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【川普文革】要红,还是要专,还是只红不专?  

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川普开除了国务卿Rex Tillerson专而不红,代之以中情局局长Ponpeo川普的忠实干将;红而专(?))

川普的白宫国家经济委员会的前主席Gary Cohn专而不红)愤而辞职后,川普提名他2016年大选时的非正式经济顾问、保守派媒体分析人士Larry Kudlow红而不专出任新的国家经济委员会的主席。

川普发出信号要替换/或开除现任国家安全顾问H.R. McMaster专而不红),目前的白宫主任John Kelly专而不红不久也将不保。


Kudlow to become Trump's next top economic adviser

(CNN)President Donald Trump will name Larry Kudlow, the conservative media analyst who served as his informal economic adviser during the 2016 campaign, as the next head of the White House National Economic Council, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN.

Trump offered Kudlow the job Tuesday night over the phone and he accepted, the source said.
The move makes Kudlow Trump's second top economic adviser after Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who worked for Trump for over a year, announced his resignation earlier this month over internal disagreements around the President's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Kudlow was long seen as the front-runner for the job. CNBC first reported Kudlow accepted the offer.
 
 
Trump tells people he is selecting Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn

 
Trump tells people he is selecting Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn
 
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she had no personnel announcements to make, though she confirmed that Trump spoke to Kudlow on Tuesday.
 
Kudlow's ascension, however, does not solve the disagreement inside the administration over Trump's tariff decision. The cable news personality has been outspoken in opposition to the tariff plan and wrote an op-ed for CNBC earlier this month that detailed his disagreements.
 
"In other words, steel and aluminum may win in the short term, but steel and aluminum users and consumers will lose," Kudlow wrote. "In fact, tariff hikes are really tax hikes."
 
Trump acknowledged his disagreement on tariffs with Kudlow in a conversation with reporters on Tuesday, but said he welcomed the difference of opinion.
 
"I'm looking at Larry Kudlow very strongly. I've known him a long time. We don't agree on everything but in this case I think that's good. I want to have a divergent opinion -- we agree on most," Trump said.
 
He added that Kudlow has "come around to believing in tariffs as a negotiating point."
 
Peter Navarro, Trump's top trade adviser and a fervent proponent of the President's tariffs, was seen as the force behind Cohn's eventual departure. The two butted heads over the decision and internally Trump's decision was seen as a win for Navarro and a damaging loss for Cohn.
 
Wary of the narrative that Navarro and Kudlow will clash in the same way that Navarro and Cohn did, a source close to Navarro said the President's trade adviser is "very happy" with Kudlow's selection.
 
The source said the two men have been friends for years, dating back to the time they spent on CNBC sets together as economic analysts.
 
While the two men differ on trade, the source said Navarro and Kudlow agree on nearly every other economic issue.
 
But Navarro publicly criticized Kudlow's views on trade in an interview with CNN earlier this month.
"Larry and Steve have never, ever supported the President on trade," Navarro told CNN's Jake Tapper. Although the trade adviser said that the three were "brothers in arms during the campaign" they are "dead wrong on the economics" of trade.
 
Another source said Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have a much friendlier relationship than Mnuchin had with Cohn. They worked together on Trump's economic plan during the presidential campaign, the source added.
 
Trump hinted that Kudlow was his pick at the time, telling reporters that the media personality "has a good chance" at getting the job.
 
Trump, according to a source familiar with the President's conversations, began telling friendsand advisers on Monday that Kudlow was his pick to replace Cohn.
 
Trump spoke to Kudlow multiple times over the past week, a separate person familiar with the matter said, but the economist was not officially offered the job until Tuesday.
 
The selection quickly received plaudits from Capitol Hill Republicans who have long known Kudlow as a media analyst and regular at Republican conferences.
 
"Couldn't be more pleased," said Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican. "He is somebody that House Republicans are extraordinarily comfortable with."

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14/03/2018 4:08 下午  

Trump signals wider senior staff shake-up soon

 
 

(CNN)President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday he's prepared to dismiss aides with whom he's clashed -- including national security adviser H.R. McMaster -- as he works to surround himself with advisers more aligned with his populist agenda and freewheeling style.

Inside the West Wing, McMaster appeared poised to soon depart following months of speculation about his standing, people familiar with the matter said.
Trump Administration Departures interactiveWho's left the Trump administration?
 
