This Senior White House Official Sounds Like a Child Impersonating a Cop

Mar 24, 2018, 13:39
This Senior White House Official Sounds Like a Child Impersonating a Cop

With an administration as messy as Donald Trump's, it is no wonder the president requires his staffers to keep their mouths shut about what they see. John McCain, who strongly condemned the call in a statement on Tuesday, saying an American president shouldn't congratulate "dictators on winning sham elections".

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida disapproved of Trump making the call, but he said he was more disappointed by leaks from the White House that revealed Trump's national security advisers urged the President not to congratulate Putin before the call. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the US presidential election.

In the wake of the recent firings, speculation has arisen yet again that President Trump is gearing up to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. A normal president prevents White House leaks by commanding the respect and support of his staff.

Soon after the news broke that Hicks was leaving the White House, leaks began to emerge either supporting or undercutting certain White House staff who are in line for the job.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended the President on Tuesday for the phone call, saying "we disagree with the fact that we shouldn't have conversations with Russian Federation".

"We did not use nondisclosure agreements in the Obama White House because we worked for a president who believed in transparency and the First Amendment", said Chris Lu, who served as Obama's White House Cabinet secretary. "President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country".

Trump is not considering or discussing the firing of special counsel Mueller.

According to accounts from the White House and the Kremlin, Trump did neither.

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Allies, most notably in Britain, were furious about Trump's lack of solidarity after a chemical weapons attack on double agent Sergei Skripal in a small English town.

Trump's call came at a period of heightened tensions between the two nations after the White House imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its interference in the 2016 USA election and other "malicious cyberattacks". Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

They thought Trump had vouched for me, boy were they naïve.

Although Trump said early in his campaign that he and the Russian leader were good friends, he later acknowledged that he had never met Putin.

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