White House in uproar over Andrea Mitchell interview with DNI Coats.

By | 2018-07-21T05:03:55+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |22 Comments

Apparently, he made the mistake of saying something truthful, which is totally against White House protocol. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

Inside the White House, Trump’s advisers were in an uproar over Coats’s interview in Aspen, Colo. They said the optics were especially damaging, noting that at moments Coats appeared to be laughing at the president, playing to his audience of the intellectual elite in a manner that was sure to infuriate Trump.

“Coats has gone rogue,” said one senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid assessment.

After Coats indirectly rebuked Trump’s Helsinki performance on Monday, senior administration officials were concerned that the intelligence director could perhaps resign and so implored Trump to reassure Coats and calm the waters. Trump tried to do just that on Wednesday in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor, singling out Coats by name for praise. A transcript of the president’s interview was sent to Coats to ensure the director of national intelligence saw the comments, the senior official said.

White House aides are worried that Trump will interpret the comments by Coats as a personal betrayal, since they came so soon after the president praised him. Explaining that Trump does not take kindly to slights and that he nurses grudges, one official predicted that Coats’s Aspen interview could bother the president more than the many ethical blunders of Scott Pruitt, who was ousted as Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

This is the moment that seems to have twisted up all the panties in the White House.

That’s going rogue?

Oh my God! Did that man demonstrate shock at not knowing that Trump would invite the man he just warned the country about to the White House? 

How dare he portray a human emotion!

By the way, I think we can go ahead and start laying down bets as to how long Coats lasts after this. 

My best guess is two weeks. 

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22 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Joe Scarborough in Scathing Op-Ed: The GOP Trump Leads ‘No Longer Deserves to Survive’

    Calling to task the members of GOP, he wrote this:

    Are today’s Republicans now so tribal as to blindly endorse a foreign policy warped by President Trump’s obvious allegiance to a former KGB chief who controls Russia through repression, bribery and political assassination and who has called the collapse of that evil empire the “greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century”? Exactly who are these people, and what have they done with my party? And how could any American support Trump’s tragically weak performance at Helsinki?

    Then, he wondered how any “red-blooded American” could not be repulsed by Trump’s belief that Putin’s word was as compelling as the evidence of his own intelligence community.

    “It strains credulity to believe that any Republican would be so foolish as to defend the diplomatic debacle that led one European newspaper to call the U.S. president ‘Putin’s Poodle.’” Scarborough continued on. “Even at home, Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post blasted Trump’s ‘see-no-evil’ approach, and the Wall Street Journal editorialized that Congress needed to develop a containment strategy for both Vladimir Putin and Trump.”

    The MSNBC host then concluded by declaring in wake of Helsinki, one thing has become clear: The GOP Trump leads “no longer deserves to survive.”

    “But regardless of the verdicts ultimately handed down by historians and the special counsel’s office, the Helsinki summit brought two distressing realities into even sharper focus,” he wrote. “The president of the United States is under the thumb of Putin. And the Republican Party he leads no longer deserves to survive.”

    Read the full op-ed here.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/who-are-you-and-what-have-you-done-with-my-party/2018/07/19/4827d7a8-8b7c-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

    https://www.mediaite.com/trump/joe-scarborough-in-scathing-op-ed-the-gop-trump-leads-no-longer-deserves-to-survive/

    • Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Strains credulity, does it? This from the pair that were more than happy to give him all the free air time he wanted when campaigning without saying a damned thing in rebuttal. You can shove it up that colon until it reaches your esophagus, Schmo! WTF do you care? Until the media, especially the big three network, quits their so-called “reporting” and start going after him with a vengeance, nothing but nothing is going to change. MAKE people want to go to the polls in November. There’s too much power and money to expect the big wigs to change. Hit them where it hurts as they are doing to us, but that’s not going to happen and dotard knows it.

      • Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 5:22 pm

        Not only that, but plenty out there RWNJ evangelical types that honestly DO think that he was sent from God above just like they did $arah.
        I read some today, what’s Russia, and they’re buying it hook, line, sinker. GAWD people are stupid.

  2. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Top Democrat Says Mueller May Be Able To Get Translator’s Notes From Trump/Putin Meeting

    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told MSNBC that the battle to get testimony or the notes of the translator from Trump’s private meeting with Putin isn’t over and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be able to get the translator’s notes.

    Video:

    …Swalwell was correct. Trump is not going to be able to keep his pillow talk with Putin private. Special Counsel Robert Mueller may already have the notes in his position or already spoken to the translator. Trump has a proven track record of giving away classified information and trying to cut private side deals. The problem is that as president, nothing that Trump does is going to stay secret forever.

    Democrats are fighting, and this isn’t over by a long shot. If Democrats can’t get the information, you better believe that Robert Mueller can and will.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/20/top-democrat-says-mueller-may-be-able-to-get-translators-notes-from-trump-putin-meeting.html

  3. Patricia Olmstead July 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    But, trump doesn’t mind if his secretary of state calls him a moron, but, Coats isn’t allowed to tell the truth?

  4. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Mueller subpoenas ‘Manhattan madam’ Kristin Davis who worked for Trump ally Roger Stone: TMZ

    http://www.tmz.com/2018/07/20/manhattan-madam-kristin-davis-subpoenaed-robert-mueller-trump/

    Team Trump in chaos: Helsinki wasn’t enough — now Vladimir Putin’s coming to the White House
    Dan Coats and Christopher Wray both hint they may quit, Senate rebukes Trump — and now Putin plans a fall visit

    https://www.salon.com/2018/07/20/team-trump-in-chaos-helsinki-wasnt-enough-now-vladimir-putins-coming-to-the-white-house/

    • Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      The visit is planned for right before the election, who is the moron in the WH that ok’ed that. Putin will come to the USA, sit in OUR HOUSE and smirk while he attacks our election again!

      • Anon July 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        If the RNC has any brains left they will cancel that plan.

  5. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Trump’s lawyers fear he gave Mueller a massive gift with this week’s Putin disaster: CNN

    Trump’s lawyers are reportedly worried that he gave special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe a massive public relations boost this week thanks to his disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    During a Friday CNN segment, Gloria Borger reported that the president’s legal team had initially felt good about its work in undermining public support for Mueller’s probe — until, that is, Trump drew widespread criticism for looking like Putin’s puppet on the world stage.

    “Once Donald Trump spoke at Helsinki, and his performance was universally or nearly universally panned, what we’re hearing is that the lawyers are saying, ‘You know, wait a minute, it’s harder to make the witch hunt case in a way when you have so many people who were appalled at the president’s performance,” Borger explained. “This is now a concern of theirs and the question, of course, is whether Mueller could be slow walking now in terms of an interview.”

    CNN’s Dana Bash added that she’s heard Trump lawyers also fear that Mueller’s office might be giving up on trying to negotiate the terms of an interview with Trump, and instead might decide to slap him with a subpoena that orders him to testify in front of a grand jury.

    “It’s the sound of silence,” she said, referring to what Trump’s lawyers have been hearing from Mueller’s team recently.

    Watch the video below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trumps-lawyers-fear-gave-mueller-massive-gift-weeks-putin-disaster-cnn/

  6. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    MSNBC analyst John Heilemann warns that ‘Dan Coats’ days are numbered’ after advisers laughed at Trump

    …Heilemann suggested that President Trump did not inform Coats on purpose.

    “It really bolsters the speculation that we’ve had around already today the possibility that Trump watching Coats talking to our colleague Andrea Mitchell was so enraged he decided to send out the tweet announcing Putin was coming to Washington in order to try to troll or diss Dan Coats in the middle of the interview he was doing,” Heilemann said.

    He continued: “This reporting seems to provide some basis for that kind of speculation and of course Coats is in trouble because he did not toe the line in the way Trump would want him to. As I watched the interview today, I said to myself, Dan Coats days are numbered.”

