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Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus

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Finally a President that holds his staff accountable.

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Good move. Now fire the rest of the leakers too.

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For the people who wanted government run like a business, perhaps you should've specified "a successful business" because no business has this kind of turnover except for maybe fast food restaurants.

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He is a Great American... and a Great Leader. 

That's what he always says until something not even your fault fails or you begin to outshine him - and then it's the shiv. Trumpism.

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Scaramucci publicly described Priebus as a "paranoid schizophrenic."

Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me!

fire the rest of the leakers too

Leak the swamp!

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Good. Pribus was controlling every aspect of the Oval Office. Always had to be there whenever Trump met someone. Very suspicious IMO.

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Very suspicious IMO

Very suspicious indeed. He must be purged. There is no place for paranoid schizophrenic leakers in the people's White House. We cannot trust his loyalty to our leader and his commitment to make America great again, drain the swamp, destroy the deep state, expose and neutralize the globalist leftist elitist MSM, talk trash to Boy Scouts, lock her up, and build the wall.

I can no longer sit back and allow liberal infiltration, liberal indoctrination, liberal subversion, and the globalist George Soros elitist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

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Was only a matter of time before Priebus got cut (off).

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Man these people close to Trump are really dropping like flies.

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Very suspicious indeed. He must be purged. There is no place for paranoid schizophrenic leakers in the people's White House. We cannot trust his loyalty to our leader and his commitment to make America great again, drain the swamp, destroy the deep state, expose and neutralize the globalist leftist elitist MSM, talk trash to Boy Scouts, lock her up, and build the wall.

I can no longer sit back and allow liberal infiltration, liberal indoctrination, liberal subversion, and the globalist George Soros elitist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

This made me laugh bigly. Very good!

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Finally a President that holds his staff accountable.

Couldnt agree more, but I do have to admit When I heard Preibus's head was on the chopping block, that did take ma back for a second, but it was a wise decision and something tells me Bannon is probably next.

For the people who wanted government run like a business, perhaps you should've specified "a successful business" because no business has this kind of turnover except for maybe fast food restaurants.

Which is why the last administration was operated so poorly, a good and radical cleansing would have probably made a big difference to how they governed.

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Yeah, that Priebus guy was a weasel.

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Kelly might be better that Priebus, but I think he cannot do much because the inner or the core of the problem is still there .... TRUMP!

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Ah, good. Another person with deep insight into the Trump administration getting betrayed by it. Now he has no reason to be "loyal" to Cheeto Mussolini the next time the FBI or Mueller or the press have questions about what he has been up to.

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Ah, good. Another person with deep insight into the Trump administration getting betrayed by it.

Not really. For the last 6 months there has been screwup after screwup. Trump's administration is a mix of political insiders and outsiders who get along as well as a bag full of coyotes and wildcats. One group is crying for change, the other group is trying to maintain the status quo, and they are sabotaging each other in the process. The constant leaks which keep springing up is a result of this bickering and nonsense. Eventually, by hook or crook, the administration will build up a staff which can work with each other.

For those of you who are dreaming that the Trump administration implodes, it's not likely going to happen. But if it did, things might become very much worse than you may think. If Trump gets tossed out of office, then you have Pence taking over. Quiet as he is, his political ideology is even worse than Trump's. In addition to this, the world's economies are not exactly standing on firm ground right now. Public and private debt are at all time highs, private sector growth remains almost nil, and the world's stock markets are pumped up with central bank money. A political collapse in America has better than even odd of causing a worldwide economic collapse even worse than that which happened in 2008. And if such a collapse happens, any recovery will be all the more difficult as there are no longer any tools left to dig us out; the central banks have already used them all.

There will be more fireworks in Trump's White House, and more people kicked out. No administration ever has an easy first year.

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For the people who wanted government run like a business, perhaps you should've specified "a successful business" because no business has this kind of turnover except for maybe fast food restaurants.

There is no way the US government could be run like a business, too many special interests. Not to mention that it would need qualified business type folks and not career politicians to run it too!

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Yeah, that Priebus guy was a weasel.

