Trump begins draining the Swamp

WH Anon, who occasionally comments on 4chan/pol/, said on June 30 that this would be an exciting week, especially Thursday, July 27.

It’s come and gone with some things that WH Anon finds more exciting than the rest of us. However, President Donald Trump is beginning to drain the Swamp, as /pol/ News Forever noted:

Recap of what happened on/around July 27: -Awan arrested -Request for 2nd Special Counsel (investigating Comey/Clinton/Obama) -Priebus out

On Friday, Trump appointed General John Kelly, currently heading the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to be his new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. Trump supporters cheered and /pol/ News Forever said:

The highly illegal leaks to the Media are about to stop completely.

The week began with Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, appearing on three major Sunday news shows. (My week still begins on a Sunday, incidentally.)

To recap, Sean Spicer stood down as press secretary on Friday, July 21, although he will remain employed by the White House through August. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Huckabee‘s daughter, was made the new permanent press secretary. Scaramucci spoke at the press briefing that day, and said they were ‘committed as true professionals’ to support the president.

On Sunday, July 23, he appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show, where he stated his message to White House communications staff:

If you don’t stop the leaks, I will stop you.

Scaramucci also appeared on CBS with John Dickerson. I used to watch his mother Nancy Dickerson reporting from Washington when I was growing up.

I read the transcript of the interview Scaramucci gave to Fox News’s Chris Wallace, whose father was the late, great Mike Wallace of CBS news, notably 60 Minutes.

Excerpts follow:

… we’ve got to get the leaks stopped, Chris. I know that it’s Washington, so it’s going to be impossible to stop all of them, but I think what’s going on right now is a high level of unprofessionalism and it’s not serving the president …

If we don’t get the leaks stopped — I am a businessperson and so, I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks …

I’ll be traveling with the president this week and we’re going to focus and refine the messaging from the White House. He’s one of the most effective communicators that’s never been born and we’re going to make sure that we get that message out directly to the American people and I think that albatross spread, the gap between how certain people think of him and how I see him — or say like someone like Ivanka sees him, that will start to narrow soon …

I’m being very, very clear with people. As far as I’m concerned that staff has amnesty. We’ll see how they do with me at the helm. If the leaks don’t stop, I’m going to pare down the staff because it’s just not right, Chris …

I’m just focused on the communications team. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a new start for everybody in that team and everybody in that team can stay as long as they follow the protocol of not leaking …

Again, it’s more specific to specific stories for that matter. And so, it’s not necessary to call anybody out by name. I’m hoping to create an era of a new good feeling with the media, give everybody a fresh start, let’s see if we can reset this and create a more positive mojo among everybody …

On Monday, he boarded Air Force One for the first time:

It will never get old. I am humbled and blessed to be here.

He also announced that press briefings would be televised once again. He took action against a Daily Beast reporter who made an insulting comment about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, urging him to apologise, which he did. The day went well.

On Tuesday, White House press aide Michael Short discovered from the media he had been sacked. Poor chap. Imagine how awful that must have been. The Hill reported:

Conflicting reports emerged Tuesday over whether a White House press aide had been fired, with the staffer himself saying that no one had informed him he had lost his position.

“No one has told me anything, and the entire premise is false,” senior assistant press secretary Michael Short told CNN …

But speaking to reporters later on the White House grounds, Scaramucci refused to say whether he fired Short, calling it “an unfair thing for me to comment on.”

Then, Scaramucci got high-handed (emphases mine):

“This is the problem with the leaking,” he said. “This is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.”

He added:

“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it,” Scaramucci said, adding that he “a thousand percent” has the authority from President Trump to do so.

The article went on to say:

Reports of the firing stirred speculation about a purge of White House staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer.

Short worked closely with both men at the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Some people close to the White House say such a move is intended to lay down a marker.

So, who leaked the news about Short’s sacking? The Free Beacon points us to Politico — and to Scaramucci himself. From Politico:

Scaramucci confirmed to POLITICO early Tuesday that he planned to start by dismissing assistant press secretary Michael Short at a morning meeting, but that move was apparently delayed.

Short, who initially said Tuesday that he hadn’t yet been informed of any decision, resigned Tuesday afternoon.

So, Scaramucci is already lying — and ‘as a Roman Catholic’.

Short told Politico that he was only on secondment to the White House from the Republican National Committee, so he’ll return to the RNC.

On Wednesday evening, Scaramucci went wild. He rang up a reporter for The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza:

On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me.

“Who leaked that to you?” he asked … “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

Whoa! As a Roman Catholic on Tuesday and an American patriot on Wednesday.

The good Roman Catholic patriot went on to say (all spelled out in the article, edited here):

Reince is a f-cking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f-cking thing and see if I can c-ck-block these people the way I c-ck-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)

Priebus did not want Scaramucci in the White House. He was Trump’s first pick for communications director months ago.

Scaramucci was also incensed that someone — Priebus, in his mind — leaked his financial disclosure form, even though a reporter said it was in the public domain:

Scaramucci didn’t know this at the time, and he insisted to me that Priebus had leaked the document, and that the act was “a felony.”

“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” he told me.

“Are you serious?” I asked.

There was more:

Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c-ck,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f-cking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

But Reince was the guy preoccupying him:

Scaramucci said he had to get going. “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some sh-t to make this guy crazy.”

After the interview:

Minutes later, he tweeted, “In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.” With the addition of Priebus’s Twitter handle, he was making public what he had just told me: that he believed Priebus was leaking information about him. The tweet quickly went viral.

