Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president participates in a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.
- President Trump has lunch with the vice president
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump meets with the secretary of State
Must read for the day: All the Progressive Plotters
When that did not work, celebrities and politicians hit social media and the airwaves to so demonize Trump that culturally it would become taboo even to voice prior support for the elected president. Their chief tool was a strange new sort of presidential assassination chic, as Madonna, David Crosby, Robert de Niro, Johnny Depp, Snoop Dogg, Peter Fonda, Kathy Griffin, and a host of others linguistically vied with one another in finding the most appropriately violent end of Trump—blowing him up, burning him up, beating him up, shooting him up, caging him up, or decapitating him. Apparently, the aim—aside from careerist chest-thumping among the entertainment elite—was to lower the bar of Trump disparagement and insidiously delegitimize his presidency.
VDH is always worth the read.
The big news over the weekend was the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is out. "Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards," Nielsen posted on Twitter.
Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will serve as acting DHS secretary.
Nielsen was set to meet with Trump at the WH yesterday to talk about the border crisis at 5 p.m. but the conversation turned into a chat about her future. A "source" said that Trump held Nielsen responsible for many of the troubles at the border, which "led to intense clashes, angry phone calls, and frustration between her and the president."
Nielsen did not resign willingly, a person close to her told CNN, but was under pressure to do so. Nielsen did not fight nor grovel to keep her job, the source said. Nielsen should be staying for a week of transition, another White House official said.
Another "senior administration official" said Nielsen "believed the situation was becoming untenable with the president becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests."
It's Stephen Miller's fault
Politico wants you to know that this is Trump aide Stephen Miller's doing.
Frustrated by the lack of headway on a signature Trump campaign issue, the senior White House adviser has been arguing for personnel changes to bring in more like-minded hardliners, according to three people familiar with the situation — including the ouster of a key immigration official at the Department of Homeland Security, whose secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced on Sunday that she is resigning.
“It’s intimidation,” one of the people who was briefed on the calls told Politico. “Anytime you get a call like this from the White House it’s intimidation ... Under normal circumstances, if you were a deputy in one of these agencies, it would be very unusual.”
It's intimidation? Aren't these folks part of the executive branch? When Obama people called up executive branch agencies with policy directives, was that also problematic?
“There’s definitely a larger shakeup abreast being led by Stephen Miller and the staunch right wing within the administration,” said a person close to Nielsen. “They failed with the courts and with Congress and now they’re eating their own.”
Nunes making some criminal referrals to the DOJ
Let's hope something happens with this.
On Sunday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he will send eight criminal referrals to the DOJ "related to the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation." Nunes did not identify who is on his list. Anyone want to take a guess?
“We believe there is a conspiracy to lie to the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court, mislead the FISA court, by numerous individuals that all need to be investigated and looked at,” said Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
“The second conspiracy is one involving manipulation of intelligence,” said Nunes, adding that “we’ve had a lot of concerns with the way intelligence was used.”
“There are about a dozen highly sensitive, classified information leaks that were given to only a few reporters over the last two and a half plus years,” he said.
“We do believe that we’ve got pretty good information and a pretty good idea of who could be behind these leaks,” Nunes continued.
Hopefully, AG Barr will follow through with these referrals.
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!