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Is Donald Trump afraid of Black people?

Someone who has written about Donald Trump thinks so…..

Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind President Trump’s bestselling 1987 book “The Art of the Deal”, says the president’s recent attacks of LaVar Ball stem from Trump being “half awed and half frightened by black people.”

Trump and Ball have gone back and forth through the media since Ball’s son, LiAngelo Ball, and two other UCLA players were released from China after being detained for shoplifting earlier this month.

Asked Wednesday by CNN’s John Berman whether Trump’s attack was down to “what LaVar Ball said or, as some are alleging, how he looks,” Schwartz responded: “Both.”

“So first of all, his father [LaVar Ball] is a tall black man and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by black people and his only way of dealing with them is to attack them.”

“On the other hand, I think he has a zero tolerance for any criticism of any kind, that’s why he goes after anybody who says virtually anything about him that’s negative,” he added.

Michael D’Antonio, the biographer who wrote “The Truth About Trump,” agreed.

“I think what Tony said was correct, that there are these dual motivations on his part,” he said. “On the one hand it is racial, on the other hand he has very thin skin.”…

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Trump and Congressional Leaders to meet on NOT having a government shut down….

Can these people actually get their act straight?….

President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders will meet next week to try to hammer out a year-end agreement to avert a government shutdown, according to multiple sources, as Capitol Hill careens toward a legislative pile-up next month.

The so-called Big Four — Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — haven’t even agreed on total government spending levels that would allow appropriators to write a massive funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year.

That means a short-term funding extension to keep the government operating beyond a Dec. 8 deadline is all but inevitable.

Congressional leaders would likely need to reach an agreement on the top-line figures by early next week for there to be any chance of finishing an omnibus spending bill in December.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to congressional sources and a White House official. White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters later said in a statement, “The President will be meeting with congressional leaders next week to discuss end-of-year legislative issues.”

In addition to having to move a must-pass bill to fund the government, Republicans hope to pass a sweeping rewrite of the tax code by Christmas.

Further complicating matters is the ongoing dispute over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era initiative that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation….

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Why other countries and our spys worry about the American President ….

Vanity Fair give’s the reason….

Donald J. Trump….

The President of the Unted States IS a security risk…

The piece linked below goes into why and nother foreign country passed on information to America’s Intelligence community…That information was reported to the American President….The American President then went on and passed the informationon to the Russians…He did so at a meeting CLOSED to American media , but open to Russian media….

The reaction in the country that obtained the information was astonishment…That country now must make sure (and American Spys agencies) that information reported to the American President is sanitized….

The source for the information?

The other country doesn’t say…..

So there is the new president, shaky as any bounder might be in the complicated world of international politics, sitting down to a head-to-head with a pair of experienced Russians. How can he impress them? Get them to appreciate that he’s not some lightweight, but rather a genuine player on the world stage?

There’s also the school of thought that the episode is another unfortunate example of Trump’s impressionable worldview being routinely shaped by the last thing he’s heard, be it that morning’s broadcast of Fox & Friends or an intelligence briefing in the Oval Office. As advocates of this theory point out, the president was likely told that one of the issues still on his guests’ minds would be the terrorist explosion back in October 2015 that brought down a Russian passenger plane flying above Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. With that seed planted in the president’s undisciplined mind, it’s a short leap for him to be off and running to the Russians about what he knew about an ISIS scheme to target passenger aircraft.

Yet there is also a more sinister way to connect all the dots. There are some petulant voices in official Washington who insist that the president’s treachery was deliberate, part of his longtime collaboration with the Russians. It is a true believer’s orthodoxy, one which predicts that the meeting will wind up being one more damning count in an indictment that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, will ultimately nail to the White House door.

But, for now, to bolster their still very circumstantial case, they point to a curiosity surrounding the meeting in the Oval Office—U.S. journalists were kept out. And, no less an oddity, the Russian press was allowed in. It was the photographer from TASS, the state-run Russian news agency, who snapped the only shots that documented the occasion for posterity. Or, for that matter, for the grand jury.

