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—–BREAKING—–

 

TRUMP DISCUSSED MOSCOW REAL ESTATE DEAL WITH LONG-TIME LAWYER

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Michael Cohen, an attorney for the Trump Organization, discussed a prospective real estate deal in Moscow with Donald Trump on three occasions during the presidential campaign, Mr. Cohen said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.” According to Cohen, in 2015 he “informed the then-candidate that he was working on a licensing deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow.” Subsequently, Cohen “asked for and received Mr. Trump’s signature on a nonbinding letter of intent for the project in October 2015.” Then in January of last year, Cohen informed Trump “he had killed the proposal.” The Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Cohen said each conversation was brief.” In short, this is a follow up to emails reported Monday in The New York Times that were turned over to the House intelligence committee that concede there was an effort to get a Trump Tower in Moscow. The emails reported Monday in The New York Times were from long-time Trump (and mafia) associate Felix Sater to Cohen and another Cohen sent to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov asking for help with the deal. The latter email to Peskov however was not sent to him personally but rather an inbox for the press office.

From The Wall Street Journal.

 

IS THE COVER UP GREATER THAN THE CRIME REALLY?

NBC News reports, “Federal investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller are keenly focused on President Donald Trump’s role in crafting a response to a published article about a meeting between Russians and his son Donald Jr.” also known as Uday. Hello America, they had a meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyers and lobbyists at the Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. They initially lied about – and we still ask was there collusion, or even more irrelevantly, was there a cover up? Yes, yes there was. But that is not how Washington rolls; such clear-cut drama is outside the beltway type stuff, folks. Washington is like a long, drawn-out soap opera that even sucks in the in-laws until eventually the block goes silent as everyone huddles around the TV for the most dramatic moments. But for all you Watergate generation readers, here is some ready made déjà vu for you: “The sources told NBC News that prosecutors want to know what Trump knew about the meeting and whether he sought to conceal its purpose.” Indeed, what did the I-still-can’t-believe-he-is-the-president know and when did he know it?

From NBC News.

 

TRUMP CYBERSECURITY ADVISORS RESIGN, SAY TRUMP IGNORING THREATS

Fortune reports, “A quarter of the members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, whose purview includes national cybersecurity, have resigned. In a group resignation letter, they cited both specific shortfalls in the administration’s approach to cybersecurity, and broader concerns that Trump and his administration have undermined the ‘moral infrastructure’ of the U.S.” According to Fortune, “The resignations came Monday and were acknowledged by the White House on Tuesday.” Fortune notes Roll Call reported seven of 27 advisors on the council resigned. Not as though Trump listens to anyone other than the generals and his own “very good brain” on the worst days in our nation’s history. Add “the cyber” to one more thing Trump has failed at.

From Fortune.

 

MANAFORT + OBAMA WH COUNSEL TEAMED UP TO HELP PUTIN ALLY

The Daily Beast reports in news that does not shock TRUMPISTAN WATCH at all that “It wasn’t just Republicans.” Well for that see: Alexei Giannoulias or David Plouffe and Robert Gibbs trip to Azerbaijan as examples. The Daily Beast reports, “When Paul Manafort needed a powerful D.C. law firm to bless an alarming act by his clients in Kiev’s pro-Kremlin regime in Kiev, Donald Trump’s future campaign chairman turned to attorneys with significant ties to Barack Obama’s administration.” Surprise! Most everyone is corruptible but that does not mean everyone is corrupt or goes cheaply, some never knew they were going anywhere, so fluid were their morals and sense of responsibility in the first instance. In news that has been reported elsewhere but never with the link to Obama’s White House Counsel — who never rose to the stature of household name quite like the Trump lawyers — “a team led by Obama’s former White House counsel Greg Craig at the firm of Skadden Arps produced a report that whitewashed the pro-Putin government of Viktor Yanukovych for jailing Yanukovych’s anti-Kremlin predecessor.” As predicted by TRUMPISTAN WATCH since the days just after the coup, “it underscores that a truly independent investigation into Russian election interference would likely implicate Democratic figures as well as Republicans—something already emerging, as work that PR firms with ties to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats did for Vladimir Putin’s allies become increasingly conspicuous.”   Just remember kids, Washington runs on money, not morality.

From The Daily Beast.

