TRUMP PERSONALLY REQUESTED BANNON’S SILENCE
Foreign Policy reports, “President Donald Trump personally made the decision to curtail the testimony of former chief White House political strategist Steve Bannon before the House Intelligence Committee”. Foreign Policy adds, “Trump acted to limit Bannon’s testimony based on legal advice provided by Uttam Dhillon, a deputy White House counsel, who concluded that the administration might have legitimate executive privilege claims to restrict testimony by Bannon and other current and former aides to the president”.
From Foreign Policy.
BANNON AGREES TO SPECIAL COUNSEL INTERVIEW OVER GRAND JURY
Reuters reports, “Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury”. According to a Reuters source, “Mueller offered Bannon the option of being interviewed instead and Bannon accepted.” Of note, “An interview with prosecutors would allow Bannon to have an attorney present during his appearance, as lawyers are not permitted in grand jury rooms.”
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RELEASES GLENN SIMPSON TRANSCRIPTS
POLITICO reports, “The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of congressional investigators’ November interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson,” who commissioned the Steele dossier. POLITICO notes, “The disclosure comes less than two weeks after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also released a transcript of the Senate judiciary committee’s interview with Simpson,” who, “also offered the [House] committee several suggestions for avenues of further inquiry, including into the European travel of Trump associates.” In the testimony, “He also elaborated on his relationship with senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr,” POLITICO adds. Also in his testimony, Reuters adds, Simpson “indicates that the Trump Organization’s sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering”. Simpson said, “We saw patterns of buying and selling that we thought were suggestive of money-laundering”. Simpson “also said that Russia’s operation to influence U.S. politics included attempts to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other conservative organizations, such as groups promoting independence for the states of Texas and California,” according to Reuters. The New York Daily News adds, “Simpson testified that Russian gangster Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov ran a ‘high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower’ while on the run from authorities trying to arrest him over allegedly rigging a skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.” The New York Daily News adds, “Tokhtakhunov has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Simpson continued, and when Trump went to Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant, the gangster was spotted with Trump and ‘lots of other Kremlin biggies’ in a VIP section.” A most complete set of the questions left unanswered by his investigation for the House intelligence committee is provided by Business Insider which runs through them all: Trump’s Panama, Toronto, Scotland and Ireland properties and golf courses; the unclear origins of the relationship between Trump, Julian Assange and Nigel Farage; Russia’s infiltration of the NRA; as well as the Agalarovs, their U.S. point person Irakly Kaveladze and the Crocus Group; the questions concerning Trump’s ties to Dmitry Rybolovlev and Igor Sechin; connections between Sergei Millian and Trump’s long time personal attorney Michael Cohen; Russian ties to the Center for the National Interest; and the European travel of those in Trump’s orbit, most notably in Southeastern Europe destinations such as Hungary and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DELAYS HOPE HICKS TESTIMONY
CNN reports, “Hope Hicks’ highly anticipated testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was abruptly delayed Thursday amid questions about whether the White House communications director would be able to respond to inquiries about topics after the campaign season”. CNN adds, “The surprise move came after Steve Bannon refused to answer scores of questions about topics during the transition and his time as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, with Bannon’s attorney saying he had been instructed by the White House not to answer those questions over concerns that it could breach executive privilege.” CNN notes, “The committee made the decision to delay Hicks’ appearance in order to give investigators time to sort out with the White House what she could and could not discuss, one of the sources said. She is still expected to speak with the panel at a later date.”
