TRUMP SAYS MUELLER WON’T MISTREAT HIM, CONTRADICTS PARTY
The New York Times reports, “President Trump said Thursday that he believes Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, will treat him fairly, contradicting some members of his party who have waged a weekslong campaign to try to discredit Mr. Mueller and the continuing inquiry. During an impromptu 30-minute interview with The New York Times at his golf club in West Palm Beach,” Trump told the paper the Russia investigation – as the televeision networks call it – makes America look “very bad” and he hopes it will end soon. Again, here we see Trump replace “Trump” with “America” but they are not the same thing, not even close. America lives in our hearts, Trump does not, for instance. And let us be clear: the investigation makes America look better than it otherwise might with a fake Russian bullshit puppet president. He is the problem, not Mueller.
From The New York Times.
TRUMP TRASH AWARDING FAKE NEWS TROPHY TO UNDERMINE PRESS
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump’s reelection campaign is following through with an idea that Trump floated on Twitter last month, asking supporters in an email Thursday to vote on ‘which mainstream story in 2017 was the most deceitful, embarrassing — and most of all — FAKE!’” The Washington Post cheekily observers, “There are only three nominees, which seems like a small number, considering that more than 150 Trump tweets since the beginning of 2017 have mentioned ‘fake news.’” According to The Washington Post, “as listed by the campaign’s email,” the nominees are: “ABC News ‘MISTAKENLY’ reported that candidate Trump directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election,” “CNN ‘MISTAKENLY’ reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks,” and, “TIME ‘MISTAKENLY’ reported that President Trump removed a bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.” Of course the reporters involved in these erroneous or incorrectly detailed reports have either apologized or faced punishments of varying degrees, two things our fake Russian bullshit president has never done. Also isn’t this man ostensibly supposed to be leading our nation not degrading it with constant attacks on our constitutionally enshrined freedoms and protections? Asking too much?
From The Washington Post.
“THE BEST PEOPLE”
The Wall Street Journal reports on the whopping 34% turnover rate in the first year of Trump’s reign of terror. The Wall Street Journal notes, the “turnover rate is twice that of Reagan’s 17% in 1981 – the next-highest in the past 40 years”. How does the indictment count of senior officials including the former campaign manager and first National Security Advisor compare to past real American presidents? It too is “unpresidented”. “The best people”.
From The Wall Street Journal.
T REX HAS THE BEST WORD CLOUDS
T Rex defended himself and his role as U.S. Secretary of State in a New York Times op-ed. Of Russia, Tillerson wrote: “On Russia, we have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with. The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others’. The appointment of Kurt Volker, a former NATO ambassador, as special representative for Ukraine reflects our commitment to restoring the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Absent a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine situation, which must begin with Russia’s adherence to the Minsk agreements, there cannot be business as usual with Russia.” T Rex continues, “While we are on guard against Russian aggression, we recognize the need to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect. Nowhere is that more evident than in Syria. Now that President Vladimir Putin has committed to the United Nations-backed Geneva political process for providing a new future for Syria, we expect Russia to follow through. We are confident that the fulfillment of these talks will produce a Syria that is free of Bashar al-Assad and his family,” before seguing on to the Iranian nuclear deal, which “is no longer the focal point of our policy toward Iran. We are now confronting the totality of Iranian threats.” In conclusion not only does T Rex believe he has the best word clouds, T Rex is “proud of what our State Department and Agency for International Development teams around the world have accomplished this year, and our progress will continue in 2018 and beyond.” To infinity! (Plug: visit the TRUMPISTAN WATCH merch shop for all your #SaveState from T Rex merch needs from tees and totes to a delightful covfefe mug. TRUMPISTAN WATCH sent one to John Kerry.)
From The New York Times.
