The following excerpted article discusses the hundreds of 'international' conflicts of interest that Trump will have, even if he simply lets his kids run the Trump Global Initiative. The article does not mention the high percentage of investment the Trump Global Initiative has in Russia. Also Trump has petitioned the city of Washington D.C. to radically reduce the tax basis ($98 million to $28 million) of his new hotel there. One might think that he would have taken care of this matter before the fact of starting this endeavor, but in any case, the election has just made Trump effectively his own landlord. This, as Trump will be selecting the new head of the GSA which holds the lease on the property, the former Post Office building. How's this for "draining the swamp".

The article, and excerpt below, mention Steve Bannon's ironic role, as Bannon hypocritically produced the documentary, Clinton Cash. And Trump was making more international deals as he was running for president. But in an interview with Bannon (before Bannon came to work for Trump), Trump only mentions his Turkey deal as being a possible conflict of interest.

Trump’s global business interests also make him vulnerable to legal risks, including a passage in the Constitution, known as the emoluments clause, that forbids government officials from receiving gifts from a foreign government.

A payment from a foreign official or state-owned company to a Trump hotel or other branded company could potentially violate that clause, constitutional experts said.

A group of ethics advisers, including former chief White House ethics lawyers during Democratic and Republican administrations, wrote Trump a letter Thursday urging him to sequester his business in a genuine blind trust or commit to a “clear firewall” between his Oval Office and his family.

“You were elected to the presidency with a promise to eliminate improper business influence in Washington,” they wrote. “There is no way to square your campaign commitments to the American people — and your even higher, ethical duties as their president — with the rampant, inescapable conflicts that will engulf your presidency if you maintain connections with the Trump Organization.”

The foreign deals could become an enduring target for liberals and other opponents of the Trump White House. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter last week to his counterpart on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), saying, “Trump’s unprecedented secrecy and his extensive business dealings in foreign countries raise serious questions about how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest as president.”

The conflicts have even become talking points among Trump’s top supporters. In an interview on the radio show of Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart News chief who has become one of the president-elect’s key advisers, Trump volunteered that he had “a little conflict of interest” in Turkey that could affect how he would handle U.S. foreign policy there. “I have a major, major building in Istanbul. It’s called Trump Towers. Two towers, instead of one,” Trump explained.

Bannon offered Trump a chance to respond to possible criticisms: “They say, ‘Hey look, this guy’s got vested business interests all over the world. How do I know he’s going to stand up to Turkey?’” Trump did not directly respond.

[How Bannon flattered and coaxed Trump on policies key to the alt-right]

After the coup attempt, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused foreign leaders and top officials in the U.S. military of “siding with coup-plotters” and launched a brutal purge of Turkish critics. Turkey now jails more journalists than any country, including China, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Speaking of Erdogan, Trump said during the campaign, “I do give great credit to him for turning it around,” referring to the coup attempt. Erdogan was among the first round of foreign leaders who “offered their congratulations” to Trump after the election, his transition team said Wednesday. ...
Oh my Dogod, somebody else is awake ... at the Washington Post. This is worrisome when even the MSM gets this much of what's going on.

Imagine you’re one of those folks who went to Trump rallies and thrilled to his promises to take America back from the establishment, who felt your heart stir as he promised to torture prisoners, who got your “Trump That Bitch” T-shirt, who was overjoyed to finally have a candidate who tells it like it is. What are you thinking as you watch this?

If you have any sense, you’re coming to the realization that it was all a scam. You got played. While you were chanting “Lock her up!” he was laughing at you for being so gullible. While you were dreaming about how you’d have an advocate in the Oval Office, he was dreaming about how he could use it to make himself richer. He hasn’t even taken office yet and everything he told you is already being revealed as a lie.

The article goes on here to list all the flip-flops Trump has already made, and then continues with:

So what are we left with? What remains is Trump’s erratic whims, his boundless greed, and the core of Republican policies Congress will pursue, which are most definitely not geared toward the interests of working class whites. He can gut environmental regulations, but that doesn’t mean millions of people are going to head back to the coal mines — it was market forces more than anything else that led to coal’s decline. He can renegotiate trade deals, but that doesn’t mean that the labor-intensive factory jobs are coming back. And by the way, the high wages, good benefits, and job security those jobs used to offer? That was thanks to labor unions, which Republicans are now going to try to destroy once and for all.

