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    Dockadams Wrote: And people he does appoint really don't want the job. People who Trump appoints must first show their loyalty to him to keep their job.
    Yes Dock; that is exactly as they do in any "dictatorship" ask Kim.
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    It does call into question of a man's character and moral ethics when a person associates with criminals (felons) and dictators. I don't think we've ever had president that does what Trump does, one would think that voters would shy away from voting for such, but I'm thinking people in the USA must really be dumbed down or brainwashed. The bad part is that Trump is just about getting away with murder (dead immigrants). And why would anyone want a job from him, or be appointed by him? He's not to be trusted.
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    Dutch:

    Sue Gordon, the deputy director of national intelligence, had 30 years of experience in the state department. Trump wants to replace her with a "loyalist", because that is exactly what a mob boss does. The Mafia term for that is "omerta".

    Several Trump allies outside the White House had urged the president to remove Gordon, a career intelligence officer, describing her as too close to former CIA Director John Brennan. Brennan has publicly criticized Trump’s leadership, and the president in turn has called him “the worst CIA director in our country’s history.”

    https://fortune.com/2019/08/08/sue-gordon-resigns-intelligence/

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    In a matter of only seven days, a staggering five top Pentagon officials have either left or announced their departure from their position. Marking the fifth individual to leave the Pentagon was long-time State Department official Ambassador Tina Kaidanow who began her role in the Pentagon in September of 2018 and resigned on the 16th of this month, per confirmation from the Pentagon, first reported by Defense News.

    https://politicaltribune.org/another-pentagon-official-resigns-becoming-the-fifth-to-do-so-in-seven-days/

    Overall, the number of departures in the Trump administration is staggering. The list found on Wikipedia is lengthy, but doesn't tell the full story, since many low level positions are not included. I counted 83 departures that were people in "acting" positions. Those departures are shown in yellow.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Trump_administration_dismissals_and_resignations#Department_of_Defense

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    Since his inauguration, Trump has had SIX National Security Advisers,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_%28United_States%29

    He also has had three Directors of National Intelligence, one of whom JUST got replaced.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence

    The person replacing Joseph McGuire is Richard Grenell, who is totally unqualified for the job.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/incompetent-trump-names-grenell-top-intelligence-chief-200220024722527.html

    Susan Hennessey, a fellow in national security law at Brookings Institution and a former attorney at the National Security Agency, wrote on social media: "This should frighten you. Not just brazen politicization of intelligence, but also someone who is utterly incompetent in an important security role. The guardrails are gone."

    Last year he faced calls for his expulsion, shortly after taking up his post in Germany, when he spoke up in support of right-wing politicians in Europe.

    Trump, however, reportedly sees Grenell as a loyalist, helping him to reassert himself following acquittal in his historic impeachment trial in Congress and in advance of the November presidential election.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Since his inauguration, Trump has had SIX National Security Advisers,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_%28United_States%29

    He also has had three Directors of National Intelligence, one of whom JUST got replaced.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence

    The person replacing Joseph McGuire is Richard Grenell, who is totally unqualified for the job.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/incompetent-trump-names-grenell-top-intelligence-chief-200220024722527.html

    Susan Hennessey, a fellow in national security law at Brookings Institution and a former attorney at the National Security Agency, wrote on social media: "This should frighten you. Not just brazen politicization of intelligence, but also someone who is utterly incompetent in an important security role. The guardrails are gone."

    Last year he faced calls for his expulsion, shortly after taking up his post in Germany, when he spoke up in support of right-wing politicians in Europe.

    Trump, however, reportedly sees Grenell as a loyalist, helping him to reassert himself following acquittal in his historic impeachment trial in Congress and in advance of the November presidential election.

    Loyalty is Trump’s sole criteria for being a member of his administration.
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    William H. McRaven, the commander who oversaw the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, broke the military’s reluctance to comment on politics with an op-ed in the Washington Post. Discussing the firing of Maguire, he concluded: “As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security — then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil.”

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    lonely bird Wrote:
    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Since his inauguration, Trump has had SIX National Security Advisers,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Advisor_%28United_States%29

    He also has had three Directors of National Intelligence, one of whom JUST got replaced.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_National_Intelligence

    The person replacing Joseph McGuire is Richard Grenell, who is totally unqualified for the job.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/incompetent-trump-names-grenell-top-intelligence-chief-200220024722527.html

    Susan Hennessey, a fellow in national security law at Brookings Institution and a former attorney at the National Security Agency, wrote on social media: "This should frighten you. Not just brazen politicization of intelligence, but also someone who is utterly incompetent in an important security role. The guardrails are gone."

