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Re: The Trump White House: Adventures in Communications
« Reply #225 on: June 06, 2018, 11:18:31 AM »

Listning to Speaking In Tongues this morning... how apropos is this line from Making Flippy Floppy for 2018?

I can't believe it
And people are strange
Our president's crazy
Did you hear what he said
Business and pleasure
Lie right to your face
Divide it in sections
And then give it away

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Re: The Trump White House: Adventures in Communications
« Reply #226 on: June 12, 2018, 12:40:11 PM »
you can't make this shit up

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D-Day is example of America's 'strong relationship with German government', Trump State Department spokeswoman says
"toss away stuff you don't need in the end
but keep what's important, and know who's your friend"
"It's a 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses."

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Re: The Trump White House: Adventures in Communications
« Reply #227 on: June 15, 2018, 01:33:06 PM »
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Fact checking the President is like pissing into a hurricane

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Re: The Trump White House: Adventures in Communications
« Reply #228 on: July 24, 2018, 08:52:36 AM »
one more scary thing in a long list of scary things.

what is this country becoming?

http://time.com/5346297/donald-trump-security-clearances/?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2018072410am&xid=newsletter-brief&eminfo=%7b%22EMAIL%22%3a%22qUAzO%2f99ZkeeOnaS7jbrreGDsB9HwhooBlQBDbnRRLM%3d%22%2c%22BRAND%22%3a%22TD%22%2c%22CONTENT%22%3a%22Newsletter%22%2c%22UID%22%3a%22TD_TBR_EB3F0F66-5846-441C-97F3-5E0D4F385E72%22%2c%22SUBID%22%3a%2224215319%22%2c%22JOBID%22%3a%22833927%22%2c%22NEWSLETTER%22%3a%22THE_BRIEF%22%2c%22ZIP%22%3a%22018102115%22%2c%22COUNTRY%22%3a%22%22%7d

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President Trump Is Considering Revoking Security Clearances of His Critics

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances for a half-dozen former high-level intelligence and national security officials who have criticized him, the White House said Monday afternoon.

Speaking at the regular press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump was considering revoking clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden, among others, over their remarks on the Russia investigation.

“The President is exploring the mechanisms because they politicize and in some cases monetize their public service,” Sanders said, explaining why Trump is looking at what power he has to revoke the clearance of a former officials.

Speaking to CNN after the press conference, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that the president has the authority to revoke the clearances, but that doing so because of his statements was “a very, very petty thing to do” and an “abuse of the system.”

“It’s kind of a sad commentary where for political reasons this is kind of a petty way for retribution for spekaing out against the president, which on the part of all of us are borne out of genuine concerns about President Trump,” he said.

Read More: Former Intelligence Chiefs Explain How Trump Sows Distrust to His Advantage

Hayden tweeted that losing a security clearance would not affect him much.

“I don’t go back for classified briefings,” he wrote. “Won’t have any effect on what I say or write.”

The idea may have come from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who criticized Brennan on Monday morning, arguing that he was “monetizing his security clearance” with attacks on Trump.

Paul confirmed in a tweet on Monday that he had met with Trump and had urged him to revoke these clearances. “Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees,” he tweeted.

Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University, believes Trump is considering the action to punish former officials who have been critical of him as well as silence officials currently serving in his administration who may consider being critical of him down the road. “It’s another example of punitive politics,” Zelizer said. Trump is likely sending a “general message” to officials that “he will push hard and not allow them to [criticize him] without retribution.

Sanders argued that the security clearance held by former officials “provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence,” adding that Trump believes it is “extremely inappropriate” for former officials to make “baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia.”

Clapper and Hayden, both former Republican appointees, have written books arguing that Trump is fueling distrust of U.S. intelligence agencies in order to consolidate his own power, hurting American democracy in the process. They have also been vocal on social media and in interviews about their views on Trump.

Brennan, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, has also been outspoken in his criticism of Trump, arguing after the recent joint press conference with Vladimir Putin that Trump had met the constitutional threshold for impeachment. A spokesman for Brennan did not issue an immediate comment.

McCabe’s spokesperson Melissa Schwartz tweeted after the press briefing that his clearance had been terminated when he was fired in March, which they were told was FBI policy. You would think the White House would check with the FBI before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps…” she tweeted. And Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of the website lawfare and a friend of Comey’s, said he texted the former FBI Director after the briefing, who told him he too no longer had one due to longstanding policy – and had declined a temporary one earlier in the year to read the inspector general’s report on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail investigation.
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"toss away stuff you don't need in the end
but keep what's important, and know who's your friend"
"It's a 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses."

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Re: The Trump White House: Adventures in Communications
« Reply #229 on: July 24, 2018, 09:13:05 AM »
This is totally a classic Trump deflection of attention from his fall out with the Putin summit.
Instead of having to plan and save for your next vacation, why not work on creating a life you don't feel the need to escape from...

I suspect putin and trump have something to do with this
that's great. people are stupid.
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