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So far the Russians had their money on a guy 0-2…

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Donald Trump just took another LOSS…

This one on Healthcare…..

He lost Immigration TWICE….

The Russian’s helped him get his day job…

Looks like the ‘Dealmaker’ ain’t batting too good, eh?

AS in his business endeavors…

Donald Trump is weak in his long game…

Oh?

ALL the bull shit about Trump changing the way Congress and Politics work?

Well that IS turning out to be Bull Shit….

Even within his own adopted party…

You can dress the guy up and give him fancy toys…

But he’s STILL just Donald J. Trump….

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The final leg of the Keystone Pipeline WILL be built…

Called this one way back when….

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

The state department says that it is confident that building the pipeline serves the US national interest. That is the opposite conclusion to the one the state department reached during the Obama administration.

“In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the under secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy,” the department said, according to the Hill website.

The remarks contrasted sharply with Barack Obama’s comments in November 2015, when he rejected the Keystone XL deal after seven years of political debate and grassroots campaigning….

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Last minute Trump/Ryancare Crazy shit….

Desperate times ….Desperate measures?

The Freedom Caucus goes around House Speaker Ryan to Trump for rewrites of the Trump/Ryancare Bill?

For something that would have even LESS of a chance in the Senate?

(These last minute changes do NOT have analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …So NO ONE knows what they cost out to….)

Just hours before an expected Thursday vote in the House, congressional Republicans are considering massive changes to insurance coverage without even a basic idea of what those changes would mean.

According to House Freedom Caucus members, the conservative group is negotiating directly with President Donald Trump and the White House on an amendment to the Republican health care bill, seemingly cutting out GOP leadership from the conversation as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his deputies work to corral votes for a bill that is, in these latest provisions, a mystery even to them.

The re-opening of negotiations is an admission of what has been clear all along ― that the bill as constructed by Ryan does not have the votes to pass on Thursday. It also represents a major reorganization of a significant chunk of the American economy in a matter of hours.

Conservatives are using their considerable leverage on the measure ― the Freedom Caucus has demonstrated it has the votes to sink the legislation ― to extract concessions on the Essential Health Benefits section of the bill, which mandates that insurers offer plans covering 10 services: outpatient care, emergency room visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care and pediatric services.

“Negotiations are taking place,” Freedom Caucus member Randy Weber (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday night. Asked if he thought they were going to get to a deal, Weber said it sounded like it.

“The president’s moving our way,” he said….

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Poll…3% of Trump voters regret their vote..That’s all…

Donald Trump IS holding his base with a little more than 60 days in office

But is losing everyone else as his overall polling numbers drop….

One also must remember that the base number and the overall vote numbers in Novembers lection put Trump’s base at about only 40%…..

Within weeks of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, social media posts expressing voters’ second thoughts began trending. While some Donald Trump voters felt he was backtracking on initial hard-line positions, the Huffington Post and other websites reported on hashtags such as #Trumpgrets — used by voters irked that his campaign persona was not simply an act to win votes. A subsequent wave of regretful Trump voters tweeted about executive orders they perceived as misguided and dangerous.

Even more nuanced mainstream news stories included such headlines as “These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed” or comments that “a significant segment of Trump’s coalition is not entirely enchanted with his actions or public persona.”

In contrast, polls seem to suggest that the 45th president enjoys historically high approval ratings among members of his party. Other journalists report continuing enthusiasm from the small towns that delivered his strongest electoral support.

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The Mood of the Nation Poll shows clearly that media attention to the #trumpregrets phenomenon is very misleading. For Trump’s supporters, any news reports that his first weeks as president have been rocky, unpresidential or worse have hardly mattered. There is virtually no regret.

While his governance has galvanized opposition groups and his overall approval level remains low by historical standards, his electoral base is not only intact but enthusiastic and energized, providing Trump with a significant base of power……

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NY Atty. General brings on lawyer to probe Trump Admin…

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is staffing up to do investigations against the current United States sitting President in the area’s of….. ‘potential conflicts of interest, and possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits anyone holding a federal “office” from accepting payments from foreign entities.’