U.S. IDIOT AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. NIKKI HALEY + #FREEBINOMO
New York Magazine reports, “U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley assured the prime minister of Poland last week that the United States was aware of Russia’s covert attempts to influence the elections in Binomo (which does not exist), a small island in the South China Sea that had recently declared independence. Or rather, this is what Haley thought she did last week — if a new video from the Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus is to be believed.” She is a hawk on bullshit in other words. New York Magazine notes, “In the video, a woman who sounds an awful lot like Nikki Haley takes a phone call from a man she believes to be new Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The alleged interaction came hours after the United Nations voted to reject America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Poland abstained from that vote, and Haley opens the conversation by expressing America’s gratitude for its abstention.” Then, “After discussing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the fake Polish leader asks about America’s stance on Putin’s recent actions in (nonexistent) Binomo.” Evidently Haley has no problem with Russian meddling in fictitious Binomo, so why not very real America from the regime she serves?
From New York Magazine.
SHIT SERGEY LAVROV SAYS: ELECTION MEDDLING IS HARD WORK
The Moscow Times reports, “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow had its ‘work cut out’ influencing the presidential elections in the United States last year.” Lavrov was “asked about a list of countries Russia is accused of meddling in, including France, Britain and Germany,” Lavrov, “said the list was much longer.” The Moscow Times notes Lavrov “said the list should include Denmark, Sweden, Macedonia, Montenegro and Austria.”
From The Moscow Times.
RUSSIAN HACKER CLAIMS HE HACKED THE DNC
The Hill reports, “A jailed Russian hacker who claims he was ordered by Russian intelligence to hack into Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks says he can prove he was behind the breach. Konstantin Kozlovsky, who has been jailed on cyber fraud charges in Russia, told independent Russian network TV Rain in a recent interview that he left a file on the DNC network containing markers to prove he had been there.” The Hill adds, “Specifically, Kozlovsky said he left a .dat file with his passport number and the number of his visa to Caribbean island St. Martin on the DNC’s internal server, according to a written interview published Wednesday.” Recall, “Earlier this year, Kozlovsky posted a purported court testimony on Facebook that showed him claiming he hacked the DNC on the orders of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB.” This may have as much to do with the internal competition among Russia’s so-called security forces as it does American politics. The Hill notes, “Kozlovsky claimed that FSB agent Major Gen. Dmitry Dokuchayev gave him orders to breach the DNC. Dokuchayev and three others were arrested on charges of treason in Moscow in late 2016. Dokuchayev is also among several FSB officers wanted by the Justice Department in connection with the 2014 Yahoo breach.”
From The Hill.
RUSSIA TESTED A NUCLEAR MISSILE
The Independent Barents Observer reports, “Russia’s new super-heavy thermonuclear armed ballistic missile is one step closer to deployment. The missile is a core part of the ongoing modernization program for the silo-based ballistic missile forces, one of the most costly legs of the country’s rearmament program.” The Independent Barents Observer adds, “The test is so far not officially reported by the Defense Ministry’s portal, but a brief note in Moskovsky Komsomolets refers to the test taking place at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region on Wednesday. The test is said to be successful.”
—–INDICTMENT ROCK CITY—–
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999
Newsweek reports, “Rick Gates, one of four people facing charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, will be allowed to leave house arrest in order to celebrate New Year’s Eve.” Can you imagine partying with him? TRUMPISTAN WATCH would rather spit on him 100 times for each of the dead in Maidan, but hey, somewhere out there is Kremlin scum waiting to boogie woogie with blood on their hands already so that concern is moot. Newsweek notes, “The motion did not specify what those holiday plans are, other than to say they will take place within the court’s jurisdiction in Virginia,” but if you do find out and crash the party, TRUMPISTAN WATCH will happily post your pics!
DARKNESS AT NUNES IS NOT GETTING WHAT HE WANTS
Fox News reports, allegedly recused “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and the FBI for its ‘failure to fully produce’ documents related to an anti-Trump dossier, saying ‘at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves.’” Going to Fox News is indicative that DARKNESS AT NUNES is having a tantrum over his inability to impede the investigation into our fake Russian bullshit president’s ties to Russia and election meddling. Makes you wonder why he cares so much or what the Russians might have on him. Is he just a useful idiot or something much more sinister?