AND THIS LITTLE NEO-NAZI WAS A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE AS A WH AIDE
BuzzFeed reports, “Former Trump White House staffer Sebastian Gorka has an active warrant out for his arrest in Hungary, according to the Hungarian police’s website.” BuzzFeed notes, “Gorka, whose exact role in the White House while serving as a deputy assistant to the president was never entirely clear, apparently is in trouble with the law over a charge of ‘firearm or ammunition abuse.’ The warrant, first reported in Hungarian online outlet 444, was issued on Sept. 17, 2016, prior to Trump’s election. That means that during the entire seven months Gorka spent in the White House, including when meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Washington last March, an arrest warrant was pending overseas.” While, “Details about the reasoning behind the warrant are sparse: The Hungarian police’s website only notes the date it was issued, the charge, and that it was filed with the Budaörs police station in Budapest. 444 noted that the charge could have resulted from an incident as far back as 2009.” BuzzFeed adds, “Gorka’s affinity for guns is well-known. He told Recoil magazine in November that he packs a pistol — along with a knife and tourniquet — every day. In February 2016, he had a gun confiscated after attempting to bring it through Washington’s Reagan National Airport.” This little neo-Nazi is wanted by the police! Hit the road Seb, and don’t you come back no more. As neo-Nazis like him are fond of saying, get the fuck out of my country!
T REX SAYS U.S. WILL REMAIN IN SYRIA
POLITICO reports, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday indicated that America will maintain an indefinite military presence in Syria to fight terrorist groups, stand up to Iran’s growing influence and pave the way for an end to the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Tillerson’s remarks were the clearest enunciation yet by a Trump administration official of U.S. plans in Syria. They were especially striking in their open-ended commitment given that President Donald Trump campaigned on a desire to extricate the U.S. from messy wars in the Muslim world.” T Rex “also insisted that the United States wants to see Assad fall from power and suggested that ongoing U.S. presence in the country will serve as a check on a dictator known for brutality, including the use of chemical weapons.”
ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: CAPTURE THE STATE DEPARTMENT
McClatchy reports, “State has been shedding diplomats rapidly; 60 percent of the State Departments’ top-ranking career diplomats have left and new applications to join the foreign service have fallen by half, according to recent data from the American Foreign Service Association, the professional organization of the U.S. diplomatic corps.” Recall: the goal of active measures is to capture the state, so foreign policy, defense and the economy. (Plug: shop the Save the State Department collection at the TRUMPISTAN WATCH merch shop.)
UKRAINE PASSES BILL TO GET BACK RUSSIAN OCCUPIED REGIONS
The AP reports, “Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill that is aimed at reintegrating the eastern territories currently controlled by Russian-backed separatists and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary. The bill describes the areas in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions as ‘temporarily occupied’ by ‘aggressor country’ Russia. President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the legislation, saying it would help restore control of the east by ‘political and diplomatic means.’”
From the AP.
KASPERSKY FILES A REQUEST FOR AN INJUNCTION
The Hill reports, “Kaspersky Lab filed an injunction in court on Wednesday in an attempt to block the Trump administration’s order that bans its products from being used on federal systems, after the government deemed that Kaspersky antivirus software posed a ‘security risk.’”
From The Hill.
SHITHOLE: RUSSIAN COURT REFUSES TO HEAR NAVALNY’S COMPLAINT
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russia’s Constitutional Court has refused to review a complaint from opposition leader and Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny about election laws used by authorities to ban his candidacy in Russia’s March presidential vote. The RIA news agency reported on January 19 that the court cited legal problems with Navalny’s complaint.” The legal problem is there is no heart drawn around the little guy in the Kremlin. Russia: what a shithole.
PUTIN FEARS REAL OPPOSITION SO POLICE HARASS HIS OPPONENTS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Supporters of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny say their members have been harassed by police with some offices searched and leaflets calling for a boycott of Russia’s upcoming election seized. The coordinator of Navalny’s office in the Volga regional city of Cheboksary, Semyon Kochkin, said on Twitter on January 18 that police officers had confiscated leaflets from him.” Additionally, “The chief of Navalny’s local office in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Ksenia Pakhomova, wrote on Twitter that a teenage Navalny supporter, Vasily Kaverin, had been detained by police for several hours after distributing election boycott leaflets. Navalny himself said that police had searched his office in St. Petersburg.” What is the little guy in the Kremlin so afraid of if he is half as big and strong as his propaganda suggests? Smell the fear, and it is not coming from the little guy’s opposition.
