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  • Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide: Political retribution by anti-Trumpers

    05/07/2017 10:09:33 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees. Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to...
  • New Front In White House Civil War as Kushner Asserts Authority at NSC

    04/13/2017 5:18:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 247 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/13/17 | Kredo
    Officials say Kushner taking unprecedented role to interfere in foreign policy matters White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is leading an unprecedented effort to meddle in the White House's National Security Council, causing mayhem for senior staff who say the president's son-in-law is interfering in key foreign policy debates, according to Trump administration officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. Kushner has taken aggressive action to micro-manage the NSC, overshadowing even recently installed National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, according to sources both inside and outside the White House who described Kushner's behavior as highly unusual and damaging to the...
  • Trump national security aide McFarland may become envoy to Singapore: official

    04/09/2017 8:34:07 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 83 replies
    Reueter ^ | 4/9/2017 | reuters politics
    President Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, is expected to step down and has been offered the position of U.S. ambassador to Singapore, a U.S. official said on Sunday. The move comes as Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, retools the national security team he inherited from retired General Michael Flynn, who resigned as Trump's first national security adviser in February. The 65-year-old McFarland is a former national security analyst for Fox News and was one of Trump's original hires after he was elected president on Nov. 8. News of her pending departure came less than a week...
  • Trump Top Adviser Steve Bannon Attends NSC Meeting One Day After Being ‘Removed’

    04/06/2017 6:43:05 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2017 | Penny Starr
    One day after what was demonstrably one of the most-covered stories by the media focused on the “removal” of Steve Bannon, President Trump’s top adviser, from the National Security Council (NSC), he attended a council meeting, the Washington Examiner reported on Thursday. “White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has attended the first meeting of the National Security Council after he was removed from the principals committee Wednesday,” the Examiner story said. Despite the headlines about Bannon’s removal, most media outlets included the fact that the change on the council only meant Bannon was no longer a permanent member on the...
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The NSC Meeting…

    04/05/2017 10:19:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 5, 2017 | Sundance
    The anti-Trump media jumped into a level of gleeful frenzy today amid a required security filing noticing that Senior Trump Adviser Steve Bannon was no longer a member of the “principals committee” on the National Security Council. The hilarity cemented itself when competing media outlets were arguing about Steve Bannon being on the NSC, or being kicked-off the NSC, while Bannon walked past them en route to today’s NSC meeting. Wait, wha… huh? Yeah -{Insert Laugh Track HERE}- Nothing ever happens in a vacuum, and today is no exception. No, Steve Bannon is not being removed from the Senior advisory...
  • Steve Bannon says role was to ‘de-operationalize’ NSC after Rice’s tenure

    04/05/2017 2:19:42 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said Wednesday he was removed from a permanent seat on the National Security Council because it was no longer in danger of being “operationalized” for non-security purposes, as he asserted was the case under former Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice. Mr. Bannon, who was taken off the NSC by President Trump, said new national security adviser H.R. McMaster “has returned the NSC to its proper function.” “Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration,” Mr. Bannon said in a statement. “I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized.”
  • BREAKING: Rick Perry added to National Security Council’s core decision-makers

    04/05/2017 12:03:34 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 29 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 5, 2017 | Philip Jankowski
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been added to a core group within the National Security Council in a shakeup of members announced on Wednesday. Perry, the secretary of energy, was one of several officials added to the principals committee, the primary group of policy-makers for national security...
  • Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council in shakeup

    04/05/2017 9:30:37 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 73 replies
    White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his seat on the National Security Council, reversing one of the most controversial decisions of young Trump administration.
  • Bannon Removed From National Security Council Role in Shakeup [Link Only]

    04/05/2017 8:43:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 272 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body] ^ | April 5, 2017 | Jennifer Jacobs
  • FLASHBACK: Susan Rice Said ‘I Know Nothing’ About Unmasking of Trump Officials

    04/03/2017 11:40:53 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 43 replies ^ | April 3, 2017
    Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, reportedly requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign. The revelation contradicts Rice's past comments on March 22, when she claimed she knew "nothing" about the intelligence reports. White House lawyers discovered Rice's dozens of requests last month, during a National Security Council review of the "government's policy on ‘unmasking' the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally," Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported Monday, citing U.S. officials....
  • Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say

    04/03/2017 11:20:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 73 replies ^ | Adam Hously
    Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance. The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes. *snip* Nunes has faced criticism from Democrats for viewing pertinent documents on White House grounds and announcing their contents to the press....
  • Unmasking Susan Rice and her NSC dead-enders