Schneiderman has hired  at least one of former US Atty. for the Sourthen Dist. Preet Bharara staff members to head his efforts….

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Schneiderman has tapped public-corruption expert Howard McMaster from the office of former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, The Wall Street Journal reported. Bharara was fired by Trump last week even though he was in the middle of a number of investigations, including one allegedly involving stock trades by Trump’s Health And Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Schneiderman spokesman Eric Soufer confirmed McMaster’s hiring, and told the Journal that McMaster will work on a range of “civil and criminal investigations … including public corruption,” and potentially litigation against the Trump administration.

Last month, at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Schneiderman revealed that his office was discussing strategies and doing research to determine what kind of action could be taken to address concerns about Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, and possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits anyone holding a federal “office” from accepting payments from foreign entities.

“Certainly, my office is looking at anything that’s passed on to us and doing our own research,” Schneiderman said. “We’ve had meetings with people discussing these matters already.” But, he added that it was “premature to say one way or another how this is going to proceed.”

Schneiderman emphasized that it is “not sustainable” for Trump to “refuse to divest from all of his vast holdings and refuse to disclose what those holdings are.” Schneiderman called Trump’s situation “so far beyond the bounds of anything that anyone has ever attempted that people are having trouble coming up with a clear legal strategy to address it.”…

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A good amount of the staff and cabinet people brought on by Trump ARE from New York and have had business ties that a New York Atty. Gen could have investigative authority over….

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Gallup Poll…Trump approval falls BELOW Obama’s…

Keep at it Donald.!….

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President Trump’s approval rating has fallen to a new low of 37% since he took office in January, according to the latest Gallup poll.

While 37% of Americans approve of the job the President is doing, 58% disapprove. His approval rating stood at 45% last week, poll numbers showed.

The daily poll results are based on telephone interviews with 1,500 people nationwide and has a 3% margin of error.

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, consistently polled approval ratings in the low 50s and his disapproval ratings were in the mid-40s all throughout March 2016, according to Gallup.

The latest poll comes after Republicans pitched their proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare. The health care plan could leave 24 million people uninsured by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office….

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The White House internal fight over Trade policy….

It appaesr that contrarty to the campaign talk?

Trump is sidding with the Wall Street guys led by Gary Cohn who do NOT want to raise tarrif walls against Euopre and othe countries like Mexico and Canada….

This would mean going AGAINST Stephen Bannon and his economic guy  Peter Navarro….

They need to get this take care of soon….

German Challor  Angela Merkel is due to arrive in Washington soon…

She has already lecturened Trump on the US repsonisbity to accept refugee’s and will NOT be receptive to Bannon nationalist views, having already kicked British PM May to curb in the Brexit talks….

A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called “a fiery meeting” in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street.

According to more than half a dozen people inside the White House or dealing with it, the bitter fight has set a hardline group including senior adviser Steve Bannon and Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro against a faction led by Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs executive who leads Mr Trump’s National Economic Council.

At the centre of the debate is Mr Navarro, a firebrand economist who has angered Berlin and other European allies by accusing Germany of exploiting a “grossly undervalued” euro and calling for bilateral discussions with Angela Merkel’s government over ways to reduce the US trade deficit with Europe’s most powerful economy.

The officials and people dealing with the White House said Mr Navarro appeared to be losing influence in recent weeks. But during the recent Oval Office fight, Mr Trump appeared to side with the economic nationalists, one official said.

The battle over trade is emblematic of a broader fight on economic policy within the Trump administration. It comes ahead of a visit to Washington next week by Ms Merkel, the German chancellor, and amid preparations for a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Germany next week at which allies’ concerns over protectionism are likely to be high on the agenda….

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Trump signs off on No Enter Ban 2.0….

Donald Trump’s tries again….

This time with inside the Admin  consultations….

Trump did NOT present this ….

He had his cabinet members  Tillerson, Kelly and Sessions do it….

President Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations, authorities said.