COMEY’S FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF BEFORE JOINT HOUSE COMMITTEES
The Hill reports, “Two House panels on Thursday questioned former FBI Director James Comey’s former chief of staff during a closed-door interview that lasted more than seven hours. FBI official James Rybicki faced questions from lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of a joint investigation into the way the bureau handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.” Recall Trump initially said he fired Comey because of how he treated Hillary, an implausible lie from the start, which Trump fessed up to in his last real TV interview with NBC’s Lester Holt. Meanwhile we have a fake Russian president squatting in the White House, but, you know, her emails!
From The Hill.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TINY HANDS PRESIDENT’S AFFAIR WITH PORN STAR IS MEGA GROSS
In Touch Weekly, a celebrity tabloid, recalls, “Allegations of an affair between President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels recently resurfaced after a Wall Street Journal article reported that the porn star was paid a reported $130,000 to stay silent.” In Touch Weekly, however, adds the publication has “an explosive first-person interview with the adult entertainer that was conducted in 2011”. And if you are disgusted with his efforts at feigning leadership, you will be even more disgusted by the details of his intimate life! TRUMPISTAN WATCH includes this item because normally in kleptocratic authoritarian shitholes, every effort is made to conceal such intimate details from the public. In Touch Weekly reports, “Stormy (given name: Stephanie Clifford) confirms in her own words that she had sex with Donald Trump in his Lake Tahoe, NV, hotel suite in 2006 — a story that was corroborated to In Touch in 2011 by her good friend Randy Spears and supported by her ex-husband Mike Moz. Stormy also took and passed a polygraph test at the time of the interview.” Now for the cringy details of how unfuckable our fake president is – straight from the mouth of someone who once was diddled by him. “Stormy told In Touch, “[The sex] was textbook generic,” while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donald’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. Daniels/Clifford adds, “I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’” Oh my god! “It all started at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July 2006. ‘[Trump] was introduced to everybody. He kept looking at me and then we ended up riding to another hole on the same golf cart together,’ Stormy recalled, adding that the business mogul later came to the gift lounge her adult-film company, Wicked Pictures, sponsored and asked for her number, which she gave him, before they posed for a photo together.” He invited her to dinner that night, and when she showed up, “Trump was sprawled on the couch watching TV, wearing pajama pants.” That sounds like him! They had dinner in the room, she said and then she went to the bathroom. “When I came out, he was sitting on the bed and he was like, ‘Come here.’ And I was like, ‘Ugh, here we go.’ And we started kissing.” Sounds so romantic! The New York Daily News, citing the In Touch Weekly report, adds, “Clifford told the magazine that Trump once said she was ‘beautiful’ and ‘smart’ — ‘just like his daughter.’” Creepy! This is all so dignified and worthy of the highest office in the land!
GLOBAL CONFIDENCE IN THE U.S. TANKS BECAUSE OF TRUMP
The Guardian reports, “Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world, from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago.” The Guardian notes, “The latest study confirms some of the worst fears of foreign policy analysts in the US and Europe that Trump’s ‘America first’ approach, combined with his volatile and irascible personality, is weakening cohesion among western democracies in the face of a growing challenge from autocracies in Russia and China, and the rise of illiberal democracies and xenophobic nationalism inside Europe.” The Guardian adds, “Germany is now seen as a global leader by many more people (41% of the sample), with China in second place”. But we’re still ahead of Russia at 27% but only be a hair! The Guardian reports, “In just under half of the world’s countries – 65 out of 134 – US standing collapsed, by 10 percentage points or more. “
From The Guardian.
WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUMP’S INAUGURATION MONEY? NO ONE WILL SAY
USA Today reports, “Nearly a year after President Trump’s inauguration, the committee that raised a record $106.7 million for the event has not disclosed how much surplus money it still has or provided a final accounting of its finances.” Money given to fund Trump anything disappearing into an unaccounted for black hole? Shock! Kristin Celauro, the spokeswoman for Thomas Barrack, the inaugural committee’s chairman, told USA Today, “We must decline comment at this time”. USA Today notes, “Barrack, a California investment manager and longtime Trump friend, has said consistently that remaining funds would go charity,” which usually means Trump family properties – you know, “charity”! USA Today adds, “He announced plans in September to give $3 million to three non-profit groups —The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse — to help with hurricane relief efforts and said the committee planned more contributions ‘that serve America’s agenda.’” Three million is not $106.7 million and we all know our fake president has no idea what America’s agenda is nor is he capable of distinguishing it from his own or Russia’s agenda.
From USA Today.
UDAY WANTS TO PIMP MAFIA FAMILY FRONT IN INDIA
The Washington Post reports, “Prospective buyers of luxury apartments in the new Trump Towers project outside India’s capital are being lured with an unusual promise: If you buy a flat, we will fly you to the United States to meet Donald Trump Jr. The developers of the 600-foot high-rises unveiled a sleek sales office in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon last week, claiming they racked up $23 million in sales — more than 20 units — in the first day.” Bullshit. Recall the Trump family is notorious for lying about sales and the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance was keen to indict Trump hellspawn Ivanka and Uday when a conveniently timed campaign donation came in and that was shelved. “The sweetener,” according to The Washington Post citing, “One of the developers, Pankaj Bansal,” who, “told the Press Trust of India that ‘Donald Trump Jr. will host’ the first 100 buyers in the United States.” The Washington Post adds, “Bansal, the director of M3M India, one of the partners on the project, declined to comment for this story. But a representative for the project confirmed Bansal’s remarks and added that the specifics of the buyers’ trip — where they would be flown and under what circumstances they would meet Trump Jr. — were still being worked out.” Also Gurgaon is not home to Delhi’s elite, it’s home to outsourcing hubs and call centers.
From The Washington Post.
THE MILITARY IS AMERICA’S MOST TRUSTED INSTITUTION
NPR reports, “the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks — and even less confidence in big business, the presidency, the political parties and the media. The only institution that Americans have overwhelming faith in is the military — 87 percent say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military.” NPR adds, “The American public has the least confidence in Congress,” noting, “Just 8 percent of people have a great deal of confidence in the institution.” NPR reports, “Not far behind Congress is the Republican Party, not a good sign for the GOP in an election year with an unpopular president. Just 29 percent of Americans said they have quite a lot or a great deal of confidence in the party, compared with 68 percent who said they don’t have very much or none at all in the party.” None of this bodes well for a free and democratic future and has likely been helped along by a press that has placed the military above and beyond reproach, notably since Trump took office. It is also testament to the fact that Defense Secretary James Mattis is the only member of the cabinet who has not disgraced himself and has also, when granted the opportunity, provided a muted but robust defense of American values, notably when in the field and addressing troops. To quote Mattis’ words but bring it on home and apply it to civil society within our country, you are holding the line.
WH CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL KELLY DROPS TRUTH BOMBS ON THE WALL
The Washington Post reports, “White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of the hard-line immigration policies President Trump advocated during the campaign were ‘uninformed,’ that the United States will never construct a wall along its entire southern border and that Mexico will never pay for it”. That’s a lot of truth bombs from someone ostensibly employed to promote the fake president’s ignorant messages and turn them into policy! Of course, “The comments were out of sync with remarks by Trump, who in recent days has reiterated his desire to build a border wall that would be funded by Mexico ‘indirectly through NAFTA.’” There was a bit of vintage Kelly though in that, “In a bid to assure the group that he understands their concerns, Kelly said Hispanic Caucus members should be grateful that DACA wasn’t ended immediately in September, when Trump set a six-month expiration date for the program”. The Washington Post adds, “Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) later put out a statement that Kelly said Trump’s views were ‘not fully informed,’” which we all know is polite for wholly ignorant. As for the wall, “‘Concrete wall is not a realistic solution in many places,’ Kelly said — noting that topography, among other issues, makes building a physical wall difficult along certain parts of the more than 2,100 miles between the United States and Mexico. Instead, ‘we need 700 more miles of barrier,’ Kelly said — a concession that a physical barrier does not need to stretch the entire length of the border.” Lastly, “Kelly also said that there will be no wall ‘that Mexico will pay for.’” Tell that to the teenage and adolescent adult fascists chanting, “Build the wall!” at Trump rallies throughout the 2016 campaign. No one heard chants of “Build the 700 mile barrier!” because they never happened.
