Posted on 3/21/2018, 3:00:39 PM by Kaslin
RUSH: CNN is all excited today because they learned that Donald Trump and John Kelly were livid after a leak that came from actually a very small group of people — the National Security Council staff — that Trump was not to congratulate Putin in his phone call. Here’s what happened. The national security staff prepares a cheat sheet, bullet-point suggestions, things to remember for Trump as a makes his call to Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the cheat sheet or the memo — the advisory piece — said, “Whatever you do, do not offer congratulations.”
Well, Trump did anyway — and of course there’s a firestorm over this, which is just
something we’re gonna add to the list of never-ending hypocrisy here. Obama did the same thing! Obama not only congratulated Putin. Obama actually on an open mic in 2012 before the 2012 election was talking to Putin’s number two guy, the president, Dmitry Medvedev, and the open mic caught Obama telling Dmitry Medvedev, quote, “Tell Vladimir that I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election. Just be patient.”
And what that was in reference to was Obama promising to begin or to continue reducing our stockpiles of unique weapons. Apparently, Putin was not satisfied that our arms reduction was not happening rapidly enough. So Obama tells Medvedev — and it’s been all over everywhere since 2012! It was video with an open mic, and he tells Medvedev, “Tell Vladimir to be patient; I’ll have more flexibility…” Nobody’s bringing this up. Obama congratulated Putin, and no one’s bringing it up. Now everybody’s talking about, “You just don’t…”
Even Republicans. You’ve got Mitch McConnell and Grassley and a number of other Republican, “Well, it wouldn’t be the first thing I would do. I certainly don’t think I’d be congratulating a dictator on a sham election,” and so forth and so on. So it’s frustrating, folks. It’s just dazzlingly frustration. The Democrats get away with anything and everything. On this social media stuff, or harvesting these people’s data they’re called geniuses. Facebook is applauded for working with Democrats; so is Google.
But now that Trump has found a way to do it, bypass them? Apparently, some great crime has taken place — and man, oh, man, are these people mad at Zuckerberg. Well, anyway, back to the Trump story. Somebody in the White House, on the White House staff — and nobody knows who yet — leaked that prep memo that had as one of its bullet points: Do not offer congratulations to Putin. So this would have been the group of people that are led by General H.R. “Mr. Clean” McMaster.
And there aren’t too many people that would have had access to this memo, this advisory thing that was given to Trump before he made the call to Putin. And CNN reports that Trump and Kelly are furious about it. They’re furious at the leak. I would be too. I would be too. It is obvious that somewhere — maybe a number of places — in the Trump administration, there are saboteurs. I don’t know how else to categorize it. Somebody that would leak this is obviously a saboteur.
There’s somebody obviously or maybe more than one on the National Security Council staff… Their offices are in the Old Executive Office Building just right across a tiny, little street. It’s called a street. There’s enough space for a few cars to park there. But you look at this out of the back of the West Wing. You cross the street to whales called the OEO, Old Executive Office Building, the Eisenhower office building. It’s where the vice president’s office formally is. He doesn’t actually use it. It’s like a museum piece.
But it’s a big building. It’s old, it’s gray, it’s stately and so forth. And that’s where the National Security Council people are. There’s not enough room in the West Wing for everybody. They come over to the West Wing for meetings. Somebody on that staff had to leak this to CNN, which means somebody’s trying to undermine Trump, which means somebody on the National Security Council staff is doing everything they can to undermine and sabotage the Trump presidency. I have no idea who.
I don’t even know all the people on that staff. The only thing I will tell you is that I have — and this is nothing new, either. I have been curious about some of the staffing choices that were made in the first year. I’ve been really puzzled by ’em. We tapped this. Who among us would know enough qualified people for all these various positions? So we would have to take advice from people who do know people, and those people are gonna be swamp dwellers. They’re gonna be members of the establishment.
This is what I think. I think Trump now has begun to size up who he put in there that’s not good, and he’s putting his own people in now that are tied to his agenda that he trusts and so forth. So Trump, according to CNN, was just fuming last night after the Washington Post reported that national security advisers specifically instructed him not to congratulate Putin. The Post reported that the materials read “do not congratulate” in all caps.
“The source told CNN that the incident has again given air to Trump’s long-held belief that members of his [regime] are actively working against him.” No doubt about this. Now, again, I don’t know how widespread this memo was. I don’t know how many people saw it. I don’t know how many people are on the national security staff, the National Security Council staff. And I don’t know how many of them, if any of them, shared it with other people who are friends or colleagues who are not on the national security staff.
Anyway, Trump chose to ignore the advice and he went ahead and congratulated Putin anyway. So we’ll have to wait and see what… But this is something that’s been going on for way, way too long. We know who some of the leakers were. They are gone. But there’s still somebody or a couple of people in the immediate circle of the National Security Council staff they have to go.