President Donald Trump reportedly demanded a reduction in staff size of his National Security Council this week, in the wake of reports a whistleblower complaint in connection with the agency.
A number of individuals tied to the NSC and its future plans said new National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is set to oversee a much leaner staff after the Trump-Ukraine phone call leak late last month.
According to Bloomberg, the request to reduce the size of the staff was relayed to senior agency officials by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and O’Brien this week.
On Friday evening, Trump retweeted the commentary of a former Investor’s Business Daily reporter: “The whistleblower is a registered Democrat & CIA analyst who was detailed before the 2016 election to the Obama White House,where he worked on the NSC’s Ukraine desk & met w anti-Trump Ukrainian officials before being sent packing by the Trump NSC & becoming disgruntled.”
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the so-called whistleblower, and referred to the individual as a “spy” who should potentially be pursued for “treason.”
Trump’s critics jumped on the NSC staff reduction as a “purge” tied to the Ukraine reports, particularly after former National Security Adviser John Bolton was ousted last month and ridiculed Trump in a series of public comments.
The reductions to the NSC staff will affect many who are career government professionals from the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon and several intelligence agencies, Bloomberg reported. The NSC has been under threat from members of Congress for several years and many have demanded making the national security adviser position, which Bolton formerly held, a Senate-confirmed position.
Last week, The New York Times reported the whistleblower was a CIA officer and the leak of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy became the driving force behind House Democrats’ push to impeach the president.
As Bloomberg noted, the NSC was created under former President Harry Truman’s administration in 1947 in order to provide the Oval Office-holder with experts on foreign policy matters.
The whistleblower has not yet been publicly identified, although speculation is rampant, including accusations against Bolton, as Trump himself seeks to minimize those offering advice around him.
Corey Lewandowski Accused of Being Drunk Live on Air by Fox Business Host – Newsweek
The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, has been accused of being drunk on air during an interview with Fox Business Network.Host of Kennedy, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, was discussing with Lewandowski the whistleblower’s complaint that the president had asked his Ukrainian counterpart for dirt on his Democrat rival, Joe Biden.Lewandowski started by…
The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, has been accused of being drunk on air during an interview with Fox Business Network.
Host of Kennedy, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, was discussing with Lewandowski the whistleblower’s complaint that the president had asked his Ukrainian counterpart for dirt on his Democrat rival, Joe Biden.
Lewandowski started by disparaging the chair of the House Intelligence Committee by saying: “Little Adam Schiff…already knew about the whistleblower complaint and what we know is that rules of the whistleblower complaint had changed on August of this year, which said that you no longer have to have first-hand knowledge of what is going on.
“What that tells me is that maybe the whistleblower is close to (ex-CIA director) John Brennan, maybe he’s an acolyte of John Brennan.”
Kennedy interrupted by saying that Brennan, “hates the president with a blinding passion.”
Lewandowski went on, adding that it was known that the whistleblower was a former CIA agent, “who hates this president more than they love their country, and the fact is that they never had any first-hand account of what transpired.”
But before he could finish his sentence, Kennedy interrupted him and said: “Corey?…Did you have merlot with dinner?” Lewandowski replied, laughing, saying, “No. Should I have?”
“You sound a little slurry, you sound a little ‘Biden-esque'” Kennedy said, referring to the Democrat frontrunner who was accused of slurring and stammering in his first speech as a presidential candidate back in April.
Lewandowski denied this and went on to talk about the Ukraine controversy, while laughter can be heard from the studio.
Kennedy then cut her guest off and thanked him, adding: “Maybe, a cup of coffee.”
Appearing on the same network on Tuesday night, Lewandowski turned his fire on Democratic candidates, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, describing them as “avowed socialists.”
“They want to have illegal aliens come across this border and kill Americans. And they think that’s what America stands for? I don’t agree at all.”
Lewandowski said he is considering a run for Senate in New Hampshire next year, telling the Washington Examiner that he will make his decision after he sees the third-quarter fundraising reports from declared Republican candidates.
The state’s Democratic Party has been keeping an eye on Lewandowski’s public statements since he first suggested he might run, Politico reported.
“With or without Corey Lewandowski, New Hampshire Republicans are in a nasty primary among candidates all committed to protecting a corrupt President determined to take away health care from thousands of people in the Granite State,” party spokesman Joshua Marcus-Blank told Politico.
Several Employees Fired From Illinois Business Over Racist Video Shared on Social Media – Newsweek
A number of employees at an auto repair shop in Illinois have been fired in connection to racist videos which were filmed during working hours and posted on social media.Chuck Nolan, longtime manager of the Sooper Lube shop in Joliet, announced that several of his employers have been fired after he was made aware of…
A number of employees at an auto repair shop in Illinois have been fired in connection to racist videos which were filmed during working hours and posted on social media.
Chuck Nolan, longtime manager of the Sooper Lube shop in Joliet, announced that several of his employers have been fired after he was made aware of the videos which “in no way reflects the opinions and values of this company.”
In the clips, which were posted on Snapchat, the workers can be seen making a series of derogatory remarks against black and Hispanic people, as well as mocking one African American fellow employee.
One man filming the video asks another worker: “Illegal immigrants are people too, what do you have to say to them?”
“No the f*** they’re not,” he replies.
The worker also takes a shot of him flashing an O.K hand sign, a gesture which has recently been added the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hateful symbols due to its association with white supremacy.
Nolan wrote on Facebook: “First, I want to apologize to any and all persons who were offended by this video. I want to let all of you know that neither Sooper Lube, Inc. nor I will tolerate this kind of behavior, attitudes and opinions by any of our employees or management staff.
“Second, Sooper Lube, Inc. takes this matter very seriously and we will continue to provide the highest level of service and car care for our customers, for which we are know throughout the Joliet and Will County area.”
The video was reportedly brought to Nolan’s attention by Joliet Central High School social studies teacher Ernest Crim, who is also a public speaker and activist in the community, according to Patch.
In a statement while sharing the video, Crim praised the manager for immediately taking action against his employees.
“This is commendable, to me, because I’ve seen countless situations where employers make excuses for their employees waiting for an ‘investigation’ or whatever. Like I said yesterday about #AmberGuyger, this should be the norm; unfortunately it’s not,” he wrote on Facebook in reference to the Dallas Police officer recently found guilty of murdering a black man inside his own apartment.
“On another note, this incident sheds light on how institutional racism could operate. Had these ‘gentlemen’ not posted this online, they’d still have a job,” he added.
“People like this work in every industry in America and can impact our lives greatly; especially if they have jobs in our judicial system, schools or even as physicians. How do we know they didn’t discriminate against black and brown customers, for instance?”
Nolan has been the manager of the Sooper Lube business for the past 32 years.