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Dispatches from Trumpland — Part 1

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I spent a week in D.C. talking to over 100 people. Here’s what they told me about the state of the Trump administration.

Trump is on “house arrest.”

“House arrest,” is how Trump’s life post-Kelly had been repeatedly described to me. “They keep the door to the Oval Office closed and Kelly doesn’t let any articles go through Trump until he’s reviewed them,” as Adrian Carrasquillo and Charlie reported at BuzzFeed.

When sources confided in me weeks ago that General Kelly confiscated Trump’s cell phone, I hesitated to report it. How could that be true?

“Oh it’s true, but Kelly gave him his phone back,” a source told me yesterday, “but Kelly listens in most of the time. We call it the ‘party line,’” a reference to a 90s trend where multiple people would call into a phone line to chat.

John Bolton’s recent essay today confirms the house arrest meme. In his essay agitating for war with Iran, Bolton wrote:

I offer the Iran nonpaper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible. Although he was once kind enough to tell me to “come in and see me any time,” those days are now over.

Whatever you think of Bolton (no one will accuse me of being a fan boy), this is a startling development.

The Trump Tax

The Trump tax refers to cost of lost business, injury to reputation, and drama among friendships people pay by supporting Trump. “After what they did to Thiel,” a WH source told me with some frustration, “Who is willing to pay the Trump tax?”

Asked what he meant about Thiel, the official continued, “Peter Thiel risked his reputation to help Trump while Gary Cohn was bundling donations for Hillary. Ask yourself who has more power in the Administration, and what that says about Trump.” (It’s worth noting that Cohn hadn’t actually bundled donations for Clinton during this election cycle, and this source was using a figure of speech.)

Not so Great Again dot Gov

“When you attend the next WH briefing, ask Sarah how many people were hired from Great Again dot gov,” a person with an intricate understanding of the Trump transition (who is also on a first name basis with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders) suggested to me.

“See if you can file a FOIA for resumes from Great Again,” another person involved in the Trump transition advised, “and then cross-reference that to current staffers.”

“I’ll bet you find zero hires,” he concluded.

“The first batch of staffers had some Trump and Pence people, the second batch were Pence people, and the latest batch are Bush people,” someone familiar with WH staffing decisions told me.

“You can’t get Trump people hired,” someone who has hiring authority, said over a glass of California red zinfandel.

They tried taking my GS from me,” another appointee said. GS is the government pay scale, and a higher GS means more pay. Even when Trump supporters are given positions within the administration, they find themselves downgraded to a lower GS. This practice is almost certainly illegal, as the GS scales are fixed by regulation.

Bannon and the future of Breitbart

“Steve’s big mistake was not bringing more people into the White House,” a long-time Bannon confidant said of his recent departure. “He didn’t understand the bureaucracy, you can’t just have one or two idea people. You need buy in from dozens of people across theagencies,” a deep state operative (yes some of them like me) said of Bannon’s grand ambitions.

The unanimous consensus about Bannon was that he didn’t realize, in the words of a long-time politico who has authored multiple NY Times best selling books on policy, “how dirty and mean this City is.

For his part, Bannon is in great spirits, multiple people close to him have confirmed. “He was hated every day at the WH, now he’s around people who like him.”

“Steve has even started a green juice regime and hired a trainer,” a Breitbart staffer said of Bannon’s recent plans to rebalance his life.

Jared’s little helpers.

Unlike Trump, Jared Kushner has had no trouble hiring loyalists, who he sends to meetings they aren’t cleared to attend.

One Cabinet official (who I won’t name to protect sources) kicked out one of Jared’s little helpers who was snooping around at a meeting. “He has no business in here,” this Cabinet official said out loud as the little helper blushed.

Tillerson out, Nikki Haley in, and Dina Powell to the UN.

Rex Tilllerson, who planned on staying until December, now wants out, as everyone knows. Nikki Haley will take his position, with Dina Powell subbing in at the UN.

“This would be a great move,” one source told me when I said that Haley had repeatedly undermined Trump, “because then Powell won’t have much to leak from the UN.”

Powell is is the current all-star leaker. Having Powell outside of the White House was be a net gain for Trump, these sources revealed.

Trump’s phone calls with Maggie Haberman.

The White House press team calls Maggie when they want to know what Trump is thinking,” someone with direct knowledge of the communications joke with me me, “because Trump talks to her every night.” Multiple people insist Trump has regular phone calls with Haberman.

This, like the phone confiscation story, sounded apocryphal.

“Oh it’s true,” someone close to Trump told me in frustration, “and none of us understand why he talks to her.”

Why General Kelly allows Trump to talk to Haberman but not John Bolton is anyone’s guess, although it could be that Kelly is keeping out Bolton to protect McMaster, and Kelly and McMaster formed an early alliance against Bannon.

In part 2 I’ll cover drama, leaks, and some tabloid stuff, including a rumored affair between a CNN analyst and high profile lobbyist.