    04/03/2017 7:40:05 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 51 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 04/03/17 | Monica Showalter
    Journalist/activist Mike Cernovich reports that former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice obtained intelligence reports showing the identities of innocent Americans who incidentally spoke to foreign officials under security sweeps for spying or intelligence activities. Under U.S. law, U.S. persons are protected from such disclosure, which could be dry-cleaners asking envoys to pick up their laundry or wrong number phone messages spilling their guts about their mothers-in-law. If such U.S. persons get swept up in surveillance, they are protected. But only if they remain 'masked,' which is the law of the land. Cernovich says the White House Counsel's office...
  • McFarland reportedly offered Singapore ambassador post

    04/01/2017 2:34:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 1, 2017 | Mallory Shelbourne
    K.T. McFarland, who was tapped in November to serve as President Trump's deputy national security adviser, has been offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Singapore, CNN reported on Saturday. McFarland is also in the running for a position at the State Department, according to the report, which said it was unclear if Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had made her a concrete offer. McFarland was chosen to serve as the number two on the National Security Council when retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was set to be President Trump’s top adviser on national security. After Flynn resigned following reports...
  • EXCLUSIVE: In Trump’s NSC, Women Run the Show

    04/01/2017 7:35:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 3/31/2017 | Kristina Wong
    As women all over the world celebrated Women’s History Month this March, little attention focused on the number of women who form the backbone of President Trump’s National Security Council. His two deputy national security advisers — K.T. McFarland (pictured above) and Dina Powell, and the person in charge of writing the national security strategy — Nadia Schadlow — are women. It’s likely the first time that women have held those positions simultaneously — no insignificant fact in a field that’s still male-dominated. Together, McFarland, Powell and Schadlow bring different strengths to the table.
  • Clinton Bundler’s Contact With Campaign Chair Skirted Foreign Government Lobbying Laws

    10/26/2016 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 25, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Tony Podesta's firm failed to file legally required disclosures after emails with his WH adviser brother A high-dollar lobbyist and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to file legally required disclosures for his advocacy on behalf of a foreign government in discussions with Clinton’s future campaign chairman, according to a political law expert. High-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta emailed his brother John, a top White House adviser who would later chair the Clinton campaign, in January 2015. Tony wondered if John would attend a meeting with the Indian ambassador to the United States. “I’m at Camp David Friday,” John...
  • Unfit for duty: McMaster and Gorka

    03/03/2017 5:36:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 40 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Unfit for duty: McMaster and Gorka It is unfortunate and disquieting that this denial and willful ignorance continues in the Trump administration. One cannot defeat an enemy that one does not understand, much less one that one refuses to understand. President Trump continues to speak about “radical Islamic terrorism” while hiring people who remain in Obamoid fantasyland. This must be clarified.“Unfit for Duty,” by John Guandolo, Understanding the Threat, February 26, 2017: The new National Security Advisor – Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster – and the Counter-Terrorism advisor to the President of the United States – Sebastian Gorka – both...
  • Trump’s NSC: A Bureaucratic Balancing Act

    02/28/2017 7:34:54 AM PST · by bigbob · 1 replies
    The Cyber Brief ^ | 2-28-17 | Will Edwards
    The appointment of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor was not the Trump Administration’s first shake-up on the National Security Council, and it is unlikely to be the last. The Trump Administration’s decision to upend the NSC’s organization is an effort to correct what many believed had become a bloated bureaucratic structure that could not attain its key goals. The NSC is a handpicked advisory committee charged with directing the expedient flow of national security information to and from the President. The staff includes the Principals Committee, which includes the secretaries of state, treasury, and defense, among others,...
  • Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings

    02/16/2011 7:40:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/16/11 | Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Obama’s order, known as a Presidential Study Directive, identified likely flashpoints, most notably Egypt, and solicited proposals for how the administration could push for political change in countries with autocratic rulers who are also valuable allies of the United States, these officials said.
  • Bannon Out of NSC? McMaster Prepares To Reorganize Foreign Policy Team

    02/25/2017 11:13:55 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 65 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | "Tyler Durden"
    "...veterans of past administrations and members of Congress from both parties criticized the decision to put Mr. Bannon on the principals committee, saying that it risked injecting politics into national security. President George W. Bush’s senior adviser, Karl Rove, was generally kept out of sensitive national security meetings. Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, attended some national security meetings but was not given formal status." "As for Bannon, who may be cut from the NSC, Trump's decision will be carefully watched as such a move would be potentially perceived as a relaxation of Bannon's influence over Trump, a topic which...
  • Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments

    02/19/2017 8:57:22 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 2/19/2017 | VIVIAN SALAMA
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers.</p> <p>Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.</p>