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White House Sources…Bannon’s time in his day job are numbered?….Update…He’s Gone…

Update….

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”…

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While some are writing stories in the media that Donald Trump’s Charlottesville bob and weave was White House aide Steve Bannon’s idea…..

The growing consensus is new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly  has his hand on the trap door for Bannon…..Maybe….

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A decision is imminent from White House chief of staff John Kelly on whether Steve Bannon will keep his job, according to administration officials with knowledge of the situation:

  • Bannon, who has run afoul of Trump in the past, is now suspected by the president of leakingabout his West Wing colleagues. And Trump resents the publicity Bannon has been getting as mastermind of the campaign.
  • Many West Wing officials are now asking “when,” not “if,” Bannon goes.
  • Chief of Staff General John Kelly has been reviewing Bannon’s position.
  • A recent deluge of media coverage of Bannon — including Bannon’s explosive conversation with the American Prospect — have not escaped either the president’s or Kelly’s attention.

One White House source twists the knife: “His departure may seem turbulent in the media, but inside it will be very smooth. He has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.”

Why Bannon might still survive:

  • Trump often sends mixed signals about his personnel plans, and makes decisions — both to keep and dismiss people — on whim.
  • Bannon, with his close connection to the president’s base, is the one West Wing official who could do authentic damage to Trump on the outside.
  • We’re told that Bannon’s friendship with the billionaire Mercer family, who has been an important Trump ally, is a factor in the president’s decision and could be part of the strategist’s survival package.

Bannon is unfazed, according to friends and confidants….

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Could this come down to Bannon vs Kelly?

Last guy who disagreed with Bannon ain’t working in the White House for Trump anymore….

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Trump Should Fire Steve Bannon…Red State….

The political knives ARE out for Steve Bannon…..

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This past Saturday, in response to the violence out of Charlottesville, Va, President Trump first responded with a weakly worded tweet. Later, he remarked again by tweet, and it was so bad I can’t describe it, I can only transcribe it. “Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!”

Eventually he remarked without his tiny fingers, vaguely talking about how hate is bad probably and whatever. He was rightly criticized for this and by Monday, gave a much more specific condemnation, mentioning the KKK, Nazis, and white supremacist movements as arbiters of an ideology incompatible with American ideals.

Many said “too little, too late” while others were happy Trump had managed to cobble together the very least at the very last. You’d think saying “I hate Nazis” or even “Nazis. Sad.” would be about the lowest hanging fruit imaginable for a politician but for some reason, it took two days and nationwide pressure from all sides, including the loud voices of better GOP politicians, for Trump to give as much attention to these scumbags as he gives to Rosie O’Donnell.

But more notably, and as is the standard for Trump, one group managed to stay out of his sternly scripted, totally-not-written-by-someone-else disavowal: The Alt-Right.

This is despite the fact that the alt-right has been on everyone’s lips through the entire situation. They have been the ever-growing (if not in numbers at least in influence and profile) movement that claim they represent the future of the Republican Party.

Young. Hip. Meme-filled. Oh, and racist AF.

Sometimes they will give lip-service to it being a non-racial movement, claiming they are mere nationalists, but not WHITE nationalists. However, if you corner one long enough, eventually you’ll get them to refer to American black culture as “third world” or talk about how immigration (legal immigration) is the staging ground for “white genocide.” That last is one of their favorite topics and they find it irresistible.

So why does the alt-right continue to escape so much as a finger wag from this president?

The answer is Steve Bannon. Obviously…..

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Breitbart.Com uses Zionist report to go after McMaster….

It appears that Trump’s National Security Advisor and Advisor Steve Bannon are in a political slugfest...

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Could the conservative Breitbart people be working ( with Bannon?) on dislodging McMasters from his job after the National Security Advisor started off on a rough patch until HE adjusted to how his boss wanted things coming at him?…

McMaster is being labeled as anti-Israel….

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the country, has completed its analysis of President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s behavior and determined him to be a threat to Trump’s agenda.

The organization, which is backed in large part by Trump ally GOP mega-donor and Israel defender Sheldon Adelson, is calling for President Trump at the very least to reassign McMaster to a different administration position where he can do no more harm to Israel and efforts to battle radical Islamic terrorism.

The analysis and recommendation from ZOA president Morton Klein was provided to Breitbart News exclusively ahead of its public release, and represents the first comprehensive connective tissue explaining the serious implications of McMaster’s troubling activities during his time as National Security Adviser. It is worth noting that throughout the below analysis, Klein cites several previous ZOA statements on McMaster that criticized him before–but now this has risen to the level where Klein and ZOA have lost confidence in McMaster altogether in the National Security Advisor position.