    Watch below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/msnbc-analyst-john-heilemann-warns-dan-coats-days-numbered-advisers-laughed-trump/

  7. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    White House morale tanks amid Helsinki fallout
    Staffers are considering accelerating their departures in the wake of the president’s equivocations on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    …“People are just depressed,” said one Republican close to the White House. “Nobody wants to take on the public heat of resigning right now, but there are a bunch of people who were thinking maybe they’d leave after the midterms who are very seriously starting to consider accelerating their timetable.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/19/white-house-morale-trump-putin-summit-734361

    Trump supporters’ China-made MAGA hats are being held up by US customs — thanks to the president’s tariffs

    In particular, manufacturers are finding that their “Keep America Great” hats and “Trump 2020” flags are being held up at U.S. customs, thus delaying their delivery to customers.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-supporters-china-made-maga-hats-held-us-customs-thanks-presidents-tariffs/

  8. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Coats said in February. “We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States.”

    What makes the American government’s ongoing inaction—and the general myopia on Capitol Hill and at the White House around the cyber threat—so stunning is the simple fact that the Republicans in charge of the executive and legislative branches should be terrified that they’re next. The 2016 attacks by Russia boosted President Donald Trump and undermined Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but there’s no guarantee that the next nation-state considering the electoral landscape will back the Republicans.

    In fact, almost the opposite. There’s solid geopolitical evidence that boosting the Democrats would be a smart strategy for a foreign actor this fall.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/19/russia-democrats-election-meddling-219020

  9. Annymous July 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I found him to be very genuine. Of course he’s gone.

    • Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      I like Dan Coat’s sense of humor! Once he’s out of government I hope he writes a memoir. I’m sure he has decades of fascinating stories and revelations to tell.

  10. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    “THERE IS A REASON WE TRIED TO KILL THIS”: AFTER HELSINKI, THE DEEP STATE FEARS TRUMP CANNOT BE SAVED
    As John Bolton grapples with the fallout from the president’s harrowing performance in Finland, the analysts and experts who comprise the national-security apparatus brace themselves for what might come next. “The president might think it’s us being ‘Deep-Staters,’ but the reality is we were trying to protect him,” says a Trump administration official. “It was a bad idea from all sides.”

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/donald-trump-john-bolton-helsinki-summit-russia#~o

    IF DAN COATS IS RESIGNING, HE’S GOING OUT WITH A BANG
    Trump’s director of national intelligence is not staying silent after the disastrous Helsinki summit.

    …Coats, of course, is only expressing publicly what many Trump aides are whispering in private. One administration official told me that National Security Council staffers were “pretty rattled by the summit” and that morale is “back down to very low levels.” Over in Foggy Bottom, a State Department staffer told me “lots of folks are planning an exit” in the wake of the Trump-Putin summit. Politico reports that the sentiment within the administration recalls the aftermath of Trump’s controversial Charlottesville comments. “People are just depressed,” said one Republican close to the White House. “Nobody wants to take on the public heat of resigning right now, but there are a bunch of people who were thinking maybe they’d leave after the midterms who are very seriously starting to consider accelerating their timetable.”

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/donald-trump-dan-coats-helsinki

  11. anonymous July 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Fuck Andrea Mitchell and her HUSBAND Alan Greenspan
    They are greatly the CAUSE & EFFECT reason for this Fucking me$$.

    • Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      One of them. It goes back decades.

  12. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Someone will give trump a cheeseburger and pacifier, then he will move on to the next outrage.

  13. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    The entire Republican Party is becoming a Russian asset

    …But look past the modest number of Republicans saying that Trump has gone a bit too far here or there, and you see a very different picture. The truth is that the entire GOP is well on its way to becoming a Russian asset.

