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Gorka Hasn’t Even Been Gone A Day And He’s Already Putting WH Leakers On Blast

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Many media outlets are reporting that Dr. Sebastian Gorka did not resign, suggesting – quoting an anonymous “White House Senior Official” – he was fired instead.

In an exclusive text-message exchange with The Washington Examiner, Gorka completely rejected the notion, stating it was “disappointing” and that someone was trying to “spin” his resignation.

Well, Breitbart allegedly found the identity of the person who is attempting to make it seem like Gorka didn’t resign. Her name is Kelly Sadler and, according to Breitbart, she’s just a low-level staffer.

Gorka told The Washington Examiner that he was disappointed someone would try to spin this:

“How disappointing. I resigned,” he said in one text. Gorka said that he’s on vacation until Monday.

In a separate text message Gorka said he told White House chief of staff John Kelly “today and emailed him today” about his resignation. “It’s very disappointing that someone wished to spin this,” he added.

Breitbart is reporting that the person who tried to make it look like Gorka was fired was just a low-level staffer named Kelly Sadler masquerading as a ‘Senior White House Official’:

Sadler’s claim that she is a “Senior White House official” is not true. She is not a “Senior White House official.” She is a low-level press staffer, and a commissioned officer as a special assistant to the president.

Breitbart has also shared quite a bit of eyebrow-raising information on Sadler:

A former Washington Times writer, her husband Frank Sadler managed Carly Fiorina’s 2016 presidential campaign. Fiorina, of course, went on to sign up with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as his vice presidential candidate when he launched a last-ditch late primary effort against Trump. Fiorina was vehemently anti-Trump throughout the primaries, and during the general election in the middle of October called for Trump to “step aside” during the campaign when the Access Hollywood tape came out. Now, Sadler is working in the White House despite Fiorina’s efforts to hurt Trump all the way through the general election.

Check out Cernovich.com’s report on Gorka’s resignation here to read excerpts of Gorka’s resignation letter.

Sources:
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Washington Examiner

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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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CERNOVICH: Dispatches From Trumpland Part 2 – Mike Pence, The Silent Killer

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Don’t work with any of those pro-Trump Super PACs,” a high level White Official told me, “as Pence controls them all.” Was this a legitimate scoop or D.C. intra-Trumpism rivalry? I went to find out.

As an outsider, I don’t have any friends inside the Trump administration. Sources sure, lots of those, and what the media won’t tell you is that sources are people. Sources have the same petty beefs as the rest of us, and they’ll lie and play others to get what they want. Treating sources as more than human allows us to live by the illusion that what we read in the media can be trusted, because after all, there are sources!

Mike Anton keeps his job, Heritage sells out in exchange for access to McMaster.

Mike Anton, communications director at the NSC, made a lot of promisesto the Heritage Foundation and other think tanks and media outlets during the Fire McMaster campaign launched by American nationalists and populists.

“He was one the phone with everyone,” a person who received a call from Anton, told me. “In this town, it’s all about access, and that’s what Anton promised,” the source continued.

In exchange for puff pieces Heritage and others would have access to McMaster. The ploy worked. Unprincipled propaganda pieces flowed like White House leaks from Dina Powell.

“Anton is lost,” a person involved in the Trump Transition team told me, “He completely sold out to McMaster.”

Ben Rhodes runs the NSC.

Anton was hired as part of a strategy to bring in people who understand Trump’s national security worldview. Colin Kahl and Ben Rhodes sought to oust Anton and others, labelling them the Axis of Ideologues, in contrast to the Axis of Adults.

The NSC is staffed with several Rhodes loyalists, whom McMaster has gone to great lengths to protect. McMaster held a public town hall to say there is no such thing as an Obama holdover.

Meanwhile McMaster purged anyone seen as having an “American first” foreign policy vision.

Mike Anton’s job is safe, for now anyway, although it’s up to Anton to ask whether he is dying the thousand deaths of a coward by bending the knee to McMaster.

Mike Pence, the Silent Killer.

Mike Pence, like heart disease, is a silent killer,” a high level political operative answered in my response to the pro-Trump Super PAC question. She continued, “All those Super PACs are run by Pence.”

Pence, people close to him confirm, lets others do the dirty work as he stays on the sidelines to keep his above-it-all brand. One high profile example of Pence’s style can be seen in how the Administration handled General Michael Flynn’s firing:

After Flynn apologized to Pence, the vice president seemed open to allowing Flynn to remain in place, according to a senior administration official. But Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff who had also come to Flynn’s defense in January, “didn’t want to let it go,” the official added.

“People can finger Reince all they want,” someone close to Flynn told me, “But everyone knows it was Pence who wanted Flynn out.”

Freedom Caucus or Cruz Crew?

Efforts are underway by pro-Trump forces to rebrand the Freedom Caucus the Koch Caucus. Trump became frustrated with the Freedom Caucus after they refused to support Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill — which I also opposed because it was a total scam.

The Freedom Caucus is seen as being loyal to Ted Cruz rather than Trump, and it’s a great source of frustration that Trump can’t stop the Freedom Caucus.

“Trump doesn’t seem to realize that those guys,” a data analyst said in reference to the Freedom Caucus, “won every district he won in by a larger margin. Picking a fight with them is stupid.”

Of course as we’ve seen how he treats people like General Flynn, Peter Thiel, Mooch, and Bannon while rewarding and protecting never Trumper’s like Brian Hook, Nikki Haley, and Dina Power. It’s up to Trump to earn loyalty.

So…What is up with those pro-Trump super PACs?

The consensus within Trump’s inner circle is that Pence controls the Super PAC, and multiple people expressed their frustration about the Super PAC situation.

All they want to do is another ad buy to collect their 15% commission,” one person who quit doing Republican consulting out of disgust with the RNC told me, “even though everyone knows TV ads don’t work.”

My personal view is that donors who back Super PACs aren’t getting much value. Well I’ve said far worse, calling Super PAC donors “basic b-tches.”

I continually ask this question, “Why does everyone in Trumpland come to ME with their problems?” It’s great for me as a journalist to have an inside look at the West Wing and every other department in the Federal Government, but why is there no one in Trumpland to talk to Trump supporters?

Can’t one of these “pro-Trump” Super PACs set up a hotline or web page to collect information about what’s happening to the people who, at great personal and professional risk, backed Trump? Of course they can, and they haven’t.

There doesn’t appear to be any pro-Trump support infrastructure. There’s no legal support for Trump backers who are attacked for wearing a Trump hat. What are these pro-Trump groups doing?

“Trump doesn’t care about his people,” a top level GOP adviser told me in a motherly tone of voice, “and people are seeing that.”

“You may as well get while the getting is good,” her companion replied, wryly observing that, “If they money is there, take it, it’s not like Trump would know what to do with it.”

(The general disdain for Trump was a common theme of my trip to D.C., and most of my interviews were with early Trump backers.)

Trump’s general disinterest in governing Trumpland is reflected in the Super PAC failure. Not only is Trump not taking care of his people, including his Schedule C employees who only kept their jobs after I did an expose on Johnny DeStefano, he doesn’t have anyone watching his back.

I live online and haven’t seen much action from any of these pro-Trump groups. As best as I can tell, they haven’t even sent Bill Mitchell any cash. Bill annoys me but undoubtedly has a large base of Trump supporters. Why wouldn’t someone reward those efforts?

The most effective Trump messaging is coming from prominent social media accounts and online meme makers. When is the last time a pro-Trump video, produced by these rich Super PACs, went viral? At least everyone has a nice office (in some cases co-located at the RNC).

And those commissions on ad buys must be nice.

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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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