The analysis walks through how McMaster purged Trump loyalists who support Israel and are critical of Iran and radical Islamic terrorism from the National Security Council and installed people throughout the council who have problematic backgrounds that do not mesh with what President Trump believes and campaigned on. It also walks through McMaster’s positions on various issues like terrorism, Israel, and questionable parts of his background and decisions he made, such as clearing former President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice….

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Polling continues to point to Trump’s minority support status….

Public Policy Polling is out joining the others in showing a President coming up on 100 days in offoce that has Most America distrustful of a lot of his domestic and foreign policies….(They want him to play less Golf)

The April 2017 poll isn’t good news for other Republican lawmakers in leadership spots either…

PPP’s newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump’s campaign was to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but only 35% of voters actually think he’s accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn’t.

Foreign policy has taken on a larger role in the national discussion in recent weeks and Trump’s leadership on that front isn’t inspiring a ton of confidence. 39% of voters think he will get the United States into World War III during his Presidency, to just 40% of voters who don’t think he’s going to have that effect. Trump has continued to attack the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy lately, but by a 51/39 spread voters think Obama had a better handle on foreign policy than Trump. And by a 51/43 split, voters would rather still have Obama than Trump as President overall….

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Outlines of Trump second try for a No Enter Ban….

The people putting the order together have made adjustments to the orignal executive order which was principally drawn up in the Oval office and dropped on the rest of the government to enforce…

The Justice Department lawyers know they will be fighting a uphill battle with the nation’s Federal judges who are well aware of Trump, Bannon and Millers desire for a Muslim Ban……
The Trump administration is finalizing a revised travel ban that exempts current visa holders, according to people familiar with the matter.

The revision marks a significant departure from the now-
frozen first executive order, which temporarily barred citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries and all refugees from entering the United States and resulted in the State Department revoking tens of thousands of visas. Justice Department lawyers hope the new order will be more likely to withstand legal challenges and will not leave any travelers detained at U.S. airports.

The new order also removes an exception to the refu­gee prohibition for religious minorities, one person said. Critics of the order had said that that exception proved the order was meant to discriminate on the basis of religion, because it allowed only Christians into the country.

The new order, the details of which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was expected to be signed Wednesday, but the White House canceled that after Trump’s speech Tuesday night.

The people who described it to The Washington Post did so on the condition of anonymity because the administration had not authorized the release of details. The people said that the situation is fluid and that changes are still possible.

There will be a period between when the order is signed and when it takes effect, in hopes of avoiding the problems that occurred when the last order was implemented. While blocking only the issuance of new visas marks a substantial change, analysts have said that this would not necessarily be enough for the order to pass legal muster.

Spokesmen for the White House, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security declined to comment for this report…..

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Iraq has been dropped from the ban list at the strong request from the State Department and Penatagon which is overseeing that countries military action against ISIS…..

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Bannon…the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

At  the CPAC/Conservative Political Action Conference  get hogether……The Trump  Conservative Svengali states his view of where he wants his boss, Donald Trump to go as the forces of the administrative  state begin to push back against Bannon and his partener at Trump’s side Stephen Miller…

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The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump’s nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and intellectual force behind Trump’s agenda, used his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign.

Appearing at a gathering of conservative activists alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Bannon dismissed the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. Rather, he said, the White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.

“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said in reference to the media and opposition forces. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.”

He continued, “And that is what I’m proudest about Donald Trump. All the opportunities he had to waver off this, all the people who have come to him and said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to moderate’ — every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince and I, ‘I committed this to the American people, I promised this when I ran, and I’m going to deliver on this.’ ”…

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The Puzzle Palace of the National Security Council…

The New York Times using what looks like a ton of sources paint a dysfunctional picture of the organization the in normal times would be the President’s ‘go to’ people to deal with National Security policy….

The piece describes how staff members of the group have to check their twitter feeds for policy from the President….How they have considered using unsecured open twitter to get access to Trump, who so far is running the American government like he ran his business, which means that cabinet heads are finding that they are on their own, unless Trump’s guys Bannon or Miller see something they have done in the media and call them out for it….

Changes with a new President are common….

