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Why the Trump-Bannon Feud Will Destroy the White House

Jules Witcover

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The dramatic breakup between Donald Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has blown wide open the political direction of the Trump presidency at a particularly inopportune time.

It comes just as Trump is frantically seeking to stabilize a presidency besieged by internal chaos and to cope with his own Justice Department’s investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russian agents meddling in the 2016 election.

The president already has his hands full trying to discredit that probe, and by association Special Counsel Robert Mueller, even as Trump insists he has no intention of firing him. He also has now he has turned against Bannon, his onetime guru.

The catalyst for this bizarre bombshell is a soon-to-be-released insider book on Trump and his administration by free-lance writer Michael Wolff. In it, Bannon is said to have described Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower in 2016 as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” — among other explosive contentions.

In reply to derogatory remarks Bannon made about Trump family members, the president contended that Bannon’s role in his campaign and first months of his administration were overblown. Of his old close adviser he tweeted, “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he has lost his mind.” Bannon, he said, had “very little to do with our historic victory.” Trump also instructed his lawyers to send Bannon and Wolff cease-and-desist letters, citing an alleged breach of a nondisclosure agreement Bannon has supposedly signed.

It’s clear now that Bannon has become another cross for the president to bear among an accumulating list of critics in and out of his Republican Party. After being fired by Trump, Bannon returned to his old job running the alt-right Breitbart News website, which formerly was a conspicuous cheerleader for the president. But now it but has become a vehicle for Bannon’s own political ambitions, including clashes with the Republican Party establishment and national committee that he appears to be targeting for a takeover.

Beyond revealing the breakup itself, Wolff’s book provides a stinging insight into what some White House insiders thought of the president. One fired campaign aide, Sam Nunberg, is quoted as saying he was assigned to tutor Trump on the Constitution. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” he said, “before … his eyes are rolling back in his head.” Bannon himself is said to have commented that Trump’s daughter Ivanka was “dumb as a brick.”

Also, a former deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, is quoted as saying that trying to deal with the president was “like trying to figure out what a child wants” — an observation she later denied having made.

Wolff also reports Walsh says she was obliged to respond to three different Trump power centers: Reince Priebus, the first chief of staff, Bannon and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

“For Walsh,” Wolff writes, “it was a daily process of managing an impossible task: almost as soon as she received direction from one of the three men, she would be countermanded by one of another of them.”

It was no wonder the Trump White House came off from the outside as a confused madhouse, with a president constantly getting mixed messages and making decisions as an ill-informed neophyte would-be politician.

Whether all the disclosures Wolff has reported are accurate or not, taken together they constitute more tasty morsels for both the conventional news media and the social media platforms Trump himself so favors.

As a new year gets started, there are already more than enough reasons to worry about the state of the union in the era of Donald J. Trump and his merry band of confusion-spinners.

Jules Witcover’s latest book is “The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power.” Send email to juleswitcover@comcast.net.

Jules Witcover is a veteran political columnist going back to his days as one of The Boys on the Bus. His thrice-weekly column combines 65 years of reporting and institutional memory in assessing current events against the background of witnessed history. He is the author of 14 books and co-author of five on American politics and history. The latest is “The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power,” published by Smithsonian Books.

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Trump Admits He Killed Soleimani Because of Impeachment

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Not that it comes as a surprise, but Donald Trump is admitting to his comrades that he killed Iranian General Soleimani because he felt pressure from GOP colleagues that would decide his impeachment trial.

The administration has made a slapdash case for why it chose to assassinate Soleimani, but the main arguments have been that he was planning to attack Americans within days, and that the US would always respond forcefully after US citizens were killed. In December, an Iranian-backed militia killed an American contractor in Iraq.

But the Wall Street Journal on Thursday night included an eye-popping tidbit in its story about how Trump came to green-light the Soleimani operation: “Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.”

In a lengthy piece detailing how the president’s top advisers coalesced behind the strike on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Journal noted that Trump said he felt “under pressure” to satisfy senators who were pushing for stronger US action against Soleimani and who will run defense for him on impeachment.

One of Trump’s most outspoken supporters, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was reportedly the only congressional lawmaker Trump briefed about his plan to assassinate Soleimani in the days leading up to the strike. 

In other words, the president felt the need to shore up support from some unnamed Republican lawmakers ahead of his imminent Senate impeachment trial.

It’s important to note that the above passage is just a short paragraph in a much longer piece about the inner workings of the Trump administration’s Soleimani discussions. And so far there is no other evidence to suggest that Trump didn’t give the order mainly to deter Iran from threatening Americans, although it’s unclear just how “imminent” that threat truly was.

But if Trump did consider impeachment when opting to kill the Iranian general — even if for a moment — then this is quite the scandal. It would mean the president didn’t just have the interests of the nation or the world in mind when bringing the US and Iran to the brink of war, but also his own personal political interests.

More reporting is needed to see just how much impeachment weighed on Trump’s mind when he gave the order. At a minimum, though, the Wall Street Journal’s reporting calls into question the legality of Trump’s Soleimani strike and the true intention behind it. And at worst, Trump’s decision to kill a foreign leader — as much as he may have deserved his fate — partly for political gain, is arguably impeachable on its own.

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What Drugs Are Donald Trump Taking and How Do They Affect Him?