But ultimately it is the actions of men, not their motives, that propel history forward. And the president’s reckless disclosure continues to wreak havoc….

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Warning…Tax cuts for the Middle Class expire a few years in the proposed tax cut bill…

The cuts for the rich and corporations mostly do not….

If there is just 3 GOP Senators against the tax bill ?

It’s a goner…

Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of millions of Americans.

More than 80 percent of the tax breaks set to go away would be taken from households. The perks for corporations are generally permanent, including the biggest single benefit in the bill: a permanent reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

Democrats have accused the GOP of offering only illusory benefits for families, but White House and Republican leaders in recent days have repeatedly insisted that lawmakers in future sessions of Congress would extend the cuts or make them permanent. Future lawmakers, they argue, would be unwilling to let large-scale tax increases targeting the middle class take effect.

“We have a lot of confidence that Congress will do the right thing,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News. “And, again, the priority for the moment is middle-income tax cuts.”

But in Congress’s current polarized state, no congressional action can be guaranteed, even if both parties agree on its merits. And if Congress were to let the cuts expire, the total bills aimed at individuals would be massive.

The issue, since it came to light a week ago, is causing consternation with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who thinks the party has designed the bill to get around Senate rules but in a way that could add much more to nation’s debt in the future.

Because of these concerns, Flake told Fox News Radio on Wednesday that he is undecided on whether he will support the bill….

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Mike Flynn lawyer’s stop talking to Trump’s….

Mike Flynn has awfully quiet in the last few months….

It is pretty common knowledge that Flynn and possibley his son will be indicted by a Mueller Grand Jury ….

So with the knowledge that the lawyers have severed their communications one could infur that Flynn has been/ or is working on cooperating with the Special Cousel (Prosecutor ) office….

It appears that Mueller office is starting form the bottom and moving up the ladder of the Trump campaign….

They are having Q & A’s with Trump campaign staff and White House staff over the next few weeks and they seem to have a good idea about what has happened durin the campaign and in the beginning of the Trump Admin….

And from media reports?

A LOT was’s on the up and up….

A deal with Mr. Flynn would give Mr. Mueller a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump campaign and the early tumultuous weeks of the administration. Mr. Flynn was an early and important adviser to Mr. Trump, an architect of Mr. Trump’s populist “America first” platform and an advocate of closer ties with Russia.

His ties to Russia predated the campaign — he sat with President Vladimir V. Putin at a 2015 event in Moscow — and he was a point person on the transition team for dealing with Russia.

Among the interactions that Mr. Mueller is investigating is a private meeting that Mr. Flynn had with the Russian ambassador and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, during the presidential transition. In the past year, it has been revealed that the Trump campaign repeatedly tried to meet with Russian officials who were promising compromising information on Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Flynn is regarded as loyal to Mr. Trump, but he has in recent weeks expressed serious concerns to friends that prosecutors will bring charges against his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who served as his father’s chief of staff and was a part of several financial deals involving the elder Mr. Flynn that Mr. Mueller is scrutinizing….

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A LOT of people who went along with Trump’s distain for how the rules work in government probably wish they had not followed his lead…

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Trump Organization To Walk Away From SoHo Property…

Shaddy dealings…..

Another project with the Trump name on it that has turned to shit….

The Trump Organization on Wednesday announced that it has reached a buyout deal to end its management and license agreement regarding its Trump SoHo hotel and apartment building.

The New York Times first reported that the Trump Organization, the President’s former business handed over to his sons to manage while he’s in office, has reached a deal to walk away from the Manhattan property by the end of the year, a little more than a month away.

The Trump Organization said in a release that it has reached an agreement for “the buyout of the remaining term of the management and license agreement of the Trump SoHo Hotel,” which is “anticipated to take place by year-end.”

