February 19th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #396

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1,501 Responses to February 19th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #396

  1. Donzo says:

    So, if the fab five are singing, Rosenstein’s allegiances (black hat/white hat) would be a known quantity. He’s still employed, but then so are the five. Maybe there are The Grays.

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  2. phoenixRising says:

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    • talkietina says:

      Barron is leading the way this time. Usually his parents go first. He will be 12 in…April?


    • Concerned Virginian says:

      AND notice that our FLOTUS is flawlessly dressed: faultless black parka type jacket, slim pants, great hat, what looked like a pull-through fur scarf at the neck.
      AND notice that our POTUS walked as he always does, LIKE A BOSS. After the family was settled in The Beast, he made it his business to TURN ON the roof light so he could wave to the Trumpers who were waiting on the side (one can faintly hear them cheering).
      EVERY TIME that I see Air Force One or Marine One landed with our POTUS, FLOTUS, and family, I thank the Almighty God that there was a safe journey. It is so awesome to think that when our POTUS is within those aircraft, he is taking the UNITED STATES of AMERICA on the wings of eagles to do the work of WE, THE PEOPLE.

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  3. colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

    Where is Lou Dobbs???? It has been 2 weeks now! I fear for his health.

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  4. lawrencepaul1 says:

    As I have opined many times, Eastern Europe is the future of that continent.

    “Christianity Is Europe’s Last Hope” – Hungary’s Orban Calls For Global Anti-Migrant Alliance

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    • InAz says:

      Two weeks ago my daughter needed an x-ray. The female X-ray technician had an Eastern European accent. My daughter really was impressed with the X-ray tech.
      Then yesterday I had to go to the emergency room for an x-ray. The female Eastern European x-ray tech was working!
      I asked her where she was originally from. She is from Bulgaria. We had an interesting conversation. She loves the U.S.A. and is worried about the marxist left taking over.

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      • lawrencepaul1 says:

        I had to spend a year in England recently and the place is full of Poles, Czechs, Bulgarians And Russians. They are great people. Hard working, polite and well educated. Much nicer that the British in my opinion. And I was born there.

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      • talkietina says:

        She has a Melania type accent. Your daughter picked up on that.


      • lastinillinois says:

        I worked with a man from Bulgaria for approx a year (a couple years ago, during 2016 campaign).

        VERY nice man, good man, Christian man.
        Had moved his family here for work, ended up around Chicago.

        We had some VERY interesting conversations, he was a VERY big fan of (at that time) candidate Trump.
        He felt – at that time (2015-16) that Donald Trump was the free world’s last hope.

        When he said this, I said “what about Mr Orban? Is he not also a hope?”

        He said “without America’s President leading the way, Mr Orban will not be able to accomplish what he is speaking of. The world needs Trump’s leadership.”

        This Bulgarian man is not just good, nice, and Christian – he is also very wise.

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  5. Donna in Oregon says:

    Stories on OANN today about how China is pushing the Silk Road and how profitable it is going to be for them. Australia, Japan and India are joining the USA because they are worried about the Silk Road.

    Because of the propaganda I am wondering how profitable the Silk Road really is. China is in serious debt. Their economy appears to be more like a Pyramid scam than a true economy because of the State sponsored businesses and loan scams.

    I think the Silk Road will be more about accumulating more economies like Hong Kong. I look at the GDP of Hong Kong and it appears that China is becomes a shipping port for China. Just like NAFTA.

    President Trump is displaying infinite patience with these shady hucksters. I hope Rudy is working hard on the USA workaround to Corporate theft and raiding of our economic systems and information. The Chinese need to be excluded from our innovation, communication and ideas. The Silk Road is their attempt to get around counterfeiting our inventions and property.