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New questions about Trump’s mental and physical health have been coming up lately in the mainstream news. Donald Trump isn’t known for having the healthiest eating habits. While we might not know everything about his health, his physician Dr. Harold N. Bornstein has revealed enough to guess how healthy the president might — or might not — really be.

From heart attack prevention pills to hair growth meds, these are the drugs Trump depends on daily — and what they might tell us about his health.

The problem with these drugs is that three of them have serious side effects on the brain: including creating confusion, memory loss and even issues with rage and anger.

1. Rosuvastatin for high cholesterol
As its name implies, the drug Rosuvastatin belongs to a specific class of medications called statins, which lower total and LDL blood cholesterol. It’s likely Trump takes this medication to reduce his cholesterol and prevent possible complications that might result from living with high cholesterol levels in his blood because of his addiction to fast food, including eating McDonalds almost daily. Side effects may include constipation, headache, nausea, stomach pain, weakness, Selenium and Coenzyme Q deficiency and muscle aches and pains. Other side effects may include memory loss or confusion, kidney or liver problems or very rarely a deadly breakdown of muscle.

2. An antibiotic for rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disorder. Some antibiotics (including tetracyclines) have both anti-inflammatory and antibiotic capacities. Low doses are normally used to provide more of an anti-inflammatory effect than an antibiotic (antibacterial) effect. Maximum anti-inflammatory effects appear to be achieved with doxycycline 40 mg capsules once daily. Tetracyclines (doxycycline and minocycline) have been the mainstay of treatment since the 1950s. Side effects of antibiotics may include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, bloating and indigestion, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Some antibiotics may cause dysfunction in the kidney and result in mineral imbalances. It may be necessary to monitor mineral levels if antibiotic therapy is prescribed long term.

3. Aspirin
Aspirin (81 mg) is widely used to reduce heart attack risk. But how does it work? Simply, aspirin interferes with the body’s blood-clotting action. It reduces the clumping action of platelets (blood-clotting cells), thus preventing a heart attack. Aspirin may cause minor side effects. Side effects may include acid or sour stomach, anxiety, belching, dizziness, dry mouth, hyperventilation, irritability, shaking, stomach discomfort, trouble sleeping, unusual drowsiness, tiredness, weakness or feeling sluggish.

4. Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. The condition is characterized by thinning of the hair on the scalp, which results in a receding hairline and/or balding on top of the head. The medication prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT may be responsible for the shrinking of the hair follicle and may inhibit a hormone called IGF-1 that helps with hair growth.

Side effects of Propecia may include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat. The drug may also cause breast lumps, pain, nipple discharge and other breast changes, which may be signs of male breast cancer. Other side effects may include depression, impotence, loss of interest in sex, trouble having an orgasm, abnormal ejaculation, syncope, dizziness, weakness and headache.

Should note that he used to, and may still, be taking amphetamines, according to this report.

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Are Stimulant Drugs Messing Up Trump’s Mind and Speech? Doctor Claims He’s on Drugs

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I got a weird phone call after the Trump speech ended announcing the US Embasy Moving to Jerusalem, from a Psychiatrist in New York, who claimed that Donald Trump was taking Adderall and other psycho-stimulants. He didn’t want to have his name used, but he checked out as a Psychiatrist who had been working in Manhattan for over 20 years. He  said that Trump had been taking all types of stimulants for years and it was one of the reasons that Trump was, according to him, suffering from Dementia, as it causes permanent brain damage.

He also claims this is why Trump slurred, “God Blesshh the United Shtakes” in his speech.

Well, according to the doctor, he was a “friend of” one of the Doctors who prescribed drugs to Donald Trump until he started to run for President.

This isn’t the first time someone had made this accusation. According to SpyMagazine “Have you ever wondered why Donald Trump has acted so erratically at times, full of manic energy, paranoid, garrulous? Well, he was a patient of Dr. [Joseph] Greenberg’s from 1982 to 1985.”

Trump Drug Prescription 1982

Dr. Joseph Greenberg treated Trump from 1982 to 1985 for “metabolic imbalances‚” which is not a real medical disorder‚ but rather a fancy way of saying Trump wanted to burn fat.

The thing about Tenuate Dospan is that‚ due to its side effects‚ which include insomnia‚ confusion‚ and nervousness‚ it’s only supposed to be used for short time periods. So this makes what was written about Trump’s use of the drug seem alarming.

The diet drugs‚ which he took in pill form‚ not only curbed his appetite but gave him a feeling of euphoria and unlimited energy. The medical literature warned that some potentially dangerous side effects could result from long-term usage; they included anxiety‚ insomnia‚ and delusions of grandeur. According to several Trump Organization insiders‚ Donald exhibited all these ominous symptoms of diet drug abuse‚ and then some.

The brain damage caused by amphetamine use is still noticeable years later, say many experts.

In fact, users undergo similar brain chemical changes to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke or brain tumors.

The Doctor said that it was “obvious” that Trump has been popping speed of some sort, and this would explain his weird speech patterns, and even the “crashes” he seems to have where he starts slurring his words suddenly and has severe dry mouth.

When you watch Trump speak to a crowd, and pay attention to his mannerisms and speech patterns, he certainly fits the bill for what you would expect from someone who is consuming pharmaceuticals.

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