The project was troubled from the beginning. The SoHo development was also the subject of complaints from private investors who accused the Bayrock Group, a frequent Trump partner, of failing to disclose fraud convictions of two Bayrock partners. The New York Times reported that the development also took “financing from questionable sources in Russia and Kazakhstan.”

Buyers in the development were angry that the Trumps allegedly inflated claims of the project’s success, and the Trump Organization ultimately settled a civil suit in 2011, admitting no wrongdoing and agreeing to refund much of buyers’ deposits.

ProPublica, WNYC and The New Yorker reported in October that the Manhattan district attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau had opened an investigation into Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s eldest children, in 2010….

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Federal court overturns Texas ban on abortion procedure…

The battle to curtail abortions on the state level in Americxa has contiunes way after the US Supreme Court ruled that the procedure must be availabe to women…

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned Texas’ ban of a common second trimester abortion procedure, setting back the state’s latest effort to limit abortion.

U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that the ban on “dilation and evacuation” abortions, approved by the Texas Legislature in May, would force women seeking second trimester abortions to resort to riskier, invasive alternatives.

The Texas ban, part of a sweeping abortion law known as Senate Bill 8, “intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner,” wrote Yeakel, a George W. Bush appointee, in his decision.

The ruling comes a year after the Supreme Court struck down a set of previous abortion restrictions in Texas and a decade after the Supreme Court upheld a ban on so-called partial birth abortions, another second trimester procedure. In his opinion, Yeakel pointed out the Supreme Court cited the availability of “D&E” abortions as evidence the partial birth restriction would not place an undue burden on women seeking the procedure.

Texas said it will appeal the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has typically upheld the state’s previous attempts to restrict abortion. The ruling was issued on the same day an injunction blocking the law was set to expire….

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Meanwhile in Kentucky?

There is one last abortion clinic….

Kentucky is down to only one clinic that performs abortions: the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. A trial kicking off Wednesday morning in federal court in Louisville will decide whether Kentucky will become the only state without a single such clinic.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried to shut down the EMW center earlier this year after his administration told the clinic that it was failing to meet state health regulations requiring clinics that provide abortions to have transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services in case of medical emergencies.

Bevin’s administration notified the clinic in March that its agreement had been deemed insufficient. In response, lawyers for the EMW center filed a federal lawsuitclaiming the administration’s complaint had come “out of the blue.” The clinic at one point came within days of closing, but the administration and clinic later reached an agreement allowing it to stay open while litigation is underway.

The center has been the site of several recent protests by anti-abortion-rights groups seeing the potential for both a real and symbolic victory for their cause….

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U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex) apologizes for graphic online photo…

Since peopel here at the Pdog were taking about this….

He’s the story…

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” he said. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

It is still unclear how the photo got onto social media, who put it there, or whether its posting would constitute revenge porn, which is illegal under Texas law.

Barton, who announced his re-election bid earlier this month, is navigating in a political environment charged with emerging stories of sexual misbehavior in politics, in business and in the media. The photo, which appeared on an anonymous Twitter account, set off speculation within Texas GOP circles about his political future….

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AG Sessions asks for a review of the national crime background check system…

The Attorney General isn’t happy with the fact that certain information is NOT being reported into the system….

Sessions is aware that in the case of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas had the background check info NOT be reported into the NCIS data banks which law enforcement uses for checks…

Sessions is talking about the Defense Dept. specifically on this…

This review comes just a little over two weeks after the mass shooting of church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and others injured.
The shooter had a conviction for domestic abuse, but the US Air Force failed to properly convey that information to federal law enforcement authorities, enabling him to purchase a military-style rifle.
In a memorandum to the heads of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the attorney general specifically directs federal law enforcement agencies to work with the Defense Department to “identify and resolve any issues with the military’s reporting of convictions,” and “identify any additional measures that should be taken to prevent firearms being obtained by prohibited persons,” and report back to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in 60 days.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also taken note of problems with how information is relayed for background checks, as bi-partisan group of senators announced a bill last week to help ensure states and federal authorities upload all required information to the federal database….
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Trump and Kelley ARE quietly closing the door on illegal/legal immigration to America…Open Thread for 11/22/17

Donald Trump kept talking about a Border Wall…Republicans kept talking about the big increases in Immigration Police….