    Are there a few Republican dissenters? Sure. But perhaps we’re having difficulty viewing that whole picture because what’s happening is so utterly bonkers that we can’t quite bring ourselves to see it clearly. So let’s review just some of the things we know:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/20/the-entire-republican-party-is-becoming-a-russian-asset/

    Four reasons we’ve reached a tipping point on Trump

    …Finally, it is more essential than ever that the GOP lose heavily in November’s midterms. Only with a complete repudiation of Trump and Republican rule can necessary corrective action begin in earnest.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/07/20/four-reasons-weve-reached-a-tipping-point-on-trump/

    • Immoral July 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Becoming? They have been. Check out latest “long lost ship” of gold found.
      Off the South Korean ocean, it was sent to “meddle in the elections” in 1905!
      Some things NEVER change. Just the players. Hello Russia. We see you now!

  14. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit

    Moscow says it has sent formal proposals to Washington based on “agreements” between President Trump and Vladi­mir Putin. The Russian story line of the meeting — with no confirmation or alternative account from the Trump administration — tended to favor the Kremlin’s own policy prescriptions.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russia-continues-to-shape-narrative-of-helsinki-summit/2018/07/20/3ea54a98-8c40-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

    Russian operatives blasted 18,000 tweets ahead of a huge news day during the 2016 presidential campaign. Did they know what was coming?

    On the eve of one of the newsiest days of the 2016 presidential election season, a group of Russian operatives fired off tweets at a furious pace, about a dozen each minute. By the time they finished, more than 18,000 had been sent through cyberspace toward unwitting American voters, making it the busiest day by far in a disinformation operation whose aftermath is still roiling U.S. politics.

    …This was the day when Wikileaks began releasing embarrassing emails that Russian intelligence operatives had stolen from the campaign chairman for Democrat Hillary Clinton, revealing sensitive internal conversations that would stir controversy for weeks.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/07/20/russian-operatives-blasted-tweets-ahead-huge-news-day-during-presidential-campaign-did-they-know-what-was-coming/

    State Department deletes a statement condemning Russia over MH17 downing right Trump’s Putin summit

    The US State Department pulled a statement that criticized Russia’s involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 just one day after President Donald Trump held a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin that appeared to show him siding with Russia over US intelligence agencies.

    https://nordic.businessinsider.com/state-department-deletes-statement-criticizing-russia-over-mh17-attack-trump-putin-2018-7

    Tillerson’s ouster came one day after his most vehement condemnation yet of Russia

    https://nordic.businessinsider.com/rex-tillerson-fired-russia-putin-poisoning-statement-2018-3/

    Alabama-based League of the South launches Russian-language page to promote ‘Southern nationalism’

    …Classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the neo-confederate organization made the announcement in the days after President Trump met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The new page will reflect that the Russian people and Southerners are natural allies, according to a letter from league president Michael Hill posted to the group’s website.

    “As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool. As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life. And as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our common faith binds us as brothers and sisters,” Hill wrote.

    “A firm and resolute understanding and commitment to cooperation between the Russian people and the people of the South could indeed be the foundation for a better world in which our peoples thrive and prosper far into the future,” he added.

    Hill wrote the Russian language section will be “first step in this direction.”

    https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/alabama-based_league_of_the_so.html

  15. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo busts Trump for leaking Cohen tape news to distract from fact he was ‘owned by Putin’ in Helsinki

    On Friday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, and former lawmaker Bakari Sellers (D-SC) said the timing of the release of private tapes belonging to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Micheal Cohen was suspect because it came in the midst of backlash against President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.

    “The timing, too much of a coincidence,” Cuomo said at the start of his show.

    “It is a coincidence,” Sellers said.”I also think that every single day we’re dealing with Trump’s America, there is something new happening, What we learned today is, one, Donald Trump’s a liar. I think we already knew that. Two, Rudy Giuliani is not the best attorney. And, three, that Michael Cohen is unethical.

    “It seems that team Trump is happy this tape came out. Why?” Cuomo asked.

    Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said that President Trump is not trying to hide anything.