From Fox News.
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THE U.S. IS ABDICATING FROM GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Richard Haass’ new book, “A World in Disarray,” is excerpted in The Atlantic. The excerpt begins by noting, “abdication describes U.S. foreign policy all the same, as the United States is no longer taking the lead in maintaining alliances, or in building regional and global institutions that set the rules for how international relations are conducted. It is abdication from what has been a position of leadership in developing the rules and arrangements at the heart of any world order.” Haass adds, “Trump is the first post–World War II American president to view the burdens of world leadership as outweighing the benefits. As a result, the United States has changed from the principal preserver of order to a principal disrupter.” Of course, “This change has major implications. It will make it far more difficult to deal with the challenges posed by globalization, including climate change and nuclear proliferation, to regulate cyberspace on terms compatible with American interests, or to help relieve the plight of refugees on terms consistent with American values. It will make it more difficult to build frameworks that promote trade and investment and to ensure that the United States benefits from them,” Haass notes. As Americans, consequences are a thing we like to pretend does not exist because we mistakenly believe the world owes us happiness. This is a reminder of our own fallacy. In Haass’ account, “The net result,” of the Trump presidency to date is, “to give the United States a reputation for parochialism and unreliability, something inconsistent with its role as an ally and its hard-earned reputation for global leadership.” Then Haass rightfully notes, “One of the most important mechanisms for influence is the example set by what goes on inside this country: politically, economically, and socially. But political dysfunction and pronounced division reduce the appeal of American democracy”. Finally, he concludes, “The cold truth is that the alternative to a U.S.–led international order is less international order.”
From The Atlantic.
WHICH AMERICANS ARE RUSSIAN INTEL SEEKING TO RECRUIT ABROAD
The Daily Beast obtained a second KGB intelligence manual, which “remains classified by the Putin government owing to its utility as a ‘historical’ case study for contemporary foreign intelligence officers”. The Daily Beast notes, “Whereas the earlier document discussed how Westerners might be snared and turned on Soviet soil, ‘Acquisition and Preparation [of Agent Recruiters for the Purposes of Intelligence Penetration of USA Institutions (on the Example of a Number of North African Countries)]’ examines the tradecraft necessary for recruiting American officials in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the necessary network of local agents who might help with their recruitment. (Of particular value as targets were retired U.S. or NATO officials.)” The Daily Beast adds, “According to Paul Goble, a Russia expert who has worked for both the State Department and CIA, the date of this internal KGB review is ‘critical.’ It was published just after Aldrich Ames, the notorious CIA double agent who spied for the Soviets, helped roll up American recruits in Moscow.” In another sense, this manual “can be read as an epitaph on KGB penetration of Arab nations, published less than a year before the Wall came down and the Cold War receded.” On the subject of recruitment, “Finding the right third-country recruiters could take between two and three years. The best crop was already-trained spies and police officers in the host country—those who could turn locals into assets who thought they were working for their own government.” The Daily Beast adds, “Next in line as good recruiter agents were lawyers, teachers and professionals—anyone whose routine encounters with Americans, easily arranged without elaborate pretexts, meant that potential assets could be studied, befriended, then cultivated. The same applied to journalists, frequently used in the Soviet Union under the cover of TASS or other state media institutions to snag Americans.” Additionally, “The wandering European salesman or industrialist was also an excellent cover story”.
From The Daily Beast.
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NORTH KOREA: “FROM RUSSIA WITH FUEL”
Reuters reports, “At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.” According to Reuters, “U.S. officials say that changing destination mid-voyage is a hallmark of North Korean state tactics to circumvent the international trade sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.” Reuters reports, “The eight vessels identified in the tracking data set sail from the Far Eastern Russian port of Vladivostok or nearby Nakhodka and registered China or South Korea as their destination with the Information System for State Port Control. After leaving Russia, they were next recorded off the North Korean ports of Kimchaek, Chongjin, Hungnam or Najin. None went on to China and most went back to Russia.”
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