    Last year he faced calls for his expulsion, shortly after taking up his post in Germany, when he spoke up in support of right-wing politicians in Europe.

    Trump, however, reportedly sees Grenell as a loyalist, helping him to reassert himself following acquittal in his historic impeachment trial in Congress and in advance of the November presidential election.

    Loyalty is Trump’s sole criteria for being a member of his administration.

    Lonely bird:

    Trump has been purging the White House of anyone who cooperated with the impeachment probe, but now has expanded that purge, instructing his aides to identify anyone not considered sufficiently loyal to the president so they can be forced out. Apparently, Jared Kushner and Trump’s children have been key players in making this push, intending to concentrate more power among themselves.

    The Cornell Law School has a few thoughts about this situation, since there ARE rules about this, as contained in 5 U.S. Code - 3110.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/3110

    Here's the key paragraph:

    A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official. An individual may not be appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in or to a civilian position in an agency if such appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement has been advocated by a public official, serving in or exercising jurisdiction or control over the agency, who is a relative of the individual.

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    Johnny McEntee, President Trump’s former personal aide who now serves as director of presidential personnel, has begun combing through various agencies with a mandate from the president to force out political appointees who are not seen as sufficiently loyal.

    If you are saying, "Johnny who?", here's a few facts:

    Prior to working for Trump, McEntee was the starting quarterback for the Connecticut Huskies football team. He is currently 29 years old. The sentence below, though, explains how he got his current job:

    By 2015, McEntee had taken on a role as a production assistant for Fox News, focusing on the channel's social media accounts. He successfully lobbied for a job on the Trump campaign, joining as a volunteer in July of that year, later being promoted to a full-time position as trip director.McEntee was responsible for executing the campaign's rallies while traveling with the candidate and coordinating the campaign's travel for all staff.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McEntee_(political_aide)

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    I first mentioned Richard Grenell's name 4 days ago.

    Today, the Daily Kos had a short article about him that should scare the crap out of you. The short version of the story is that the guy is unqualified, but the bigger story is that he is fundamentally dangerous.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/22/1920848/-Trump-s-new-head-of-Intelligence-is-unqualified-but-that-s-not-the-only-reason-he-s-dangerous?detail=emaildkre

    By coincidence, Townhall.com also published a column about him today as well. Townhall was originally started by The Heritage Foundation, and is now owned by Salem Productions. Kurt Schlicter is one of their nuttier columnists. He was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2020/02/24/the-loser-establishment-is-rightfully-terrified-of-ric-grenell-n2561753?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=02/24/2020&bcid=9d08ea620232d41a381be82339d3454d&recip=20627988

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    A "few more thoughts" from Heather Cox Richardson:

    "After 5:00 on Friday night, Trump announced that he is replacing acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with retiring North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows, a key Trump loyalist. In 2012, while seeking a seat in Congress, Meadows suggested that then-US President Barack Obama be sent "home to Kenya or wherever it is", wading into the dubious controversy that the 43rd president was not born in the United States.

    Mulvaney was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as the acting Chief of Staff, making him key to the withholding of the money from Ukraine that was at the heart of the Ukraine Scandal.

    Mulvaney angered Trump in October when he admitted that the administration had withheld the Ukraine aid in exchange for the announcement of the investigation in Hunter Biden. “We do that all the time with foreign policy,” he told reporters. “And I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

    Trump’s advisers convinced him not to dump Mulvaney in the midst of the impeachment crisis, but the ax has dropped now as Trump is calling his most avid defenders to his side. Chiefs of staff tend to burn out quickly, but naming his fourth chief of staff in three years, and changing the guard at a time when his administration badly needs to give off the image of stability, suggests that Trump is aware his administration is in trouble. This means that his reelection is in trouble.

    Mulvaney will would become the US special envoy for Northern Ireland.

    Trump is worried how the economic slump from the virus will affect his re-election and, meanwhile, the administration has taken two bad hits in courts this week over its election ties to Russia. On Thursday, Judge Reggie Walton, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote that Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to mislead the public over the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 election "cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary." Walton is presiding over a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that asks the court to make the Department of Justice release the unredacted report, which has not yet been made public. Walton says he will read the unredacted report himself to see if the Justice Department’s redactions (that is, blacking out of sections) was reasonable, or simply an attempt to protect the president. “I have never seen an attorney general called out this way before by a judge for making misrepresentations,” Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor, told TalkingPointsMemo.

