Gen. John F. Kelly, Trumps new White House chief of staff was not rabidly anti-Russian as head of DHS (Kelly an old school tough tight lipped Bostonian Irishmen may offer some new hope as the alpha male of Trumps WH Staff?)

generalfuckingkellyKelly: ‘Any channel of communication’ with Russia ‘a good thing’

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, pressed Sunday on White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s reported attempts to establish secret lines of communication with Russia during the presidential transition, said any such channels of communication are “a good thing.”

While not confirming reports that Kushner discussed with Russian officials how to create back channels of communication that might evade potential U.S. monitoring, Kelly said that any attempts to strengthen dialogue with Russia were a positive.

“I don’t know if it is true or not; I know it’s being reported in the press,” Kelly said on “Fox News Sunday,” before being told by anchor Chris Wallace that the network had confirmed that the discussion between Kushner and Russian officials had taken place.

“I think that any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russia is a good thing,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me.”

The White House was rocked on Friday by reports that Kushner, a top presidential adviser and the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, sought private lines of communication with Russian officials that would have evaded U.S. monitoring. Numerous former national security officials have since raised concerns about the reported conversation, questioning the legality of such a move.

Kelly on Sunday, however, cast the alleged communications as a relationship-building effort.

“Multiple ways to communicate back and forth is a good way to communicate with any country,” he said, while cautioning: “You just have to assume that what you’re getting may or may not be true, they may be working you.”

Kelly also addressed the timing of the conversations, which reportedly took place before Kushner and the Trump transition team took office. The secretary of homeland security said that as long as Kushner did not “do anything to inhibit the Obama transition,” he did not see any issues.

“As they begin to build relationships [with the Russians], there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said.

 

Gen. John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general sworn in Monday as White House chief of staff, has new orders from the commander-in-chief: Instill discipline in a White House plagued by leaks and infighting.

Kelly, an Irish Catholic, had a brief stint as secretary of Homeland Security. Before he headed DHS, he had recently ended a long and distinguished career in the military.

Last February, he retired after serving four decades in the Marines. His last post was as head of the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees Latin America and the Caribbean.

“I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years – first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Kelly said in a statement Friday. “I am honored to be asked to serve as the chief of staff to the president of the United States.”

In a tweet late Friday, Trump tweeted that Kelly “has been a true star of my administration.”

“He is a great American and a great leader,” Trump said.

Kelly, who vehemently defended Trump’s travel ban, has grown close with the president the past few months.

The Washington Post said Trump is “drawn to the discipline that Kelly and his other advisers who are former military officers bring to their roles.”

He is also allegedly close to both White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, and liked by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He’s described as low-key and a good collaborator.

His selection Friday was greeted with praise on Capitol Hill.

“Secretary Kelly is one of the strongest and most natural leaders I’ve ever known,” said South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has sparred with the president in the past. “As a Marine Corps officer, he instilled loyalty, respect and admiration from all who served under him.”

Speaking to reporters, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited Kelly’s role at the Department of Homeland Security in working to reduce illegal immigration.

“He has helped seal the border and reduced illegal immigration by 70 percent,” Sanders said. “He is respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security.”

A   profile in the Boston Globe when he was chosen by Trump to head DHS mentioned a powerful speech he delivered in Massachusetts honoring service members in the state killed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

He spoke to the crowd but never mentioned that his own son was killed in Afghanistan three weeks prior.

“He was probably torn up inside,” Chris Lessard, a Newton firefighter and Marine veteran, told the Globe. “That was my first impression of General John Kelly. Could you find a classier person? He’s a great man.”

 

The nine days of Av, 2017

The Ugly Truth

ed note–as we discuss on a regular basis on this website (and in particular on last night’s program) all the eyes of Gentiledom need to be focused with keen attention on Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the 11th month in the Judaic calendar in understanding properly just what Judea, Inc’s aims are and what is likely to be coming at us in both the near and distant future.

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“Mooch ” Out already? Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role

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Maggie Habberman and Glenn Thrush

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, the White House announced, ousting him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”

Mr. Scaramucci’s abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on to the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff.

In a Twitter message just before 5:30 on Monday morning, just hours before the announcement about Mr. Scaramucci, Mr. Trump insisted that there has been “No WH chaos!”

The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci became public as Mr. Kelly, who replaced Mr. Priebus as the top adviser in the White House, began his first day in charge of the White House staff. He told aides gathered in early-morning staff meetings that he intended to impose a new sense of order and operational discipline that had been absent under his predecessor.

