Book by Former Staff Member Describes a Trump White House ‘Out of Control’

This book is similar to others written about this administration. It is a madhouse ruled by a psychopath:

The book, which will be published at the end of January, describes a nest of back-stabbing and duplicity within the West Wing, a narrative by now familiar from other books and news media reports. But Mr. Sims, who left last year after clashing with Mr. Kelly, is one of the few people to attach his name to descriptions of goings-on at the White House that are not always flattering to Mr. Trump, and many of the scenes are not particularly flattering to anyone, including himself.

“It’s impossible to deny how absolutely out of control the White House staff — again, myself included — was at times,” Mr. Sims writes.

TSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Pittsburgh International Airport held a protest on Friday demanding an end to the government shutdown, which has forced TSA officials to work without pay.

Photos of the protest obtained by local news stations showed dozens of TSA employees with signs calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold votes on bills passed by the House to reopen parts of the government.

TSA agents and other government workers still reporting for duty amid the shutdown are set to miss a second paycheck this month on Jan. 25.

Source: TSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport | TheHill

Intelligence Officials Don’t Show Trump Recordings Of Foreign Leaders Because They Bash Jared Kushner So Much

Don’t want Donnie to blow a gasket. I wonder how many of those conversations involve the Saudis or Russia:

In the past, American presidents have found great insight into foreign policy by reading intelligence briefings compiled from secret surveillance of foreign leaders.

But Donald Trump reportedly doesn’t see these briefings because intelligence officials are don’t want him to see how much those foreign leaders bash his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It can’t be Saudi Arabia because they like Jared:

As further details emerge about how Russian officials attempted to form connections with those in Donald Trump’s orbit for political influence, a new report indicates that Saudi Arabian leaders were making concerted efforts of their own, cultivating valuable connections with a key figure in Trump world: Jared Kushner.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has formed a close bond with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — one that “did not happen on [its] own,” according to a New York Times report published Saturday.

Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report

There has to be some record of what was discussed:

President Trump concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions, current and former U.S. officials told the The Washington Post in a report published on Saturday.

The Post reported that there is reportedly a lack of detailed records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.

On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed a linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades

Our president is nothing but a common criminal who made a deal with real gangsters. And now he owes them:

…make no mistake: Trump’s ties to shady Russian figures stretch back decades, and Unger diligently pieces them together in one place. Although Unger doesn’t provide any evidence that Trump gave the Russians anything concrete in return for their help, the case he makes for how much potential leverage the Russians had over Trump is pretty damning.

Trump the Toddler: The President’s Negotiating Strategy

This man is not an adult. He has the temperament of a child. We have recognize we have a mentally challenged individual who is occupying the White House. Unfortunately we will learn later the cause for his mental disease. We know for a fact that he is narcissist. That is why it’s a national emergency that we remove him from office:

Trump doesn’t bear all the blame for this state of affairs, despite having preemptively taken credit for the shutdown. It was the Republican Party that embraced a president who, as the professor and commentator Dan Drezner has pointed out, behaves like a moody toddler. Over the past two years, one news story after another has documented how White House staff fear his pouty moods, his nasty outbursts, and his vicious tantrums.

For the past two years, the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than engaging in its constitutional duty to provide oversight of the executive branch, has acted more like bad parents pampering a spoiled child, not only enabling Trump’s corruption and abuses of power but also his fragile ego and tempestuous outbursts. Although some of them might vote to reopen the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is dead set on giving the toddler in chief what he wants by preventing such a vote from taking place.

Fox News: Shutdown is ‘chaos Trump likes’ because it keeps Mueller out of the news

Exactly right. Why did it take FOX News (of all people) to tell us the truth about what Trump is doing with the media:

But a Fox News host suggested that President Donald Trump is hardly eager to resolve the crisis, noting that focusing attention on the wall is beneficial to the administration.

“The shutdown is good for Trump. It keeps his base engaged. It keeps the news off of other things that are bad for him. When this is the story, Mueller is not the story,” Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewart said.

The shutdown “is the kind of chaos Trump likes” because it helps him control the news cycle, Stirewart added.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace Shreds Sarah Huckabee Sanders Over Border Terror Claims

Best interview yet of Sanders. She was exposed as a liar:

“Let’s talk about the wall,” Wallace said. “The president talks about terrorists potentially coming across the border.”

He then showed a clip of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen stating Friday that “over 3,000 special interest aliens” trying to enter the U.S. from the southern border had been stopped by Border Patrol agents.

“But special interest aliens are just people who have come from countries that have ever produced a terrorist, they’re not terrorists themselves,” Wallace said. He also cited State Department reports that found “no credible evidence of any terrorist coming across the border from Mexico.”

Trump Administration Now Has 4 Corporate Lobbyists Serving as Cabinet Secretaries

So much for draining the swamp:

With the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis, industry lobbyists now make up four of President Trump’s cabinet secretaries.

The New York Times’ Eric Lipton reminded his followers Wednesday that secretaries for several of the most important agencies the executive branch of the federal government — like the Departments of Defense, Interior, and Health and Human Services — are lobbyists for the industries those agencies are ostensibly supposed to be regulating.

Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says in Op-Ed Trump’s character falls short of presidential

Romney is the first Senate Republican to denounce Donald Trump. This is a big deal. He is paving the way for other Republicans to come out against the president:

Sen.-elect Mitt Romney wasted no time in the new year branding himself as a Senate maverick and a foe of President Donald Trump, saying in a blistering New Year’s Day essay that after nearly two years in the White House “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

Romney, just two days from being sworn in as the junior Republican Senator from Utah, wrote in the Washington Post that Trump’s most glaring failure has been his inability to unite a “nation so divided, resentful and angry.”