In addition, the nation’s refu­gee program will be suspended for 120 days, and it will not accept more than 50,000 refugees in a year, down from the 110,000 cap set by the Obama administration.

Trump signed the new ban out of public view, according to White House officials. The order will not take effect until March 16, officials said.

The new guidelines name six of the seven countries included in the first executive order but leave out Iraq. That nation will increase cooperation with the United States on additional security vetting under separate negotiations and its citizens are not subject to the new order, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration.

[Read the full text of the revised executive order]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined President Trump’s new travel ban, calling it ‘lawful,’ during a news conference on March 6 at the Department of Homeland Security. (The Washington Post)
A Department of Homeland official, speaking on the condition of anonymity on a call with reporters, said Iraq was “treated differently” in part because the country had agreed to “timely repatriation” of their citizens if they were ordered deported from the United States.

The new order provides other exceptions not contained explicitly in previous versions: for travelers from those countries who are legal permanent residents of the United States, dual nationals who use a passport from another country and those who have been granted asylum or refu­gee status. Anyone who holds a visa now should be able to get into the country without any problems, though those whose visas expire will have to reapply, officials said.

Officials also attempted to lay out a more robust national security justification for the order, claiming that it was needed because 300 people who entered the country as refugees were the subject of counterterrorism investigations….

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Majority of American now favor a Special Prosecutor to sort the Trump/Russian mess…Poll

Donald Trump is losing one this steady drip…Drip…DRIP Russian  thing….

And it’s costing him, his Admin, Congress  and his party……

Despite claims from the White House that no such ties exist, 65 percent of respondents to a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday morning said the investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and the Russian government should be handled by a special prosecutor.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have thus far been resistant to the appointment of a special prosecutor even after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that he would recuse himself from all Justice Department investigations into alleged Trump-Russia ties during last year’s presidential campaign. That announcement followed reports that Sessions had met multiple times with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential race, a period during which Russia was engaged in a campaign of cyberattacks intended to aid Trump’s candidacy.

Even with the ongoing controversy surrounding ties between Trump and Russia, the president’s approval rating remained statistically unmoved, climbing a single point — from 44 percent to 45 percent – since January’s CNN/ORC poll. Trump’s well-received address to a joint session of Congress, delivered before the CNN/ORC poll was put into the field, did not appear to boost the president’s poll numbers.

On the question of how the investigation should be handled, 82 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents and 43 percent of Republicans polled said it should be conducted by a special prosecutor….

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Trump makes more Promises in Speech to Congress…

..from the Washington Post….

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President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, laying out the agenda for his presidency and, in broad terms, his vision for the country.Pulling upon his campaign speeches and others since taking office, the president ran off a list of accomplishments since taking office and issued promises for the year ahead.

Trump highlighted new lobbying restrictions, and executive orders he put in place to reduce regulations, restart halted oil and gas pipelines, and crack down on illegal immigration.

“Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people,” Trump said.
Reiterating a much-repeated promise, Trump vowed midway thorough his speech to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act but stopped short of resolving disagreements among Republicans about how to do that.

In one of the speech’s tenser moments, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who was seated in the audience, looked on, shaking her head as Trump criticized the law. Pelosi helped then-President Barack Obama pass the law and has sharply criticized Republicans for trying to undo it. Trump appeared to be pointing someone out in the crowd when he called the law a “disaster.” It was not immediately clear whether he was singling out Pelosi or someone else.

Trump told a series of stories to highlight his calls for reforms to the Food and Drug Administration and public education….

He touted “billions” in new investments by American companies in the weeks since his inauguration, seeking to highlight the actions his administration has taken to keep his campaign promises….

He did call for Republicans and Democrats to work toward reforming the immigration system into a merit-based program focused on the “well-being of American citizens.”

Trump argued that the country’s current focus on low-skilled immigration hurts American workers and strains the country’s finances.

The comments come hours after Trump said in a meeting with journalists that he would support comprehensive immigration reform efforts with a pathway to legalization for law abiding immigrants….

