Amid Russia Crisis, Trump Prepares "War Room", "Big White House Changes", Loss Of Twitter

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In lieu of the Friday night "Trump bombshell" deliverable from the NYT-WaPo complex, today it was Reuters' and the Wall Street Journal's turn to lay out the suspenseful weekend reads, previewing major potential upcoming changes to the Trump administration.

First, according to Reuters, Trump's top advisors are preparing to establish a "war room" to combat negative reports and mounting questions about communication between Russia.  Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior advisors to the president, will be involved in the new messaging effort, which also aims to push Trump's policy agenda and schedule more rallies with supporters. This "most aggressive effort yet" to push back against allegations involving Russia and his presidential campaign, will launch once Trump returns from his overseas trip.

Upon Trump’s return, the administration will add experienced political professionals and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources said.

On Thursday, NBC News reported that Kushner, who held several meetings with Russian officials following the election, is himself a focus of the probe, making him the first current White House official to be caught up in it, although Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, has not been accused of any wrongdoing. On Friday afternoon, the AP quoted Kushner's lawyer that if the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

FBI probe aside, Kushner and Bannon will work to step up the White House’s strategic messaging. Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski - who has been seen in the White House recently - is also expected to be part of the messaging operation according to Reuters. Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have been laying the groundwork for the messaging operation this week, sources told the news outlet.

“Since the firing of Comey, that really exposed the fact that the White House in its current structure ... is not prepared for really a one-front war, let alone a two-front war,” a person who remains in regular communication with the White House told Reuters. “They need to have a structure in place that allows them to stay focused, [while] also truly fighting back on these attacks and these leaks.”

The "war room" is just one of the steps Trump and his advisers plan to take to respond to the probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump reportedly hired Marc Kasowitz as his personal attorney earlier this week to represent him and guide him through the Russia investigations following the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation. The president and his team are putting together a legal team of prominent lawyers who can help him best proceed through the questions surrounding whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

Quoted by Reuters, Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a Trump friend, said he expects the president will travel more when he returns from overseas and encouraged the White House to focus on issues that pump up his base voters. “From my perspective, I think the president should be doing the stuff that he does best, which is talking about his agenda: jobs, trade and security,” Ruddy said.

Republicans in Congress are aching for Trump to leave the distraction of the Russia probe aside and focus on legislation and nominating officials to fill the hundreds of vacant slots across the administration. “What we really want to be able to do is tend to our business,” Mike Rounds, a Republican Senator from South Dakota, told Reuters. "We've got a healthcare bill we're working on. We've got tax reform that we think is important.”

Earlier on Friday, former House Speaker John Boehner said that Trump's time in office has been a "complete disaster" aside from foreign affairs. Boehner told an energy conference he supported efforts to "get to the bottom" of any potential interactions between Trump associates and the Russian government but described any calls to impeach Trump as the purview of "the crazy left-wing Democratic colleagues of mine."

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Second, in a separate but similar report from the WSJ, the paper writes that Trump is "actively discussing major changes" in the White House, including a shakeup of his senior team, after spending much of his free time during his overseas trip weighing the Russia investigation and the political crisis it poses for him. A flurry of meetings devoted to White House operations are scheduled for next week, officials said, and sparks are expected to fly.

While this isn't the first time a major shake up around Trump was announced as imminent, recalls Axios reporting two weeks ago that an "angry" Trump was planning a huge reboot, and that Priebus, Bannon and Spicer could be fired, this time the urgency is far greater, and the WSJ reports that other revisions on the table include a new filter of the president’s social-media habit and fewer scheduled press briefings, officials and allies said. The anticipated moves are the latest sign of how the investigation into Russia’s interference in last year’s election, and the circumstances of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, is defining the new administration. “Everything is in play,” one Trump adviser said.

The biggest change may be that Trump is about to lose his twitter privileges for good:

One major change under consideration would vet the president’s social media posts through a team of lawyers, who would decide if any needed to be adjusted or curtailed. The idea, said one of Mr. Trump’s advisers, is to create a system so that tweets “don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.”


Some of Mr. Trump’s tweets—from hinting that he may have taped conversations with Mr. Comey to suggesting without any evidence that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower—have opened him to criticism and at times confounded his communications team.


Trump aides have long attempted to rein in his tweeting, and some saw any type of legal vetting as difficult to implement. “I would be shocked if he would agree to that,” said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide.

It also appears that Sean Spicer is on his way out:

Other changes under discussion include removing communications director Mike Dubke and installing Sarah Sanders as the main spokesman instead of Mr. Spicer. Another consideration is scaling back on daily press briefings.