True, but there are worse things than weasels. Look at who's replaced Sean Spicer.

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sangetsu03Today  10:49 am JST

If Trump gets tossed out of office, then you have Pence taking over. Quiet as he is, his political ideology is even worse than Trump's.

I disagree. Both men are monsters unfit to govern a boy scout meeting. But the difference is that Pence's political ideology is only worse than Trumps in the sense that he has a political ideology. Trump has no ideology, and that's much more dangerous.

Pence has a twisted, backwards, religious fundamentalist belief in America, but he still believes in America. Pence would declare war on Iran because he believed God charged him with the holy mission of bringing all the world's heathen's to Christ's glorious light, but he'd at least try to convince the rest of America to go along with it and he's try to win the war using the best Pentagon strategies he could get. Trump could very well declare war on Iran for no better reason than because the Ayatollah complimented Angela Merkel on her savvy political accomplishments and Trump got jealous. He wouldn't follow through either, he'd just declare a state of war and then head off to play golf at Mar-a-Lago and expect someone else to win it for him.

Don't believe me? Reports out of the Pentagon this week reported that when Trump made his tweets banning transgender soldiers, there was a 9 minute pause between his tweet talking about consulting generals and his tweet actually indicating his intention. In those 9 minutes, people in the Pentagon were genuinely worried that Trump was going to declare war on North Korea. That means it is totally within the realm of plausibility that our current president would declare war on another nation and not tell his generals before he tells the rest of us.

Pence would unleash bigotry, hatred, and mismanagement on a degree not seen since his rule in Indiana, but he at least has principles. You can fight a man with principles. You can reason with a man who has principles. Trump will tell you you're the greatest person on Earth, stab you in the back, then announce to your successor that his unpredictability is what makes him such a great ally, and not only will he do it with a smile, he'll do it without the slightest comprehension that his actions contradict themselves. There is no higher God in Trump's world than Trump himself, and I have no doubt he'd sacrifice any and all of us on a nuclear ash pile if it got him what he wanted. Pence would at least try to ensure someone survives his Presidency.

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Excellent choices in both removing Priebus and selecting Kelly. Now move Sessions to Homeland Security, put in a new Attorney General and get rid of McMaster too then all set.

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I think this whole administration needs to stay away from Twitter.

Every Tweet causes a scandal, shows lack of civility and is even now filled with expletives.

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Dodgy Don will have his perfect team in place just in time for his upcoming impeachment.

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bass4funkToday  09:40 am JST

For the people who wanted government run like a business, perhaps you should've specified "a successful business" because no business has this kind of turnover except for maybe fast food restaurants.

Which is why the last administration was operated so poorly, a good and radical cleansing would have probably made a big difference to how they governed.

Missed the point a bit there, haven't you. Couldn't you understand it?

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Ah, yes...good to see that renowned "well-oiled machine" running so smoothly -- as it has continued to do for all 6 months of its existence. Chaos? Good heavens, no -- no chaos here, as the entire world can plainly see. One would never for a moment suspect that this president had NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER in governing anything -- quite the contrary. Start preparing Mount Rushmore!

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Ah, yes...good to see that renowned "well-oiled machine" running so smoothly -- as it has continued to do for all 6 months of its existence. Chaos? Good heavens, no -- no chaos here, as the entire world can plainly see. One would never for a moment suspect that this president had NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER in governing anything

Well, the right used to agree with that principle when the community organiser with limited experience of government was in power.

Since the emergence of Trump, they prefer zero experience of governing and have suddenly developed a sympathetic side, excusing the circus in the swamp on the grounds that he's new to all this.

In that way, Trump has brought out one better angel in their nature. A pity the other angels keep quiet about the rancid trash, lies and general stupidity.

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Now move Sessions to Homeland Security, put in a new Attorney General and get rid of McMaster too then all set.

Ha ha, good one. When Sessions goes, it will be out the door. He will not be reassigned.

And then who as AG? With loyalty being the paramount job requirement, Trump is going to have a hard time finding anyone who can pass Senate confirmation. Even the Republicans will not stomach Rudy Giuliani.

