#7142430 at 2019-07-23 06:48:00 (UTC+1) Q Research General #9138: Night Shift Ops on it! Dank memes, digz and prayers! WWG1WGA! Edition
Trump, souring on John Bolton, meets one potential replacement and eyes another
President Trump's frustrations with national security adviser John Bolton are boiling over and he is considering removing his hawkish foreign policy aide, according to sources close to the White House. Several insiders said candidates to replace Bolton have already emerged, including retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor and RickyWaddell, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Macgregor recently spoke with Trump, but it's unclear what they discussed, according to a source. "It's certainly become clear to anyone who knows the way this president operates that Bolton's time is coming to an end. It's just unclear if he has a few more weeks or a few more months," one former White House official told the Washington Examiner.
A second former White House official said they heard Trump is "fed up with Bolton." A third said, "the president has seriously been considering other options." A different former senior administration official said, "I'd be surprised if [Trump] doesn't want Bolton to quit. That's kind of his MO." Bolton's aggressive approach to U.S. enemies has at times disconcerted the president, who regularly jokes that Bolton is hoping to enjoy a war somewhere. He frustrated Trump quarterbacking a failed uprising in Venezuela. Last week, Trump publicly disagreed with Bolton's long-sought goal of "regime change" in Iran and blessed dovish Sen. Rand Paul's request to act as an emissary.
Macgregor, an occasional Fox News guest, holds views close to Trump's own. He has questioned the value of intervening in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. He was a commander in the Gulf War tank battle for which former national security adviser H.R. McMaster won a Silver Star. Waddell, a former deputy national security adviser under McMaster, would be a more conventional pick. He's seen as a favorite of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with whom Bolton has vied for leadership on foreign affairs. Neither Waddell nor Macgregor would comment.
One problem for Bolton is in-house tension with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. The Washington Post reported this month that Bolton and Mulvaney are "barely on speaking terms" and that Mulvaney installed a deputy, Rob Blair, who "regularly battles" Bolton allies. A source who knows Mulvaney told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that "Mulvaney as of last week was interested in removing John Bolton from his job. That's true. That is not speculation." Mulvaney was confronted in his office after the Washington Examiner asked Bolton's office to comment. "I have never spoken to anybody about John Bolton's job," Mulvaney said on the spot.
Emma Doyle, Mulvaney's principal deputy chief of staff, confirmed the quote and said Mulvaney stood by it. Some insiders think Bolton is safe, at least for now. One well-connected former White House official said they "would be surprised" if Trump was actively interviewing candidates. Another person close to the White House, meanwhile, said they heard Trump is starting to talk to people about the job, but later came to believe Bolton is "not going anywhere" before the 2020 election. The White House did not supply an on-the-record comment, nor did Bolton's office.
#2312476 at 2018-07-27 19:44:39 (UTC+1) Q Research General #2913: Mechanism
The following timeline of events related to the false missile warning in Hawaii reflects the President's whereabouts during the key time frame.
Saturday, January 13
9:26 a.m. ET – Trump arrives at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
12:35 p.m. ET – CNN cameras spot Trump between the 14th and 15th holes.
1:07 p.m. ET – Warnings of an incoming ballistic missile begin flashing on cellphones in Hawaii, leading to panic among some residents and visitors. The alert was triggered after an error at the emergency management administration.
1:10 p.m. ET – Hawaii State Adjutant Maj. Gen. Joe Logan confirms with U.S. Pacific Command there is no missile headed for Hawaii, and the Honolulu Police Department is notified it was a false alarm.
About 1:10 p.m. ET – Trump has lunch inside the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club. Members inside the building spot him.
Time unknown – Deputy National Security Adviser RickyWaddell, who was the top national security official traveling with Trump in Florida, briefs Trump in person on the false alarm alerts.
1:13 p.m. ET – The White House tells reporters in West Palm Beach that Trump has spent the morning playing golf.
1:13 p.m. ET – Hawaii's State Warning Point issues a cancellation of the Civil Danger Warning Message, thereby preventing the initial alert from being rebroadcast to phones that may not have received it yet – for instance, if a phone was not on at 1:07 p.m. ET, if someone was out of range and has since come into cell coverage (hikers and mariners, for example) and/or people getting off planes.