    “First off, there was no payment made,” Santorum argued. “I don’t know what Bakari is talking about. There was no payment made. There was a payment discussed. So the reality is that there isn’t anything illegal here, and that’s why they put it out there. I’d rather not have that information out. But other than that, I don’t think there’s much of a story here.”

    Sellers then fired back by saying that President Trump is “lobbing distractions.”

    “I think team Trump is actually leveling and lobbing a lot of distractions,” he said. “We saw him tweet about the NFL and Roger Goodell today. We see this new porn star. This new Playboy Playmate came out. So I think they want a distraction from the fact he was fundamentally owned by Vladimir Putin earlier this week.”

    Watch below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/cnns-chris-cuomo-busts-trump-leaking-cohen-tape-news-distract-fact-owned-putin-helsinki/

    Watch: Rachel Maddow exposes evidence showing Trump’s team was behind Cohen tape leak

    Rachel Maddow strongly suspects that Donald Trump and his legal team are behind today’s big news about an audio recording of Trump and his then-lawyer discussing payments to at least one of the women Trump paid hush money to following affairs.

    As Maddow said, reporting suggests that these tapes were deemed privileged communication between an attorney and client.

    “So they would not be given to prosecutors,” she said. “We have had weeks of wrangling over whether this stuff is privileged… they would turn out to be covered and prosecutors wouldn’t be allowed to see them.”

    Then Maddow pivoted into explaining how this is “really important now to understanding why we have all learned about this today

    “So that means the only people who would have had access are [Trump and] Michael Cohen’s lawyers,” she said. “His lawyers apparently didn’t leak this thing… it means by process of elimination that president Trump’s lawyers did.”

    Maddow said that Trump’s lawyers leaking the tapes mean that they serve his own interests.

    “Don’t get your clan yanked on this one,” she said. “President Trump’s lawyers found out this tape existed. For obvious reasons they realized it may be a pretty ugly thing. So today the president’s lawyers themselves appear today have leaked the existence of this tape to get out ahead of this story… You should know the reason we got those headlines is because the president’s legal team decided you should see this story today. They did it themselves.”

    Watch below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/watch-rachel-maddow-exposes-evidence-showing-trumps-team-behind-cohen-tape-leak/

    White House sources say Trump is ‘frustrated’ and lashing out at allies for not defending him after Putin fiasco: report

    Donald Trump may be experiencing the most difficult week of his presidency and is reacting by doubling-down again and again, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal.

    Trump is frustrated by being told he can’t be seen as too close to the Russian dictator who likely helped install him in office, being told he can’t criticize the Federal Reserve and that he can’t slam the intelligence agencies which have told the American people of Russia’s plot to support Trump in the 2016 election.

    “All he’s hearing in D.C. is ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that.’ He can’t criticize the Fed, he can’t criticize the intelligence community,” said a source close to Trump. “He’s obviously going to get frustrated by the can’t-do mentality.”

    Trump will never listen to advice, the story said.

    “The president doesn’t respect norms,” the source said. “Norms are rules written by somebody else.”

    Even when his team thought they had agreed to a plan with Trump, he bungled it.

    The plan before his meeting with Vladimir Putin had been to spin the indictments as a positive, with Trump set to “shove it in Putin’s face and look strong doing it.”

    Instead he rolled over and gave equal creditability to Putin and American intelligence.

    The Journal talked to Andy Card, chief of staff to President George W. Bush, who said this was likely Trump’s worst week yet.

    “I think he had the most challenging week of his presidency in terms of living up to his own expectations,” said Card. “I do think he’s come to recognize that it didn’t go the way he thought it would go… I’m not sure he likes learning the lessons he’s learned.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/white-house-sources-say-trump-frustrated-lashing-allies-not-defending-putin-fiasco-report/

    Trump Digs In Against Criticism on Multiple Fronts
    A hectic week that began with the controversial Putin summit ends with new tariff threats, public pressure on Fed

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-digs-in-against-criticism-on-multiple-fronts-1532129844

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