Trump’s ‘Braintrust’ IncludesÂ Sean Hannity, Jason Miller, Corey Lewandowski, Reince Priebus, and Ronna McDaniel
President Donald Trump has had more turnover â€“ much of it not of his choosingÂ â€“ in his poorly-staffed administration than any president in modern history, but that is not going to stop him from creating more. According to a new report by Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, the president is looking for a “killer” to help in the White House’s strategy and response to the Mueller investigation in a “West Wing reset,” especially in the wake of Steve Bannon’s unceremonious exit.Â
Not surprisingly, Ivanka Trump is behind the push for a shakeup. And Sherman reveals Trump regrets previous top administration staffing choices, wishing he had made Rudy Giuliani his Secretary of State and Chris Christie his Attorney General.
“According to sources, Trump speaks regularly by phone with a braintrust that includes Sean Hannity, Jason Miller, Corey Lewandowski, Reince Priebus, and R.N.C. Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel,” Sherman reports.
Trump’s “top choice for the strategist position is Jason Miller, who served as communications director for Trumpâ€™s presidential campaign. ‘He wants a killer, and Jason is a killer,’ an outside adviser to the White House told me. Trump had wanted Miller to join the administration during the transition, but Miller withdrew after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair during the campaign with former Trump aide A.J. Delgado.”
Miller, pictured above, is now a CNN contributor andÂ Managing Director at Teneo Strategy.
Sherman’s reporting shows the White House is playing games with the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants.
“Miller has advised Trump to push for an immigration deal that shows real progress towards building the Wall, the theory being that getting a win on immigration will mobilize the base in November,” Sherman writes. “Instead,” he notes, Trump’s advisers “want him to sign an extension for DACA so that immigration is a midterm election issue (the theory being that putting immigration on the ballot will mobilize the base).”
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are against bringing Trump’s former campaign manager and noted hothead Corey Lewandowski back into the fold.Â
They have blocked Corey at every turn. They kept him from going into [the] family box at the inaugural,â€ one former campaign staffer told me. â€œIf Corey gets back in, theyâ€™re not long for the place.â€
Here’s Miller on CNN last month:
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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’
After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”
The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.
While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.
Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.
Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:
NOW: large maskless group of House GOP members has just crossed onto the Senate side and asked to enter the Senate Chamber. pic.twitter.com/gfmEAQMWbj
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
House Republicans are protesting the mask mandate by walking to the Senate, where masks are not mandated by Capitol physician pic.twitter.com/sFD6AVnbr3
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) July 29, 2021
GOP Massie: says the House GOP members are over here “for a taste of freedom.”
“You don’t have to wear a mask on the Senate side.”
Massie said they have the same attending physician, but he’s given different directives to each chamber.
Here’s video of them asking to enter. pic.twitter.com/A79S38d9UE
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
Far Right Republican Concocts Fundraising Scheme to Bail Out Mask Rule-Breakers — but the Cash Goes to His Campaign
Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.
Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.
While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.
“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.
See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:
Cawthorn’s fundraising to bail out Republicans congressional staffers who won’t wear masks in the Capitol.
Background: Speaker Pelosi reinstated masks mandates earlier this week and now the mayor of DC has also. https://t.co/TLbLPPOUZx
— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) July 29, 2021
‘We’re in Marxist Territory’: Gaetz, Gohmert, and Greene Outraged for Being Blocked From Visiting Jan. 6 Defendants
U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) staged a press conference immediately after being denied entry to a corrections facility allegedly holding defendants facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection.
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated,” Congressman Gohmert declared for the cameras.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) after this ridiculous, see-through, political theater stunt to get into the corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners:
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.” pic.twitter.com/gRvIg47wd1
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2021
The three far right Republicans delivered their remarks after a guard told them they were “trespassing” and “obstructing entrance into this facility.”
TRESPASSING: GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Matt Gaetz are denied entry to a corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners. pic.twitter.com/DCxUkvamzC
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2021
The videos above come from the far right website Right Side Broadcasting Network, which falsely deems the defendants “political prisoners” in its chyrons.
As the members of Congress spoke two protestors held up signs reading: “Where is due process” and “Free Biden’s political prisoners,” which is rhetoric similar to that made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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