1:20 p.m. ET – The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweets and posts to Facebook that there is "NO missile threat to Hawaii."
1:23 p.m. ET – A White House official says they are aware of the alerts and clarification, but can't say whether Trump has been briefed on them.
1:24 p.m. ET – Officials from Hawaii, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, tweet out that the alert was a false alarm. Hawaii Gov. David Ige retweets Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's cancellation notice.
1:30 pm ET — Ige posts cancellation notification to his Facebook page.
1:38 p.m. ET – Trump departs his golf course.
1:39 p.m. ET – A White House spokesman refers to the Pentagon for comment on the false alarm alerts.
1:45 p.m. ET – Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency issues "false alarm" messages broadcast over radio and TV, as well as cellphones. Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency says it got authorization from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. (FEMA later tells CNN that Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency has had the authority since 2012 to issue retractions or cancellations of alerts it has issued and does not require FEMA approval.)
1:49 p.m. ET – Trump arrives back at Mar-a-Lago.
Time unknown – Trump speaks with national security adviser H.R. McMaster and White House chief of staff John Kelly by secure phone line from Mar-a-Lago. Neither McMaster nor Kelly was traveling in Florida with Trump. Trump asks McMaster to oversee federal response to the situation.
2:34 p.m. ET – The White House releases a statement that says Trump met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer "and received an in-depth update on trade with China and their economy."
2:44 p.m. ET – The White House releases a statement saying Trump "has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise."
3:02 p.m. ET – The White House clarifies the alert was a state-controlled exercise, not a practice run or otherwise planned event.
5:08 p.m. ET – In his first statement after the false alarm, Trump tweets: "So much Fake News is being reported. They don't even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!"
Evening – President Trump has dinner with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at Mar-a-Lago, a person who was there said. They both pause during the meal as a singer performed "God Bless America." Giuliani is walking with a cane.
Sunday, January 14
7:20 p.m. ET – Trump makes his first comments about the false alarm alerts as he walks to dinner with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at his West Palm golf club: "Well, that was a state thing. But we're going to now get involved with them. I love that they took responsibility. They took total responsibility. But we're going to get involved. Their attitude and their – what they want to do, I think it's terrific. They took responsibility. They made a mistake."
Asked whether he would make sure it won't happen again, Trump said: "Well, we hope it won't happen again. But part of it is that people are on edge, but maybe, eventually, we'll solve the problem so they won't have to be so on edge."
#1394161 at 2018-05-13 08:57:42 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1748: Watch What Happens
Another National Security Council resignation, as Bolton cleans house
Another member of the White House's National Security Council resigned Thursday, as newly-installed national security adviser Ambassador John Bolton cleans house during his first week in the administration.
Deputy national security adviser RickyWaddell resigned from his post Thursday, the White House said.
"Rick will be leaving and his departure date has yet to be confirmed," a White House official said in a statement.
Waddell, an Army reserve major general, joined the NSC in May 2017, following President Trump's first deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland's exit.
Waddell reported directly to H.R. McMaster, who resigned as national security adviser last month.
Waddell's resignation follows a slew of other departures this week: NSC spokesman Michael Anton resigned Sunday, White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert resigned Monday, and deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow resigned Tuesday.
Bolton, who was appointed last month and had his first day at the White House Monday, is said to be "cleaning house" at the NSC, according to a White House source.
A national security source also told Fox News that Bolton is considering a merger of the NSC and Homeland Security Council (HSC) within the White House. Currently, the NSC and HSC staff function as separate bodies, with their own meetings and policy issues, but share a staff.
Under the George W. Bush administration, the HSC and NSC worked as separate staffs. During the early years of the Obama administration, HSC and NSC merged, but later split.
The NSC primarily focuses on U.S. foreign policy and nuclear proliferation, while the HSC focuses on national defense-related issues like terrorism and border security.
If Bolton does merge the HSC and NSC, the bodies would hold joint meetings on mutually-agreed upon issues, and provide joint policy recommendations to the president, a national security source told Fox News.
Bolton has previously served in the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount. Bolton served as a U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006, and as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security from 2001 to 2005.
The position of White House national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation. Bolton has been a controversial pick for Trump, who has drawn criticism from Democrats since his appointment.
Bolton is now Trump's third national security adviser-replacing McMaster, who replaced Michael Flynn.