But right now some staff members are moving back to their home agencies of Defense, State, CIA and others because they find working at the NSC is like working in the dark….(The Intelligence agencies seem to NOT trust the President and his guys…It appears the feeling are mutual)

The head of the agency, Michael Flynn, a retired Army General,  is in the media portrayed as in trouble because of his contacts with the Russian’s and implied policy BEFORE Trump was sworn in as President …Flynn led Vice President   to believe he did not talk policy in his calls to the Russian’s , but NSA listening has shown he did  making Pence’s defense of Flynn to the media false…

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Oh, of course there is the fact the Steve Bannon, who has NO experience in national security, but is a political hand , now sits in on the meetings rubs people the wrong way….

All in all?….

A picture of an agency going in several places, while going nowhere right now…

Pointing to an American government ran by three guys in a room…..

Trump, Bannon and Miller….

Stephen Miller, the White House senior policy adviser, was circumspect on Sunday about Mr. Flynn’s future. Mr. Miller said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that possibly misleading the vice president on communications with Russia was “a sensitive matter.” Asked if Mr. Trump still had confidence in Mr. Flynn, Mr. Miller responded, “That’s a question for the president.”

This account of life inside the council — offices made up of several hundred career civil servants who advise the president on counterterrorism, foreign policy, nuclear deterrence and other issues of war and peace — is based on conversations with more than two dozen current and former council staff members and others throughout the government. All spoke on the condition that they not be quoted by name for fear of reprisals.

“It’s so far a very dysfunctional N.S.C.,” Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a telephone interview.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday afternoon, K. T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, said that early meetings of the council were brisker, tighter and more decisive than in the past, but she acknowledged that career officials were on edge. “Not only is this a new administration, but it is a different party, and Donald Trump was elected by people who wanted the status quo thrown out,” said Ms. McFarland, a veteran of the Reagan administration who most recently worked for Fox News. “I think it would be a mistake if we didn’t have consternation about the changes — most of the cabinet haven’t even been in government before.”

There is always a shakedown period for any new National Security Council, whose staff is drawn from the State Department, the Pentagon and other agencies and is largely housed opposite the White House in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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But what is happening under the Trump White House is different, officials say, and not just because of Mr. Trump’s Twitter foreign policy. (Two officials said that at one recent meeting, there was talk of feeding suggested Twitter posts to the president so the council’s staff would have greater influence.)

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Will Steve Bannon turn his attention to getting rid of the Pope?

That’s what one could pick up in a front page NY Times piece….

Bannon thru his Breibart has had face to faces with those in the Vatican that feel that Pope Francis is out to free the church from it’s establishment types….

Sound familiar?

While Mr. Trump, a twice-divorced president who has boasted of groping women, may seem an unlikely ally of traditionalists in the Vatican, many of them regard his election and the ascendance of Mr. Bannon as potentially game-changing breakthroughs.

Just as Mr. Bannon has connected with far-right parties threatening to topple governments throughout Western Europe, he has also made common cause with elements in the Roman Catholic Church who oppose the direction Francis is taking them. Many share Mr. Bannon’s suspicion of Pope Francis as a dangerously misguided, and probably socialist, pontiff.

Until now, Francis has marginalized or demoted the traditionalists, notably Cardinal Burke, carrying out an inclusive agenda on migration, climate change and poverty that has made the pope a figure of unmatched global popularity, especially among liberals. Yet in a newly turbulent world, Francis is suddenly a lonelier figure. Where once Francis had a powerful ally in the White House in Barack Obama, now there is Mr. Trump and Mr. Bannon, this new president’s ideological guru….

Mr. Bannon publicly articulated his worldview in remarks a few months after his meeting with Cardinal Burke, at a Vatican conference organized by Mr. Harnwell’s institute.

Speaking via video feed from Los Angeles, Mr. Bannon, a Catholic, held forth against rampant secularization, the existential threat of Islam, and a capitalism that had drifted from the moral foundations of Christianity.

That talk has garnered much attention, and approval by conservatives, for its explicit expression of Mr. Bannon’s vision. Less widely known are his efforts to cultivate strategic alliances with those in Rome who share his interpretation of a right-wing “church militant” theology.

Mr. Bannon’s visage, speeches and endorsement of Mr. Harnwell as “the smartest guy in Rome” are featured heavily on the website of Mr. Harnwell’s foundation. Mr. Trump’s senior adviser has maintained email contact with Cardinal Burke, according to Mr. Harnwell, who dropped by the cardinal’s residence after lunch. And another person with knowledge of Mr. Bannon’s current outreach said the White House official is personally calling his contacts in Rome for thoughts on who should be the Trump administration’s ambassador to the Holy See….

