We continue to swirl the other way in the ol’ tidy bowl, so to speak. Let’s start with in-depth analysis from Comrade Preznint Stupid:
“We’ll handle North Korea. We’re going to be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything.”
Our Trump’s Razor Theorem (“Ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts and that answer is likely correct.”) gets another notch:
“On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril. The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.
“But within hours, at the president’s direction, the plan changed. Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had ‘primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children’ when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was ‘not a campaign issue at the time.’”
As long as we’re talking about collusion, we have this unique defense from Trump’s Fratsputin Jared Kushner — we’re too stupid to collude:
“Donald Trump’s election team could not have colluded with Russia because they were barely talking to each other, according to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top White House advisor. ‘They thought we colluded, but we couldn’t even collude with our local offices,’ Kushner told congressional interns during a private talk at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington on Monday afternoon.
Lenny Trump wants some of Daddy’s sweet sweet conditional love:
“Democrats would rather see my father fail than see this country succeed.”
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie is putting down some chips on who will be the next Director:
— WHO WILL BE THE NEXT DHS SECRETARY? Republican sources said that the White House’s focus is on getting the West Wing in order before turning to fill Kelly’s slot at DHS. It’s unclear whether Trump will want to continue with a military official in the position, or turn to a more political operator. Either way, multiple sources said Trump’s operation wants someone who can be easily confirmed. House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is on the shortlist for Kelly replacements. He’s got the experience and political chops. Others in the mix include: ICE acting director Thomas Homan and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, though Kobach would likely have a hard time getting confirmed.
…and there was yet ANOTHER prankster punk’ing the White House (so I guess Rick Perry isn’t the only one at Moe’s Bar any more):
“A self-described ‘email prankster’ in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official’s private email address unsolicited. ‘Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August,’ the fake Jared Kushner on an Outlook account wrote to the official White House email account of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. ‘It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible (sic) quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.’ Bossert wrote back: ‘Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that, I can’t refuse. Also, if you ever need it, my personal email is’ (redacted). …
“Masquerading as Priebus, the prankster emailed Scaramucci’s official account using a mail.com account on Saturday, the day after Priebus’ resignation was announced. … The very real Scaramucci responded: ‘You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.’ Fake Priebus wrote back: ‘I can’t believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called “Mooch”, who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.’ Actual Scaramucci responded: ‘Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.’
“In another exchange, Scaramucci was hoodwinked by the same prankster pretending to be Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr. … After a few … nice messages of support from faux Huntsman, Scaramucci wrote, ‘Are you in Moscow now? If not please visit.’”
…which leads us to our Heather’s-style lunchtime poll: The White House is in total chaos:
“While President Donald Trump claimed early Monday in a tweet that there was no ‘chaos’ in his White House, voters disagree: 60 percent say the administration is running somewhat or very chaotically, compared to only 33 percent who say it is running well. That’s according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted last Thursday through Saturday. The survey was conducted entirely prior to Monday’s ouster of Anthony Scaramucci from his position as White House communications director, and was already in the field when Reince Priebus left the chief of staff position.
“In general, voters have a low opinion of how Trump’s White House is operating. Fewer voters, 29 percent, say Trump’s staff serves him well than the 39 percent who say his staff doesn’t serve him well. Republican voters have a much more positive impression of how Trump’s White House is operating: 63 percent say it is running well, though more than a third, 34 percent, say it is running chaotically. By comparison, very few Democrats (12 percent) or independents (25 percent) say Trump’s White House is running well — with 80 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents saying it is beset by chaos.”
And I think that wraps up our state of play for this morning’s Summary.
UPDATE 1: The LATimes has this handy scorecard of who’s left the Fourth Reich (so far).