The shakeups come as Trump enters the second year of his presidency buoyed by economic successes but weighed down by external distractions like the Russia investigation and ethics blunders by members of his Cabinet.
 
Outside advisers to the President have also felt out potential candidates to replace chief of staff John Kelly, a person who has been approached about the position tells CNN. Kelly's departure is seen as less imminent than McMaster's, and Trump publicly praised his chief of staff on stage in California on Tuesday.
  
Inside Rex Tillerson's final days as secretary of state

 
Inside Rex Tillerson's final days as secretary of state
 
Trump has grown irritated with his embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and is now making plans to remove him from his post, two sources familiar with the move told CNN. He's eyed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a possible replacement, a person familiar with the matter said.
 
Earlier, Trump told reporters at the White House he was nearing his staffing ideal.
"I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn on Tuesday, moments after announcing he was ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
 
A senior administration official said a further shake-up of senior staff could happen as soon as this week. Other officials suggested a longer timeline, saying Trump could execute changes over the course of the next two months.
 
The White House didn't respond on Tuesday when asked about McMaster's standing, and last week press secretary Sarah Sanders said only that "the President's national security adviser is General McMaster."
 
"He's a valued member of the President's team and an important part of this process," Sanders said on Friday.
 

Time is running short

McMaster could leave the White House by the end of the month

 
McMaster could leave the White House by the end of the month
 
Inside the White House, speculation has mounted that McMaster's time is running short. But the timing of any potential departures has been tightly held, leading to a sense that Trump could tweet at any moment -- without forewarning -- to make personnel changes.
 
A spokesman for the National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Aides highlighted Trump's mention on Tuesday of Tillerson's opposition to scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, a position he shared with McMaster. McMaster helped develop the plan unveiled last year that punted the Iran deal to Congress. Like Tillerson, he has been opposed to withdrawing the US from the plan, but has pressured European allies to make changes to the agreement brokered during the Obama administration.
Current candidates under consideration to replace McMaster include Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush; Oracle executive Safra Catz; National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers; and Stephen Biegun, a vice president at Ford Motors and a former senior staff member in the George W. Bush administration.
 
Bolton has met personally with the President several times, including during an Oval Office meeting last week. He has maintained his heavy presence on Fox News over the past week, including over the weekend and last night, praising Trump's decision on North Korea and even encouraging a speedier timeline for talks with Kim Jong Un.

Kelly watch

Defiant John Kelly continues to misrepresent his handling of Rob Porter scandal

 
Defiant John Kelly continues to misrepresent his handling of Rob Porter scandal
 
Meanwhile, some allies of the President have begun identifying potential replacements for Kelly, whose strict management style has clashed with Trump's more freewheeling preferences. It's not clear, however, that Trump himself has held formal conversations with possible chief of staff candidates.
 
Officials said there is no solid sense of how long Kelly will last in the West Wing, where he's brushed up against members of Trump's family, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Kelly traveled with Trump on Tuesday to California, and was by the President's side for most of the day as he toured prototypes for a border wall.
 
Trump hailed his top aide during remarks to US service members at a Marine Corps base outside San Diego, saying the retired Marine general is "doing a great job in Washington."
 
But he suggested Kelly preferred life in the military.
 
"I think he likes what you do better than what he does, but he's going a great job. He misses you," Trump said.

Shulkin in quicksand

Trump eyes Rick Perry to replace VA secretary

 
Trump eyes Rick Perry to replace VA secretary
 
Shulkin's standing in the administration has been in quicksand for weeks now as his agency devolves into turmoil, and though the White House press secretary maintained just last week that he has done "a great job," Trump now wants him out.
 
Trump and his senior aides are frustrated with Shulkin because they believe he has undermined the White House on several occasions and is unwilling to work with other members of his agency who were appointed by the Trump administration, a source familiar tells CNN.
 
His status as the sole Obama holdover in Trump's administration initially did not raise any issues, people familiar with the situation said. But the events of recent weeks made clear to Trump and his associates the importance of naming their own person to the job.
 
Trump and Perry discussed a possible move during their lunch at the White House Monday.
 
A Shulkin adviser referred questions about this report to the White House. The White House declined to comment. An Energy Department spokeswoman, asked about reports Perry is being eyed to replace Shulkin, said: "I have no comment at this time."
 