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It wouldn’t be beyond reason to think that there are those out there now out to expose enough about the Trump Advisor to get him gone from the White House…

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Trump Advisor Bannon didn’t want to obey The Judge’s order to end the ban….Trump sets up some order in-house…

Props to Homeland Security head John Kelly….

The President had his back…

NOT Steve Bannon’s…

The issue went for several more rounds at the White House until it became apparent that SOMETHING HAD to be done to curb Steve Bannon’s ability to run the American Government BY HIMSELF ….

…The confrontation between Bannon and Kelly pitted a political operator against a military disciplinarian. Respectfully but firmly, the retired general and longtime Marine told Bannon that despite his high position in the White House and close relationship with Trump, the former Breitbart chief was not in Kelly’s chain of command, two administration officials said. If the president wanted Kelly to back off from issuing the waiver, Kelly would have to hear it from the president directly, he told Bannon.

Bannon left Kelly’s office without getting satisfaction. Trump didn’t call Kelly to tell him to hold off. Kelly issued the waiver late Saturday night, although it wasn’t officially announced until the following day….

…a conference call was held later…

Flynn, according to the White House official, partially sided with the Cabinet officials, arguing that they should be included in the process, even if the White House ultimately decided not to adopt their recommendations.

“Flynn’s argument was a process argument, that we are unnecessarily putting these guys in a tough position,” the White House official said. “If you are going to ignore them, you have to at least give them a chance to say their piece.”…

Later on Sunday, a larger senior staff meeting was convened with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner and Trump himself, where all tried to make sense of the process and chart a path forward.

The president made a decision at that meeting that, following the already scheduled rollout of a executive order on regulatory reforms, all other executive orders would be held up until a process was established that included the input of key officials outside the White House….

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Kelly: WaPo report on Bannon meeting ‘fantasy’

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Tuesday dismissed a since-corrected Washington Post report saying White House strategist Steve Bannon visited him to urge him not to weaken President Donald Trump’s immigrant travel ban.

“It was a fantasy story,” Kelly said. Of the reporter, he said: “Assuming he’s not making it up… whoever his sources are, are playing him for a fool.”…

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Trump, Bannon and Miller have the WH Lawyer Exempt Green Card holders from “No Enter’ order..

This is a second step to call off the Federal Judges from ruling that the  President Trump ‘No Enter’ Muslim Ban executive order done by Trump’s advisors  Bannon and Miller was harsh and without merit against Visa holders (Green Cards)….

Numerous Federal Judges around the country had enjoined the Government from deporting Green Card holders that where in transit when the executive order came down from the White House with little or Trump advisornow input from the agencies that would enforce it….

In addition?

The Media spent last weekend doing human interest stories of people  detained, lawyers unable to help them and showing pictures of  tens of thousand’s of people protesting the actions at the nations’s international air ports…..

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They focused on several Iraqi and Afghan’s that had helped American troops while in their countries and now where coming to the US to escape possible injury (Veteran’s showed up at airports to support these people)….

A White House Lawyer was used to clarify the executive order ….

The updated order tells Customs and Immigration agency employee’s to NO LONGER subject Visa holders to detention or intense scrutiny ….

President Donald Trump’s administration is reinterpreting its travel ban for residents of certain countries to now exempt legal permanent residents of the United States.

White House Counsel Don McGahn issued “authoritative guidance” on Wednesday clarifying that key parts of Trump’s controversial executive order, which is aimed at citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, will no longer cover green card holders, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday afternoon.

“They no longer need a waiver because if they are a legal permanent resident they won’t need it anymore,” Spicer told reporters during a daily briefing.

The changes to the travel ban come after widespread controversy over the policy. The memo from the White House counsel appeared to be a face-saving way for the White House to redraft the executive order without incurring the embarrassment of actually having Trump sign a new executive order that eliminated the impact on green card holders.

Experts said the decision to effectively redraft an executive order via a memo from the White House counsel was highly unusual. Typically, the president personally approves any changes to such orders, which are sequentially numbered, published in the Federal Register and have the force of law in the executive branch.

“The usual thing is that the executive order gets modified in some way or amended, maybe,” said Daniel Gitterman, author of “Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy.” “The additional caveat from White House legal counsel on how to interpret that is unusual. There’s not a huge record of those types of things.”

“My interpretation is [Trump] certainly did not want to admit he was wrong in any way and that, rather than go and vacate or amend the initial order, they decided to have counsel make a clarifying explanation,” added Gitterman, a fellow in public policy at the University of North Carolina….

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Another move made while the Media is focused on the Supreme Court pick roll out….