[Trump isn’t draining the swamp. He’s deepening it.]

Had Hillary Clinton won the election, the white working class might have gotten some tangible benefits — a higher minimum wage, overtime pay, paid family and medical leave, more secure health insurance, and so on. Trump and the Republicans oppose all that. So what did the white working class actually get? They got the election itself. They got to give a big middle finger to the establishment, to the coastal elites, to immigrants, to feminists, to college students, to popular culture, to political correctness, to every person and impersonal force they see arrayed against them. And that was it.
So what happens in two years when there’s a congressional election and two years after that when Trump runs for a second term? Those voters may look around and say, Hey wait a minute. That paradise of infinite winning Trump promised? It didn’t happen. My community still faces the same problems it did before. There’s no new factory in town with thousands of jobs paying great salaries. Everybody doesn’t have great health insurance with no cost-sharing for incredibly low premiums. I still hear people speaking Spanish from time to time. Women and minorities are still demanding that I treat them with respect. Music and movies and TV still make me feel like I’m being left behind. When Trump told me he’d wipe all that away, he was conning me. In fact, in many ways he was the fullest expression of the caricature of politicians (everything they say is a lie, they’re only out for themselves) I thought I was striking back against when I supported him.

Those voters may decide to vote for a Democrat next time. Or they may be demobilized, deciding that there isn’t much point to voting at all. The nearly all-white areas where turnout shot up in 2016 might settle right back down to where they used to be.

Or maybe Trump will find a way to actually improve the lives of working class voters. That’s theoretically possible, but absolutely nothing he has done or said so far suggests that he has any idea how to do it, or even the inclination. So he may try to keep the fires of hatred, resentment, and fear burning, in the hopes that people forget that he hasn’t given them the practical things he said he would.

Trump is making a hash out out what Bannon stated in his speech to the Catholic sheep in Rome, and so Bannon will have to engineer a second coup to get Pence in place, if Bannon was really frighteningly sincere and pious.

Trump has even stated that his solution to the 'conflict of interest' problem is that he "cannot have a conflict of interest". Apparently because there is no law against a President having one, despite that his underlings are subject to such a law.
The following is one of Trump's 282 campaign promises, some of which are contradictory (such as about a Federal Minimum Wage). To be sure, some of these, quite a few I can support, but as others have noted he is going to spend a lot and tax much less. And apparently, besides using Reagan's failed (says David Stockman - Reagan's head of the OMB) "trickle down", Supply Side approach he will use "printing of money". No doubt benefiting the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank.

160. “Bomb the s--- out of ISIS” and “knock them out.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

Many people of Iraq were expecting America and its allies to improve the situation in Iraq soon after taking Saddam down, but the exact opposite occurred. This led most of them to suspect that US motives were not above board, as if they weren't already suspicious. Steve Bannon knows and wants a big and long religious war to come and guess who, what, why? At least it will be good for business profits and jobs.

How do the poor people of Iraq get back on their feet if Trump gives away their oil profits? Oh, I already forgot, that's not the goal.
Consistent with this thread's theme, der Fuhrer was considered a military genius early on, before he wasn't, that is. Der was a controlled weinershnitzel ... der!!!! Now The Donald is interviewing General Betrayus for Secretary of State, that guy who provided top secret info to his pizza lover. Albeit he is making Mitt Romney come for a second slice.

Will The Donald put Crooked Hillary or General Betrayus in prison first, ... or ... ?

Donald Trump has said he has a secret plan for defeating ISIS if elected president, and that “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.” But now suddenly his big plan to defeat ISIS is to … ask the generals for a plan. The generals who don’t know as much as he does.

“We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction," Trump told the crowd in Greenville, N.C., on Tuesday. "They will have 30 days to submit to the oval office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice."

