What did Trump KNOW and When Did he know it?…Open Thread for Feb. 14, 2017…

Why did the head of The National Security Council go on for three weeks  in office after making phone call’s with Russian’s BEFORE Donald Trump actually was sworn in?

Why didn’t the people in the White House?…..and The President?….Act after being told by the Department of Justice that Flynn did talk to the Russians  about a possible deal on sanctions?

Why was the Vice President deceived?

Was Mike Flynn acting on his own?

Or was he just the messenger for others in Trump & Co.?

There are things that ARE going on in the background that seems unsettling ….(And why do we have a President at odds with his Intelligence Community?)

And more than ANYTHING?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE RUSSIANS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HARD UP TO GET TIGHT WITH?

How long can Donald Trump last in office ?

Note….

David Petraeus CAN be given the job if Trump pardons him and is will to take the heat in the media over his past indescreations…

But there are other names in the mix….

Above ALL?

This is puts Defense Sec Mattis as the top National Sec guy in the room…..

My Name Is jack
Guest

Joe Scarborough is tweeting that Republicans on the Hill were “panicked “by that bizzare performance by Trump at his press conference today.

Still, he’s their boy.Ill stick with the same call I’ve had from the beginning…

Congressional Republicans will support Trump,at least outwardly,until his numbers among Republicans begin to precipitately decline.

Really, they have no choice.

Keith
Guest

He looked like he was melting, and I really think the press needs to give Hillary rebuttal time he attacked her so often.

My Name Is jack
Guest

I like where that reporter nailed Trump on his continuous lying about his electoral vote victory being the greatest since Reagan in 1984.

Trump basically said he was simply”told” that.

Yet he consistently labels factual information given by the news media as fake news.

scott p
Guest

That press conference was quite the shit show.

Keith
Guest

Jack is spot on.

CG
Guest

I would phrase it more than I find him a danger to America and the world. I care about the Republican Party, but I care about the country more.

So what if I agree with him on repealing Obamacare and that the Iran Deal was horrible? I am not even sure he believes those things. I can have a complex mindset on the entire situation.

My Name Is jack
Guest
Actually though CG, you agree with Trump on a great deal policy wise as much of his program is standard Republican fare . Your problem is more with him and his entourage personally and your general feeling that his buffoonish behavior and lackadaisical attitude toward governing could damage the Republican brand going forward . While, at present,you may not regard yourself as a Republican,you are still concerned for that party’s future and desire someday to return to the fold, based on your statements since your… Read more »
CG
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should have said “concerns involving Russia.”

CG
Guest
I do not find anything wrong with what Mattis said specifically today. Other Defense Secretaries have said the same before. However, during the campaign and transition, Trump has made some very concerning comments about NATO which seem to indicate that he is more than willing to walk away from it. So, I do not know what the end-result is if these countries do not pay more. NATO is a necessity, especially with all these concerns regarding NATO. Mattis has strongly indicated support for NATO on… Read more »
scott p
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I agree Jack. Generals Mattis and Kelley are strong cabinet picks and ones I could see a rational conservative like Jeb, Romney, or Kasich appointing to the same roles.

My Name Is jack
Guest

I have finally found something I agree with the Trump Administration on….

Defense Secretary James Mattis has served notice on NATO members of the necessity for them to commit to increase their share of the financial needs of the alliance.

Only Great Britain,Greece,Poland and Estonia are currently committing the same percent of their GDP to NATO funding as the U.S. Does.

This is a thoroughly reasonable request.

CG
Guest

That reminds me of the email thing, where her supporters were saying Hillary did nothing wrong but applauded her for apologizing.

bdog
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@CG…I agree SNL will be interesting…unfortunately they don’t have another new show scheduled until March 3…too long of a wait…

bdog
Guest

Nice to see all the rapid fire action…I am still loving all the hate on the Clintons…

But unfortunately, the real issue now is Mike Pence…once he takes office…then he becomes the stool pigeon of the conservative right in the congress…that’s why he is there after all..to take over after Trump leaves or get’s the boot

Manila Calling!
Guest

Conway?

She’s my girlfriend.

You all better watch out!

I might have to hire Chris Crocker to champion her.

Democratic Socialist Dave
Guest
(1) Kellyanne Conway is yet another example (from both parties) of a brilliant campaign strategist who just wasn’t suited (by knowledge or temperament) to regular, day-to-day government. (2) One of Trump’s best nominees so far is ex-Rep. Heather Wilson (R – NM) for Secretary of the Air Force. One of the Air Force Academy’s first female graduates and one of the earliest female Rhodes Scholars, Rep. Wilson, as a former professional officer and author of a book on international law, joined Sens. Jack Reed (D… Read more »
CG
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If Kellyanne Conway is fired tonight, she can claim to be a victim of the underreported Valentines Day Massacre.

CG
Guest

If she truly does not know how that Tweet got sent out from her account, she needs to go to the FBI *immediately.* That’s a matter of national security danger if unknown sources are putting out statements on behalf of a senior government official.

Don’t hold your breath.

CG
Guest

Conway should have just said, “Spicer stole my phone. He’s trying to get me fired.”

That would have been more believable.

CG
Guest

Update: Kellyanne Conway is now saying she doesn’t know who re-Tweeted the white nationalist and gave them heart emojis today from her account. Maybe she was hacked!

Yet, she and Trump himself, are apparently going to continue to use their unsecure personal devices from inside the White House to Tweet.

CG
Guest

I’ve been “back” for two days now and haven’t even addressed the obvious number one development in the world…

I’m sure scott knows what I mean.

scott p
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Trump was the natural conclusion of elevati ng people like Rush Limbaugh to hero status in the GOP.