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Trump White House looking to get his house in order?

CNN Politics is reporting that President Trump, who doesn’t read much of anything is not happy with his chaotic first week in office….

He shouldn’t be…

It was a shit show….

The CNN piece reports that Trump has given his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus the juice to become the leader of the pack ….

It is unknown if this will work….

Trump as a businessman ran his organization with a small staff and got no real pushback on his actions since he paid everybody….

THAT is not how running the American government works as Trump has seen watching TV for the last week and half….

Preibus will STILL have to contend with power centers in Bannon/Miller and Trump’s son-in-law ….

According to sources familiar with internal White House conversations, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus will now take more control of the systems dealing with basic functions, like executive orders.

The way one source described it: Priebus already technically had the authority, but clearly the staff needed a reminder “not to color outside their lines.”

The same source said the executive order on travel restrictions, written largely by Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller, was moved too quickly without “reading in” people who could have helped execute it more cleanly.

The source said it wasn’t nefarious, but rather “irrational exuberance” and a desire to be “too ambitious” too fast.
Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, two other senior advisers, still have considerable power and influence with Trump. Administration officials say no role has been diminished or expanded but rather existing roles clarified. It is unclear how that will fit in with Priebus exerting more control over White House operations. Additionally, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway is expected to take more control of the communications strategy.

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“We clearly see what Bannon is doing. There’s no secret in it. He’s increasing his people inside and aligning with Kushner,” said one former GOP leadership aide. “And the person to look at is really Kushner, because at the end of the day, he’s the person Trump trusts most. And together, those two guys seem like they want to knock everyone else over.”

Many Republicans fear that Bannon’s ascendance is coming at the expense of Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, the former Republican National Committee chairman who is a home-state friend of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and has longstanding ties with many lawmakers.

In a joint statement announcing the hiring of Bannon and Priebus last November, Trump said the two would work together as “equal partners.” But Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are seeing scant evidence of that.

If Priebus is seen as a Washington insider, Bannon is the ultimate outsider.

Before joining Trump, he oversaw Breitbart News, which repeatedly published stories criticizing Ryan and other GOP lawmakers for a lack of conservative fortitude. Many lawmakers saw those attacks as unfair, and this history is weighed into their views of what is happening now at the White House…..

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President Trump the Lone Wolf…..

Donald Trump has no expereience running anything public…..

For him?

That was a selling point to get support from those who where ‘fed up’ with the way America is ran….

Trump ran his business empire with few , and didn’t care what his employee’s felt or cared about….

THOSE things are NOT gonna work as he moves along in the White House…

In the week he has occupied the place?

He has become isolated and is losing favor with the American public ,  his own adopted party and the outside world….

In response he has moved top rely on an inner circle of friends and supporters, disreagarding the whole American government….

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President Trump and Steve Bannon…… thedailybeast.com

During the Republican Presidential nomination contest everyone stood around while Donald Trump  LOUDLY preached to the Republican voters the problems with their party….

That worked….

During the Presidential campaign Donald Trump preached to those in several ‘safe’ Democratic states that ONLY he could make America ‘Great Again’……He lost the vote but managed to wrangle the job by 100,000 votes…

It has a little more than a week since Donald Trump got sworn in….

In that time he has managed to NOT make America ‘Great’….

He has manged to dismiss assistant from the people he sent to Congress to confirm to help him run the country…

He continues to show that he believes stuff from an entirely different Universe….

And he is TRYING to continue to disguise the fact that he has NO idea what he’s doing , but will keep doing that….

Unlike the campaign’s?

This is the REAL deal….

And at SOME point?

The adults in the other parts of the American government ARE gonna have to grow balls and step in…..

Donald Trump and handfull of his friends CANNOT be allowed to unravel a country of 300 Million people all by themselves …..

For NOW?

People are in the streets marching and protesting….

And,  of course there’s always the Nixon way of having to leave office…

The Presidential order that Donald Trump signed on Friday barring all refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries from travel to the United States was reviewed by virtually no one. The State Department did not help craft it, nor the Defense Department, nor Justice. Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, “saw the final details shortly before the order was finalized,” CNN reported. Early Saturday morning, there were reports that two Iraqi refugees had been detained upon their arrival at John F. Kennedy Airport. When a lawyer for the men asked an official to whom he needed to speak to fix the situation, the official said, “Ask Mr. Trump.” This sounded like a sign of straight goonery and incipient authoritarianism; maybe it was. But it also may have been the only reasonable answer. Few people understood what was going on…

On Saturday, the President announced three more executive actions, one of which changed the composition of his National Security Council. Trump reserved one seat on the Council for his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the former chairman of the right-wing Web site Breitbart News, who has no experience in foreign relations. Trump also limited the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence, with a memo that said they will only attend meetings when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.” The erasure of the line between national security and Bannon’s politics, which have included an embrace of white nationalism, was deeply troubling. But the exclusion of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence was more surprising. The President can pick anyone he wants for those positions. Trump has nominated the former Indiana senator Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence; the term of the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will expire this year. The President seems to be deliberately tightening the circle around him….