Right. Because the generals already know what they could do to quickly defeat ISIS, and they’re just holding out on President Obama, waiting to tell President Trump. It’s not that this is a difficult issue or anything like that. “I’ll tell my generals to come up with a plan” is a far cry from Trump’s earlier claim that:

“I do know what to do and I would know how to bring ISIS to the table or beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly and I’m not going to tell you what is… All I can tell you it is a foolproof way of winning.”
Oh darn, now you wont even be able to burn the flag anymore. The Democratic brown shirts will beat you, and the Republican ones will jail you or repeal your citizenship (might need some help from the Supremes though). Trump has time for this crap? I guess so if he can run his business in the morning and the government in the afternoon.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) lashed out at flag burning on Tuesday after President-elect Donald Trump raised the issue.

“It’s a First Amendment right, but you do it in front of me, I’m going to beat the hell out of you,” Manchin said, according to a Roll Call reporter.
Manchin is up for reelection during the 2018 cycle in a state that Trump won by more than 40 points. His comment came after Trump floated legal consequences for those who burn the American flag, which the Supreme Court ruled is protected as free speech.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or jail,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Trump did not say what inspired his tweet. The Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson in 1989 that the First Amendment allows flag burning. A spokesman for Trump doubled down later Tuesday, arguing that the practice should be outlawed.

I wonder if we can return to the original flag salute?
The Donald has already signaled he is going to trash Net Neutrality for the corporate boys' sake.

The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves copies of old web pages, is creating a backup of its database in Canada, in response to the election of Donald Trump.

“On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change,” the organization wrote in a blogpost explaining the move. “It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change.”

The Internet Archive is responsible for services like the Wayback Machine, a tool that allows users to access cached versions of websites long after they are pulled from the internet, and Open Library, which offers free access to millions of e-books.

The move will cost millions, according to the Internet Archive, which is soliciting donations.

In their post, the Internet Archive justified its decision to backup its data in Canada, claiming that Trump could threaten an open internet.
Once again, The Donald drains the swamp, selflessly placing the infection into his junta. This one is a Goldman Sachs associate of Steve Bannon's, who will no doubt help deliver on Bannon's non-elaborated "enlightened Capitalism". Like Bannon, Mnuchin went Hollywood. A pattern?

No doubt Mnuchin was learning the dark side of Wall Street Capitalism for our sake, so as to be able to juxtapose Bannon's enlightened version in his own mind. Much like The Donald being the perfect person to fix the system, because "he knows where all the skeletons lie".

After an effort to purge lobbyists from his quickly arranged transition team, President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on a “drain the swamp” message, is set to promote another swamp-dweller to a high-ranking position in his administration.

Trump is set to announce that Steven Mnuchin will be his Treasury secretary, per a recommendation from his own transition team, the Associated Press reports.

Mnuchin served as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign after a long history in private investment and on Wall Street. Like Trump himself, Mnuchin was a significant donor to Hillary Clinton in prior campaigns. According to filings from the Federal Election Commission, he has contributed over $8,000 to Clinton since 2000.

Prior to joining the team, Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years and OneWest Bank, which got into hot water for a series of attempted home foreclosures after the 2008 housing bubble burst.
Who knows what the outcome of tonight's dinner between Trump and Romney, but whatever the case Romney has gone down once again, after saying all the true below about The Donald, which is only a fraction of what could be said. I suspect that Trump is just getting revenge on Romney, making him twist in the wind. But if not, imagine having these two work together.

“But wait, you say, isn’t he a huge business success that knows what he’s talking about? No he isn’t. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not.

But that was just the start! He saved the heaviest punches for foreign policy—exactly the arena in which Secretary of State Romney would be carrying out President Trump’s edicts. To wit:

“Let me turn to national security and the safety of our homes and loved ones. Trump’s bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS. And for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country.

What he said on 60 Minutes about Syria and ISIS has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the campaign season: Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants. Think about that: Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over a country? This is recklessness in the extreme.

Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.”
That is a pretty good critique, actually. Could have gone further, even, but fine. How can Romney look himself in the mirror as he considers working for this man? ...
Franchise to Kill, First Secret Agent Melania


Whatever you do, do NOT look at #29!!!
As everyone knows by now, The Donald has negotiated a deal with United Technologies' Carrier division so that they can still send 700 jobs to Mexico (while keeping 1,000 in the USA) at a cost to the Indiana taxpayers (thanks to Mike Pence) of $7,000,000 over ten years.