CG
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I didn’t say Democrats “started” it but since Trump was an active and valued Democrat donor for so long, maybe they kind of did. Bill Clinton called him and asked him to get involved in the GOP.

It was a local NH GOP guy who first invited him to visit and give the Presidency some consideration back in 1987, so let’s blame him too.

Keith
Guest

I am still stuck on the Democrats started this. Yes, we see why James has invited our friend back.

CG
Guest
I would say that some of the people he nominated, such as the Commerce Secretary are very liberal. He has this Peter Navarro guy in some Economic post and he is a perennial Democrat candidate who parrots Trump’s lines about trade and globalism, etc. And he picked a lot of good people for the Cabinet too. Some are genuine conservatives and some are non-political military types. Others, such as Mnuchin definitely have long standing ties to Democrats, and I do not know if he counts… Read more »
scott p
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Why are you surprised Trump nominated a conservative?
He didn’t nominate a single liberal or even anyone very moderate for his cabinet.
Other than not going Full Pence (yet) on LGBT issues he’s a right wing wet dream.

CG
Guest
Merrick Garland should have been given a vote had Hillary won, but they probably would have replaced him by then for someone more liberal. I think it was all politics. And I am the one who thought Trump had no chance and Republicans ought to call their bluff and try to move forward with Garland. Let’s be honest. If the roles were reversed, there is no way the Democrats would have allowed a vote for a lame duck Republican nominee, during an election year, if… Read more »
My Name Is jack
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Still fixated on the Clintons eh?

So the Democrats started all this and the Republicans just finished it eh?

The James like “logic” is on full display today!

scott p
Guest

Wait, so the Clintons invented lying?

That’s news to Tricky Dick!

My Name Is jack
Guest

Yes,I agree.

scott p
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Merrick Garland should have been given a vote. That he wasn’t allowed one was a grave injustice by Turtle man himself.

That being said the past is the past and Gorsuch deserves an up or down vote.

CG
Guest
As I said, plenty of blame to go around. Let’s look at the way the Clintons lied and dissembled all those years and how the skill of spin was valued over truth. All the talk about how character didn’t really matter, it was only what people felt about the economy that mattered (…”stupid”) They eventually ran into a guy who could do it better and more brazenly and with less shame than them. Deviancy had been defined down to such a standard that enough people… Read more »
My Name Is jack
Guest

I have always taken the position that every nominee submitted by a President has the right to an up or down vote on his/her nomination.

My Name Is jack
Guest

So th e Democrats are really to “blame” for Trump.

In other words we Republicans are so damn DUMB and VINDICTIVE that we will STILL support this “madman” just because the Democrats oppose him.

That makes sense.Very James like in the “logic.”

scott p
Guest

If Republicans are standing with the borderline treasonous Trump to spite Madonna then they stupid as they come.

CG
Guest
Democrats trying to reflexively fight Gorsuch is probably the most substantive example I could offer. The very fact that Trump named a conservative to the Court is for many conservatives or Republicans perhaps the one single thing that has kept them from abandoning Trump. For many, it was the only reason they voted for him. Democrats should pick their battles wisely. He will be replacing Scalia after all. And had Hillary won, (as I expected she would), and Republicans were trying to keep the seat… Read more »
CG
Guest

By the same token, if the left was not responding in such an unhinged fashion to many things, (Madonnna talking about blowing up the White House, physically accosting Betsy DeVos, hoping for California to secede from the Union, etc. etc.) many Republicans would not feel the need to stay in their corner as a counter and have to defend the indefensible.

So much blame to go around.

Keith
Guest

Yes Jack, and attempts to white wash the GOP’s culpability in Trump’s actions notwithstanding, the party will stand behind him.

Their main concern is power and always has been. They will only turn on him when that power is threatened.

My Name Is jack
Guest

As little as Trump maintains the OVERWHELMING support among Republicans he now has?

The Republicans in Congress will do NOTHNG but

Talk.

CG
Guest

I’m sorry for filibustering, but how the hell does she still have a job right now.. in the White House?

She sees a Tweet praising her that has all sorts of illusions to white nationalists and white identity and Pepe the Frog in the profile and bio and she puts it on her account with heart emojis.

(if she isn’t off premises on her lunch break or something, this is worse for the taxpayers than what Keith used to do on Politics1.)

Manila Calling!
Guest

Liar, liar, pants on fire?

Flynn lost Trump’s trust so good bye.

Conway will not be fired over defending Ivanka’s clothing line (did it include pantsuits?)

In fact, I compliment her loyalty.

CG
Guest

She has now removed the Re-Tweet from the White Nationalist, which she had replied to with heart emojis.

I bet that was a fun conversation.

CG
Guest

She is so embattled, she literally just Re-Tweeted a white nationalist who praised her.

CG
Guest

This is two days in a row where Conway and Spicer have given absolutely contradictory statements about the same matter.

Spicer seems to care more about making sure Trump doesn’t sack him. Conway is seeming to look out more for herself or with the feeling she is indispensable.

SNL will be interesting.

CG
Guest

Trump has one week to go to surpass William Henry Harrison.

I doubt Congress will move *that* fast, but definitely some interesting things being said today by various Republicans in Congress. I think they are keeping their options open, at least on a long-term basis. They would probably love nothing more than to find something that leads all the way to the top and gives them their “excuse.” This intrigue is pretty fascinating from a pure theater perspective. It’s just scary this is real life.

CG
Guest

“The word ‘treason’ is being spoken by some Democrats….”

Hell, I was saying it last July.