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Wait Until You Hear Why Trump Refused To Appoint Nikki Haley To Any Top Positions

Though she has long been considered to be a rising star within the Republican Party, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley never rose above the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Why was Haley never elevated to other posts inside the Trump administration? Thanks to a book and discussion on MSNBC today, we now know.

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt was the guest to discuss his book Donald Trump V. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President, and the conversation began with host Joe Scarborough remarking:

“Let’s talk about another aspect of it that was shocking to John Kelly, how shallow Donald Trump was when he would select people. I remember during the transition talking to him, and him talking about how Rex Tillerson was big and he looked like the role, and he loved [James] Mattis because of his nickname, ‘Mad Dog.’ He didn’t like [David] Petraeus because he thought Petraeus worked out too much. He was too drawn in, he weighed the same in high school that he weighed when Trump was talking to him, and no secretary of state could be that drawn — I’m serious.”

That led co-host Mika Brzezinski to add:

“I watched this conversation in awe. He was obsessed with how much he worked out and thought that somehow it didn’t look manly enough, like you need to not care so much.”

Scarborough then remarked:

“Right, and so all of this leads up to, of course, a conversation, and this is the general talked about all of this with you. It led to a conversation about Nikki Haley, why he didn’t want Nikki Haley to be secretary of state or vice president.”

Schmidt took the discussion from there:

“So Trump is throwing around different possibilities for replacement of Tillerson and [vice president Mike] Pence, even as far back as 2018, talking about whether he could replace Pence, and in discussing that, he says, well, you know, what do you think about Nikki Haley, he throws out in the Oval Office, and what Trump says is that she doesn’t look good for me, and he complains about her ‘blotchy’ complexion and saying that, you know, because of her aesthetics, he didn’t like her as a potential, you know, senior administration official or as a potential vice presidential replacement for Pence, who Trump was complaining as far back as then owed him, that Pence owed him because Trump had saved Pence from political ruin when he picked him in 2016 to be his vice president.”

Scarborough had the perfect zinger to Schmidt’s comment:

“Obviously shocking and yet not surprising at all. I mean, the only question, do they not have mirrors in Mar-a-Lago?”

Blotchy skin. That was Trump’s concern. Apparently he doesn’t realize that he looks like a painted fool with the fake tan (and makeup?) he keeps on his fat face. Also, that hair isn’t fooling anyone: He’s going bald and he knows it.

For someone so obsessed with appearances, you’d think Donald would realize that he’s one of the ugliest human beings on the planet, inside and out.

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Former Trump Staffer Hope Hicks Rages About Jan. 6: ‘We All Look Like Domestic Terrorists’

Former Trump administration aide and confidant Hope Hicks is wishing she had never heard of her ex-boss, according to text messages made public by the January 6 House Select Committee last week.

Hicks, who served as White House director of strategic communications, White House communications director, and counselor to the President, raged to Julie Radford, former chief of staff to Ivanka Trump that she might never be able to get another job after what transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Mediaite reports.

The former Trump aide also noted that her ex-colleague, current View co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin for resigning from her post one month before the attack on the Capitol.

“Alyssa looks like a genius,” Hicks wrote.

“Her most recent post?” Radford asked.

“And leaving,” Hicks added.

Hicks has disclosed texts to the Jan. 6 committee which show she advised the failed ex-president to send out messages of calm and calls for nonviolence prior to the Capitol insurrection. Trump refused and watched the violence for hours before finally recording a tepid video in which he told the rioters to go home and expressed his “love” for them.

The problem for Hicks and others who served in the Trump administration is that they will always have the stink of Donald on them. They agreed to be a part of the most craven and corrupt White House in history, and they don’t have anyone to blame but themselves. Donald used them and spit them out, the way he does everyone.

Or, as the old saying goes, If the shoe fits, wear it.

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Trump Took $6.5 Million From China While He Was President

The release of six years of failed former president Donald Trump’s taxes by the House Ways and Means Committee makes it clear that while he was in the White House, the Trump Organization took millions from over a dozen foreign countries, including $6.5 million from China.

Politico reports that Trump had multiple conflicts of interest, and since he refused to place his assets into a blind trust, we may never know exactly how those millions from other nations may have impacted U.S. foreign policy in the Trump administration.

The six years of tax returns disclosed Friday show that Trump received extensive income from Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom — including gross business income of at least $35.3 million from Canada in 2017, the year he entered office.

That year, Trump also brought in $6.5 million from China, $5.8 million from Indonesia and $5.7 million from India.

By 2020, his last full year in office, Trump reported $8.8 million in income from the U.K. and another $3.9 million in Ireland.

Trump also stuck his snout into the U.S. Treasury by submitting outrageous bills for lodging and travel during his four years in office.

The former president was known for fusing his business interests with America’s highest public office, drawing allegations of using his role to promote his private resorts, direct federal money to his hotels and encourage foreign governments to spend money that would directly benefit the Trump family interests.

His far-flung concerns, foreign and domestic, are nested in more than 400 separate business entities. A 2019 report by the watchdog group OpenSecrets said he had more than $130 million in assets in more than 30 countries.

Additionally, the returns from 2015 to 2020 call into doubt Trump’s claims that he was donating his presidential salary of $400,00 a year to charity, according to The Independent:

Donald Trump donated nothing to the Department of Health and Human Services during the height of the pandemic, despite claiming publicly to have done so, his tax returns revealed on Friday.