From The Washington Post.
RACIST, SEXIST, ANTI-GAY + MUSLIM: WHY DIDN’T HE FIT RIGHT IN?
The Washington Post reports, “An appointee of President Trump has resigned from the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs after remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants surfaced in the news media.” Why is he resigning, it sounds like he would fit right in with the cabal of racist, sexist, anti-gay and Muslim Russia-backed frauds currently pretending to run things in our country? The Washington Post reports, “Carl Higbie lasted less than six months as the chief of external affairs in the Corporation for National and Community Service. Higbie’s Thursday afternoon resignation, which was prompted after CNN unearthed the comments he made, comes amid increased scrutiny of the president’s appointees for racist or anti-Muslim statements made in the past.” Now this is catching up to them? This was the essence of everything Trump ran on: hate for “the other” however defined by the emotive prejudices of the moment. He is so not alone in the regime in being an enormous bigot! The Washington Post recalls, “In November, the Department of Homeland Security’s Jamie Johnson, another Trump appointee, resigned after comments he made that linked blacks to ‘laziness’ and ‘promiscuity’ came to light. Last week, Pete Hoekstra, the new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and a former Republican congressman, apologized after uproar over baseless anti-Muslim theories he had spread numerous times in past.” So the new rules are sort of like the old rules in American society: you have to sweep your hate back under the rug or at least service it with a wink and a nod and complicity à la Homeland Security Secretary for the Aryan nation Kirstjen Nielsen. The good old days Trump promised are back indeed! MAGAts!
From The Washington Post.
POLISH PRESIDENT THANKS TRUMP FOR STANDING UP TO FAKE NEWS
The AP reports, “Poland’s president has thanked President Donald Trump for fighting ‘fake news,’ saying his own country experiences the power of fake news ‘first hand.’” They also had a fake Defense Minister, Antoni Macierewicz who seemed to be in Russia’s pocket until recently but preference is given to attacking the pillars of democracy such as the free press in the new authoritarian antidemocratic Poland. The AP adds, “President Andrzej Duda voiced his thanks to Trump in English on Twitter Thursday, a day after the U.S. leader revealed his promised ‘fake news awards.’” The AP notes, “One of the ‘awards’ went to Newsweek for reporting that Duda’s wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, did not shake hands with Trump during a visit to Warsaw last summer. In fact, she briefly avoided Trump’s outstretched hand as she reached out to shake the hand of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, but she did shake Trump’s hand afterward.” Note Trump inspires the far right aligned against civil society, decency and humanity worldwide.
From the AP.
WIKILEAKS TURNS ON TRUMP IN SIGN OF FURTHER TUMULT IN TEAM TRUMP
The Hill reports, “WikiLeaks late Wednesday referred to the Trump administration as a ‘frequent source of false information’ after winners of President Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ were announced,” on the GOP website. WikiLeaks tweeted, “Comment: While @WikiLeaks, as a primary source organization with a perfect verification record welcomes debate over ‘fake news’ it should be noted that along with the U.S. establishment press, the Trump administration is a frequent source of false information. #FakeNewsAwards,” probably not because they believe anything they post but because their Russian handlers are keen on sowing further seeds of discord, especially within Team Trump, which WikiLeaks has long been a part of.
From The Hill.