What most critics don't realize is that The Donald plans to "print money" like it has never been printed before, so that at the end of the 10 years this giveaway will be worthless. Too bad for Carrier he didn't give them a 'reverse' balloon non-payment at the front end.

In any case, The Donald berated pols for their giveaways to corporations, and now he has done the exact same thing. He had stated that he was going to punish companies, not reward them. Now, every corporation that has jobs in the country will be clamoring to get such treatment, merely quietly announcing their plans (to the government) to move more jobs.

This interesting analysis demonstrates that The Donald's appeal, at the end of the day, was indeed about his vivid rhetoric on jobs, as opposed to the tired old rhetoric of the Clinton global machine and the rest of the Dems. The Dems have long conceded the field and they talk about taking care of the poor, including the abandoned workers. This as opposed to creating a better environment for jobs. But, ironically it was the Clinton machine that was once famous for that campaign phrase "It's the economy stupid", but over the decades of pandering (and triangulating) to global corporate interests made such appeal to displaced and endangered workers sound rather hollow.

And now The Donald pretends to act the hero, having gone back on yet another campaign promise, having not created one job, but having lost 700. But we are not a fact based society, now, or if ever.
Ho hum, another day of "swamp draining".

Then there’s Trump’s promise to take on Wall Street and all those hedge fund guys “getting away with murder” at the expense of the little guy. You know, the “global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations”? If you were silly enough to take Trump, in the words of his former campaign manager, “literally” you might be a bit confused about the announcement today that the 45th president has formed a jobs panel that reads like a Davos after-party guest list. For one, it’s being chaired by Blackstone Founder and C.E.O. Stephen Schwarzman, who is much more amped about Trump being in office than he was about Barack “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939” Obama. The V.I.P. list also includes:

The currently up-to-date list from the Blackstone site:
Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock;
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing;
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM;
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY;
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric;
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit;
In Mr. Trump's defense, since, as he has told us, he has a good brain and is a born-again Christian, maybe he wants to promote the swamp-dwellers to high enough positions so he can keep an eye on them and they can, in turn, learn from the example of high moral standards he sets :: raised eyebrow ::

In other news, Democrat members of the electoral college hope to form a coalition with enough Republican electors in order to choose a different President who will still be Republican, but will not be Mr. Trump:
I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

More here:
If the Electoral College is good for anything it should be for doing such as this. Otherwise we should scrap it. But I suspect that we have a crony Electoral College as well as crony Capitalism, and the cronies will fight to keep it.
Congress has already voted on waiving the law that would prohibit General Mattis from serving Trump. This was included in the recent Continuing Resolution vote for the debt. "Well, you know, we had to keep the government running."

Military leaders have long held a special allure for Trump, according to people who have spoken to the president-elect both during the formation of his Cabinet and in the years before, including some Hollywood portrayals.

“Frankly, he’s way too impressed in the generals,” said one confidant of Trump, who attended a military academy in high school but never joined in the armed services, instead receiving draft deferments during the Vietnam War. “The more braid you have on your shoulders and the more laurels that you have on your visor, the more impressed he is.”

Trump is drawn to their swagger, their straight talk and the kind of aggressive leadership style he adopts himself, people close to him say. “He likes people who are decisive and who are command-structure people,” said another Trump adviser who has spoken to Trump about the topic.
But some who have interacted with the president-elect worry about the blurred lines between Hollywood dramatization, Trump’s conceptualization and the reality of military leadership. On the campaign trail, Trump, for instance, approvingly retold the unproven tale of a ruthless American general who ordered his men to dip bullets in pigs' blood to kill Muslim terrorists in the early 20th century, letting only one survive to spread the story as a warning. He also embraced killing the families of terrorists as a modern deterrent.

And ever since selecting Mattis as defense secretary, Trump has been visibly enamored with the fact that the incoming head of the Pentagon has a ready-made nickname that connotes strength: “’Mad Dog’ plays no games right?” Trump said in Fayetteville North Carolina.