Axios was quick to post an article. Scaramucci tweeted:

Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks.

Back now to The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza:

A few hours later, I appeared on CNN to discuss the overnight drama. As I was talking about Scaramucci, he called into the show himself and referenced our conversation. He changed his story about Priebus. Instead of saying that he was trying to expose Priebus as a leaker, he said that the reason he mentioned Priebus in his deleted tweet was because he wanted to work together with Priebus to discover the leakers.

CNN had a difficult time presenting the effing and blinding, but they showed an edited quote.

The Gateway Pundit has more and reminds us of what Scaramucci said the previous Friday:

To make things more interesting, you will recall Scaramucci recently said he and Reince are like “brothers” as in they fight like brothers …

I found the whole thing — especially the accusations and the language — appalling. So did Boston talk show radio host Howie Carr, who said that it would not go down well in New England. Yet, other Trump supporters thought it was great. Unfortunately, so did President Trump.

On Thursday, July 27, Scaramucci tweeted that he sometimes uses ‘colorful language’. He also tweeted:

I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.

That day, the Gateway Pundit reported that Scaramucci had a diagram — yes, a diagram — of Priebus’s leaks and that he was going to show them to President Trump on Friday.

Priebus, along with a few of his colleagues, spent Friday in President Trump’s company in New York, more about which below.

The Daily Caller has a report of Priebus’s final moments as chief of staff that day:

Air Force One landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at 4:42 pm. Priebus deplaned and stepped into a Suburban with White House aides Steven Miller and Dan Scavino. The trio sat in the car for several minutes. Miller and Scavino stepped out of the vehicle several minutes later, leaving Priebus alone in the Suburban.

Moments later, news of his departure broke to reporters traveling with the president …

The Suburban pulled out of the president’s motorcade and departed the base with an escort vehicle at 4:58 pm, 16 minutes after Priebus first deplaned.

The president did not step off the plane until 5:01 pm. His motorcade departed for the White House moments later.

A Yahoo reporter tweeted later in the day:

I asked Reince if he’d known he was out before Trump tweeted. “Yeah we talked. I resigned privately yesterday,” Reince said.

On Saturday, the Washington Examiner covered news from the New York Post: Mrs Scaramucci — Deidre Ball — has filed for divorce. The couple have been married for three years and have two children:

“Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce,” a source told Page Six. “She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C. She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.”

Trump, meanwhile, is feeling more heat from his opponents. I wrote on Friday that the Deep State is considering a coup and that a congressman told an Evangelical pastor close to Trump that a bi-partisan group on Capitol Hill wants to ‘immobilise’ him.

Al Gore appeared on a late night American talk show to say:

I think the next few months may be a little challenging for our country and we best gird ourselves for it – this thing is not going well.

They are not the only one who want Trump out. Predictably, Michael Moore does, too. He appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show calling for an ‘army of citizens’ to ‘swarm’ Washington DC and remove him from office. He added:

I will say this: I refuse to live in a country where Donald Trump is president and I’m not leaving. So something’s got to change.

What a selfish son of a basket. Why can’t he be arrested? Why can’t they all be arrested?

The House, including intransigent Republicans such as John McCain (R-Arizona), refused to pass a ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare. One Republican blamed Trump, saying he ‘never laid out a plan’, which elicited this tweet:

7 years. House Republicans claimed to have a plan for 7 years, and they’re blaming the guy who’s been on the job for 6 months. Total losers.

John McCain successfully ran for re-election by pledging to stop Obamacare. Now he’s voted against a partial repeal.

In other news, an actress who plays a hateful Hispanic prisoner in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, cried on CNN about her parents and brother’s deportation to Colombia. Hmm. ‘Poetic justice’ is right.

On Friday, Trump went to Long Island to speak to law enforcement officers there. His remarks to them about purging MS-13 from the United States were well received. MS-13 prefer torture (e.g. beheading and dismemberment) to guns, because bullets work too quickly. They enjoy watching their victims suffer. I wrote about them at length earlier this year. Talk about bad hombres.

While MS-13 are ravaging parts of Long Island, social justice warriors complained of racism and police brutality. Trump had told the officers that they are no longer required to put a hand on the suspect’s head when putting them in a police vehicle. MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough responded:

I hope every law enforcement organization has the good sense to immediately condemn the president encouraging the abuse of those arrested.

These people ought to be made to live in the neighbourhoods that MS-13 are terrorising. They would soon wake up!

I was hoping to write more about John Sessions, however, a lot of that would still fall within the realm of speculation, so that can wait for another day.

3 comments for “Trump begins draining the Swamp

  1. Voice of Reason
    July 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    One problem is that Scaramucci is in the process of selling his hedge fund to a Chinese company, which is soon going to be a huge conflict of interest in the WH: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/21/scaramucci-taking-white-house-job-before-hedge-fund-sale-is-final.html

    • July 31, 2017 at 1:53 am

      Scaramucci is certainly flawed but he got a result. He’ll be judged on how many more results he gets. Trump works on business principles – is the employee getting the results he’s employed to? Yes? He stays for now, is even praised. No? He goes.

  2. July 31, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Scaramucci is out, today, Monday, July 31:

    http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/anthony-scaramucci-removed-from-white-house-communications-post-11364200214947

    ‘Mr Scaramucci was removed from his post because the president felt his recent remarks to The New Yorker were “inappropriate”, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    ‘She made clear that Mr Scaramucci will not have a position in the administration.’

    Good news!

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