s a pretty clear indication that your power is on the wane.
It really is tragic, Alex, that Steve made no effort to bring other Trumpites into the circle, to have allies take on the neo-cons internally.
Finally, strangely enough, Stone has been appearing on cable news channels, such as CNN and MSNBC, which formerly banned him, to discuss the ongoing accusations about collusion with Russia. Jones asked why they were allowing him on again. Stone said (approx. 12 mins in):
Well, I think part of it is that nobody else in this narrative is willing to talk and take them on. I’ve been very clear that I’ll talk about this anywhere and any time … I want the House and Senate to have hearings. I want to be called to those hearings. They don’t have to subpoena me, I’ll show up.
The result is that clips from Stone’s interviews have been used on more mainstream news programmes. Finally.
More news next week, as President Donald Trump nears completion of his first 100 days in office.