 

MATTIS FREEZES TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER BAN

Oh, hello. USA Today reports, “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late Tuesday announced that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts.” Guessing experts are not named Donald Trump. Recall as USA Today notes, “The announcement follows an order from President Trump — first announced in a tweet — declaring that transgender service members can no longer serve in the military, effectively reversing an Obama administration policy. The order also affects the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the Coast Guard.” USA Today reports, “Mattis’ move buys time for the Pentagon to determine how and if it will allow thousands of transgender troops to continue to serve, whether they will receive medical treatment, or how they will be discharged.” USA Today notes, “As Defense Secretary, Mattis has emphasized that he has little tolerance for policies that detract from military readiness or the Pentagon’s effectiveness on the battlefield. At the last moment in June, he delayed the Pentagon’s plan to accept new transgender troops. His reasoning: He demanded more study to determine the effect of recruiting them on the Pentagon’s ability to fight and win wars.” Could it be he saw this coming from his conversations with the president and planned face-saving measures for the military, which is actually the vanguard of increased integration in American society, be it racial, sexual orientation or in recent years, gender? TRUMPISTAN WATCH cannot answer that question.

From USA Today.

 

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER DOESN’T WANT A NEW “ICE AGE” WITH RUSSIA

Um, hello, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Foreign Minister, belongs to the social democrats party (SPD) whose last Chancellor is Gerhard Schroeder who now sits on the Rosneft board after years with Gazprom, so let’s not kid ourselves as SPD is. Reuters reports, “Germany and Europe want to ensure that new U.S. sanctions against Russia do not lead to a new ‘ice age’ in ties between Russia and the West, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday.” And why doesn’t Germany want a new ice age with a country that offers nothing but money laundering, criminality and cheap sex? Oh right, there is oil and gas too – that last possibility is what Gabriel chalks it up to. This came out of a meeting at the State Department where “Gabriel said he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the sanctions ”.

From Reuters.

 

ZAPAD WATCH: BELARUS GEARS UP

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency reports, “During the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 Belarus will present over 20 kinds of weaponry, military and special vehicles.” Separately, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency also reports, “A tactical exercise for the Belarusian signal troops is in progress through 1 September.” The agency adds, “Unmanned aerial vehicle systems of the aircraft and helicopter varieties will be deployed during the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017. Belarus will also present lightly armored vehicles with various types of weapons and modifications, promising mobile communication systems, radio warfare stations, which are designed to combat drones, upgraded armored fighting vehicles, and a modernized artillery fire control system.” For modernity in propaganda, note the fact that, “Modernized and cutting-edge Belarusian defense products will be demonstrated in a number of exercise areas,” two adjectives you don’t often hear in the context of Belarus. For Belarusian purposes, “After the Zapad 2017 exercise is over, profound analytical work will be done in order to further bolster the national security and the defensive ability of the state,” the agency notes.

From Belarusian Telegraph Agency and Belarusian Telegraph Agency.

 

MOSCOW COURT UPHOLDS NAVALNY PROBATION EXTENSION

Russian state-run TASS reports, “Moscow’s city court on Tuesday upheld the first instance court’s ruling on a one-year extension of the probation term for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under the Yves Rocher embezzlement case.” Recall, “On August 4, Moscow’s Simonovsky court satisfied the motion by the Russian Federal Penal Service and prolonged the oppositionist’s probation term under the Yves Rocher case for one year – until December 30, 2020,” Russian state-run TASS notes. Of course 2020 is well after the 2018 sham Russian presidential elections, so this covers Putin’s ass – or so he thinks – through the sham election and any unrest after.

From Russian state-run TASS.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

TRUMP IS A SHITTY NEGOTIATOR, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO RUSSIA

Bloomberg reports, “The latest Trump-Russia revelations — this time concerning a Moscow real estate project scuttled in early 2016 — fit in well with the comical history of Trump’s attempts to do business in Russia. They are the latest proof that, unlike many craftier U.S. entrepreneurs and executives, the current U.S. president never figured out how to deal with Russians.” Yes, it fits the trend of Trump is a stupid person’s idea of a smart person, an unsophisticated slob’s definition of a tough negotiator. The fact is Trump failed his Russia test and continues to fail it each and every day because the fact is Russia only respects strength, not ratings, not overly bronzed skin, not a “model” wife. Of course the story of Trump’s folly in Russia “in 1987, when Trump first visited Moscow, then the Soviet capital, and negotiated with bureaucrats from the State Foreign Tourism Committee who offered him an opportunity to build a luxury hotel in Moscow.” Nearly a decade later in 1996, there was another attempt to “involve him in the refurbishment of two derelict hotels — the Moskva and the Rossiya, both right next to the Kremlin. They wanted him to invest $250 million. The terms have never been made public, but apparently they weren’t particularly sweet.” Curiously, Bloomberg notes “The Trump name has never been worth that much in Russia,” adding, “Not even Aras Agalarov, the Azerbaijani-born billionaire who partnered with Trump to hold the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, ultimately wanted to do a deal.”