Trump has a particular fascination with swashbuckling World War II Gens. Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. Four sources close to Trump said that "Patton," the 1970 film starring George C. Scott that depicted Gen. Patton, is among the president-elect’s favorite films — one he has watched repeatedly over the years. “Trump,” one of the people close to him said, “loves this movie.”

“Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser,” the actor playing Patton says in the memorable opening scene of the film, a line that is not hard to imagine Trump himself saying. ...

It should also be remembered that generals like Patton brutally put down the Veterans March on Washington D.C.. WWI veterans who were protesting to receive their promised pensions for their service in the first world war. But sheeple never learn.
The Night of the Long Knives:

Transition officials say it’s far too early for anyone to lose hope. At this juncture, the president-elect has announced only a few senior-ranking positions and has focused most of his time on filling high-level Cabinet posts. But the angst provides a window into the early machinations of a divided administration, one that was catapulted to victory by a ragtag group of conservative outsiders running against a party establishment but that now is being co-opted by that establishment.

Roger Stone, a Republican strategist and longtime Trump friend, has given voice to the concerns. During a Wednesday appearance guest-hosting Alex Jones’ radio show, Stone said he visited Trump Tower this week and found “an armada of retreads from the old Republican Party, both the congressional wing of the party and the Romney-McCain-Bush burnouts who are trying to board this ship.”

“I saw people and heard about people whose names I haven’t heard in 25 to 30 years,” he added. “These are people who did nothing whatsoever to elect Donald Trump and they’re people who don’t share Donald Trump’s values. They disagree with him on trade, they disagree with him on monetary policy, they disagree with him on immigration. Yet, they seek glory and titles.”...

The Night of the Long Knives was when the Nazis took down those prior leaders that weren't really in on the true agenda, like Ernst Rohm, the founder of the Brown Shirts. Of course, Rohm had an additional problem in that he was a well known homosexual. The Nazis targeted homosexuals, as they did the Jews, the Roma, Marxist, and others. But the homosexual aspect was sardonic as how Lothar Machtan clearly revealed in The Hidden Hitler that the Nazi inner circle was composed of closeted gays. This is one way that secret societies maintain control over their puppets, and why faux moralists demand to have arbitrarily high moral standards. So as to maintain blackmail control.

The question regarding the article is do such as Roger Stone understand the real dynamics, and I am guessing likely not.

As I have related before, Hitler earlier had similarly turned on the NSDAP leadership once he consolidated power there. He converted the NSDAP from an overtly socialist workers party to that of doing the bidding of the corporate interests, aka Fascism proper, and aka Crony Capitalism (which we have lived with for some time).
As with all the Jesuits and generals (more to come), Trump has now placed 3 Goldman Sachs boys in his junta. Note the associations with George Soros, and the Bannon irony of a Zionist Catholic running a propaganda news outlet for white nationalism (the new Zealot dupes du jour, aka Cuckedcucktards).

This is a classic example of why I have been stating you can't separate the elite Jewish and Catholic global love/hate systems.

To understand President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to clean up Washington D.C., go the basement garage of Trump Tower. There’s a partially covered black Lincoln limousine parked there with a sign on the windshield that says “Drain the Swamp.”

That’s pretty much how Trump’s Cabinet is shaping up: a bit of populist rhetoric that fails to conceal a large concentration of the wealthy, well-connected people Trump claimed he was running against.

Trump’s latest pick continues that trend, with the president-elect choosing Gary Cohn, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council, NBC News reports. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and its director works in the White House.

Trump has already nominated Steven Mnuchin ― a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner, former George Soros employee and co-investor, “foreclosure machine” and hedge fund manager ― to be treasury secretary. He also named billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross as his choice for secretary of commerce. Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than two hundred safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people. Then Trump picked a wealthy donor to run the Department of Education and a billionaire with almost no qualifications beyond being a billionaire as deputy secretary of commerce. And then there’s Steve Bannon, whom Trump named his senior White House counselor. Bannon began his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs and left the firm in 1990, eventually going on to run Breitbart News, a platform for white nationalist views.