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    • Suncc49 says:

      Check out youtube.. . tons of stories on and video of the Ghost Cities built in China to pump up GDP that are wasting away empty

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    • A2 says:

      Donna, I posted many times on the BRI leading up to the President’s trip to China and during and after the 19th Party Congress. I called it China’s neo-imperialist plan with Chinese characteristics. It is Chairman Xi’s signature initiative. It also is now getting major push back from Australia, the EU, second thoughts from ASEAN nations, bookend blocking by India and Japan and the US Indo-Pacific Policy, as well as internal second thoughts by Party/think tank types at home. (All sourced in my posts).

      China, when blocked moves elsewhere, courting South America and the Arctic as new ‘road’ or ‘belt’ branches.

      I will post this article for you that addresses your questions on the economic feasibility. It is not new, but holds up well in analysis.


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  6. phoenixRising says:

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  7. phoenixRising says:

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    • phoenixRising says:

      I have come to agree with Schweikart…

      Holder/Zero reformed the FBI… it’s mission is no longer law enforcement. Frankly it appears to me anyway to be an extension of the Sea Eye A… and their mission appears to me to be to spy on Americans, control the MSM, create false events, divide the populace – actually serve as the gatekeeper for the Deep State.

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      • keithinmissouri says:

        Unfortunately I have to agree with your statement of the FBI mission. I think you could add “facilitated by CIA agents embedded in the organization.”

        There was some discussion of the Qanon phenomenon earlier in this thread. I monitor what is happening with Qanon. At a minimum, following Q makes you wonder what is really going on, and it is exciting to watch the Anons search for the truth. A year ago, I would have dismissed the entire phenomenon as a hoax. Two years ago, I would never have believed what I just wrote about the FBI. I have been awakened to the depths of the Deep State darkness. Just not yet sure how far down the bottom is.

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    • talkietina says:

      Also remember, Trump has known Wray for many years. He brought Wray into the FBI.

      Trust Wray
      Trust Sessions
      2018 will be awesome.
      QAnon 2/18/18

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      • lastinillinois says:

        How does Trump know Wray?

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        • PS says:

          Wray worked for Christie during Bridgegate, so presumably they know each other at least since 2015.


        • talkietina says:

          I have just read that he has known Wray for a long time. And Qanon said it to

          Maybe this way; Wray may face questions, however, from Democrats looking for law enforcement independence because of his roles in public and private practice, including serving as the personal attorney to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a close Trump ally —during the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.

          Trump announced the selection Wednesday on Twitter, calling Wray “a man of impeccable credentials.”

          I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.
          — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2017
          The White House followed with a formal announcement that cited Wray’s work at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration from 2001 to 2005, including serving as head of the criminal division and overseeing actions in the war on terrorism after the 9/11 attacks.

          “I know that he will again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity once the Senate confirms him,” Trump said.

          Wray has been on both sides of investigations touching the top political leaders. Along with representing Christie, he he led a task force at Justice that won convictions against officials form Enron, a Texas energy firm whose chief executive, Ken Lay, was Bush’s biggest contributor.

          “He has experience, knowledge and integrity.” said Michael Chertoff, Wray’s predecessor as head of the criminal division. “There’s no reason to doubt him


  8. georgiafl says:

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  9. jeans2nd says:

    ‘Evening fellow Incorrgible Deplorables.
    Has any Fake News covered what DNI Coates and DHSSec Neilsen are doing to protect the US from further election tampering?
    No. Of course not.
    Fake News is breathlessly reporting lies, lies, and more lies.

    What has the Trump Administration been doing to protect the US from further election tampering?

    12 Feb 2018, DHS announced that NBC News are liars.
    “Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public …let me be clear: we have no evidence – old or new – that any votes in the 2016 elections were manipulated by Russian hackers. NBC News continues to falsely report my recent comments on attempted election hacking…as some kind of “breaking news,” incorrectly claiming a shift in the administration’s position on cyber threats.”