From Bloomberg.

 

TRUMP HAS SOMEONE FIRED BECAUSE HIS PHOENIX RALLY SUCKED

Bloomberg reports, “TV and social media coverage showed that the site of his campaign rally, the Phoenix Convention Center, was less than full. Backstage, waiting in a room with a television monitor, Trump was displeased, one person familiar with the incident said: TV optics and crowd sizes are extremely important to the president.” That someone was “George Gigicos, the former White House director of advance who had organized the event as a contractor to the Republican National Committee”. Great chicken that Trump is, “Trump later had his top security aide, Keith Schiller, inform Gigicos that he’d never manage a Trump rally again, according to three people familiar with the matter.” Does his bodyguard Schiller also sing, “I will always love you” as Trump’s ego wanes and falls like wilting lettuce baking under the sun? Also maybe Trump is Trump’s problem? It’s just not cool to equate the KKK with a dead white lady who died defending democracy, ok? Schiller won’t sing that to him, though.

From Bloomberg.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

LOUISE MENSCH/CLAUDE TAYLOR UNVERIFIED TWITTER AGITPROP BS

The Guardian reports, “Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement.” Surprise! The “critics,” or agitprop conspiracy theorists and bullshit artists Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor, “tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian.” Surprise! They don’t verify a goddamn thing! And people believe them because the beautiful thing about conspiracies is that they abscond individuals of personal responsibility. Like propaganda, conspiracy theories serve a viable need among those who heed them. If the cosmos did this to America, then Russia and racism have no part to play. According to The Guardian, “The source’s false tips included an allegation, which has been aggressively circulated by Mensch and Taylor, that Trump’s inactive fashion model agency is under investigation by New York authorities for possible sex trafficking.” The Guardian reports, “The hoaxer, who fed the information to Taylor by email, said she acted out of frustration over the ‘dissemination of fake news’ by Taylor and Mensch.” Um, ok. What still trips up TRUMPISTAN WATCH and says much about our times and people’s desperation to believe is that “Taylor has about 200,000 followers on Twitter while Mensch has 267,000 followers.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH much, much less than that. But how can TRUMPISTAN WATCH compete with false lurid bullshit – certainly not with carefully combed over truth and cynicism lacking in sensationalism? Time for TRUMPISTAN WATCH to install a stripper pole!? It worked for Jerry Springer and the Kardashians – amirite?

From The Guardian.

 

ESTONIA DEFENDS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA BAN

The EU Observer reports, “Estonia’s EU presidency has reserved the right to ban Russian reporters from its events if it deemed them guilty of ‘subversive activities’.” Very true. They are not reporters but liars, propagandists, provocateurs, trolls, bullshit artists and scammers. Losers, in other words. Do you invite such a crowd to a press conference if your name is not Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin and you are a legitimate leader? Of course not. The comments from the Estonian EU presidency come “after having declined accreditation for three Rossiya Segodnya staff to go to an EU foreign ministers meeting in Tallinn on 7 September.”

From EU Observer.

 

—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–

 

RESISTANCE ADVICE: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Gothamist reports, “Shoppers looking for MAGA hats at Trump Tower this week may have encountered a Ku Klux Klan hood or a photo of President Putin, and asked themselves whether what they were seeing was real merchandise.” According to Gothamist, “On Monday afternoon, two NYC-based artists secretly slipped some items inside the merchandising outpost of the Trump Tower’s lower lobby. Among them: A Trump-emblazoned KKK hood “for fine people,” sealed packages of pee-proof rubber sheets, and a Russian flag. In the front of the store, a postcard display featured the 45th President of the United States, Vladimir Putin, along with cards paying tribute to First Lady Ivanka Trump, and the flap of flesh near the president’s throat area, known as a Wattle.”

From Gothamist.

 

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