The President's strong preference is to announce any new departures only once replacements have been selected, as he did Tuesday when he named CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson's replacement.
The outgoing chief economic adviser Gary Cohn angered the White House when he announced his resignation before Trump had selected his successor. Cohn was frustrated by the President's decision to impose tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum, a move he opposed.
 
On Tuesday, Trump suggested that economist and CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow was his top choice to replace Cohn, confirming reports that he'd all but made his decision.
 
"I'm looking at Larry Kudlow very strongly," Trump said. "I've known him a long time. We don't agree on everything but in this case I think that's good. I want to have a divergent opinion."

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15/03/2018 10:50 下午  

Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may follow


President Trump listens to others speak before signing his steel and aluminum tariffs during a ceremony in the White House on March 8. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
 March 15 at 8:51 PM 

President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

The turbulence is part of a broader potential shake-up under consideration by Trump that is likely to include senior officials at the White House, where staffers are gripped by fear and un­certainty as they await the next move from an impulsive president who enjoys stoking conflict.

For all of the evident disorder, Trump feels emboldened, advisers said — buoyed by what he views as triumphant decisions last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum and to agree to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president is enjoying the process of assessing his team and making changes, tightening his inner circle to those he considers survivors and who respect his unconventional style, one senior White House official said.

 

President Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. Here's an ongoing list of staff who have quit or been fired under Trump.

And on Thursday, Trump signaled that more personnel moves were likely. “There will always be change,” the president told reporters. “And I think you want to see change. I want to also see different ideas.”

This portrait of the Trump administration in turmoil is based on interviews with 19 presidential advisers and administration officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer candid perspectives.

The mood inside the White House in recent days has verged on mania, as Trump increasingly keeps his own counsel and senior aides struggle to determine the gradations between rumor and truth. At times, they say, they are anxious and nervous, wondering what each new headline may mean for them personally.

Many aides were particularly unsettled by the firing of the president’s longtime personal aide, John McEntee, who was marched out of the White House on Tuesday after his security clearance was abruptly revoked.

“Everybody fears the perp walk,” one senior White House official said. “If it could happen to Johnny, the president’s body guy, it could happen to anybody.” 

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster speaks during a White House press briefing last year. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Trump recently told White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly that he wants McMaster out and asked for help weighing replacement options, according to two people familiar with their conversations. The president has complained that McMaster is too rigid and that his briefings go on too long and seem irrelevant.

Several candidates have emerged as possible McMaster replacements, including John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.

Kellogg travels with Trump on many domestic trips, in part because the president likes his company and thinks he is fun. Bolton has met with Trump several times and often agrees with the president’s instincts. Trump also thinks Bolton, who regularly praises the president on Fox News Channel, is good on television.

Some in the White House have been reluctant to oust McMaster from his national security perch until he has a promotion to four-star rank or other comfortable landing spot. They are eager to show that someone can serve in the Trump administration without suffering severe damage to their reputation.

McMaster is not the only senior official on thin ice with the president. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has attracted Trump’s ire for his spending decisions as well as for general disorder in the senior leadership of his agency.

Others considered at risk for being fired or reprimanded include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who has generated bad headlines for ordering a $31,000 dining room set for his office; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been under fire for his first-class travel at taxpayer expense; and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose agency spent $139,000 to renovate his office doors.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew attention this week when she stumbled through a pair of high-profile television interviews. Kelly watched DeVos’s sit-down with Lesley Stahl of CBS’s “60 Minutes” with frustration and complained about the secretary’s apparent lack of preparation, officials said. Other Trump advisers mocked DeVos’s shaky appearance with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show.

Kelly’s own ouster has been widely speculated for weeks. But two top officials said Trump on Thursday morning expressed disbelief to Vice President Pence, senior advisers and Kelly himself that Kelly’s name was surfacing on media watch lists because his job is secure. Trump and Kelly then laughed about it, the officials said.

The widespread uncertainty has created power vacuums that could play to the advantage of some administration aides.

Pompeo, who carefully cultivated a personal relationship with the president, had positioned himself as the heir apparent to Tillerson, whom Trump had long disliked.