Both things are still on hold in Congress….

But quietly ?

Beginning with John Kelley as Homeland Security head and now as the President’s chief of staff….We see how immigration policy is the domain of the American President…Not Congressional lawmakers….

From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama America has had a tolerance and look the other way regarding illegal immigration…In fact the movement of the undocumented families has provided economic boosts to this country….

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But that isn’t what Republicans like….

Using the incidents of violence by a few who have recently come to America from Muslim counties and south of the border , the Grand Ole Party has pushed for closing down the border with a possible trillion dollar wall and going back to the days of immigration raids…..

The jawboning by Trump and media attention itself , along with the recent American economic downturn has cut down on undocumented arrivals….

Added to all this is the Trump Admin efforts to limit almost ANY people coming from Muslim countries to America…That efforts is being fought in the courts…There IS a color and religious angle in this and a political one also against Democrats , who make gains with new immigrants that can vote….

Finally?

The Trump Admin is going after those promised to be able stay in this country legally by past American actions….

These efforts are an attempt to lock the doors against something that HAS been America from the days the place was born….

We will have to wait for the next Democratic President to crack the door open for the door to be cracked open….

President Trump’s vision of a “big, beautiful” wall along the Mexican border may never be realized, and almost certainly not as a 2,000-mile physical structure spanning sea to sea.

But in a systematic and less visible way, his administration is following a blueprint to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States those who are undocumented and those here legallyand overhaul the U.S. immigration system for generations to come.

Across agencies and programs, federal officials are wielding executive authority to assemble a bureaucratic wall that could be more effective than any concrete and metal one. While some actions have drawn widespread attention, others have been put in place more quietly.

The administration has moved to slash the number of refugees, accelerate deportations and terminate the provisional residency of more than a million people, among other measures. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said nearly 60,000 Haitians allowed to stay in the United States after a devastating 2010 earthquake have until July 2019 to leave or obtain another form of legal status.

“He’s building a virtual wall by his actions and his rhetoric,” said Kevin Appleby, migration policy director for the Center for Migration Studies, a nonprofit think tank….

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No matter how hard they do try?

No one will be able to completely stop people from coming to America…legal or illegal…

THAT is impossible….

America IS growing less white and Republican….

Trump & Co. may slow the movement…

But they cannot stop it…

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Poll…Republicans do NOT want Moore kicked out of the Senate if voters elect him…

Furthermore?

The march of sexual hrrasment and assault stories will NOT stop Republican voters from supporting Republican candidates ….

It is my feeling that if Roy Moore gets elected?

There WILL BE a hard pushback against his accusers and the sexual harrasment issue will go away just like it did with Donald Trump….

Republican voters see being the majority party as their OVERIDING goal no matter what...This has been sentiment about Donald Trump who keeps dropping in approval among ALL Americans , but only slightly among Republicans…

The big new finding from a Quinnipiac University poll is this: About half of Republicans say GOP senators should let Roy Moore serve in the Senate. By a margin of 49 percent to 33 percent, Republicans say the Alabamian, who is accused of sexual misconduct with multiple teenagers, should not be expelled if he wins next month’s special election, as some Senate Republicans have threatened to do.

But that’s hardly the only finding in the poll that suggests the GOP has taken a softer view toward sexual harassment.

The poll also shows sexual harassment isn’t a dealbreaker for Republicans when it comes to President Trump. And it’s not even that they just doubt the accusations against Trump (which has been the case ever since nearly a dozen women came forward at the end of the last election). The poll shows Republicans also oppose trying to remove Trump from office even if it was proved that he sexually harassed the women who have accused him. By a margin of 63 percent to 28 percent, Republicans say Trump should not be impeached even if we know for a fact that he sexually harassed women.