Later in his speech, there were some audible groans in the crowd as Trump announced that he has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create on office to address victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. The office is called “VOICE” — which stands for “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.”….

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The speech..annotated….

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Trump blames Obama for Resistance protests…

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump led up to his big speech to Congress with an interview on Fox and Friends, and offered his own personal explanations for why things are going so poorly. It’s not that he’s doing a bad job, see, it’s just a messaging problem and also a problem of Barack Obama secretly working against him.

In fact, according to Trump, Trump is doing a great job:

“In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “In terms of achievement, I think I’d give myself an A.  Because I think I’ve done great things, but I don’t think I have — I and my people, I don’t think we’ve explained it well enough to the American public.”

Wait a second. I thought he was this great communicator, so good at branding that if he’s not careful he’ll give his opponents an edge. But now the whole problem he’s having is because of poor messaging skills? Hmmm. Maybe the problem is that your message has been accurate and people don’t like it.

But no, Trump’s view of the widespread protests is that there’s a powerful force working against him:

“I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it,” Trump said. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. It will probably continue.”

Boy, that Obama sure is a hell of an organizer—he was on vacation when Trump signed his Muslim ban but was somehow still able to turn out tens of thousands of people to show up at airports across the country in protest.

Donald, Donald, Donald. It’s not a messaging problem, it’s not about a popular former president working behind the scenes to oppose you. America is just not that into you…..

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Wall Street gets nervous about Trump’s ability to produce…

Reality setting in folks….

In the true Donald Trump fashion of selling stuff he can’t make happen ….

Wall Street analysts are pumping the brakes on the Trump stock market rally.

Experts are adjusting their expectations of how long it will take for President Trump to follow through on campaign promises to unlock domestic investment and cut back on regulatory red tape.

Stocks have rallied since Trump’s election, with the Dow Jones Industrial Index reaching unprecedented heights and billions poured into funds that track U.S. stocks.

But financial analysts and other stock traders say a lack of clarity from the administration on economic policies — along with constant distractions in the White House — are delaying key measures to boost the economy.

“People need to be a little more sanguine and not be afraid of missing out, because what they could be missing out on is a major-league correction,” Daniel Alpert, an investment banker and economist, told The Hill. ”That’s a fairly risky position to be in.”

Trump’s pledges to cut regulation, “dismantle” Dodd-Frank, bolster U.S. manufacturing, reform taxes and deliver ambitious economic growth triggered a stock market rally upon his election. The Dow soared past 20,000 points last month after more than doubling its volume under President Obama, and investors have funneled more than $50 billion into U.S. stock funds since the year began.

Trump has already signed executive orders to cut back on existing regulations and review the Dodd-Frank Act; he’s also promised to “clean up” the federal budget.

But Republicans have faced several roadblocks just one month into his presidency, lowering expectations for quick action on legislative priorities like tax reform…..

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It begins…Republicans begin to stop carrying Trump on their backs…

Republicans members of Congress have questioned about following their parties President’s in policies repeatedly recently in their town hall meeting back home….

While in Washington the Grand Ole party types have made sure that they sound in step with Trump….

But back home on their own they have been quietly telling people that they MAY go their own way in questioning Trump’s views and ways…

I Knew it would begin…

2018 Midterm election’s are less than 2 years way….

When a voter here asked whether Sen. Charles E. Grassley supports a probe of President Trump’s tax returns, the Republican gave a qualified “yes.” In Virginia, asked about Russian interference in the presidential election, Rep. David Brat said an investigator should “follow the rule of law wherever it leads.” And in Arkansas, Sen. Tom Cotton told 1,400 people sardined into a high school auditorium that the Affordable Care Act “has helped Arkansans.”

This week’s congressional town halls have repeatedly found Republicans hedging their support for the new president’s agenda — and in many cases contradicting their past statements. Hostile questions put them on record criticizing some of the fights Trump has picked or pledging to protect policies such as the more popular elements of Obamacare. And voters got it all on tape, promising to keep hounding their lawmakers if they falter.

