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Trump names O'Brien national security adviser

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I've been agreeing with what O'Brien has been saying re' USA under Obama, but on such a monumental occasion as being appointed to the top job in security, why is he so silent.

I hope his talent doesn't have to be suppressed to accomodate Trump's ego.

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rebuilding the military.

Euphemism for 'keeping the US economy strong by further subsidizing defense industries (aka socialism for the richest) while ignoring problems like healthcare, infrastructure, etc., things that can lessen the hundreds of other problems working- and middle class Americans are facing'.

Trump knows Mormons tend to vote Republican, and appointing O'Brien helps keep their support.

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Euphemism for 'keeping the US economy strong by further subsidizing defense industries (aka socialism for the richest) while ignoring problems like healthcare, infrastructure, etc., things that can lessen the hundreds of other problems working- and middle class Americans are facing'.

Ok, so we should forsake the military (great idea...No fantastic idea for China, Russia and North Korea) do an Obama and let the military go to waste....just paint a bullseye on the US why don’t you? As for infrastructure you can’t get the Democrats to do anything, because they are too busy trying to impeach the president, anything else they’re not interested in legislating or going bipartisan.

Trump knows Mormons tend to vote Republican, and appointing O'Brien helps keep their support.

What? Dear lord....

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As for infrastructure you can’t get the Democrats to do anything

As long as Moscow Mitch continues to block legislation, it's pretty unlikely much can be done. The NRA's Murdering Mitch and the GOP are helping Trump continue to undermine the principles the US was built on by giving the executive even greater powers, while both McConnell and Trump pad their and their families' bank accounts.

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Seems no one has gotten their talking points given to them yet about why this new appointee is no good.

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I like the diplomat angle. It should help to control Donny's disasterous impulses. Or not.

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Hopefully O'Brien 

will be on the same page as President Trump regarding foreign policy: Avoid war, reach out to and negotiate peacefully with potentially hostile nations, etc. 'Blessed are the peacemakers'

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According to the information available O'Brien is a more servile version of Bolton.

As long he knows who the master is and does what he is expected to do he should be safe for 6 months.

Doesn't matter if the country is going to the dogs.

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Hired now.....

"He's worked with me for quite awhile now on hostages and we have a tremendous track record on hostages," Trump said Wednesday on a tarmac in Los Angeles, hours after revealing the pick on Twitter. "Robert has been fantastic. We know each other well.

Fired in six months....

He's a nut-job, voted for Hillary, can't keep his moth shut, the absolute worst...

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Trump knows Mormons tend to vote Republican, and appointing O'Brien helps keep their support.

What? Dear lord....

O'Brien's appointment is another Trump attempt to get more support and more money from Utah's richest plus their rich co-religionists across the country, including Romney. Trump's approved opening up national lands in Utah for the financial gains of coal, oil and gas extractors, plus ranchers. He's helping Utah's .01% get wealthier, at the expense of the environment. While he and the GOP do NOTHING and even sabotage (see McConnell's congressional blockings) any measures to support conservation and alternatives to burning fossil fuels.

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As long as Moscow Mitch continues to block legislation, it's pretty unlikely much can be done.

Given what the Democrats are trying to implement, these radical policies and I mean radical, of course he’s gonna block them.

The NRA's Murdering Mitch and the GOP are helping Trump continue to undermine the principles the US was built on by giving the executive even greater powers, while both McConnell and Trump pad their and their families' bank accounts.

Murdering Mitch? Moscow Mitch...gee, you sure got him. ROFL

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As long he knows who the master is and does what he is expected to do he should be safe for 6 months.

Yes, when you work for any president you are exactly that And if you don’t like it you can step down or you’ll be fired, but you serve at the pleasure of the president when you sign on.

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As long as Moscow Mitch continues to block legislation, it's pretty unlikely much can be done.

@bas4 Given what the Democrats are trying to implement

Implement? They're trying to get Congress to discuss proposals, which is something fundamental to the US republic. Trump's supporters see him as Herr Diktator in their push for making the US even more authoritarian.

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I like the diplomat angle. It should help to control Donny's disasterous impulses.

You mean like not retaliating when the Iranians downed a U.S. drone? Or when the North Koreans started launching short range missiles again? Those kind of disastrous impulses?

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Yes, when you work for any president you are exactly that 

Exactly what?

A servile, brainless, gutless excuse of a person?

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"He's worked with me for quite awhile now on hostages and we have a tremendous track record on hostages," Trump said Wednesday on a tarmac in Los Angeles, hours after revealing the pick on Twitter.

I'm not sure Otto Warmbier's parents would agree.

An interesting choice, as O'Brien is a hostage negotiator, and is about to become a hostage.

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John Bolton calls Donald Trump's efforts with Iran and North Korea 'doomed to failure' as he unloads on his old boss behind closed doors days after being ousted.

The ex-national security adviser also said the president's decision to invite leaders of the Taliban to Camp David the weekend before the anniversary of 9/11 sent a 'terrible signal' and was 'disrespectful' to the victims of the terrorist attack because the jihadist group harbored al-Qaeda.

