Trump's personal assistant fired for security reasons

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  2. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816

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    Makes you wonder if he didn't pass the security checks.
     
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Or hit on Ivanka ;)
     
  4. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    "serious financial crimes"

    Seems like a pattern.
     
  5. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Man can he pick them. Intentionally or not.
     
  6. LizKat macrumors 601

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    So he gets removed from the White House over a "security issue" --and so quickly that he doesn't even get to collect his jacket never mind his other personal belongings.

    And then we hear it's because Homeland Security is investigating him for "serious financial crimes".

    And then we hear he's joined the Trump re-election campaign as a senior advisor no less.

    Got it. Sounds like a great fit.



    It's telling that although I was very disappointed in how General Kelly handled the matter of Rob Porter's eventual dismissal from the West Wing, I am relieved that Kelly hasn't quit yet and that he got around to pressing for settlement of the lingering clearance questions.

    By time this administration gets the boot, I hope that as a voter I still have some standards left to apply to the next applicants. I used to expect a lot more than "grownups on board" for the executive branch of the US federal government. Now I'm grateful when even seeing glimmers of that from White House staffers, and long since gave up on trying to count on anything in particular from Trump himself.

    Someone in the WH once said that the interim clearances have taken long simply because so many of the Trump hires had no prior government experience. That explains why no prior clearance history, but not whether these guys were ever really vetted by the campaign organization for what they had experience in, prior to showing up apparently eager to help elect Trump. Apparently to make the transition from campaign worker to West Wing staffer, all one needed was a profession of personal loyalty to the Don. Add that all up and it sounds like you could drive a truck full of trolls (or bank robbers, or moles) into the WH.
     
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    Not sure exactly what he did, but according to the WSJ, not much.

     
  8. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I am sure he was just the coffee boy... just like... ;)
     
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    Trump ... draining the swamps of his own appointees... MAGA.
     
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    MAGA, yeah. So many options when one fancies oneself the world's best chef. He's almost made an omelet now... but wait... might want hard boiled eggs after all.. what to do, what to do...


    AlmostAnOmelet.jpg
     
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    Definitely GMO eggs :)
     
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    Yeah it's starting to look like we don't have a clue where at least some of this administration was grown, or what it was ever about before people started trying to make it coalesce as our executive branch of government.

    What's fascinating is that Trump himself has never seemed particularly interested in that process. He just wants to know that who's in it is pledged to him, personally. Guy's a loner who doesn't like to be alone but he wants his "database" of the White House to look like a single instance of a many-to-one relationship.

    That's his world view, really. There's all of "them" out there, and then there's him. He relates to them one at a time -- and so in meetings they must divine his focus and all sound the same note of sycophancy or risk being severed. He doesn't seem to be a trusting person, and why would he be, since that arrangement allows for so much mischief at the loose ends. While he's spending an hour, half a day with someone,,, what are all those other characters up to? He wonders, and he can't cope with the obvious answer that he has no clue and most of the time even less interest.

    The problem for us and for other countries is that he sees the whole outside world the same way, it's not just his view of the West Wing. Today's it's Xi Jinping's turn in the barrel, tomorrow Xi's his best friend and it's Theresa May who's in the barrel. How Xi and May could relate to each other? Not in the picture. It's such a perfect recipe for getting blindsided over and over.

    I suppose seeing that his personal aide was abruptly escorted out over a security matter could be some kind of wakeup call for Trump that his whole system of management has "some issues", but I'm not sure he really cares any more. I get the impression he's just living on fumes now, on memories of the night he won the 2016 election; it was the last thing that made any sense to him before he allowed himself to be sworn into office as our least prepared and least suitable President. It must be wearisome to spend all day wishing he could be somewhere else, but knowing he can't bail out because whatever Mueller has dug up is probably more lethal to him as a private citizen than as denizen of the Oval Office while the GOP turns a blind eye to the whole mess.
     
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    So, why did a guy, fired from the White House and currently being investigated for "serious financial crimes" land a gig at the Trump campaign?

    That guy got a "shut up Donny" gig.
     
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    Don't you sometimes flash to McConnell or maybe a Koch bro, saying to a friend over drinks before (or instead of) dinner, "See I never thought it could be this bad... how could anything we could even imagine be this bad?"

    Yet they don't see a way off the train. They couldn't find the Constitution with a megawatt flashlight.

    Ryan's caucus of leftover tea party is the problem. Afraid to lose that handful of seats? This RNC and the GOP leadership that goes with it in the 115th Congress lack the courage and common sense of the average cow dog. At least the dog can count cattle and apply a nip in a few behinds to close the herd up when it's time to get a move on.
     
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    When Roger Ailes was ousted from Fox News, Trump immediately hired him as a political consultant for his campaign. So this is a pattern we are familiar with.

    And by the way, what's with appointing unqualified people to not just "advisor" but "senior advisor" positions?
     
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    "Make it good. If you can't make it good, make it big. If you can't make it big, make it red."

    Old Madison Avenue advice to new agency hires. Trump doubles down on the pitch every time out the box.
     
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    It is pretty alarming. It surely means there's a lot of stuff going on that no longer even gets booted up to the White House because of all the turmoil; people working in agencies and who in another administration would have expected some herd-riding (and also the ability to get some help) from the White House probably aren't even bothering to call.

    The chaotic atmosphere, emphasis on deregulation and a pervasive fear of getting swept up in an investigation all add up to whatever anyone in an agency wants it to add up to at this point. We'll never know what's been broken until some of the pieces fall out when the place changes hands again. I'd like to say Mike Pence could make a difference but he'd have his plate full just repairing international perceptions of this admin's operations, so whatever's gone wrong or run amok down in the agencies without sufficient oversight is likely to keep skating for awhile.
     
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    I was told that there's no chaos in the White House. Wait a minute - are you saying Trump lied?
     
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    Clearly it was enough to be fired over.
     
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    Maybe if the moron-in-chief spent a weekend at the White House instead of playing golf, things wouldn't be so bad.

    Oh who am I kidding.
     
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    I think @tgara was referring to what he did to earn a paycheck at the WH... you know all those important things like setting the White House clocks forward for daylight saving time I guess. What he apparently did to get fired was have some issues with online gambling and tax "problems" of a magnitude large enough to (at least) preclude his getting a security clearance.
     

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