The release of his returns came as the result of the end of a years-long legal battle between the now-former president and the House Ways and Means Committee, which released its final report this week after recently obtaining the returns when the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case.

The picture painted by the documents is crystal clear: Donald Trump claimed zero charitable donations throughout 2020, meaning that his tax burden was not reduced at all (at least in that regard). He would still go on to pay $0 in income tax for the year in total.

Trump’s taxes show what we’ve long suspected about him: He’s a grifter, a liar, a tax cheat, and a scumbag.


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Trump Could Have Gotten Paul Whelan Released From Russia In 2018 But Refused: Report

Disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is absolutely furious that President Joe Biden was able to obtain the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner (in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout), and for the past two days has whined that the Biden administration should have prioritized former Marine Paul Whelan (who is also being held in Russia) over Griner.

Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump would think Whelan is more valuable than Griner. After all, Whelan is a white man and Griner is a black woman.

According to Trump, he was able to get 58 hostages released while he was president, posting an angry message on his failing Truth Social site in which he wrote:

What Trump conveniently forgot to mention is that he had a chance to get the Whelan released back in 2018 but refused, according to his former national security adviser, John Bolton.

The Independent reports:

Mr Bolton, who was the national security adviser under Mr Trump for 17 months from 2018 to 2019, told CBS that the Trump administration had the opportunity to trade Mr Whelan for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout in 2018.

“The possibility of a Bout-for-Whelan trade existed back then and it wasn’t made, for very good reasons having to deal with Viktor Bout,” he said.

It should also be noted that Whelan’s family is disgusted by Trump’s churlish posting, with his brother, David, posting on Twitter:

Former President Trump appears to have mentioned my brother #PaulWhelan’s wrongful detention more in the last 24 hours than he did in the 2 years of his presidency in which Paul was held hostage by #Russia (zero). I don’t suggest he cares now any more than he did then (zero)

Trump doesn’t give a diddly damn about Paul Whelan. If he did, he would have made a deal four years ago and gotten him home. Instead, he’d rather try and make political hay now and pretend it’s not his fault that Whelan is still in a Russian prison.

Donald Trump is a coward, a liar, and the worst president in U.S. history. His attempts to refurbish his self-sullied reputation are little more than the rantings of a man who is losing what’s left of his demented and diseased mind.

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Revealed: Trump Owed $20 Million To A Company Allied With North Korea While President

To many, it seemed odd that Donald Trump would be interested in trying to make peace with North Korea while he was president. After all, he had once threatened the hermit nation with “fire and fury” if they continued to test nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles that could one day reach the United States.

What was with Trump’s bizarre fascination with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un? Did he truly believe he could talk Kim out of his nuclear ambitions?

A report from Forbes suggests that Trump might have been operating out of his own financial interest on behalf of a company that has extensive business ties to North Korea.

Buried in a heap of recently released financial paperwork sits a surprising revelation: Donald Trump had a foreign creditor he failed to disclose while running for president in 2016 and after assuming office in 2017.

The documents, compiled by the Trump Organization and obtained by the New York attorney general, show a previously unreported liability of $19.8 million listed as “L/P Daewoo.” The debt stems from an agreement Trump struck to share some of his licensing fees with Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate that partnered with Trump on a project near the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Trump eliminated the debt five-and-a-half months into his tenure as president, according to the documents. He seems to have acted with some urgency to wipe the liability off his balance sheet. From 2011 to 2016, the documents show that the balance stayed static at $19.8 million. Paperwork capturing Trump’s financial picture as of June 30, 2017, five months into his presidency, appears to show that the balance had dropped to $4.3 million, $15.5 million less than it had been a year earlier. Trump got rid of the debt altogether shortly after that. “Daewoo was bought out of its position on July 5, 2017,” the documents say, without specifying who exactly paid off the loan.

Did Daewoo pay off Trump’s debt as some sort of quid pro quo? Such an arrangement might have gone something like this: Trump would agree to hold talks with Kim and ratchet down the incendiary rhetoric he had once used in exchange for the $19.8 million disappearing from the Trump debit sheet.

Amazingly, the fact that Trump owed such a huge sum to a company that does business with North Korea (which U.S. companies are prohibited from doing under federal law and sanctions) may not have actually been illegal, just unethical as hell, Forbes notes.

Although the debt appeared on the Trump Organization’s internal paperwork, it did not show up on Trump’s public financial disclosure reports, documents he was required to submit to federal officials while running for president and after taking office. Trump’s former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, told the New York Times in 2016 that his boss disclosed all debt connected to companies in which Trump held a 100% stake on the documents. That was not true.

There is a chance that Trump’s omission may have been legal, nonetheless. Although officials have to list personal loans on their financial disclosures, the law does not require them to include loans to their companies, unless they are personally liable for the loans. The Trump Organization documents do not specify whether the former president, who owned 100% of the entities responsible for the debt, personally guaranteed the liability, leaving it unclear whether he broke the law or merely took advantage of a loophole.

How many other countries does Trump and the Trump Organization have with other nations hostile to the United States? It’d be nice to know that before the disgraced former president runs again in 2024, but as of this moment, there is no law requiring him to release a full accounting of his business dealings, meaning that he could be an ever bigger threat to American national security than we ever imagined.