Mr. Spicer, one of the only practicing Catholics among Mr. Trump’s senior staff, was a last-minute scratch from the president’s meeting with Pope Francis this week, a move that shocked some senior administration officials.


Mr. Spicer and Ms. Sanders didn’t respond to further questions on any coming changes.

In a a contradiction from the Reuters report, the WSJ notes that neither Bannon nor Kushner themselves are safe.

Mr. Trump consulted Mr. Kushner on the firing of Mr. Comey, officials say. Mr. Bannon opposed the move and was absent from the inner circle who advised the president on the move. Mr. Bannon’s critics say they suspect him of leaking to the press and regard him as too much of a firebrand to massage the president’s agenda through Washington’s traditional processes. Mr. Kushner’s detractors in the West Wing refer to him as the “young princeling.”

But most interesting is the alleged emerging tension between Trump and his Goldman advisors: "Some Trump advisers have also questioned the judgment of communications officials, citing as an example the rollout of a tax-plan outline in April that featured Goldman Sachs alumnae Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council director.

“The left is automatically going to say the tax plan is tailored to the rich and to Wall Street. And we just gave them an image of the rich and of Wall Street,” one Trump former campaign official said.

In an amusing tangent, the WSJ also points out that Trump’s return to Washington will mark the end of a period which, White House staffers said, "brought some relief from the hectic pace of the news surrounding the administration and the Russia investigation. Some noted that it gave them a rare time to eat dinner at home."

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While it could be just another red herring, it is likely that Trump's return may unleash the political chaos that dominated the news cycle for most of May. Alternatively, if Trump is serious about overhauling his communication strategy, his inner circle of advisors - especially those originating from Goldman, as well as cracking down on non-stop leaks, then there just is some hope that the relentless news bombardment may fade, if only for a few summer weeks. One can always hope, even if the odds are stacked very much against.

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bigdumbnugly's picture

First big White House change is to get Obummer the hell out of there!

He acts like he never left!

bigdumbnugly's picture

That includes any butt plugs and mouth ballgags left there he might come across in secret closets.

EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to do with the Indonesian Kenyan.

Four chan's picture

weed and cock obama's two favorite things.

The BigPram's picture

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SafelyGraze's picture

just declare russia to be an ally already

this has taken much too long


Croesus's picture

The Russians are guilty of EVERYTHING! Seriously, blame them.

Ladies, is your ass getting wider? It's Russia's fault.

Are you a man, suffering from male pattern baldness, and the gum disease gingivitis? The Russians did it.

Did your precious snowflake child miss getting a participation trophy, because he/she/it failed their feminist dance therapy classes? It's Putin's fault.

Did you leave work early, only to find your wife getting a "special delivery" from the FedEx guy? He's working for Sneaky Putin®.

Blame Russia for everything.

Whoa Dammit's picture

A War Room job is something half the country would want--getting paid to whomp on the MSM, Dims, and RINOs--except for the fact that anyone who would actually be good at the job would refuse to live in DC.

Mr. Universe's picture
"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"

stacking12321's picture

hey trump here's an idea;

instead of a war room to respond to russia accusaions, how about you go on the offensive?

call out all the criminals and traitors, obama, mccain, clinton, string them up by their balls.

yes, even hillary should be strung up by her balls.

AltRight Girl's picture

This is actually good news.

Trump administration getting down to business.

But first lets kick some more globalist ass at the G7 summit. 

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Art Van Delay's picture

If special prosecutors for Cankles and #PizzaGate come out of that room, I'm ok with that.



jeff montanye's picture

the way to beat "the resistance", the clinton dead enders, the parts of the fbi, cia, nsa, etc that are not loyal to the constitution, the rule of law, or the president as the chief executive officer elected by the electoral college according to law, is to attack their greatest vulnerabilities, the failure of the fbi to investigate the seth rich murder which was a blinking beer sign in the night of a clue as to the dnc email data theft, especially after the assange reward, and the refusal of the dnc to allow the fbi to inspect their email servers.  these two issues must be run to ground by whomever in the fbi or the rest of the doj the trump administration believes it can trust.

the only healthcare program worth a damn is medicare for all with negotiated prices.  the best tax relief is stop the wars and bring the troops home.

start small but the greatest advantage trump has is to be in charge of prosecutions.  work fairly and carefully but there is so much wrongdoing it would not be hard to obtain some convictions.  the weiner case seems ideal as a start.

Alfred's picture

Who to trust... That's a good question...

Human beings seem to be completely fascinated with penis. What you do with it, and with whom. None are more more fascinated with the care and treatment of cock than the left wing of our body politic.  

What could possibly trump cock in the minds of humans?

His name was Seth Rich

Canary Paint's picture

Wow... You just wrote about medicare for all and got no downvotes.