    “NBC’s irresponsible reporting…undermines the ability of the Department of Homeland Security (and) our partners…across the nation to do our incredibly important jobs”

    15 Feb 2018, ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence, DNI Coates) announced “a classified briefing (held 16-18 Feb 2018) for election officials from all 50 states….The briefings will (did) focus on increasing awareness of foreign adversary intent and capabilities against the states’ election infrastructure, as well as a discussion of threat mitigation efforts

    —>>>Note – all this occurred BEFORE the nothingburger Special Counsel nonsense “indictments.”
    He-Who-Sees-Around-Corners (Pres Trump) has hired Those-Who-Also-See-Around-Corners.

    Has the Lying Fake News reported this? No. Of course not.
    Do not allow the lies to discourage or dissuade you. The truth is out there. Know the facts. Educate the lying know-nothings.

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  10. IMO says:

    CIA Officer Whistleblower Kevin Shipp Exposes Shadow Government: Part 1 Trailer

    CIA Officer Whistleblower Kevin Shipp Exposes Shadow Government: Part 2 Trailer

    CIA Officer Whistleblower Kevin Shipp Exposes Shadow Government: Part 3 Trailer

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  12. duchess01 says:

    The Great Debate: Is it ‘Presidents’ Day’—or ‘Washington’s Birthday?’
    February 19, 2018 4 minute read



  13. duchess01 says:

    News | The White House – 02/16 – 02/17 – 02/18 – 02/19/2018


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  14. yucki says:

    Another masterpiece from Victor Orban.
    Original translation by Crossware, editing by Gates of Vienna, subtitles by Vlad Tepes.

    Viktor Orban: “According to Jobbik, (Hungarian Nazi party) Islam is Europe’s last hope!”

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  15. lawrencepaul1 says:

    You are going to love this lady.

    Florida’s ‘Teacher Of The Year’ Bluntly Explains Why School Violence Is Out Of Control

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  16. Donzo says:

    What is the current thinking on Rosenstein? He signed a FISA application, appointed Mueller and is still DAG and acting AG regarding anything involving HRC. What the hell is going on here?


    • jahealy says:

      There are a few, including Rosenstein, whose hat color has yet to be revealed, in my opinion. But I also don’t believe any of those folks are operating outside the watchful eye of the white hats. I suspect if they’re still-employed black hats, there’s a reason they’re being kept around.


  17. heidi says:

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  18. Pam says:

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  19. jeans2nd says:

    ‘Evening again, fellow Incorrigible Deplorables.
    Those of you who spend much time at CTH must have noticed the considerable amount of noobs here, or perhaps are yourself a noob.
    The noobs do not yet quite understand how Our President operates, and perhaps spend too much time obsessing over Lying Fake News, and the hard run-up to reality.

    In an effort to reassure the noobs, perhaps a 17 Nov 2015/01 May 2016 CTH post will help.
    A refresher –

    Why Is Donald Trump So Formidable? – Perhaps Because He Owns The Downside…
    “…there’s one strategic advantage held by Donald Trump…– Trump’s willingness to “own the downside“.”
    “…the media love to use the downside as a weapon…It doesn’t matter what the issue is.”
    “(Trump) doesn’t let them be issues – he owns them, and says “yeah, so?”
    “Trump…owns the downside.”

    Well worth the time for a re-read.
    boring night anyways, huh?
    how ’bout a refresher laugh?

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  20. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Government must need a lot of money. I have noticed that their ready cash is getting smaller and with the large budget increase, they will need more ready cash going forward.
    ==> They will sell $256 Billion in bills (1-12 month) and notes (2-7 yr) this week. Massive.

    Treasury supply will kick off this week on Tuesday with $151 billion worth of bills including record amounts of three-month and six-month T-bills.

    That’s just the beginning, and the rest of the debt sales will be spread over the holiday-shortened week with $28 billion of two-year fixed rate notes on Tuesday; $35 billion in five-year debt on Wednesday and $29 billion in seven-year notes on Thursday. The Treasury also plans to add $15 billion to an older two-year floating-rate issue.

