Trump’s ‘War Room’ ???

This afternoon, a story in Reuters caught my eye.  The title read, “In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe”.  Here are a few highlights from the story:

“Once U.S. President Donald Trump returns from his overseas trip, the White House plans to launch its most aggressive effort yet to push back against allegations involving Russia and his presidential campaign, tackling head-on a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency.

Trump’s advisers are planning to establish a “war room” to combat mounting questions about communication between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after November’s presidential election …

Upon Trump’s return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trump’s former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation.

A White House official confirmed plans to hold more rallies.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, will be involved in the new strategic messaging operation, as will Steve Bannon, another top adviser who specializes in managing Trump’s populist appeal and shaping his political image. Bannon and Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, have been laying the groundwork for the plan this week.

Kushner, who held several meetings with Russian officials following the election, is a focus of the probe.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, is also expected to be part of the effort.

“The goal of the White House is to try and contain the crisis and media coverage of the special counsel.”

Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a Trump friend, said he expects the president will travel more when he returns from overseas and encouraged the White House to focus on issues that pump up his base voters.

“From my perspective, I think the president should be doing the stuff that he does best, which is talking about his agenda: jobs, trade and security,” Ruddy said. Trump has scheduled a political rally for next week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The White House said other similar events are in the planning stages.

I don’t wish to spend 1,000 words on this, as it is uncertain quite exactly what is meant by “set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe”.  But a few points may be worth thinking about.

A ‘war room’ was probably a poor choice of words, and ‘to repel attacks over Russia probe’ an even worse choice.  Trump & Co need to keep their noses clean here, as their actions and speech to date have given them the appearance of having something to hide.  When Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, then admitted that he did so because of the investigation into Trump, his advisors and their ties to Russia, he blundered.  At that point, he began to look guilty as heck.  If he wants anybody to believe he is innocent, he needs to back off, take the criticisms with grace, and speak to the FBI and the special prosecutor only when spoken to.

Jared Kushner has now been implicated in the tangled Russian-US web and has, like Trump, no business interfering in any capacity.  He, too, is giving off smoke signals that look an awful lot like guilt.

I get nervous when I hear that part of their goal is to “contain the crisis and media coverage of the special counsel.” To contain the media coverage would be to stifle or tie the press’ hands, and this is not acceptable under any foreseeable circumstances.

Trump’s plan to travel more, hold more political, campaign-style rallies is absurd, despite what Mr. Ruddy may think.  Ruddy says the job of the president is to “pump up the voters”, but it is not an election year and Trump needs to focus on doing the job, rather than campaigning for an election that he will never see! The job of the president is NOT to go about the country drumming up fans, inciting the masses, and bragging about his efforts, most of which are disastrous.  The job of the president is to govern the nation.  Trump is a showman, not a leader.  He needs to realize very quickly that holding rallies are not in his job description.  Personally, if he has that much time on his hands, I would prefer he spend it reading and studying the U.S. Constitution and learning about both our allies and our adversaries, as he seems to have the two confused.  And, since I am one of his employers, my opinion should count for something!

And as for Corey Lewandowski … where to start?  Trump fired him as his campaign manager in June 2016 and replaced him with bloomin’ idiot Kellyanne Conway.  Lewandowski went to work for CNN immediately after leaving Trump’s team.  In November, 3 days after the election, Lewandowski resigned his position as a CNN commentator and the following month started a political consulting firm, Avenue Strategies.  “I will always be Presidnt-elect Trump’s biggest supporter,” Lewandowski said.  Pass the ginger ale, please … or the wine. Then earlier this month, Lewandowski also quit the firm he had founded, leaving it for his partner, Barry Bennett, another former trumpidian, to run on his own.

Lewandowski himself may actually come under the cloud of suspicion in the Russian ties investigation, if he isn’t already, as he approved foreign policy adviser Carter Page’s now-infamous trip to Moscow last summer. The trip is now a focus of congressional and FBI investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Lewandowski told POLITICO he did not recall the email exchange with Page, but he did not deny that it occurred.  The plot thickens and the web becomes ever more tangled.

As I said, I do not want to spend too much time dwelling on this ‘war room’ story until we see what comes of it and what the true intent is.  However these were just a few things that raised red flags and I think bear watching.  But then, anything involving Trump and his minions bears watching, for I do not trust a single one of them.

20 thoughts on “Trump’s ‘War Room’ ???

  1. Well, the bright spot is, with the ending of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, this White House will replace it complete with a bunch of elephants and their very own orange P.T. Barnum. And don’t forget the clowns.

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    • Haha … I had the exact same thought!!! Great minds think alike, they say … 🙂 And clowns … oh my goodness, we have more clowns in this circus than Ringling Bros has had in the last 100 years!!! Ours are just uglier! 🙂

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  2. Jill, the battle theme says a great deal. A non-guilty person would invite investigation saying I have nothing to hide. Call me crazy, but he has consistently lied, changed his lies, caused the Nunes to have to recuse himself, fired the lead investigator and lied about the reasons until he left his people hanging out to dry and said he fired him because of the investigation, and continues to discredit the story as a hoax.

    With the drip, drip, drip of people caught in the web, this story requires investigation. It is a given by all of our intelligence leaders that the Russians meddled. Now, we must confirm if collusion occurred. Irrespective of the collusion, he may be impeached for obstruction of justice. That seems to be the case.

    Good post, Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! I believe this man is guilty of more than we may ever know. He reminds me of an animal caught in a trap. A trap, I might add, of his own making. I cannot help thinking about what would have been done to Barack Obama if he had done or said 10% of the the things that Trump has done and said. There is a double standard … based, I am fairly certain, on nothing more than race. But back to the point … I seem to have wandered … you are so right … an innocent man would be open and cooperative. Trump is being obtuse and obnoxious, trying to throw wrenches into every investigation, and that convinces me more than ever that if the truth ever comes out, he will end up in an orange jump suit looking out from behind the bars.

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  3. Is Washington today really as dirty as in the Nixon era? Is there something of absolute power corrupting absolutely going on here? What the Hades have the Russians got to do with an US election. Is cyber-war real? I have no Idea. All I know is that when push comes to shove the USA and UK will stand side by side against evil, be it enemies foreign or domestic. In this day and age my best words are; be safe Jill Dennison. ❤

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    • You have many questions to which I have no answers, but in my opinion, your first question, yes, Washington today is more corrupt than even in the Nixon administration. And it is multiplying exponentially as those who are dishonest see themselves being caught up in their web of lies and try to find a way out. What will happen next is anybody’s guess and I cannot even try to predict. But yes, my dear friend Jack, I will keep safe and you must do the same. You are a good man … thank you for caring! Hugs!!! ❤

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    • I was thinking tonight … I do not think Trump has ever had a real friend. Sure, he has many ‘friends’ who hang on his coattails for what his power and his money can do for them, but I cannot imagine that any person has ever loved Donald Trump just for who he is. Maybe his mother. And that is rather sad, but then … he doesn’t love anybody, either … I suspect even his children are seen as stepping stones.

      Hugs!!!

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  4. It sounds as though President Trump and associates are like insects caught in a spider’s web. The more they struggle the more they’ll become stuck making it worse for themselves. Someone on CNN said the President should lawyer up and shut up. —- Suzanne

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