I am all for it, at the very least, as a stop gap measure.

Interesting that you mention what it could do for Trump as a strategic measure (if I have understood you correctly).

It would buy some goodwill from some left and some right that also have some populist sentiment. Then again, all those who think a free market is the only way to go would be pretty peeved.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Several pizzagate investigators have had their twitter accounts deleted, so it stands to chance that Twitter is in on it somehow or by manipulation. That Shwartz guy who got busted for the truly awful CP was a close ally of Shumer, and his dad had worked for the SEIUbj and Acorn. All the information he needs to go to war with is already being put together on POL/, Voat, 4 chan, 8 chan, and reddit. He needs to fill those empty positions ASAP.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Is there a single incident of a Prosecution of the Political D.C. crowd of Politicians for anything of Consequence ? How about the Financial Abominations of the last Decade and more (Bernie Maddoff and a couple of Hindu hackers and some Euro Trash traders?)

Not a single successful prosecution of Any major consequence, really, for fucking years !

These people are fucking pissing on your Corn Flakes and getting away with it. The Cops and the Robbers  and the whole stinking gang of Tape Worm grinding death for the working man's family.

Scuba Steve's picture

This is getting interesting .... He tells rest of G7 and their Globalists wet dreams to FukOff at the same time back at the home front he is bunkering up.

IMO, shit gonna hit the fan and they are getting focused for all out war with RINOs, Dems, MSM, Witch, Kenyan queer, etc.

Somewhere Vlad is smiling, saying "game on with this playa ... I like that"




PT's picture

If Trump's words can only reach us via a lawyer then I think it is fair to say it is all over.  Trump is "dead".  The Swamp won.

Time will tell.

jeff montanye's picture

the swamp is not acting like it thinks it has won.  it is even yet to get a coherent answer out regarding why the fbi didn't investigate seth rich's murder or examine the dnc servers, of course other than screaming hysterically "anyone who asks these question has a special place in hell!!"

or as my fourteen year old granddaughter asked "are they just trying to look guilty?"

Anteater's picture


caconhma's picture

Ladies and Gentelmen,

Don't put your hopes too high. Trump is Trump.

He is an incompetent buffoon who does not want to learn. Till now, as a US president, Trump was a complete failure. Trump does not behave like a President and he does not think like a President. His administration has no seasonable professionals. They are all amateurs.

As long as Kushner and Ivanka are the primary Trump's advisers, there is no any hope.


Trump never was either a politician or a businessman. He is just a hustler. It is too late to teach an old dog to new tricks.

PT's picture

You gotta at least admit he was quite an effective hustler.

jeff montanye's picture

trump is not just trump because he has never been president of the u.s.a. before.  he may be an incompetent buffoon but i think he wants to learn, at least a bit, about self preservation if nothing else.  he can't be called a complete failure as he brought the deep state farther out into the sunlight than really ever before.  and he fired comey (and rod rosenstein helped so he could be furher help).

that trump does not behave like a president is probably essential to the task at hand.  jfk behaved, at least publicly, like a president and look where it got him.  ditto on the "seasonable" professionals, the government is full of them and look where it's gotten us.

i am agnostic through ignorance of kushner and ivanka; perhaps time will tell.  that trump was neither a politician nor a businessman, just a hustler, is a plus.  hustlers, unlike dogs, try to stay open to new tricks.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"He is an incompetent buffoon who does not want to learn. Till now, as a US president, Trump was a complete failure."

You say that like it's a bad thing.  He is undermining respect for himself, the office, the US, and for politics in general.  What's not to like (assuming you're not a statist, that is)?

Is-Be's picture

His administration has no seasonable professionals.


Now Hillary. There was a "seasonable" professional. She knew all the tricks. 

For a buck.

caconhma's picture

Hillary's husband was a skillful and experienced politician but his greed and lack of any principals destroyed his effectiveness as a President. Bill was just "white" Obama. Hillary did well as long as she relied on Bill skills and expertise. As soon as she assumed that she can do without Bill's guidance and close supervision, she became a failure.

A US Presidential job is a very complex one demanding a lot of skills and lots of knowledge. Trump does not meet any minimal requirements for the job.

Finally one simple question: how many of you will take a flight with a captain who has never was in an airline cockpit before?



jimmy12345's picture

Or how about releasing his tax returns like the last seven Presidents.  Trump is going to jail.

jeff montanye's picture

yes, i think hillary asked about them as well.  just never did seem to catch on half as well as, oh, "who killed seth rich?" for instance.

spaniel's picture

Why are tax returns so important ?

