5/14/17, "Scoop: Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up," axios, Mike Allen
5/13/17, "Steve Bannon 'learned of Comey sacking on TV': Trump has become increasingly distrustful of top advisors while relying more on Jared and Ivanka," AP
Added: May 15, 2017, "Ann Coulter Turns On Trump: "This Is The Great Negotiator?"" Zero Hedge
Added: From Rush Limbaugh, 5/12/17:.
"The purpose of the destruction of the Trump presidency is not just to destroy Trump. It is to dissuade anybody else from ever trying what Trump tried here. This is a message: “This is what’s gonna happen to you if you try to become president outside the establishment.""
May 12, 2017, "Trump Must Stop the White House Leaks," Rush Limbaugh
"RUSH: Now, if I were Trump I would already be crazy with whoever is leaking all this stuff out of my White House. Because there is no question that place is leaking like a sieve.
And it has to be people close to him. It’s not just the deep state. It’s not just people in the administrative state. There have to be people in Trump’s inner circle who are leaking. Now, in order to find out who you start going down a list of names and asking, “Why would they leak? To what end? What is the objective here?”
And I will give you the answer. There are many others, but I’m gonna give you the main, overriding answer for all of these questions, and that is: Washington, D.C., is the place you go if you want to acquire raw power. It’s the place you go if you want to acquire wealth. It’s not the only place for that. But, in terms of power, that’s it. And, if you have a falling out with your boss, if there’s friction within the staff and you happen to be on the outs, one of the ways you get even with the boss (in this case, Trump) is to start leaking things.
You would leak in order to ingratiate yourself with the media. You would leak in order to buy yourself either no coverage or favorable coverage. You would leak maybe if an enemy of Trump was offering you riches and power if you lose your job because you’re discovered as a leaker. It’s a cesspool. It is insidious. And it is why I said yesterday that much of this that is happening is due to disloyalty to Trump in his inner circle. And these people are leaking…
The leaks are so profound, TheHill.com even has a story on it today about how the leak is like a flood. Every day there’s more leaks coming out of there. They know who it is. Of course, they’re not gonna identify the leakers. So when you hear about this, you say, “Well, my gosh, Donald Trump, nobody in his business has leaked. People that work for him at Trump Enterprises, Trump organization, nothing but love, praise, adoration. There was none of this kind of behavior.
“Why here? Has Trump chosen the wrong people? Did Trump not know the kind of people to choose? Did Trump not understand the lay of the land?” I don’t know. Those are all valid questions.
But there’s no question there is massive, massive leaking, and it’s not just from Trump enemies....People you wouldn’t think are Trump enemies. Are there people on the Trump inner circle who are there because they have the ability to get them there because they have influence with Trump who may not actually like Trump, for instance?
Are there people on Trump’s staff who were promised something and don’t think they’ve gotten it, and other people have, and their noses are out of joint, and so the way they get even is leak against the president for mistreating them? All of these things are possible. But something like this or variations of this has to be going on there. And the purpose is to undermine Trump. And you would say, “Why would people who he’s asked to be in his inner circle — which would be an honor to have that kind of access to power, to be involved in this revolutionary administration that has a chance of changing the world…? Why would you want to sabotage it?”
My friends, all valid questions, but the answer is the pursuit of raw personal power. Human beings are human beings. It doesn’t take much to get people to think they know everything. People that think they’re the greatest people on earth, get their nose out of joint when they’re ignored or when their advice is not taken or when other people’s advice is preferred. You never know....
If you work at a small business or corporation and you get mistreated, you can’t leak and have it hurt anybody or help you because you really have to be in the executive circle to do that. You wouldn’t be privy to the information, the data that would be interesting to anybody, to leak. But that’s not the case in the Trump inner circle. Everybody in the Trump inner circle is fully informed and up to speed on everything going on....
They could lie! Call up the media and tell a lie.
And the minute a leaker starts leaking, the media loves him and circles the wagons and will protect that leaker forever. Leakers are never exposed. Do you ever wonder why there were no leaks (or certainly nothing comparable) coming out of the Clinton White House for eight years or the Obama White House? There weren’t even any tell-all books written about the Clinton administration? A couple of FBI agents, but Clinton inner circle? Obama inner circle? Zilch, zero, nada. Not a single leak anybody can remember, nothing of any great consequence.
No tell-all books. Why is that, and why is it happening to Trump?
These questions answer themselves. And it has to do with Trump being an outsider and hiring insiders to be on his staff. Trump’s anti-establishment, anti-globalist, but he’s got a lot of establishment and globalist types in his inner circle. They would love nothing more than to--within their own circle--be seen as responsible for taking Trump down, because I’m gonna tell you something, folks.
The purpose of these leaks is the destruction of the Trump presidency and the purpose of the destruction of the Trump presidency is not just to destroy Trump. It is to dissuade anybody else from ever trying what Trump tried here. This is a message:
“This is what’s gonna happen to you if you try to become president outside the establishment. If you try to come in here and take over our little operation — if you’re some ruling class staff puke and you come in here and try to act like you’re in our club — this is what’s gonna happen to you.”
All kind of things are wrapped up in this. Even despite all of this Trump is doesn’t appear to be cowering. He doesn’t appear to be fearful, doesn’t appear to be moderating, modifying. He’s still tweeting, he’s still attacking, he’s still confronting them."
From: 5/11/17, "The Washington Establishment vs. The President of the United States," Rush Limbaugh
Republicans are "convinced the media is gonna get Trump. They’re convinced the media is not gonna stop ’til they get Trump. But they don’t want to be gotten with Trump. They don’t want to take the fall off the cliff with Trump....
You are seeing the Washington establishment at work. What you’re witnessing, what you’re watching is the Washington establishment circling the wagons and doing everything it can to get rid of the president of the United States. What is being used as the means and technique here is entirely baseless. There is literally nothing there to the primary allegation that is driving all of this, and that is that the Russians tampered with the election and affected the outcome. Hillary Clinton should have won, Donald Trump stole it; therefore, he’s illegitimate and must go....
They have been dying to repeat Watergate. They tried it against George W. Bush, and now they’re revved up and trying it again on Donald Trump."...
Rush Limbaugh "Related links:"
- RushLimbaugh.com: The Washington Establishment vs. The President of the United States - 05.11.17
- The Hill: Trump's Comey Firing Sets Off New Round of Leaks
Added about the media:
From Pat Caddell: "Let me tell you something about the press: Reporters become reporters and don’t enter the political fray because, basically, they can’t stand the heat."...Yet, "they now have made the decision they will control the political process." 9/21/2012
Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”, says former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell, 9/21/2012...9/27/2012, "Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”," AIM, Roger Aronoff