“There’s more of a consensus among Republicans now that you’ve got to be more cautious with what you’re going to do,” Grassley said after an event here, referring to efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “That didn’t mean much to me in November and December. But it means a lot now.”

No Republican could say that the raucous town halls surprised them. Since December, a growing number of liberal organizations and activists have shared strategies for getting public answers from members of Congress. More than a thousand local groups have been founded to organize around the Indivisible Guide, an organizational how-to manual drafted by former Democratic staffers. And thousands of Trump detractors — whether inspired by organized social-media efforts or there of their own volition — have shown up at town halls in their districts….

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Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies…

It won’t work that way for most….

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At CPAC this week Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language–that they weren’t appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

The crippling or wholesale elimination of Federal agencies that ensure we receive such things as clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and the like, has been a goal of far-right “thinkers” for decades. Their rationale, propagated by corporate and industry-funded think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, has always been that that the existence of these “unelected” agencies represents a mortal threat to American “sovereignty and self-government.”  This is exactly the line Bannon was peddling at CPAC today. It is delusional, right-wing garbage.

The reality is that these extensions of the Executive Branch—the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, for example– exist to serve the interests of all the American people, performing the painstaking and complex  task of regulating the very things that make all Americans’ lives worth living. They perform this function because history has clearly shown that neither the Congress nor the states are remotely up to the task of doing it. They have neither the time, the expertise, the manpower, or the ability to handle such mammoth responsibilities in a country of 330 million people….

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President Trump and the General’s….

While the junior Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand voted against Defense Sec Mattis for confirmation?

She was the only one….

Mattis got the support of every OTHER senator (And this Dog also) because he has been and continues to be the adult that can and will  let the President know when he’s not happy with something…..

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Mattis and Kelly…. aljazeera.com

Dept. of Homeland  Security head, another ex-marine General John Kelly is less forceful than Kelly….But after Trump aides Bannon and Miller bum rushed the No Enter Muslin ban past him,he let everyone know he wasn’t happy….

Now , on the second try, Trump has hired a National Security Council   head aide who is an active duty Army guy….

Because of the first , he’ll get to hire some of his own people….

A LOT of people where nervous about all of the military guys being in charge of the countries defense…

But here’s something to think about….

General’s are politicians also….

They don’t get to be General’s without plays the games to get ahead….

General’s also have to learn to deal with politicians in Washington….

And heads of state abroad….

So…

The guys Trump has brought on board actually have MORE experience in large organizational structures and politics than Trump’s two other flunkies Bannon and Miller….

That fine with a LOT of us ….

At one point or another, they each strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam. Now all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new president through the treacherous crosscurrents of a stormy world.

President Trump’s appointment of H. R. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, as his new national security adviser creates a powerful troika of senior officers who served in Iraq, teaming him up with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, both retired four-star Marine generals. This administration is the first to have all three security jobs filled by senior military veterans at the same time.

The ascension of the three generals to political jobs at the National Security Council reflects the rise of a generation of military leaders that came of age during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Each officer saw up close what a losing war looked like and took away lessons about how to avoid repeating fatal mistakes. Each got to where he is today in part by bucking the military hierarchy.

“This generation of generals lived through some of the struggles, especially in the ’04, ’05, ’06 time frame in Iraq when we weren’t doing things right,” said Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. “They understand that security and military force are the pre-eminent requirement, but it’s not sufficient. This generation of generals who grew up in the Iraq war probably understands that more than any previous generation.”….

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Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster the Trump national security adviser…

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Gen. McMaster WILL take the job…..

President Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn — a move meant to help put the White House on firmer footing after missteps on multiple fronts.

Trump called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience” while briefly introducing him to reporters at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida before returning to Washington.

In tapping McMaster, Trump turned to a widely respected and fiercely outspoken military strategist who was recognized for his battlefield leadership during both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.

But unlike many officers, McMaster has spent virtually no time at the Pentagon or in Washington, which could prove a challenge in his new role.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been serving as acting national security adviser, will return to his role as the National Security Council chief of staff….

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