When President Trump tapped John Bolton as national security adviser, he praised the former diplomat’s harsh approach to foreign policy.
The other day Trump called Bolton “one of the most polite people in Washington” – a proposal rejected by a former aide after the president invited martial law to contest the election.
To say that Trump’s inner circle is shrinking is an understanding. There is a long list of assistants and advisors who were once confidant and have now been excluded. It runs from generals – John Kelly and Jim Mattis, to operators like Attorney General, Steve Jannan, first to Jeff Sessions and now to Bill Barr.
In fairness, some people fired by the president attacked him first, either because he was disillusioned (Anthony Scaramucci), criminally charged (Michael Cohen), or a quick buck (Omrosa and Trump’s niece, Mary) Decided to make. Others were ambiguous, drawing attention to the media after noticing it (Olivia Troy, “Anonymous” writer Mr. Taylor). And Bolton, who left his relationship with Trump destabilized, joined the legal battle over his stated book.
This is hardly uncommon in Washington. Politicians hire friends and fixers who are jailed when they become liabilities. When the winds shift, the allies turn into enemies.
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But Trump has reached a whole new level as more Republicans have accepted Joe Biden’s victory following last week’s electoral college vote. New reports state that those who are giving up their electoral battles are outsiders.
Axios, quoting several unnamed officials, reported that Trump is “sarcastic at almost everyone around him, holding onto anyone who refuses to reject conspiracy theories or hopeless bids.”
Axis says the president is ‘cursing’ those around him, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and lawyer Pat Cipollon. They are against suggestions that they declare martial law or try to seize Dominion voting machines:
“Trump is fed up with Cipollon, his lawyer. Some supporters of Cipollon are worried that Trump is on the verge of removing him and replacing him with the Fringe Loyalist.”
And then there’s the vice president: “Trump considers Pence as not struggling enough for him – the same complaint he uses against almost everyone who works for him and has remained loyal to him.” ” If Pence accepts the official results of Congress on January 6, which is his constitutional duty, Trump will be seen as a “final betrayal”.
Leaks themselves are very important. However, the president has been undermined by anonymous allies since he took office, as he whispers to journalists that this is not a normal internal tantrum.
The Washington Post focuses more on what he describes as sacking, “of conspiracy theorists, media-starved lawyers and other political misfits in a desperate attempt to seize power after losing his election.” A ragtag group …
“Trump’s informal election advisory council now includes a pardon hooliganism, QAnon conspiracy theory, a White House trade adviser and a former lover of a Russian agent.” This is an eye catching sentence.
The pardon hooliganism is that of Mike Flynn, won by Biden, advancing the notion of a military move to re-run elections on the battlefield. QAnon is pro-Congress-elect Marjorie Taylor Green, who plans to challenge the regular Congress on the results of the Electoral College in January. 6. Business Advisor is Peter Navarro. Overstock chief executive Patrick Byron, who promotes conspiracy theories on his blog, had a romantic relationship with Russian student Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a Russian agent.
And here comes the blind quote:
A senior administration official said, “He is searching for the straw. If you come and tell him that he is lost, and it is over, he does not want to hear from you. He is looking for people. To tell him what to do. ” Wants to hear “”
One person whose stock is rising is Sydney Powell, whose conspiratorial ideas have been rejected by other advisors, including Rudy Giaveni. Powell, who was excluded from Trump’s campaign legal team, was back at the White House on Monday, along with Juliani and Green. Pavel was part of a marathon meeting-slash-shooting-match with Flynn and others on Friday where martial law and the confiscation of voting machines were debated.
They are filling a void left by other stalwarts such as Jared Kushner, who is busy with other projects, in his case in the Middle East and by Kellyanne Conway, who resigned before the election.
Fascinating to me is how quickly they are at the right turn of Trump’s allies that they previously accepted. Some conservative pundits praised Berar as a courageous truth-teller, until the Attorney General said his department had found no widespread election fraud. Trump himself criticized McConnell, his Hill aide and the Supreme Court, one of whom nominated him, once he broke up with him on the election.
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It becomes difficult for any president defeated in the election to fall into the trap of power. But when that president refused, he became strongly prepared for those who kept him right.