Bolton put Trump through the meat grinder.

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Implement? They're trying to get Congress to discuss proposals, which is something fundamental to the US republic. Trump's supporters see him as Herr Diktator in their push for making the US even more authoritarian.

What, like the Green New Deal? Diktator, no, we saw that in the last President

A servile, brainless, gutless excuse of a person?

Some people say that about Presidents aides, depends on which political fence you belong and who annoys you.

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John Bolton calls Donald Trump's efforts with Iran and North Korea 'doomed to failure' as he unloads on his old boss behind closed doors days after being ousted.

Ahhh, so a war is better then? That’s definitely what Bolton wants. But if Bolton unloads on Trump......who cares? Ok, maybe the sycophants on CNN and msnbc do, other than that, No one cares.

The ex-national security adviser also said the president's decision to invite leaders of the Taliban to Camp David the weekend before the anniversary of 9/11 sent a 'terrible signal' and was 'disrespectful' to the victims of the terrorist attack because the jihadist group harbored al-Qaeda.

Ok, the Camp David thing was bad, duly noted, everything else is fine.

Bolton put Trump through the meat grinder.

Actually, the other way around, Bolton is out, got stomped into a mud hole.

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Ahhh, so a war is better then? That’s definitely what Bolton wants. But if Bolton unloads on Trump......who cares? Ok, maybe the sycophants on CNN and msnbc do, other than that, No one cares.

It was only last week you were praising the merits of Bolton and now a flip flop?

You informed us all how Bolton was going to sort out North Korea, Iran and even NATO. What happened?

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O'Brien previously helped lead the department's public-private partnership for justice reform in Afghanistan during the Bush and Obama administrations.

From 2008 through 2011, O'Brien was a presidentially appointed member of a government committee that advises on issues related to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O'Brien to be U.S. representative to the U.N. General Assembly, where he worked with Bolton. O'Brien was confirmed by the Senate.

He also was an adviser on the Republican presidential campaigns of former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Gee Trumpers, he worked in both the Bush and OBAMA administrations, worked at the UN, helped Romney 's campaign.....sound like a RINO and a DC swamp creature to you?????

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It was only last week you were praising the merits of Bolton and now a flip flop? 

NO, flip flop, I love Bolton, I’m a bit of a hawkish guy, but that’s not what Trump wants, so be it, Bolton serves at the pleasure of the President and they both couldn’t see eye to eye, he got tossed, simple as that.

You informed us all how Bolton was going to sort out North Korea, Iran and even NATO. What happened?

I was hoping, but Trump doesn’t want regime change and neither do most liberals so.....

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Today, Trump is calling for regime change in Iran and needed in North Korea too.

Trump will never attack Iran which would cause world chaos for the oil.

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Trump will never attack Iran which would cause world chaos for the oil.

You think there is no profit or power in causing chaos?? You should play more board games. Its what half the elite think they are doing with our world.

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 depends on which political fence you belong and who annoys you.

No it doesn't.

The job of a NSA is not to blindly follow the President.

The NSA should have an independent thinking ability, something Donny doesn't want in his people.

Many people have said it, but Bolton was right in criticizing Trump for hosting the Taliban.

That too so close to 9/11.

The one time Bolton gave sensible advice, he got fired!!!!!

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Today, Trump is calling for regime change in Iran and needed in North Korea too.

Trump will never attack Iran which would cause world chaos for the oil

Not boots on the ground kind of attack, but precision strikes can be done if need be, let’s hope it doesn’t come to this, as for attacking Iran, it would depend.

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No it doesn't.

Yes, it does.

The job of a NSA is not to blindly follow the President.

The NSA should have an independent thinking ability, something Donny doesn't want in his people.

Of course you’re allowed to have the independent thinking, but in the end you are working for the president and you can overstep in line follow or you can quit and seek employment somewhere else, you work for the president and not the other way around, the president can fire you Or you can give your resignation, those are your options.

Many people have said it, but Bolton was right in criticizing Trump for hosting the Taliban.

That too so close to 9/11. 

I don’t disagree with that.

The one time Bolton gave sensible advice, he got fired!!!!!

Well, that wasn’t the reason, they were other factors involved in it, but he in the president couldn’t see Eye 2 Eye he was more hawkish and the president isn’t and the president always has the final say and Bolton doesn’t.

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The National Security adviser is pointed and fired by the president but their thinking should always be what is the best fro the country, not for the president and should never be afraid to speak out when needed.

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Yes, it does.

No it doesn't.

Of course you’re allowed to have the independent thinking,

Allowed????? In case you forgot, America is not a dictatorship, citizens are not required to adhere to a certain form or way of thinking. Independent thinking is the very foundation of democracy. If you have an NSA who doesn't have an independent thinking , but just toes his masters' line, however traitorous that might be , you are hitting at the very foundations of a democratic state.

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No it doesn't.

Yes, it really does.

