The Trump White House has become a freak show — a horror movie — with a huge, lumbering clown chasing enemies behind every bush

The Trump White House sees enemies in every direction. They’re skulking in the Senate. Marching in the streets. And certainly slinging arrows in the press. But the biggest concern isn’t outside. They can’t just lock the doors of the White House and man the barricades. Because there’s a suspicion that every person inside the walls could already be … one of them.

Leaks are hardly the only cause of Trump’s problems — the uproar over FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal wasn’t the result of a leak. But Trump-friendly talking heads see something that stretches the realms of believability. Far-right radio host Alex Jones warns of a plot by “deep-state” globalists to impeach Trump. On Fox News, Sean Hannity warned Wednesday of a “destroy Trump alliance” that is now “aligning to take down President Trump.”

Leakers. Faceless, hidden, deep-state leakers. They may look like ordinary staffers, but when not under close observation by Trump loyalists, they’re quick to slip away and drop a dime to the NYT.

This narrative, that the White House corridors are crowded with more in-disguise monsters than a remake of The Thing, isn’t just a staple of alt-right news hosts. It’s something that’s sincerely believed by the man at the middle of the ersatz siege, Donald Trump. As a result, the White House may not be filled with secret monsters, but it’s certainly weighed down by fear.

Staffers are on edge, weary from endless speculation about their jobs and struggling to keep their bearings amid the ever-shifting political terrain.

What really helps in an organization that feels like it’s being treated unfairly from the outside? An extra helping of internal strife and mistrust egged on by a boss that is 100 percent rage and zero percent empathy.

 The schisms within the Trump regime are so obvious that even the most supportive sources level the blame for his problems at people within the walls.

“SABOTAGE,” read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican Party, which pointed to “people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement.” Trump tweeted Thursday that he’s facing “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Trump still hasn’t filled hundreds of roles in the administration simply because he can’t find enough names he trusts. The State Department lies fallow because Trump fears that some people working there might have fond memories of Hillary Clinton. As the pressure ramps up, the staff faces constant rumors of shifting power within the few people close to Trump and of turnover, reassignment, and removal of those who fall from favor.

“Some of them think it will pass, some are frustrated because they look like amateurs in responding to all of this, and some are freaked out because there is an actual investigation now,” said one GOP operative in touch with White House officials. “It’s leaks and tweets and frenzy. They wake up every day and are continually slapped in the face and it doesn’t look like it will stop. They’re demoralized.”

Trump’s allies say the president has failed to get a handle on the rolling crises, which have taken their toll on staff, according to interviews with about a dozen people in the White House or with close ties to the administration.

It’s a situation that certainly encourages those on the outside to apply even more pressure. Because this egg is showing plenty of cracks.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop. Again and again, they have tried to push forward with their agenda, only to see news reports dominated by near-daily leaks.

Wait. Those footsteps around the corner. The shadowy figure moving down the hall. Can the person next to you be trusted? That whispered conversation … is someone talking to the Washington Post.

Yes. Yes, they are.

In advance of Trump’s foreign trip, White House staffers tell foreign leaders they must kiss Trump’s ass several times

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White House Tells World Leaders That They Must Tell Trump He’s Doing Better Than Obama

By Jason Easley on Fri, May 19th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Foreign leaders are being told that they are to compliment Trump on his Electoral College win and compare him favorably to President Obama as part of the rules for meeting with the President during his first foreign trip.

The New York Times reported:

Trump can only handle one point in a very short conversation, and he needs his ego flattered and a slide show.

Donald Trump’s trip isn’t an international visit overseas by a president. It is a global babysitting operation to give American a break for its perpetually needy, corrupt, and scandal-plagued toddler.

The White House’s “rules” for meeting Trump aren’t diplomatic guidelines for international diplomacy. They are a list you leave on the fridge for the babysitter before you both head out to catch a movie.

The idea that world leaders are expected to lie and praise Trump as better than Obama is jaw-droppingly shallow. We all know that Trump can’t handle any criticism, but he is so insecure about not being as good of a president as Obama that it could be viewed as a symptom a deep mental or emotional issue.

Trump will return to the United States thinking his trip was great, and he made lots of new friends, but the reality has

Europeans are far ahead of us — they recognize Trump as a clown

Weeks ago, many U.S. allies in Europe were living in fear of what newly-elected President Donald Trump would do with regards to the stability and safety of Europe.

Now, however, after Trump’s inept, scandal plagued first months in office, people who spoke with Germany-based Politico correspondent Susan B. Glasser said, “The dominant reaction to Trump right now is mockery.”

“People are less worried than they were six weeks ago, less afraid,” said one German government official to Glasser. “Now they see the clownish nature.”

“People here think Trump is a laughingstock,” another German national confided to Glasser in Berlin.