    In total, over a quarter trillion in new debt will be sold over the next 4 days: an all time weekly high.

    If the Treasury and Fed know what is good for them they will take stocks down this week to increase the flight to safety to buy bonds stronger. They used to do that in the past but have not recently. But with money flows getting tighter it is becoming more a choice – save stocks? or save bonds? But you cannot save them both at the same time.

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      I agree. The debt market is way more important than the stock market. If the bond market were to collapse it would take the dollar with it.
      And is we are forced to raid interest rates we would find it harder and harder to service our debt.


  21. A2 says:

    I’m sure sundance will post this interview with SoS Rex Tillerson with Magaret Brennan on CBS 60 minutes. You can read it below. Great interview and he ended saying:

    “SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I hope with this little bit of exchange we’ve had, you understand the man better. That’s why I’m still here. Those things don’t bother me. I’m here to serve my country. I committed to this President. My word is my bond. I ride for this brand. That’s why I’m here, and nothing anybody else says is going to change that.


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  22. keithinmissouri says:

    I still can’t get my head around those Mueller “indictments” on Friday. Do Brennan and whoever else Mueller is in cahoots with really believe the American pubic is so stupid that they are going to bite on that? It seems such a shallow and transparent ploy that I wonder what it really going on. Was it enought that they managed to dominate the MSM news cycle for a weekend? It seems there is less and less value in that.

    There is now more reason to believe than ever before that we are seeing the Obama-Hillary house of cards coming down. I sure am excited to see what is revealed with the cards out of the way.

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  23. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  24. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Social justice warriors are nothing new and have never been anything but evil.

    “Their Objective Is To Create Fear…”

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  25. georgiafl says:

    No, Mr. President, NO, NO, NO!!!

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      He did the same thing with Paul Ryan and John McCain. I don’t know why he does it but I’m he has his reasons. I suspect that he thinks that they are going to win anyway so why not try to win them over.

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      PDJT’s support for Romney is strategic.

      Romney’s name recognition, $$, and support from the Mormon community makes his election a sure thing at a time when the GOP needs to be focused on taking seats from vulnerable red-state democrats and getting to a 60 seat majority in the Senate.

      Trump is a pragmatist above all else. MAGA needs a GOP super-majority in the US Senate. Trump won’t care how he gets it as long as he can get it and sideline Cryin’ Chuckles and his clown car posse for a few years.

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      • Jerzy2GA says:

        I agree with this. Ultimately the president belongs neither party. He starts at what he wants to accomplish and works backwards. If that means embracing ” the enemy of my enemy(dimms & media) the so be it.


      • georgiafl says:

        Yeah – but Romney will likely take over where McCain leaves off – promoting TPP, Amnesty and all the Chamber of Commerce agenda.


  26. phoenixRising says:

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  27. Pam says:

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  29. Brant says:

    I think an indicator that something might be happening is the silence of Evelyn Farcas. I know, a small fry, but she is the only one of the 10-12, 2nd/3rd tier folks who ever talked. And talk she did. Very enthusiastically and quite proud of herself. I would think she would really want to get back out and toot her horn again. “See, it’s working.” The fact she doesn’t, I think means she has been silenced for a reason. And if she has been silenced, so have others.

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  30. Pam says:

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  31. Rex is back under another name!

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  32. Convert says:

    Just in case nobody has posted it: Imperator Rex is supposedly back as Vachel Lindsey on Twitter. Great news. I have seen people belittle him here, but Twitter is the front lines firefight every day in the war to save our country from vile, vicious, lying, dangerous swamp, and nobody busts their bubble any better than he does! He calls them OUT on their lies and delusions! I admire his dedication and truth telling in a way even the lo-fos can follow

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  33. phoenixRising says:

    I suggest you read the Federalist article… very, very interesting.


  34. phoenixRising says:

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