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The "Banned-From-The-White-House" Book Club   America - all of it

Started 4/13/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 18811 views.
Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

8/15/18

Thank god you spell well! If you had written: maroon, wow the brewing storm.

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

8/15/18

No she is not! They are already 30% off since day 1

Usually, no. 

But the things that came up in the recordings, turns out sometimes she tells the truth

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

8/15/18

I have no doubt about that.

But it's just more distraction.

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

8/15/18

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

8/16/18

You mentioned this in passing somewhere...

Anyway, I guess this will be the next book...

US President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, accusing him of using his access to classified information to "sow division and chaos" about the Trump administration.

Key points:

  • Donald Trump is also reviewing security clearances of other former officials
  • John Brennan has been a sharp critic of Mr Trump
  • He took to Twitter after the decision to say it was an effort to "suppress freedom of speech and punish critics"

Mr Trump announced the decision in a statement read by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at her daily news briefing.

Mr Trump said he was also reviewing the security clearances of several other former ranking government officials, all of whom have criticised Mr Trump, including former US national intelligence director James Clapper, former FBI director James Comey, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, and former deputy attorney-general Sally Yates, among others.

CIA Director John Brennan speaking in April 2015

Mr Brennan, who was director of the CIA under Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, has been a sharp critic of Mr Trump, frequently appearing on cable television news shows to attack his foreign policy positions.

Mr Trump's statement said Mr Brennan had engaged in "increasingly frenzied commentary" and abused his access to classified information by using it to "sow division and chaos".

"At this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behaviour," Mr Trump said.

"That conduct and behaviour has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that has been due to him."

A spokesman for Mr Brennan declined to immediately comment, but Mr Brennan took to Twitter himself to criticise the decision as an effort to "suppress freedom of speech and punish critics".

Democrats are also lining up to denounce Mr Trump's decision, with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calling the move "a stunning abuse of power".

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned a "dangerous precedent" was being set.

But Ms Sanders defended the decision, saying Mr Brennan had been making "unfounded and outrageous allegations" against the administration.

Mr Brennan called Mr Trump's behaviour at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous."

Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said of Mr Trump: "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies."

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

8/16/18

Trump takes the high road!  ... just kidding

US President Donald Trump has escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, referring to his longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as "that dog!"

Key points:

  • Trump calls Manigault Newman "crazed, crying lowlife"
  • Former aide says she has more recordings
  • Trump presidential campaign files arbitration action against Manigault Newman

The pressure on Ms Manigault Newman increased, as the Trump presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her, alleging a breach of a confidentiality agreement.

A campaign official said the action was filed with the American Arbitration Association.

Mr Trump tweeted a barrage of insults on Tuesday morning (local time) as Ms Manigault Newman continued promoting her White House tell-all and releasing secret audio recordings.

Her book paints a damning picture of Mr Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show The Apprentice.

Twitter time:

"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out," Mr Trump said.

"Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

While Mr Trump trades in insults on a near daily basis, calling Ms Manigault Newman a "dog" was a stunning move in a row that touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House.

They included a lack of racial diversity among senior officials, security concerns — Ms Manigault Newman taped her firing in the White House Situation Room — and extraordinary measures such as non-disclosure agreements to keep ex-employees quiet.

Mr Trump has also pushed back against Ms Manigault Newman's claim that she had heard an audiotape of him using the N-word.

He tweeted that he had received a call from the producer of The Apprentice assuring him "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa",

Mr Trump said "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have".

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

8/21/18

#Omarosa Wins Back Her BLACK CARD In Shocking Al Sharpton Interview (19 Aug. 2018)

GET YOUR FREE PERSONALIZED NUMEROLOGY REPORT HERE: https://bit.ly/2tWuuZy #Omarosa wins back her Black Card in a shocking, no-holds-barred interview on MSNBC...

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

10/11/18

I guess there'll be a new book soon...

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley makes a hand gesture as she speaks during a news briefing at the White House.

Nikki Haley has become the latest high-profile resignation from the Donald Trump White House.

At a press conference in the Oval Office, Ms Haley said she would be leaving her role as US ambassador to the UN by the end of the year. The departure has left plenty of people scratching their heads.

Ms Haley is one of the administration's most popular figures, among Republicans and Democrats, and Mr Trump praised her as a "fantastic person" who has "done an incredible job".

So why is she stepping down now weeks before crucial midterm elections?

Here's some of the reasons being floated for her resignation.

Let's start with Ms Haley's official explanation

Ms Haley said the past eight years, six of which were spent as South Carolina's governor and two as the UN ambassador, had been intense.

"I am a believer in term limits. I think you have to be selfless enough to know when you step aside and allow someone else to do the job," she said.

Mr Trump told reporters she was resigning to "take a little time off".

Both explanations didn't really satisfy anybody.

On the timing of the announcement, CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Ascosta reported that Ms Haley was concerned about resigning after the midterm elections, but also didn't want to step aside during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process.

She might want to make money in the private sector

According to CNN, Ms Haley's 2018 financial disclosure reported a significant number of outstanding debts including a million-dollar mortgage and a line of credit between $250,000 and $500,000.

The network reports that seven-figure salaries are waiting for someone with her experience in the private sector, compared to the comparatively modest salary she currently earns as a public official.

She could be planning a run for president

Ms Haley answered the question about a run in 2020 before reporters could even ask her about it.

She had been talked about as a vice-presidential candidate as far back as 2012, and it's long been speculated that she had eyes on the White House.

Naturally, sitting next to the man who intends to be the Republican nominee in 2020, she quickly ruled out a run in two years time.

"No I'm not running in 2020," she told reporters, and followed up that she would campaign for Mr Trump.

But two years is a long time in the Donald Trump era.

Who knows what could happen between now and 2020, especially with special counsel Robert Mueller yet to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

And even if 2020 isn't an option, Ms Haley is only 46-years-old. A run in 2024 could absolutely still be on the cards.

Were there uncomfortable questions on the horizon?

Just this week, a Federal Government watchdog asked the State Department to investigate Ms Haley's use of private jets in seven instances last year.

The Post and Courier reports that the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the State Department to examine Haley's acceptance of the flights as gifts.

Similar scandals eventually led to the resignations of two other Trump cabinet members, Scott Pruitt and Tom Price.

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