    On Friday, in a different FOIA case, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the National Security Agency to let her see a memo of a conversation between Trump and former NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers, asking Rogers to push back against news reports that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia. Rogers’s deputy wrote the memo, and Mueller summarized it in his report. Transparency groups want to see it; Trump says it is classified under executive privilege. Kollar-Kotelly says she wants to see it to make a determination."

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    Third Chief of staff in 3 years. Crazy. Being a yes man sometimes isn't enough.
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    I'm getting dizzy trying to keep track of who's doing what in the Trump administration.

    Effective February 20, Ricard Grennell has been the ACTING Director of National Intelligence. Everyone agrees that he is the wrong person for the job, but the person who Trump has nominated as the permanent head is even worse.

    His name is John Ratcliffe, and he scares the blazes out of the "spooks":

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/08/john-ratcliffe-trump-intel-power-play-123452

    Let's see ..

    He's only had one year of experience on the House Intelligence Committee and a résumé that now includes serving on Trump’s impeachment team. He is the epitome of what intelligence officers “reflexively” reject, said David Priess, a former CIA officer and daily intelligence briefer - but he is loyal to Trump.

    Ratcliffe recently spoke at the CPAC meeting. He appeared on the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to dismiss the validity of investigations regarding the president’s actions towards Russia and Ukraine. He also baselessly accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of having executed a “quid pro quo” with regard to the firing of Ukraine’s corruption-coddling former prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin. The panel on which Ratcliffe appeared was titled “The Coup: Impeachment—Hyped Slimes and Nancy’s Schemer.” Charlie Hurt of The Washington Times also joined the panel. The identity of “Nancy’s Schemer” was never explicitly revealed.

    "And they haven’t learned a lesson,” Ratcliffe said of the Democrats, “despite the fact that throughout this process … whether it’s the Russia hoax or the Ukraine hoax—in every instance, the president’s been right. The president’s been the one that’s been telling the truth with respect to what’s happening.”

    https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/intelligence-chief-nominee-john-ratcliffe-dismisses-intel-on-russia-and-ukraine-as-hoax/

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    Can't remember what tweet, but didn't Trump tweet saying he appointed himself as his own Chief of Staff or he wanted too because everybody else so far has been completely inept to do the job to Trump's high standards; the worst being John Kelly. According to Trump, Kelly kept hiring and firing all the wrong people and refused to sign a loyalty pledge.
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    The coronavirus is going to get a LOT worse precisely because of Trump's revolving door.

    Unfilled jobs and high turnover mean the government is ill equipped for a public health crisis, said many former and current federal officials and disaster experts.

    One example is the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is legally meant to back up the nation’s health care system in an emergency. The secretary, Robert L. Wilkie, has no experience in emergency management, and he has been largely absent from meetings with senior officials on the pandemic. He recently fired his second in command, who had worked in past disasters, and his head of emergency preparedness retired. Mr. Wilkie took a short leave of absence two weeks ago as the crisis began to unfold in the United States.

    Of the 75 senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 20 are either vacant or filled by acting officials, including Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary who recently was unable to tell a Senate committee how many respirators and protective face masks were available in the United States.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/us/politics/coronavirus-expertise-trump.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

    Some 80 percent of the senior positions in the White House below the cabinet level have turned over during President Trump’s administration, with about 500 people having departed since the inauguration. Mr. Trump is on his fourth chief of staff, his fourth national security adviser and his fifth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    That jarring statistic is in addition to the fact that many of the people in his cabinet (possible the majority) are not qualified for their positions, and Betsy DeVos and Sonny Perdue are just two examples.

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    My guess is exactly as you described; total incompetence. Things are even worse; I bet the 2 trillion "hand outs" will become an total disaster. I've never seen any "company" decide such in less than 2 weeks, let alone done by a bunch of "bureaucrats".

    Two "TRILLION" is not peanuts; that has to be thought out exactly; especially the details as well exact "wording/coverage" to prevent "corruption". None of this has been done; you need much more than two weeks; it is just about the same "system" as the "military" uses, where no one knows where their money went, especially in the useless wars. Yes this country will become (and likely is already one) an third world country by continuing this way.

    The "oversight" here is laughable for sure. First, of they don't know how to write an "contract"; second, they don't have a clue about the "subject"; third, they always are ending up way above the budget (the F35 is an "living" example)