Also to go within the next year will be Rex Tillerson. Word has it (leakers again! Doh!) that he is frustrated with the Trump administration, which has essentially neutered the State Department. Tillerson arguably had more global influence as head of Exxon-Mobil than he does as SOS. He doesn't need this aggravation.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is also going to be in a bit of hot water soon. Before the vote on the health care bill, Zinke threatened both GOP senators from Alaska with retaliation on resource and energy jobs if they went against The Donald. But who knows, maybe he'll weather this one. After all, it's just fake . . .

And let's not forget boy wonder Jared Kushner. He's not out of the woods yet either.

Trump's supporters voted for chaos, and they got it.

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Excellent choices in both removing Priebus and selecting Kelly. Now move Sessions to Homeland Security, put in a new Attorney General and get rid of McMaster too then all set.

Then by Christmas, fire them all and start all over again. Endless headlines.

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You do know Obama removed nearly half of his cabinet in his first term? He also had 3 press secretaries and 5 chief of staff in his 8 years, including 3 different ones in 3 years?

Its a normal thing as policies and job requirements shift and as people go to different assignments. Or if it is a reflection on the administration then why was Obama never criticized for it?

All this manufactured drama is just covering up the latest Dem scandals as well as the fact that Russia collusion has been totally dropped in MSM.

Latest from MSNBC:

Russian operation may have been more about contamination than collusion: to discredit Trump, tie up Washington. #OnAssignment @msnbc Fri 9pm

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Time to replace and repeal Trump would be more apt.

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who is the architects behind the seemingly enmity within the Korean peninsula??? Absolutely it's the United states of America.for their own selfish interest.it's about time all Asians come together to fight their real common enemy,the U.S. Koreans should learn from the Germans and units.America is just fooling them to sell it's ammunition to them.

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DT is draining his own swamp...

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Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.

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You do know Obama removed nearly half of his cabinet in his first term? He also had 3 press secretaries and 5 chief of staff in his 8 years, including 3 different ones in 3 years?

You do know that Trump has only been in office 6 months?

You do know the conditions under which these respective press secretaries left?

You do know the respective levels of discord and disarray within these presidencies?

Remember, the Obama admin's credo was "don't do stupid ---". That is not even a pretense for the Trump admin. Obama's team was exceptionally disciplined. From start to finish. For the most part real pros.

Let's stop kidding ourselves and make it simple. Trump is a delusional incompetent and his team is mostly comprised of a bunch of ideological hacks or opportunists who would rather be somewhere else. This is all absurd.

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TumbleDryToday  06:24 pm JST

DT is draining his own swamp...

Didn't the Mooch say Bannon was trying to do the same thing? Frankly I doubt either has the flexibility...

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Yeah, that Priebus guy was a weasel

I don't think he was sleazy, just Trump needs someone that can stop these leaks, Reince couldn't get the job done.

Well, the right used to agree with that principle when the community organiser with limited experience of government was in power. 

But he was a politician, a professional one, that was the problem.

Since the emergence of Trump, they prefer zero experience of governing and have suddenly developed a sympathetic side, excusing the circus in the swamp on the grounds that he's new to all this. 

Which is true, but we tried with the political snob elite, didn't work out well at all.

In that way, Trump has brought out one better angel in their nature. A pity the other angels keep quiet about the rancid trash, lies and general stupidity.

Time will tell what happens next, but this is a good start.

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If Trump were truly concerned about stopping leaks, he'd create (or allow to be created) an administration with a common agenda and a clear hierarchy - and a clear way to reach his attention other than repeating his name in single page-long briefs. The only way for most staffers to get Trump's attention is to leak so that it appears on Fox and Friends. It's all Trump's own doing, and it won't stop until he tightens his shop not in a Gestapo way but with true managerial reform. (BTW, that ain't gonna happen.)

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He will never stop the leaks.

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Which is true, but we tried with the political snob elite, didn't work out well at all.