Mr. Scaramucci had boasted about reporting directly to the president, not the chief of staff. But the decision to remove him came at Mr. Kelly’s request, the people said.

It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci, who is known informally as “The Mooch,” will remain at the White House in another position or will leave altogether. The White House had originally said that his official start date as a government employee was to be August 15, although he appeared to begin performing his duties immediately.

While Mr. Kelly’s objection was the decisive factor in Mr. Scaramucci’s departure, people close to the decision said that Mr. Trump had quickly soured on the wisecracking, Long Island-bred former hedge fund manager, and so had his family.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband, had pushed the president to hire Mr. Scaramucci, seeing him as away to force out Mr. Priebus, the former national Republican committee chairman, and his allies in the West Wing.

In that, Mr. Scaramucci was successful. Mr. Spicer, a close ally of Mr. Priebus, resigned just hours after the news about Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring was made public. And shortly after Mr. Scaramucci called Mr. Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” — adding a more vulgar term to the beginning of the phrase — Mr. Priebus, too, offered his resignation.

Mr. Trump was initially pleased by Mr. Scaramucci’s harsh remarks, directed at Mr. Priebus and Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist. But over the weekend, after speaking with his family and Mr. Kelly, the president began to see the brash actions of his subordinate as a political liability and potential embarrassment, according to two people familiar with his thinking.

Mr. Scaramucci’s swift departure is an early indication that Mr. Kelly intends to assert his authority over the operations of the White House, and that several of the big personalities there — including Mr. Kushner, Ms. Trump and Mr. Bannon — may be inclined to defer to him.

 

It also suggests that, at least for the moment, Mr. Kelly has the president’s support in that effort.

The president still values Mr. Scaramucci, people close Mr. Trump and his family, and is hoping to find another, less high profile, position for him in the White House — although it is uncertain if Mr. Scaramucci would be willing to accept a demotion.

White House: Trump to sign Russia sanctions bill

The Ugly Truth

ed note–as we discussed on last night’s program, Trump simply has to do this lest he finds himself sinking deeper into the ‘The White House has become a pawn of the Kremlin’ meme being screeched incessantly by the JMSM. However, it is only going to be a temporary respite for Trump, as now his enemies within Judea, Inc working to bring down his presidency have the most potent ‘evidence’ they need of ‘Russian interference’ in the recent elections they need–the signature of the President himself on the sanctions bill.

Please take note of what was stated by in the article by George Beebe, a former director of Russia analysis at the CIA–

“He is in a lose-lose situation here…There really are no good options for him on this.”

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Sellout? Spicer: I’d ‘proudly’ work for Pence if he runs for president

 Spicer: I’d ‘proudly’ work for Pence if he runs for president

Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he would “proudly” work for Vice President Mike Pence if he ran for president.

“When and if [Mike Pence] runs in 2024 I would proudly play any role he asks,” Spicer tweeted. “Good to know you have already conceded that.”

Spicer was responding to a tweet by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who implied President Trump is facing an imminent impeachment by tweeting that Pence was already planning his inauguration and that former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus “and Spicer will lead the transition.”
Spicer resigned as press secretary earlier this month after President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci to take over as communications directors. Spicer had been filling both roles since former communications director Mike Dubke stepped down at the end of May.

Spicer is remaining with the Trump administration until mid-August.

Blair can’t be prosecuted over Iraq: court

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London’s High Court has blocked a bid by a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq war.

General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat has accused Blair, while UK prime minister, of committing a “crime of aggression” by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow President Saddam Hussein.

The general wanted to prosecute Blair and two other key ministers at the time – foreign secretary Jack Straw and attorney general Lord Goldsmith.

His lawyers asked the High Court for permission to seek judicial review in an attempt to get the Supreme Court, now the highest court in Britain, to overturn a ruling by the House of Lords in 2006 that there is no such crime as the crime of aggression under the law of England and Wales.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, and Justice Ouseley dismissed the general’s application, saying there was “no prospect” of the case succeeding.

The case was brought after Westminster Magistrates’ Court refused to issue summonses last November on the grounds that the ex-ministers had immunity from legal action, and in any event the current Attorney-General, Jeremy Wright QC, would have to give consent.

The general lives in Muscat, Oman, does not possess a passport and cannot travel to the UK.

The UK was part of the coalition led by the US which invaded Iraq after US president George W Bush and Blair accused Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having links to terrorists.