Have Jared and Ivanka Had Enough of D.C.? It's Donald That Should Go

A few days ago I wrote:

I think Jared and Ivanka bit off more than they can chew in deciding to move to Washington and get further involved with Trump. I won't be surprised to see them pack up and go back to New York in a year or so.

They may not even make it that long. The media is reporting that White House insiders are suggesting Jared take a leave of absence. (No link due to auto-play video on every site I checked.)

There are also reports Trump is considering a major overhaul of his staff. (Again, no links due to auto-play video everywhere.)

Memo to Trump: Replacing your staff is just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. How long are you going to play this charade? [More...]

You were not a success on your Trump Family's most un-excellent world vacation.

The Saudis played you like a fiddle.

At the meeting of in Brussels, Europe's leaders were laughing at you.

Your administration is also the most tone-deaf ever. On the eve of Memorial Day, your Defense Secretary announces the expansion of a war we have no business being in, claiming we will "annihilate" the almost extinct ISIS -- as if that will defeat myriad of other groups chomping at the bit to take its place. How many more American lives are you willing to sacrifice in the unattainable and unacceptable pursuit of forcing American values on a region which does not ascribe to them?

You have devalued America and made us look foolish. You are a national security nightmare. It's time for your bow and your swan song. If you do it soon, maybe we'll let you take your desk with you as a souvenir.

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    At least he's killing FOX (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Repack Rider on Mon May 29, 2017 at 12:16:59 AM EST
    The reason FOX News is going down the tubes is because they are not covering the Trump Russia story and everyone else is.

    The reason they aren't covering it is because Trump would certainly see it and tweet about the coverage.

    It's hard to even digest this level of irony.

    not a very smart (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 07:55:56 AM EST
    marketing decision to seem to be eager to be seen as the official propaganga arm of an administration circling the drain.

    i found this paragraph (5.00 / 4) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 08:06:05 AM EST
    in a POLITICO story sort of chilling

    Two White House officials said Trump and some aides including Steve Bannon are becoming increasingly convinced that they are victims of a conspiracy against Trump's presidency, as evidenced by the number of leaks flowing out of government -- that the crusade by the so-called "deep state" is a legitimate threat, not just fodder for right wing defenders.

    has a real cornered rat feel to me.

    Jack Welch arose from his stone sarcophagus (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Mon May 29, 2017 at 12:59:52 PM EST
    to talk to Fox viewers about the dangers of Deep State the other night, and Infowars and not-so-Breitbart are all-Deep-State-all-the-time now..

    Someone needs to tell Bannon and his minions what people like him have always said when poor people and the environment are trampled underfoot: this is just the market correcting itself.

    If you want to make an omelet, you have to crack a few eggs.


    Geez, who exactly.... (none / 0) (#10)
    by desertswine on Mon May 29, 2017 at 03:05:18 PM EST
    pulled the stake out what passes for Neutron Jack's heart.  He made himself and GE an unbelievable fortune and all it cost us was the Hudson River.

    They draw a big circle on the ground (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by jondee on Mon May 29, 2017 at 03:49:23 PM EST
    with a pentagram in the center and sprinkled it with bat and toad blood at midnight to lure him to the studio.

    is this (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 03:51:14 PM EST
    "Javanka's" job?  like a team effort.

    They don't call 'em (none / 0) (#14)
    by jondee on Mon May 29, 2017 at 03:57:37 PM EST
    a "power couple" fer nothin'.

    All about greed and power (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by Lora on Mon May 29, 2017 at 08:17:14 AM EST
    Trump has no moral compass.  He just doesn't care about anything but himself.  He is a supreme con artist.

    He is also being played by others in power, mostly as a willing accomplice.  I believe he is all about "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."

    His accusations about a deep state or fake news are simply bids to retain power.  He doesn't believe any of it.  I don't know what he believes in except money = power.

    On the occasion of JFK's 100th birthday, ... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 29, 2017 at 05:45:16 PM EST
    ... I offer his timely quote about knowledge, reason and leadership, which is from the speech he had intended to deliver at the Dallas Trade Mart on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, before fate so cruelly intervened:

    "[The] link between leadership and learning is not only essential at the community level. It is even more indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance and misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country's security.

    "In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America's leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason - or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem.

    "There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable.

    "But today other voices are heard in the land - voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality, wholly unsuited to the sixties, doctrines which apparently assume that words will suffice without weapons, that vituperation is as good as victory and that peace is a sign of weakness.