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Bombshell: Imran Awan Allegedly Threatened, Abused At Least 3 Women

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In an article posted by The Daily Caller yesterday, the news site linked to Fairfax County Police reports obtained under Virginia’s freedom of information act. The reports indicate a number of disturbing details about Imran Awan, the recently indicted former IT aid for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

At least three woman are officially are listed in the reports as having alleged physical abuse by Awan. The first alleged victim stated “I just wanted to leave.”

The second indicated she felt like a “slave.”

“The third woman is Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, who said in court documents that Awan invoked his authority as a congressional employee to intimidate immigrant women, in part by telling them he had the power to have people kidnapped,” The Daily Caller reports.

Here is the investigation report from the FCPD. The Daily Caller continued “Neither of the other two women who complained are married to Awan, though both were apparently in relationships with him. Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, worked as an IT aide for dozens of members of Congress, including Wasserman Schultz. The two women who called the police both lived in the same Alexandria, Va., complex but in different apartments for which Imran paid.”

The second reported incident took place in July of 2016.

This report has the victim listed as a female named Samara Sidique. In the narrative the responding investigator stated that Ms. Sidique reported that she felt “like a slave to this man.”

Sidique also requested information on how to obtain a restraining order against Awan.

Police had responded to altercations between Sidique and Awan reportedly three times in less than 12 months, once finding “small cut[s] on stomach and arm.”

The third incident was reported in this court document and congruent third police report filed in April of 2017 Gilani Samina,

“Imran Awan showed up and threatened me for calling the police. Mr. Shahid Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police [he] will do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore.”

Given the current legal trouble for Imran Awan and the scandals within the DNC, the situation doesn’t look good at all for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Source:
The Daily Caller

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Report: Israel’s Wall Is 100% Effective At Keeping Away Outsiders

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President Trump has often used Israel as an example of how effective a border wall can be at keeping illegal aliens out of a country. He now has some hard data to help support that claim.

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority released a report on Sunday, showing their southern wall to have been 100 percent effective at preventing infiltration over the last 12 months.

However, there are some notable differences between Israel and the U.S. project.

Length:

Israel’s southern wall is only 143 miles in length where the U.S. southern border spans 2000 miles and four states.

Cost:

The Wall Street Journal pegged the cost of Israel’s wall at $416 million or $2.7 million per mile. The U.S. wall would be considerably more expensive.

Geography:

Israel’s southern border is mostly open desert and easy to monitor. The U.S. border runs through some remote and rugged terrain, and contains several towns situated right along it. It would also require additional technology like sensors, drones and robots to help monitor.

Still, in 2015, only 220 illegal migrants managed to infiltrate Israel’s border with Egypt and only 18 were successful in 2016.

So it appears a wall—if properly done—can prove to be highly effective at controlling unwanted crossings.

A country also needs the political will power to enforce its immigration laws.

According to the report, over the last 12 months Israel deported 2,431 people who infiltrated the border illegally, including 2,245 Eritreans and 186 Sudanese.

Last month, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the state may deport illegal migrants to a third country with consent, but added that the government cannot detain those who refuse to go for more than 60 days.

Furthermore, according to the African Refugee Development Center, some 46,437 Africans have sought asylum in Israel. The majority (73 percent) are from Eritrea, and around 19% are from Sudan. Israeli authorities maintain that there are 40,000 illegal migrants in Israel, most of whom are economic illegal immigrants and not refugees seeking sanctuary

Sources:
Israel Hayom
Politifact
Wall Street Journal

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RINO ALERT: “GOP” Representatives Urge Trump To Keep DACA

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Today’s RINO ALERT calls out six GOP Representatives who decided to go out of their way and send a letter to President Trump urging him to keep the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alive.

The statement was sent out by Representative Daniel Donovan of New York, Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo from Florida, along with Representatives Jeff Denham and David Valadao from California.

Daniel Donovan has previously written an op-ed for none other than The Washington Post defending illegal immigrants and claiming they pay an “estimated $11.74 billion” in taxes every year. Donovan also said that he was “inspired” by what the Pope said about immigration and Syrian immigrants to Congress.

The biggest RINO in Florida: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Luckily Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a heavy Trump critic, is going to be retiring once her term is up next year.

Politico has previously described Ros-Lehtinen as “[one] of President Donald Trump’s biggest Republican critics in Congress.” Ros-Lehtinen is a particularly entrenched swamp creature – having been in Congress since 1989.

Politico also quoted Ros-Lehtinen as being against the travel ban:

“I object to the suspension of visas from the seven named countries because we could have accomplished our objective of keeping our homeland safe by immediate implementation of more thorough screening procedures,”

Second biggest RINO in Florida? Carlos Curbelo.

Carlos Curbelo, who recently tried to keep DACA intact by amending a spending bill, is constantly undermining Trump. In the past, Curbelo has actually gone on television claiming Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are part of the alt-right and that Trump shouldn’t listen to them. Now, he’s one of the six people that signed a letter to President Trump urging him to keep DACA around.

Watch Carlos Curbelo say that Trump shouldn’t listen to Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller anymore:

Now, this little stampede of RINOs has gotten together and begged Trump to keep DACA around.

Reaction to the RINO parade has been swift and harsh.

Sources:
Denham.House.gov
The Washington Post
Silive.com
Reuters

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