He was echoed by Michael Wertz, an expert on German-American relations with the Center for American Progress, who said, “The Trump administration is becoming an international laughingstock.” Werz said that he was struck by “how rapidly the American brand is depreciating over the last 20 weeks.”

Diplomats representing U.S.-friendly countries all have been comparing notes on how to handle the president, who is known for his volatility, short attention span and thin skin.

“The president of the United States has a 12-second attention span,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to a “former senior official” after an April meeting with Trump in the Oval Office. Furthermore, Stoltenberg said, the president seemed unprepared and ill-informed during the meeting, attempting to steer the conversation with NATO representatives to North Korea, which is not a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s charter, since it is not located in the North Atlantic.

“Some of the reported preparations for the NATO session in Brussels this week suggest just how much the volatile-clown theory of the American president has now taken hold,” wrote Glasser.

  • NATO has downsized what was to be a full summit meeting to just a dinner on May 25 “to minimize the chance of a Trump eruption.”
  • Leaders have been told to keep their remarks under four minutes or they’ll lose Trump’s attention.
  • Leaders have also been advised to present something to Trump that looks like a deal — what diplomatic parlance calls a “deliverable” — some tangible, if meaningless, offer to make the president feel like he’s accomplished something special.

Trump hires family because he doesn’t know how to deal with people

Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban was on The View today where he once again dispensed his insight into President Donald Trump.

Cuban told host Joy Behar how he interprets the famous Trump nepotism that has now moved in the White House.

“When I see somebody in a business and almost everybody in senior management is a family member, that’s a real sign they don’t know how to hire, they don’t know how to manage, they don’t know how to lead,” Cuban explained.

This is not the first time Cuban has criticized Donald Trump’s management skills.

“The ban was half-assed and half-baked,” Mark Cuban said of Trump’s Muslim ban. “When something like that happens it calls into question the management skills of the guy in charge.”

Cuban also suggested that Trump lacked the intellectual wherewithal to have colluded with the Russians.

Donald Trump, “isn’t detail oriented, organized or big picture enough to pull off any [type] of conspiracy,” Mark Cuban trolled in April.

Trump’s lack of intelligence has been an ongoing theme for Cuban.

“It’s rare that you see someone get stupider before your eyes, but he’s really working at it,’” Cuban said last year. “You have to give him credit. It’s a difficult thing to do, but he’s accomplished it.”

“Someone close to the President . . . ” is now under criminal investigation

The federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives has expanded to include a current White House official, the Washington Post reports.

A senior White House adviser—described by the Post as someone “close to the president”—is reportedly one of the subjects of the investigation, according to sources familiar with the probe. This is in addition to former Trump aides Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, who were previously identified as subjects of the investigation.

The news comes after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump aides.

What’s this crap about someONE close to the President?  How about everygoddamone of those sonsabitches close to the President?

LOCK ‘EM UP!!!   LOCK ‘EM UP!!!  LOCK ‘EM UP!!!

 

 

As the Dumbass-in-Chief prepares for his first foreign trip; the whole nation prays that he won’t embarrass us (too much)

The entire world will be holding its collective breath for the next week, watching to see if their leaders—and White House staff—are up to the most important and fraught babysitting job ever undertaken: popular vote loser Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president. Regime staff are making sure the schedule allows for a lot of “downtime.” Foreign leaders are busy preparing presentations for Trump with lots of pictures and small bits of information and even making sure that his favorite food—steak and ketchup—will always be available. No, really. And that’s not the most embarrassing part.

For foreign leaders trying to figure out the best way to approach an American president unlike any they have known, it is a time of experimentation. Embassies in Washington trade tips and ambassadors send cables to presidents and ministers back home suggesting how to handle a mercurial, strong-willed leader with no real experience on the world stage, a preference for personal diplomacy and a taste for glitz.After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short—no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.

World leaders have figured out quickly that flattering Trump is the only way to deal with him, well, that and making sure they don’t tell him anything complicated. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has learned that stoking his ego works. “When she planned to travel to Saudi Arabia last month, she called Mr. Trump first, ostensibly to ask his advice—counsel that after 12 years in office she hardly needed from a diplomatic novice.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has another approach, and “has emphasized his relationship with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, going back to when the young man was a child.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been extra nice to Ivanka Trump, taking her to a Broadway show.

 

Trump wanted to file his financial disclosure form without certifying the information is correct

MAY 19, 2017 11:21 AM

BY JULIE BYKOWICZ
Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics.

Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification. That is standard practice for the thousands of financial disclosure forms OGE processes each year.

The Associated Press obtained the letters under a Freedom of Information Act request.

“As we discussed, OGE will provide this assistance on the condition that the President is committed to certifying that the contents of his report are true, complete and correct,” Shaub wrote in a May 10 letter. “When we met on April 27, 2017, you requested that he be excused from providing this certification.”

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