The Daily Beast: Senior State Adviser: Pompeo’s Silence on Yovanovitch Attacks Absolutely Killed Morale

I want to make one thing perfectly clear. If you are not following the state department’s downfall in the last 3 years you would not be aware that this is a calculated attempt to hollow out our ability to deal with foreign Nations. Steve bannon wants the state department to become toothless because an unstable state department will cause a weakening of the United States and will allow for someone like Trump, a would-be dictator To hold on to power. This was started with Secretary of State tillerson, an ExxonMobil executive, someone so close to Putin that it is believed Putin put his name into Trump’s ear as the nominee.

Now we have Pompeo, the man has really drank the Kool-Aid. First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

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This picture is the perfect metaphor for the hollowing out of our state department. There’s just no one to go to the podium.

Chuck Todd’s Biden-Ukraine Take Shows Press Learned Nothing From Trump 2016 – Esquire

It’s rare that a national news anchor quivers or shows emotion in his or her voice when on the air. The time that I remembered the best was when Matt Lauer first realize what was happening on September 11th hand how his voice changed. I was living in France at the time but when Walter Cronkite announced the death of President Kennedy you got the same emotion in the voice. Today was one of those days. Chuck Todd sounded alarmed. Look, I have not been one of his biggest fans of late but he did his job today.

Yesterday at the end of my last blog post I jokingly asked China to find the 20 minutes of missing transcript from the phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine. Who you that Trump would ask China today, right in front of everyone to hear, 4 dirt on Joe Biden. I guess the no collusion no collusion while truck is out the window and now they’re going for the no quid pro quo. He’s colluding in plain sight.

Turns out this is a republican thing. Nixon contacted the North Vietnamese, the country we were at war with before the 1968 election and told them that if they stopped negotiating with President Johnson he would give them a better deal when he became president. At the same time the Soviet Union approached Hubert Humphrey who ran against Nixon in 1968 but Humphrey, a Democrat, went right to the FBI the way you’re supposed to act when a foreign country tries to get you to collude with them.

more cracks in the armor are appearing today. Judge Napolitano stood outside of Fox News and went through all the reasons why what Trump has done is not only impeachable but he should be removed from office, that’s on Fox News!

I had to go back to my Netflix pablum of shows because I can’t at this point watch too much of this stuff without it’s affecting me. My poor cats gets scared when I start screaming at the television like a mad men. but when you see the president of the United States betraying everything that you truly believe in it’s hard.

At the end of the day, I believe that Trump and his cohorts are Miss judging the American electorate. His use of profanity has to have an effect on moms who don’t want their kids growing up with a foul mouth. we all use profanity but he’s the president of the United States and has to be held to a higher standard. Young people are going to go out and vote this time because I really believe that they see an earth falling apart around them and they are angry at my generation and those that came before them for ruining the planet. I have hope as we all must have because without hope there’s no point and waking up the next morning.

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Trump admits to discussing Biden in scrutinized talk with Ukrainian leader – NBC News

And the song begins…

First we heard “no collusion no collusion”

And now it’s “no quid pro quo”

His Maga hat-wearing supporters will think that he’s being a great statesman by using Latin in his statement. But in fact he’s already admitted to the crime. Why would he discuss Joe Biden eight times during a conversation with a foreign leader?

The silence coming from the Republican party on this is deafening. Where are they?

Trump is a mob boss running a corrupt organization bent on destroying this planet. he is counting on large donations from all the worst corporations on Earth so that he can get reelected. This is a man drunk on power. This is a man who thinks he can do anything in the oval Office. This is a man who has twisted norms so much that they’re no longer recognizable.

Don Corleone would be very proud.

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A shadow of himself. President Donald Trump arrives for a state dinner honoring the Australian Prime Minister at the White House on Sept. 20, 2019.

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Trump threatens new tariffs (Taxes on us) on another $100B in Chinese imports – POLITICO

Did you ever think why they call it a trade War? One side protects the other side counter-attacks and so on and so on and so on until it becomes a real war. What if China start selling off the trillions of US Treasury Bills they have? Some would say that would not be in their best interest, but in a trade War…

If he’s not directed by Putin then Trump is following along perfectly in the plan that Putin has for us. Dismantle our Partnerships, dismantle NATO, and make our allies mistrust us. So far Trump is doing exactly that.

And what happened to Republicans being all for free trade? It’s amazing how quiet GOP leadership has been, or can we still call it leadership?

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President Donald Trump’s decision to possibly add more tariffs follow up on efforts announced earlier this week. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Breaking silence on Stormy Daniels payment, Trump denies knowledge – NBC News

Even if he really did not know about $130,000 payment from Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels he is being disloyal. He is always said he’s one of the most loyal friends you could ever have. But he just threw his good friend Michael Kahn and his longtime attorney under the bus.

Giving $130,000 to silence someone two weeks before an election for President to help a candidate is a violation of campaign Finance laws. Michael Cohen is an attorney and he cannot plead ignorance of the law. Michael Cohen is going to lose his ability to practice law and may even get some jail time out of this. Michael Cohen said he would take a bullet for Trump and I guess that’s what they’re doing to him.

The president of the United States is not supposed to be a saint he’s just to be a a human being but one that has a moral compass. Trump does not have a moral compass other than one that points squarely to his self interest. That’s not the president this country deserves and it is disgusting to me that he would do this to a friend. I feel like I need to take a shower after this.

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President Donald Trump talks with reporters aboard Air Force One on a flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on April 5, 2018.Evan Vucc / AP

Hillary Clinton apologizes for AIDS gaffe made while praising the late Nancy Reagan

Some people saw that sarcasm others as lack of knowledge of what really happened in the 80s. I don’t think sarcasm works at a eulogy. People take you to your word. I understand that there are plans and wanted to start a national conversation how about this and she certainly has. Honestly I thought there were enough first ladies there and she should have stayed on the campaign Trail. Does that mean I’m not in favor of Hillary Clinton, absolutely NOT.
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http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/12/hillary-clinton-apologizes-for-aids-gaffe-made-whi/

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What is predictable about today’s shooting in San Bernardino

First thing and foremost is the fact that this country has too many guns. Second, you will find that the NRA is going to go into silent mode. They will disappear from the public discussion for the next week. As they don’t want to answer difficult questions about their policies. A week from now they will start spewing their rhetoric about how guns save lives and making sure that politicians that don’t know their company line are not elected. And those they keep in office like Rick Santorum who yesterday said that guns in bars where people were drunk would be a great idea because people would be responsible gun owners negating the fact that people who are responsible drivers get drunk and drive and kill people. Or senator Ted Cruz who said that each time there is a mass shooting the press says that they are Republican voters. I have never heard that and once again these people are spewing lies to make sure that they get the money from the NRA.
Shame on the NRA.
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