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Pence: China Is Trying to Kick Trump Out of the White House



Vice President Mike Pence delivered a startling attack against China Thursday morning, claiming Beijing is trying to remove President Donald Trump.

“China wants a different American president,” Pence told attendees at a right wing think tank tied to the military, the Hudson Institute, according to prepared remarks received by NCRM. He accuses Beijing of working to “influence American public opinion.”

“The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials,” Pence charges.

“Worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections,” the Vice President warns, while ignoring the threat Russia poses.

The Vice President is trying to convince the American people that China, not Russia, is undermining American democracy.

“Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets to shift Americans’ perception of Chinese policies,” Pence continues. “As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”

Politico notes that President Trump made a similar charge last week.

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election,” Trump said. “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura offers insight into the Trump administration’s hypocrisy and possibly its motivation.

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‘Goddamnit’: Listen as Trump Feigns Total Surprise When Omarosa Says Kelly Is Firing Her



The man who came to international fame for saying, “You’re fired!” hasn’t been able to accomplish that task as the most powerful person in the world.

Monday morning NBC News aired audio provided by Omarosa Manigault-Newman of a telephone call between her and President Donald Trump, the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in 2017.

“Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” Trump says in the recording.

“General Kelly—General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Omarosa replies.

“No…I, I, Nobody even told me about it,” Trump claims.

“Wow,” Omarosa, aware she is recording the conversation, says.

“You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump continues, claiming he was unaware of her firing. “I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”

Newman seems to have accepted Trump’s claim that he was unaware of her firing, ignoring the fact that he could just tell Kelly to rescind the decision.

“He doesn’t even know what’s happening in his White House,” Newman told NBC News. “He’s being puppeted.”


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‘Good Thing Jared’s Working on Prison Reform’: Internet Scorches Trump for Comparing FBI to Nazi Stormtroopers



President Donald Trump spent the weekend away from the White House, the First Lady, and their son, fleeing to Camp David for a rare sojourn with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. But based on the volume of tweets from the ever-increasingly paranoid president this weekend it’s clear the federal mountain retreat in Maryland did not live up to its reputation of having a restorative effect.

Sunday afternoon President Trump posted an insane tweet comparing the FBI agents investigating him, members of his administration, transition team, and campaign, to Nazi Stormtroopers.

The president appeared to be referring to a Sunday morning interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and political strategist Mark Penn.

Many on social media were taken aback, saying even for this president the hyperbole was extreme and unacceptable. Others just rightly mocked Trump.



Image by Spencer Means via Flickr and a CC license

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White House Implies Career Officials at FBI Gave Jared Kushner Permanent Security Clearance – That’s False.



A Letter From the FBI Addressing Kushner’s Security Clearance Says Only the White House Can Grant Clearance

The White House has been caught in yet another mistruth, and unfortunately, The New York Times appears to have assisted in what looks to some like clever deception. According to the paper of record earlier Wednesday, a source in the White House said Jared Kushner had finally been granted a permanent top secret security clearance, and that decision had been made by career officials at FBI, or so the Times’ report suggested.

Mr. Kushner’s clearances were approved by career officials after the completion of the F.B.I. background check, and the president was not involved in the process, according to the person briefed on the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because clearance decisions are supposed to be secret,” The Times reported late Wednesday afternoon.

So did Kushner’s own attorney.

“With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process,” Abbe Lowell said Wednesday in a statement.

The Washington Post and NBC News also appeared to suggest Kushner’s clearance was granted by career FBI officials.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) just shared a 2017 letter from the FBI to Beyer’s Democratic colleague, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. The Bureau wanted to make it clear it did not and does not make decisions on security clearances, not for Kushner or any other White House official.

Rep. Beyer calls the White House and Jared Kushner’s representatives’ claims that the FBI career officials made the decision “false or misleading.” And via Twitter he quotes the FBI, which wrote, “the granting or suspension of Mr. Kushner’s clearance would be the responsibility of the client adjudication entity, in this case, the White House.”

To be clear, The NY Times reported that “the president was not involved in the process.”

So who was?

In what also appears to be breaking news, Beyer tweets that Kushner has “been fined for repeated failure to file ethics disclosures.” He did not elaborate on how much, or if Kushner paid the fine.

The question remains: Who approved Jared Kushner’s top secret security clearance, and was it the president, or was it at his direction?

Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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