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Michael Flynn Fails To Keep Job, Role of Trump’s Relationship With Putin Still To Be Learned

The Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Michael Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.  The concern was raised after Flynn claimed he did not discuss with the Russian ambassador the sanctions being imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the election.  Flynn was not yet back in government.  After he had been fired during President Obama’s time in office one does have to ask what made anyone think Flynn should return.

Tonight Flynn, a bigot and disgrace to his uniform, resigned.    Let us also admit the Flynn family are  just a bunch of haters and racists.

Trump’s transition team at one point tried to get security clearance for the son of Flynn.  Michael G. Flynn has served as his father’s top aide and chief of staff, and regularly shares conspiracy theories, expletive-filled posts and racially insensitive sentiments on Twitter and Facebook.    As I have said many times over the past months there is no way to make this stuff up!

Politics use to stop at the waters edge in this land.  Tonight serious questions must be asked–and answers obtained–as to what is happening with Trump and Russian President Putin.  While I understand that Trump supporters probably have not heard of the Logan Act the serious minded who care about this nation have, and need to be vigilant.   The news of what Flynn did tonight does not resolve questions as much as fosters a whole new series of them.

The sinister dealings that Flynn undertook for Trump is part and parcel of the dangerous sentiments that exists in this White House regarding a wide range of national security issues.  Tonight he was thrown out of the Trump administration.  But the concerns of a nation still are front and center about the intermingled relationship Trump has with Putin.

Facts And Details Mar Trump Plans For Domestic Steel Production

Over the past couple months I have made it a priority to read about the reasons voters decided to cast a ballot for Donald Trump.  Just last week, as an example, the Wisconsin State Journal had a story about voters in Crawford County who did not care for the bombastic nature of Trump’s personality, or the immigrant bashing but voted all the same for Trump based on his claims that he would bring back jobs to the disaffected.    While I understand the desire of a segment of the nation–often found in rural areas–to again find economic prosperity–I am mindful that there is a total sea change underway regarding jobs, education, globalization, and the growth of technology.  There are no easy answers or quick solutions that are going to lift a certain demographic up and out of the place they now find themselves.

Which brings me to the notion that Trump made in the campaign, and during the opening days of his time in the White House.  Regarding energy pipelines Trump stated he wanted them built with domestic steel.   But as many noted for the last year when such statements were made that is not reality.  It makes for a great political sound bite.  But it is not the stuff of economic soundness.

But scrutiny of Trump’s demand shows that his simple-sounding “Buy American” sloganeering runs headlong into actual economic conditions, legal barriers, and basic requirements of governing.

Industry analysts say the idea of forcing the Keystone and Dakota pipelines to be made from American steel is, well, a pipe dream. The Dakota pipeline is almost complete, so its developers don’t need to buy much, if any, additional pipe.

As for Keystone, just drive a few miles east of Scranton in North Dakota, where hundreds of miles worth of 36-inch pipe — already purchased for the project — is stacked in a field and waiting for construction to begin.

Add to that the fact that few American steelmakers make the type of steel required for the pipeline.

All told, it looks as if Trump’s pipeline declaration is another example of facts and details getting in the way of the president’s original wishes — like finding a quick fix for the Affordable Care Act.

Few American steelmakers make the type of steel required for the pipeline, and there is skepticism they will retool their plants to make it in part because margins are low. American companies, he said, tend to focus on steel for appliances and automobiles.

“Somebody at the White House doesn’t have a clue,” said Charles Bradford, the president of Bradford Research Inc. “This is not a common type of steel. It’s a very high strength steel which very few people make.”

More Baseless Charges From Conservatives About Voting Fraud

I knew an elderly woman who told me that getting really old allowed one to ‘lie like a Republican’ and with that comes the news from this weekend.

They said it again on Sunday: The White House accused thousands of Massachusetts residents of busing into New Hampshire to illegally vote on Election Day. Trump said it Thursday to a group of US senators in a private meeting, and White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller reiterated that accusation during media interviews over the weekend. 

This fraud, Trump and his staff have argued, is why he lost New Hampshire by around 3,000 votes, and US Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, lost her reelection by an even slimmer margin.

To be clear, Trump and his allies have provided zero proof of this claim. 

Is Reince Priebus About To Lose His Job?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to have a lunch meeting with President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the Newark Star Ledger reports.

“The meeting comes as speculation intensifies that President Trump has grown unhappy with several members of his inner circle and their performance in the first month of the administration…. Christie, a fellow Republican who has been a longtime friend and confidant to Trump, is expected to discuss a broad range of topics with the president.”

National Security Advisor Mike Flynn Must Leave White House–Reince Priebus Too

I was first and foremost opposed to Mike Flynn being named National Security Advisor due to his dangerous views and attitudes.  His vile comments about Muslims was all one needed to hear to know that there was no place for him in government.  The fact Flynn was fired from the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama presidency should underscore the fact that there is no place for him in any White House.

What we have witnessed over the past 72 hours is a White House in damage-control due to Flynn.  There is no doubt that Flynn’s job must be in peril and he must be removed after lying to Vice President Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential transition.

But lets be clear about the larger mess that is being reported about in The New York Times and the Washington Post.  The National Security Council under Flynn’s watch is in chaos, as career staff struggle for direction or a clear vision of what the Trump Administration is looking to accomplish around the world. Meanwhile the departments of State and Defense are taking steps to sidestep Flynn and the NSC process to avoid his meddling.

All this means that Flynn, who is needed to be reliable with facts, has proven in fact to lie and distort for his own purposes.  That can not stand.  The entire NSA is now tarnished and that impedes the inter-governmental process of evaluating national security needs.

One only needs to have watched the news this weekend to know the national-security portfolio is overstuffed these days.  North Korea and Iran are both testing Trump and the pitiful attempt to paint the raid in Yemen as anything but a failure means the NSA staff have their hands full.  They do not then also need to deal with Flynn and his violation of the law about a discussion he had with the Russian ambassador.    When it comes to the politics of the matter it got really squirrely with the public stance on whether it might have happened or not.   Messaging is not a friend to this troubled, and troubling White House.

But let me add in closing that Flynn is not the only one who needs to see the exit sign up close.  I have–from DAY ONE–stated very clearly that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is way over his head and should never have been chosen for that job.  Facts show my point very clearly over the past 24 days.  He had no background in government.  There was no reason to think Priebus had the ability to undertake the biggest job in the White House other than the president.  Harken back to history and notice what President Reagan did when his internal operations were under water.  He called in–or should we say Nancy Reagan called in–Howard Baker.  If does not take me to tell my readers that Priebus is no Baker.

Let the heads roll.