    "We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will 'talk sense to the American people.' But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense."


    Germany can no longer rely on the US (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 07:49:40 AM EST
    It means that we need a new president - badly. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon May 29, 2017 at 02:03:54 PM EST
    Having now met with Trump on three separate occasions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is obviously exasperated by his pervasive ignorance, as well as his condescending attitude and obnoxious behavior toward her personally and her country generally.

    The chancellor's blunt assessment of her own government's present relationship with the Trump administration, offered as they were during yesterday's campaign rally in Munich garnered considerable public attention in Germany and elsewhere, and were noteworthy if only because she's heretofore long enjoyed a stellar reputation for gracious personal diplomacy in international circles.

    Even then, she never once specifically mentioned either Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May by name yesterday. But there was no ambiguity as to whom she was referencing in her campaign speech, and what she meant.

    Chancellor Merkel is an overwhelming favorite to win a fourth term in Germany's upcoming national elections, and she's now publicly and confidently asserting her county's leadership in the European Community. (For his part, newly inaugurated French President Emanuel Macron has yet to find his sea legs, and for now at least will likely follow her head.)

    Her pointed remarks yesterday concerning the present unreliability of the United States were intended as a polite but firm diplomatic shot right across Der Trumpenführer's bow, putting both him and us (by extension) on notice that Germany is not a country to be mocked and disrespected. And if Trump continues, he risks our country's own current position in both NATO and European affairs.

    This is what genuine leadership looks like.


    i love this Macron guy (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 03:48:41 PM EST
    Trump- out- of- step (none / 0) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Mon May 29, 2017 at 11:22:52 AM EST
    is capped by his taking a golf cart about 200 feet, while the other G7 leaders strolled the streets of Taormina, for whatever reason--health, exhaustion, or playing "king of the hill." An embarrassment in language and body language complete with his scowls.

    As disturbing as all of this is, the priority worry about Trump and Administration is the prospect that the dream of Russians, and the Soviets before them, may now have come true: infiltration of the American government at the highest levels.

    The Trump bar is so low, that it is now laying on the ground; Emoluments, enrichment, travel, as bad as they may be, become small potatoes in the order of spuds.

    The unusual and curious contacts with Russians and the forgetfulness in recalling them on official forms or in official forums. seems endemic (e.g. Flynn, Sessions, Kushner, Page).  

     But, the WaPo and Reuters reporting, if true, of Jared's seeking a secure back channel to communicate directly with the Kremlim, even bypassing Russian Ambassador Kislyak, is astounding. Maybe, even close to espionage, when the next step is taken into account: Kushner asked Kislyak to allow Trump and cohorts access to secure facilities and hardware Russia itself uses to send secure messages to Moscow. Kislyak could hardly believe the request, and said so in a message to Putin.

    Why? Why would Trump et al want to speak to Putin et al behind the backs of US intel, diplomats, and the military?  And, of course, why go to a Russian embassy to do so?  The NYTimes reports a WH story that is ludicrous and still can't come up with a reason for the secrecy of using Russian facilities, concluding only that that part is "unclear."

    Yes, unclear is unclear, and there is nothing you can do about it, right?  Well, no, more questions could be asked and more dots can be connected.

    The Reuters report should not be overlooked in that regard: "FBI investigators examining whether Russians suggest to Kushner or other Trump aides that relaxing economic sanctions would allow Russian banks to offer financing to people with ties to Trump."

     And, then there is that curious meeting of Kushner with Sergei Gorkov, head of the Russian-state bank, sanctioned by the US, and involved, previously, in an espionage case.

    Trump is even soiling the reputations of the supposed adults, McMaster and Kelly--who see nothing wrong with a back channel, but seem to omit the part of taking a jog over to the Russian Embassy to do so.  And, the Republicans are incorrigible, as always.

    If true (none / 0) (#9)
    by Lora on Mon May 29, 2017 at 02:51:28 PM EST
    There has been no denial, simply singing the praises of back channels.

    Which makes Lindsey Graham's "suspicion" that the information is Russian-generated fake news, and him putting the heat back onto Comey for believing a supposed Russian-generated fake document regarding Hillary's email mess, highly suspicious in and of itself.

    Does Jared ever speak? (none / 0) (#15)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 29, 2017 at 04:33:16 PM EST
    I've never heard him and I watch news all the time.  I did watch Ivanka give a smiley speach, but thankfully can't remember what she said.  

    about half (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 29, 2017 at 05:15:15 PM EST