The law doesnt require this, am I right ?

tion's picture

Yeah and also, damned if you do, damned if you don't. They just want more ammunition. If he paid too much they'll say he's stupid, too little  and he's an evil capitalist.  IRS already has  had him under a microscope, probably for years, so he paid his legal obligation. The commies hate rich people, unless it's a corrupt leftist politician.

The regressives would be like REEEEE he minimized his taxes using regulatory loopholes, Trump is literally Hitler, but also REEE because now he wants to simplify the taxcode and eliminate the loopholes that only help those with small fortunes to spend on legal/prof tax accting services - leveling the playing field for small businesses, Trump is literally Hitler.  These fucking retards just won't quit.  Slowly, my naive progtard family member with good intentions is coming to see the light on how destructive these people are - their hate, hypocrisy, and intolerance speak so loudly I barely have to. 

Sector Catalyst's picture

"the administration will add experienced political professionals and possibly more lawyers..."

So roughly translated an armada of khazar gypsies from the cabal.

jeff montanye's picture

well, perhaps, yes, but maybe our "armada of khazar gypsies from the cabal."

Eyes Opened's picture

Here's a novel idea... how 'bout a PEACE room???

I know, I know... the MIC would be up in arms....

PT's picture

Peace Room?  How about a whole Ministry of ...

You know as well as the rest of us that they would just rename the War Room and keep doing what they have always been doing.  It's Newspeak.

But I understand your sentiment.

PT's picture

"Bringing Peace and Democracy ..."
"We freed the shit out of them ..."

Von Berger's picture

We can't have a war room gap.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

I wonder if he will actually fire Bannon, a favorite of Trump's base and the architect of much of the Trumpian movement. Why do they think he is leaking? It seems like he has very little reason to do that. That seems like the only valid reason for firing someone so helpful to the Trumpist cause. I hope they do not fire Kellyanne, the one who focuses even more on the economic consequences of illegal immigration. She is a lawyer. Trump does need more lawyers around him, obviously, because the MSM and others are spending 24/7 trying to overturn the election before 6 months have passed. I have watched politics closely since I was a teenager and have never seen anything like this except during the period of the recount in 2000. Even then, the scrutiny was less intense. The country has bigly, underlying economic problems, which are never mentioned by the press, not the TV MSM, anyway. What they need to do is to use their ample, creative marketing talents to draw attention to the people's real issues, showing the shallow MSM for what they are. Trump was great at that during the campaign. Voters loved that he did it. He should help the other Republicans get elected. Obviously, he has coattails, even though people disputed it during the election, including a bunch of GOPe. And he should hire a few old hats who know how to deal with the Swamp Congress. It sounds like they are going to do that. I feel sorry for Kushner. He was just born into wealth. The media is just going after them, but they neglect to do the same thing when their pet rich people are involved. I was not born when Kennedy was POTUS, but people say that the Robert Kennedy appointment caused controversy. I do not remember the same kind of scrutiny when the wife of the president was put in charge of healthcare reform in the Nineties. The majority of people in this country do not care about court intrigue; they are worried about the broad economic trends that affect them. That is why Trump won.

jeff montanye's picture

this has gone on a bit further than court intrigue, since it dates from 1963 at most and includes the 9-11 attacks if properly considered.

it's really about if elections mean anything at all.

EmeraldWI's picture

Gee, I hope it doesn't take time away from making America great again or bringing all those jobs back.

Akzed's picture

Tacoma Park is nice. Liberal, but nice.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"Tacoma Park is nice."

No, it's not.  It's in Maryland.  Case closed.

SAE6065's picture

Yeah baby YEAH.  Make Putin the bogeyman.  Gotta blame someone because we AMERICANS ARE EXCEPTIONAL.  Hahahahahaha

jimmy12345's picture

Actually Trump said America was on the same moral level as Russia.

jeff montanye's picture

he did but i think he was objectively wrong since in the last thirty years russia has changed from a dictatorship and command economy to a vaguely democratic/republican state with fairly free markets, killing very few globally in the process (some isis) while the u.s. has gone further into a corrupt oligarchy with no real change even if party control changes while killing over a million people globally and driving millions more into exile.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"Blame Russia for everything"

Without Russia there's no excuse for NATO to exist!

Is-Be's picture

just declare russia to be an ally already

He can't. Not until Russia gets a central bank.

The banksters have already engraved his bullet.

nailgunner44's picture

I think you're hitting on the main reason for the Russian hysteria: They do have a central bank but are taking steps to nationalize it. The Rothschild/Khodorkovsky shares were seized. I doubt Trump will lobby Putin to let the Rothschild's back in, not his business and I suspect deep-down Trump hates them as much as Putin does. Putin did what Trump wishes he had the power to do. Russia is the last line of defense against a One World Government and Trump knows this as well as anybody.