George W Bush was a member of the 'political snob elite' ( far more than Obama ) and you continue to defend him quite stubbornly. I hear many non-partisan historians also agree he was a successful president despite public opinion.

Don't be so dismissive.

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George W Bush was a member of the 'political snob elite' ( far more than Obama )

But he wasn't weak-spined

and you continue to defend him quite stubbornly.

Yup.

I hear many non-partisan historians also agree he was a successful president despite public opinion. 

Pretty much.

Don't be so dismissive.

Never! No way!

He will never stop the leaks

Outside, no, but inside the White House, yes and that's not a difficult thing to really do.

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Does John Kelly also swear and cuss until he's blue in the face.

I'm luvin' all this!!

Oh, and by the way, that was very sly of John McCain! Ha ha ha. I guess he really was pissed off at Trump's claim that he wasn't a war hero, despite Trump being a draft dodger himself.

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It looks like the atmosphere in WH was slowly clearing up.

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The longest slow motion train wreck in history.

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JimizoJuly 29  12:43 pm JST

Well, the right used to agree with that principle when the community organiser with limited experience of government was in power.

Since the emergence of Trump, they prefer zero experience of governing and have suddenly developed a sympathetic side, excusing the circus in the swamp on the grounds that he's new to all this.

They may be starting to come to their senses - some of them, anyway:

Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster and strategist, said: “It’s fair to say Trump has lost control of the narrative. What I don’t know is how and when he can regain it.”

Charlie Sykes, a conservative author and broadcaster, said: “It could have been one of his best weeks with the Foxconn announcement. But this has been his worst week ever and everything that has happened has been self-inflicted. You have a White House in meltdown because the president is a pyromaniac. The thing that’s got to rattle Republicans is the damage he’s doing to the administration, to the party and to the country.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/29/donald-trump-news-healthcare-transgender-troops-jeff-sessions

I've always held the view it's not fair on conservatives to lump them all in with the ones who tend to post comments here.

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I hear many non-partisan historians also agree he was a successful president despite public opinion. 

Pretty much.

Alternative facts. This isn't a Sean Hannity audience here. Many of us can walk without grazing our knuckles on the ground.

Deal in facts.

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He will never stop the leaks.

He's the chief leaker. Leaking Israeli intelligence. Discussing North Korea with Abe in front of fellow diners at Mar a Lago.

Inviting Russia to meddle with the election.

A more dangerous man has never been at the helm.

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Trump has no ideology, and that's much more dangerous.

Ideology does not exist among the political class at the national level, except for the ideology of self interest.

There is no left, right, or center, and anyone who believes that there is deserves what is coming to them.

Politics is a business, and it is the most lucrative business in the world. Those who enter this business will do anything, and say anything to get into power. They will lie, cheat, steal, and worse. And just because they do it in a polished fashion with smooth words does not make it any less bad. There are few people in the world as shady and corrupt as the Clintons, there are few more power hungry than the Bushes. Yet masses of people blindly support one or the other, because they have this silly need to believe whenever someone tells them what they want to hear.

Trump is not a good man, he is not a good business person, and so far he is not a good president, But he is no worse than the others who were running.

I don't see things as democrat or republican. The moment you identify with either party, you have lost yourself. If Trump had run as a tax-and-spend liberal, and hijacked the democrat party to win the presidency, you would be a Trump supporter. And if Trump could have won with that tactic, he probably would have done it. But with issues as they are today, a democrat president in office, and the next candidate already locked in, Trump took the other road.

Hillary was a republican when she was young, but in those days Arkansas was a blue state. If she wanted to have a future in politics, she would have to sell herself to the fools, I mean voters, as a democrat. Elizabeth Warren was a republican all of her life, but to get Ted Kennedy's senate seat, she had to sell herself to the sheep, I mean voters, as a democrat.

Funny to see people being played in such a blatantly obvious way, but they themselves can't see it.

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Good riddance, no sympathy for any Rube. Trump still has the rest of the WH to clear out though and I'm disappointed that this firing was not more brutal and humiliating. Looks like Trump is losing his touch and the entertainment isn't up to scratch

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