In the first week of the Trump Presidency, influence has run through a very select group of advisers—maybe as many as half a dozen, maybe as few as two. The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Bannon have consolidated their influence. Kushner, who has spent his brief career running his father’s real-estate empire, reportedly has been told to lead negotiations with Mexico. Kushner was also involved in a discussion with British officials, and denounced the United Kingdom’s support of a United Nations resolution opposing Israeli settlements. According to the Washington Post, some former campaign aides “have been alarmed by Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere.” But Bannon’s portfolio may be even broader. His hand was apparent in the President’s dark Inauguration speech, in his economic nationalism, and in his early, aggressive stances against Mexico and refugees.

The President’s isolation runs deeper than that. As the confusion around the immigration ban made clear, the vast government he oversees has little input on his actions….

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Anti-Trump feelings expand around the World…

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are digging America DEEPER into a hole that Paresident Obama had pulled America out off after George W. Bush….

Notice I say Trump……

A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered strength on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump’s order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily ban travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the move would help protect Americans from terrorism.

In Germany – which has taken in large numbers of people fleeing the Syrian civil war – Chancellor Angela Merkel said the global fight against terrorism was no excuse for the measures and “does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion”, her spokesman said.

She expressed her concerns to Trump during a phone call and reminded him that the Geneva Conventions require the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds, the spokesman added.

Merkel’s sentiments were echoed in Paris and London; “Terrorism knows no nationality. Discrimination is no response,” said French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, while his British counterpart Boris Johnson tweeted: “Divisive and wrong to stigmatize because of nationality.”…

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Donald Trump’s executive order to halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – has provoked a wave of concern and condemnation from international leaders and politicians.

A spokesman for Angela Merkel said the German chancellor regretted Trump’s decision to ban citizens of certain countries from entering the US, adding that she had “explained” the obligations of the Geneva refugee convention to the new president in a phone call on Saturday.

“The chancellor regrets the US government’s entry ban against refugees and the citizens of certain countries,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

“She is convinced that the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion…

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Trump Chief of Staff overrules Bannon…Green Card holders will not be detained…

The ban on Green Card holders  (Visa) was reportedly questioned by senior Homeland Security people initially when the President Trump   ‘No Entry’ order was passed down from the White House without consultation with anyone…It appears the Trump assistant and Breibart owner Steve Bannon told DHS people to include Green card holders….

Last night and this morning three separate Federal Judges have frozen the Trump order to deport ANYBODY held in detention….

During court hearings Dept of Justice Attorney’s had few if any answers for the Federal Judges questions because they , like everyone else in the government where NOT involved in the Bannon and Trump decision on policy changes….

It appears that the President’s Chief of Staff has been sent out to undo the Bannon call, which seems to have the judges ire….( and try save some face)….

A top White House official appeared to reverse a key part of President Trump’s immigration order on Sunday, saying that people from the affected countries who hold green cards will not be prevented from returning to the United States.

But the official, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, also said that border agents had “discretionary authority” to detain and question suspicious travelers from certain countries. That statement seemed to add to the uncertainty over how the executive order will be interpreted and enforced in the days ahead.

Mr. Priebus defended Mr. Trump’s order on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, saying it had been carried out smoothly and was protecting Americans from terrorist threats. On Saturday, a day after the order was issued, airports were marked by scenes of confusion and protest as officials tried to interpret the order, including how to handle green card holders.

On Sunday, Mr. Priebus appeared to announce a dramatic change in those policies, saying that “as far as green card holders, moving forward, it doesn’t affect them.”

Around the globe on Saturday, legal residents of the United States who hold valid green cards and approved visas were blocked from boarding planes overseas or detained for hours in American airports.

Mr. Priebus said several times during the NBC interview that green card holders would not be subject to the order “going forward.” But he repeatedly suggested that anyone, including American citizens, would be subjected to additional scrutiny if they traveled from any of the seven predominantly Muslim countries identified in the order….

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