CNN EXPANDS ITS RUSSIA BUREAU
The Washington Examiner reports, “CNN is adding more resources into its coverage of Russia as special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election”. The Washington Examiner notes, “The network announced Thursday it was adding staff to its bureau in Moscow, including Nathan Hodge, a Wall Street Journal reporter already based in the city. CNN reporters Fred Pleitgen and Matthew Chance will also join the bureau.”
From The Washington Examiner.
MANHATTAN DA RAIDS NEWSWEEK’S HEADQUARTERS
The New York Daily News reports, “Investigators from the Manhattan DA’s office stormed the offices of Newsweek on Thursday, serving a warrant for information about the magazine’s computers. A team of detectives served the warrant at the magazine’s Hanover Square office in lower Manhattan — accessing the building at all sides, a security guard said.” The New York Daily News adds, “The District Attorney’s investigators immediately began taking photos of the company’s computer equipment in the server room.” The New York Daily News notes, “The search warrant was connected to a financial investigation into Newsweek owner Etienne Uzac, part of a yearlong probe by the DA’s Major Economic Crimes bureau, a second source said.” Strange story. Unclear if related to Russia in any way, but TRUMPISTAN WATCH has observed over the month many stories that belong in Sputnik or RT not the American press. Among these pro-Russia stories, the byline Damien Sharkov is far and away the most frequent offender.
From The New York Daily News.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
HACKING THE NUKES
Defense One reports, “A new report from London-based think tank Chatham House notes that while some risks associated with nuclear weapons have been around for decades, ‘new technology has exacerbated these risks. With each new digital component embedded in the nuclear weapons enterprise, new threat vectors may emerge.’” Defense One notes, “During the Cold War, for instance, the United States could much better guarantee the provenance of the microchips, microelectronic components, and other pieces of computer and digital equipment. In 2018, that becomes harder to do, especially as you loop in more pieces of complex equipment.” Defense One adds an adversary “doesn’t have to hack locations or components, it just has to credibly threaten to do so. If you can’t be sure that your nuclear response has not been hacked, then you aren’t effectively deterring anything. And that’s the only reason to have nuclear weapons.”
From Defense One.
RUSSIA’S DOOMSDAY MACHINE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Some two years ago, Western intelligence and military experts scrambled to make sense of a strange new Russian weapon whose designs were glimpsed briefly in a mysterious report on Russian state TV. The weapon was a nuclear-capable underwater drone that would be launched from a submarine. The description accompanying a picture of the drone said such vehicles or weapons would be pilotless and capable of attacking enemies and creating ‘zones of extensive radioactive contamination unfit for military, economic or other activity for a long period of time.’” That’s a doomsday machine! Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “At the time, in November 2015, a Kremlin spokesman said the document was shown mistakenly in the state TV report”. Never believe anything until the Kremlin denies it. Of course, “analysts concluded it was an intentional signal being sent by the Kremlin. Now, for the first time there are public indications that U.S. intelligence have not only confirmed Russian intentions for the weapon, but are also trying to figure out how to respond to it.” Unlike in “Dr. Strangelove,” at least they are telling the world about it!
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
FIRE AND FURY: THE MADE FOR TV FAKE PRESIDENCY
The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Michael Wolff’s controversial Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is coming to television,” adding, “The massive deal is said to be in the seven-figure range. Endeavor Content plans to adapt the book as a TV series. A network is not yet attached, as Endeavor will now begin shopping the project.” The Hollywood Reporter adds, “To date, rights to the book have been sold in 32 countries. It is currently the best-selling book of any genre worldwide. (A Spanish-language edition is set for Feb. 28, with subsequent takes in Arabic, Albanian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Japanese, French, German and other languages also planned.)” Is there another man alive disgusting enough to portray the fake president?
From The Hollywood Reporter.
*NEW* MERCH: TRUMPISTAN WATCH shop.
SUBSCRIBE: e-mail TrumpistanWatch@gmail.com with “TRUMPISTAN WATCH” in the subject line to receive the weekday e-mail newsletter.