More generally speaking, Republicans are also less likely to say alleged sexual harassment is a dealbreaker when voting for a candidate. The poll asked that if a candidate faced multiple sexual harassment allegations, whether people would “still consider voting for them if you agreed with them on the issues.” A plurality of Republican, 43 percent, say they would, while 41 percent say they definitely would not…..

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Latest Alabama US Senate poll has Moore up by just 2% pts….

The race for the US Senate seat from Alabama IS close….

The margin of error of the survey is plus or minus two percent, meaning Moore and Jones are statistically tied three weeks before the special election.

The new poll suggests allegations against Moore have chipped away at his lead, which was 11% in a November 8th Raycom News Network poll conducted by Strategy Research.

When asked “what do you think about the allegations made against Roy Moore,” 45% believe all or some of the allegations; 34% do not believe the allegations; and 21% believe some or all of the allegations, but say it has not changed their vote.

The allegations, which have catapulted the Alabama race onto the national stage, has deeply divided many voters. Among Republicans, Sen. Richard Shelby has said he will write-in a candidate rather than vote for Moore. Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, has said she has no reason to “disbelieve” Moore’s female accusers, but will vote for Moore to maintain a Republican vote in the U.S. Senate.

Among party lines, nearly half (48%) of Republican voters surveyed do not believe the allegations. Another 24% of Republicans say they believe some or all of the allegations, but it has not changed their vote.

Seventy-four percent of Democrats believe some or all of the allegations….

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The RealClearPolitics average for this race has Jones ahead by +0.8….

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Mueller Trump Admin probe update…Checking on Jared Kushner

Despite Donald Trump’s warning to Special Council Robert Mueller ?

His people ARE investigating the actions of the President’s family….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are looking into White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his contact with foreign leaders, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s team is probing Kushner’s involvement in the controversy surrounding a U.N. resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

Trump, who was president-elect at the time, called for the US to veto the resolution, saying the resolution was “extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

The UN Security Council passed the resolution days later as the US abstained from vetoing it.

The Journal reports that Israeli officials reached out to several top officials involved in Trump’s transition, including Kushner and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and that Mueller’s probe is asking questions about those overtures.

Mueller’s investigators are also looking into Kushner’s role in setting up meetings and communication with foreign leaders during Trump’s transition, according to the Journal.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Kushner turned over documents to Mueller’s team as the special counsel began looking into his role in Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey…

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Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members

…from the Washington Post..

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration’s proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

In his 53-page order, Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”…

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Donna Brazile reveals that she thought the Russians were in EVERYTHING at the DNC….

Which is EXACTLY what the Russians wanted….

America might have won the ‘Cold War’….But the Russian’s are aceing the new cyber wars across the globe…

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“We had so much shit in our entire technology ecosystem that we couldn’t clean it up.  Oh man, those Russians were on us like white on rice.  I mean, they were, Joe, they were destroying data, critical data, Joe. I had a walking list for precinct 89 in Washington, D.C. I know precinct 89, right? And the Russians went in there and corrupted all of our critical data.  All of our critical data.  So, I no longer trusted this damn list that I’ve had for over 20 years of knowing every frequent voter, every Democratic voter.”

— Donna Brazile, in an interview on Sirius XM, on the extent of the Russian hacking of the DNC’s computer systems….

Politicalwire….

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McMasters joins Tillerson in unflattering views of his boss…

Sec of State called Trump a ‘moron’ out loud…..

Now we hear the President’s National Security Advisor doesn’t think much of his bosses brain pwer either calling him an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,”…..

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence at a private dinner with a powerful tech CEO, according to five sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.

A sixth source who was not familiar with the details of the dinner told BuzzFeed News that McMaster had made similarly derogatory comments about Trump’s intelligence to him in private, including that the president lacked the necessary brainpower to understand the matters before the National Security Council.

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It appears that when confronted with questions about the comments heard?….People would NOT go on the record for fear that Trump, who reads thru the media might see their name mentioned…

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