Allowed????? In case you forgot, America is not a dictatorship, citizens are not required to adhere to a certain form or way of thinking. Independent thinking is the very foundation of democracy. If you have an NSA who doesn't have an independent thinking , but just toes his masters' line, however traitorous that might be , you are hitting at the very foundations of a democratic state.

Yes, I understand that and everyone that works in politics understands that, but you are working for the president, the president is your boss and the president can fire you, you can always see your opinions, and they can be struck down if the president doesn’t like it or if the president doesn’t agree with them, but you serve at the pleasure of the president, Comey found out. It’s really not that hard to figure out, if you don’t like or agree with the president, then you can always leave, it’s that simple.

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Yes, it really does

No it really doesn't .

 the president is your boss and the president can fire you,

When you work for the government, you have a responsibility towards the country . Sure your boss is the President , but you cannot be a blind follower or a servile , brainless excuse if a person.

Bolton, however despicable he was, at least stood up for what he believed was right.

Cannot say the same for the lapdogs who pretend to be public officials now.

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Yes, it does.

I’m not disagreeing with you on any of that, you’re glossing over the real point, but the point is the president has the absolute final say and it really doesn’t matter what anyone else says, you can investigate the president and the president has the absolute and constitutional right to stop in investigation on himself, that’s his power he doesn’t have to listen to anything anyone has to say and he can replace them, that is his choice and that is his constitutional right. Bolton can’t stand up to the president, I wouldn’t expect any less, but at the same time I wouldn’t expect less of a present to say, I don’t like your ideas get out of here, done.

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Even the president has to accept there are three branches of government, follow the law and be guided by the constitution. No president is above the law and the constitution. He must also listen to the SC.

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Yesterday Trump expressed jealousy over Obama's book and Netflix deal worth more than $100 million. Sleepless night.

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Even the president has to accept there are three branches of government, follow the law and be guided by the constitution. No president is above the law and the constitution. He must also listen to the SC.

That has nothing to do with the president hiring or firing people. And if you want to complain about someone not listening to the supreme court, please explain what you just said to the Democrats, hope they listen. Especially to the idiot Schiff.

Yesterday Trump expressed jealousy over Obama's book and Netflix deal worth more than $100 million. Sleepless night.

Where was the Quote? Please show us.

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-obamas-netflix-deal-actually-has-people-canceling-their-accounts-heres-why-9166106

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I’m not disagreeing with you on any of that, you’re glossing over the real point, but the point is the president has the absolute final say and it really doesn’t matter what anyone else says, you can investigate the president and the president has the absolute and constitutional right to stop in investigation on himself, that’s his power he doesn’t have to listen to anything anyone has to say and he can replace them, that is his choice and that is his constitutional right.

This isn't true, but it is revealing of the pathology of the Republican mind that desperately wants the US to be a dictatorship.

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Trump has managed to turn the presidency and Oval Office into a one-man business or dictatorship.

Where was the Quote? Please show us.

Just read the media. Trump even called for an investigation or probe.

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Yes, it does.

No it doesn't.

The President can hire and fire people at his will, but that doesn't mean these people should give up their thinking ability for the sake of loyalty.

Such expectations probably are suitable for North Korea or Saudi Arabia, but definitely not America.

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No it doesn't. 

Yes, it does.

The President can hire and fire people at his will,

Exactly!

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Exactly!

LOL, Since you ignore the rest of the post.

you’re glossing over the real point, 

ROFL.

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Just read the media. Trump even called for an investigation or probe.

That’s not what I asked you, I asked you where is the quote about what you said referring to the comment about Obama?

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The President can hire and fire people at his will,

Exactly!

I've said this before, but:

You seem to have this problem with confusing whether or not one can do something with whether or not one should.

For example, when people say “Trump threatening to fire the Attorney General if they don’t interfere with the Special Counsel is obstruction of justice”, you respond “he can fire who he likes”. This is true, he can threaten to fire the Attorney General – but he shouldn’t.

This is like if your family confronted you for being an alcoholic, and said “your drinking is negatively affecting your work, your health, your relationships and your mind”, and you responded “it is legal for me to drink a bottle of whiskey every day”. That is also true, but it totally misses the point - you should not drink a bottle of whiskey every day, even if you legally can.

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That’s not what I asked you, I asked you where is the quote about what you said referring to the comment about Obama?

Like I said go and read the media for a change instead of just JT.

Trump pushes for investigation into Barack Obama's 'Ridiculous' Netflix deal, book Deal.

Trump pushes for shock probe into ex-FLOTUS' book and Netflix deal.

Trump tweet

"....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!"

Trump is one angry jealous guy!

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The Netflix investigation would be over quickly, to be fair.

Findings: Netflix offered the Obamas money to do a show.

Evidence: We asked them and they told us, and the documents corroborate it.

Mind you, Trump is such a big thief and so lousy at deal making that I'm not surprised he doesn't understand that people exchange goods and services for money.

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But if you want to, it’s your personal choice, but this is an apples to oranges argument.

It isn't.

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