Similarly, Pruitt has made no secret inside the West Wing of his ambition to become attorney general should Trump decide to fire Jeff Sessions, who he frequently derides for his decision to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

White House officials have grown agitated that Pruitt and his allies are privately pushing for the EPA chief to replace Sessions, a job Pruitt has told people he wants. On Wednesday night, Kelly called Pruitt and told him the president was happy with his performance at EPA and that he did not need to worry about the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

With Hope Hicks resigning her post as communications director, the internal jockeying to replace her has been especially intense between Mercedes Schlapp, who oversees the White House’s long-term communications planning, and Tony Sayegh, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s top communications adviser.

Trump enjoys watching his subordinates compete for his approval. Many of the rumors are fueled by Trump himself because he complains to aides and friends about other staffers, or muses about who might make good replacements.

“I like conflict. I like having two people with different points of view,” Trump said last week, rapping his fists toward one another to simulate a clash. “I like watching it, I like seeing it, and I think it’s the best way to go.” 

Shulkin, meanwhile, is facing mounting trouble after The Washington Post first reported that he and his wife took a sightseeing-filled trip to Europe on taxpayer funds, including watching tennis at Wimbledon. Shulkin is now facing an insurrection at his own agency, with tensions so high that an armed guard stands outside his office.

Another episode haunting Shulkin was a trip to the Invictus Games in Canada last September with first lady Melania Trump’s entourage. Shulkin fought with East Wing aides over his request that his wife accompany him on the trip because he was eager for her to meet Prince Harry of Wales, who founded the games, according to multiple officials familiar with the dispute.

The first lady’s office explained there was not room on the plane for Shulkin’s wife, and officials said the secretary was unpleasant during the trip.

Shulkin said in an email sent by a spokeswoman: “These allegations are simply untrue. I was honored to attend the Invictus Games with the First Lady and understood fully when I was told that there wasn’t any more room for guests to attend.”

A leading contender to replace Shulkin is Pete Hegseth, an Iraq War veteran and Fox News personality who is a conservative voice on veterans policy, officials said.

White House officials said there are several reasons Trump has not axed Cabinet members with whom he has grown disenchanted: the absence of consensus picks to replace them; concern that their nominated successors may not get confirmed in the divided Senate; and reluctance to pick allied senators or House members for fear of losing Republican seats in special elections, as happened last year in Alabama.

Also, Trump has sometimes expressed confusion about what agencies and secretaries are in charge of what duties, a senior administration official said. For example, this official said, he has complained to Pruitt about regulatory processes for construction projects, although the EPA is not in charge of the regulations.

Amid the disarray, White House staff are training Cabinet secretaries and their staffs on ethics rules and discussing new processes to prevent mistakes. William J. McGinley, who runs the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, and Stefan C. Passantino, a deputy White House counsel, have met individually and in groups with Carson, Pruitt, Shulkin, Zinke and other Cabinet secretaries to impress upon them the importance of changing behavior.

 

Simply following the letter of the law is not enough, administration officials said. Trump and Kelly demand that their Cabinet secretaries be mindful of political optics and the bad headlines that come with misbehavior.

“Even if the legal guys sign off on it,” one official said, “you still step back and say, ‘Does this make sense optically?’ ”

  

Greg Jaffe contributed to this report.


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今日最佳推特。川普对割草小孩大喊:“你想当幕僚长或国务卿或白宫通讯主任或国家安全顾问或经济顾问或幕僚长秘书或通讯副主任或副国家安全顾问或总检察长或小川普的妻子吗?”

 


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《纽约》杂志这篇长篇报道也很有意思,关于刚辞职的白宫通讯主任Hope Hicks。原来她才是川普最信任的心腹,其他人都各怀鬼胎在利用川普,川普的子女也是如此(伊万卡一心想自己当总统),只有她忠心耿耿,川普也对她言听计从,什么事都问她,上次被拍到手里拿的字条就是她写的。这一辞职,川普天塌了。

 

 


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22/03/2018 10:15 下午  

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这个月初美国媒体猜测国家安全顾问马克马斯特很快会辞职时,川普大骂“假新闻”,说马克马斯特干得好极了。今天川普自己发推特宣布马克马斯特辞职,改用小布什时期驻联合国大使博尔顿取代。博尔顿是鹰派中的鹰派,一向主张打朝鲜,又有戏看了。

 

 


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