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12 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

I think you left someone out...

And then, you reversed the situation entirely. Flip the entire premise on its head, divine the true colour of distasteful and switch to disposables...

Once again, I will point to the historical fact that more economic damage has been created under conservative oversight than otherwise.

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All your wishing aside, the Senate's activities have nothing to do with its relationship with Donnie; they're doing a geopolitical dance.

The Senate voted to make it look like they are concerned with American values and like notions, but if you notice, they didn't actually do anything that might upset the desert empire and destroy the system that grants global reserve currency status to the US petrol dollar, which would be the absolute end for the US if it that was to occur.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, deicer said:

Once again, I will point to the historical fact that more economic damage has been created under conservative oversight than otherwise.

What passes as damage is often the bitter pill of good fiscal medicine that follows a period of gluttony. It is one of the reasons I would have liked to see another 4 years of Wynne. Sometimes, only complete failure and total collapse is instructive. We have previously been smart enough to change those diapers when we collectively see it needful. As always, perspective and clear articulation is everything when considering the relevance of blanket statements.

I’m reminded of this quote (apparently) in response to a person who was of the opinion that no one should be qualified to own a hand gun. ”I’m a business man and don't believe that ordinary people are qualified to handle money. Money only exists for buying drugs and prostitutes. Only business men should be trusted with money."

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What may be considered by some as 'good fiscal medicine' may be good only for certain segments of society at the expense of the rest.

No matter how you couch it in pretty prose, or as outrage that ones needs aren't getting met, overall the truth of the matter is that the current U.S. administration is not good for anyone. 

Canada was stable up until the Trump trade wars started to take down global economics.  As much as you don't like our government, they weren't doing anything major to upset the cart.

That is all out the window now, and Trump is even attempting to use Canada as a pawn in the trade war with China.

With Christie being the latest to refuse to work with the Trump Whitehouse, it is becoming more and more obvious that even the substandard politicos aren't willing to work in the Trump Whitehouse.  

Never mind that the top people that he had only wanted to get out and get back to private lives after surviving their experiences with Trump.

After two years of having a majority control of both houses, nothing was accomplished.  Now, before they are even sworn in, Trump is blaming the shift in control of Congress for the problems he's created.

That only goes to bolster what is in this report:

Thousands of mental health professionals agree with Woodward and the New York Times op-ed author: Trump is dangerous

So you may think that you are getting what you voted for, I believe that the rearview mirror of history will tell the truth.

 

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deicer, let us not forget how our international trade (agreements) have been negatively impacted by our current Government who wants to combine/impose social issues with normal trade agreements.  Certainly added to any destabilization.

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In what ways?

I watched the Freeland/Pompeo news conference live this afternoon, and the Americans looked pretty sheepish and were quite quiet when the Canadians raised the problems over trade with the U.S. with regards to tariffs on steel and aluminum.

This indicates to me, that other than the Whitehouse, the U.S. government doesn't have any problems with Canada as a whole.

 

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32 minutes ago, deicer said:

No matter how you couch it in pretty prose,

Pretty prose is the exclusive domain of those smarter than dumb pilots who came from the humble ranks of dumb grunts. My observations are mostly from the domain of the latter... we would collectively be better served by more humility. Voters who have previously served in Africa are to be treasured, but alas.... the lessons of experience are lost on those with opinions and no experience.

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2 minutes ago, deicer said:

Agreed.  

Different points of view are natural.

How it is communicated and debated shows strength of character.

 

How it is communicated can also be a sign of "Pig Headiness and  self fulfillment" which I see in our current PM.  🙃

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Cool, we can agree that strength of character is a lost attribute and sorely missed by those who seek  their way in a complex world. As you have previously suggested (and I agree). the internet has made everyone of us all a bit dumber than we were yesterday. Character is forged in the crucible of experience and experience is the fountain of enlightenment.

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11 minutes ago, deicer said:

How it is communicated and debated shows strength of character.

Oh my goodness.... we are in complete agreement and should stop now while it blooms. Please... don't reply!

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11 minutes ago, Malcolm said:

How it is communicated can also be a sign of "Pig Headiness and  self fulfillment" which I see in our current PM.  🙃

Damn... LOL, had to wreck the moment eh?

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40 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

Damn... LOL, had to wreck the moment eh?

And then I found this. One thing about deicer, he does not veer away from this POV and that does fit right into this forum.  I do wonder however how any of us would do without access to the information on the internet.  😀  Perhaps good old cut and paste from newspapers......

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Let’s face it Canada is screwed. The current catastrophe unfolding over NAFTA is but one of many dangerous dalliances that have left this great country violated, sobbing and thrown to the wolves. By wolves I do mean President Trump, because as the rhetoric goes he has no mercy. So how does one negotiate with a tyrant?

Canadians should find the answer to this question only by looking inwards, as the tyrant isn’t Trump it’s Trudeau.

Justin displays a near pathological reverence to the progressive-nihilism that is victimhood ideology, stoking division over race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Plainly, Canada’s ‘first feminist Prime Minister’ uses resentment and ingratitude to incubate hate; thus inflating his power and ego. Sounds like a tyrant to me.

I have to admit to my own astonishment over just how bad things have gotten. Cruel fate must be cackling over the confluence of events that finds our country led by a soy boy progressive charged with facing down the evil empire, err, our most valued trading partner, the United States.

Mistakes the Federal Liberals have made during NAFTA re-negotiations are disastrous and shall go down in history. Most appalling, is the Trudeau government’s demand that gender equality not only receive its own chapter in the revamped NAFTA deal, but that a gender lens be applied to all chapters of the agreement. This demand is risible and it’s little wonder Trump shows contempt for Trudeau.

 

More than Trump, much of the world has awoken to what is the slow-motion car crash that is Canada under progressive leadership. Trudeau put his ‘progressive push’ for the inclusion of chapters on the environment, labour rights and gender equality at the forefront of the negotiations of a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

What happened? Adults in the room pushed back and our soy boy leader, aggrieved no doubt, bailed on a crucial meeting with leaders of the 11-participating countries in the deal. The Australian Trade Minister said Trudeau had “sabotaged the agreement”.

It’s hard to imagine our Prime Minister is taking the potential loss of NAFTA seriously. He installed as Canada’s chief negotiator, Minister of Foreign Relations Chrystia Freeland, a person uniquely unqualified for this particular challenge—unless you consider her gender.

Freeland has no business or trade experience, unless you count her years as a journalist for the Globe and Mail and Thompson Reuters. And, her illustrious career as an author boils down to two bestselling books: Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

Freeland has no business or trade experience, unless you count her years as a journalist for the Globe and Mail and Thompson Reuters. And, her illustrious career as an author boils down to two bestselling books: Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

Is it by design that our chief negotiator is certain to antagonize the billionaire president? After all, Canada holds such a strong negotiating position for a re-vamped NAFTA agreement.

Direct foreign investment into Canada plunged last year to its lowest level in 8-years, down 26-percent. Alberta oil remains land-locked and price-discounted—losing billions in revenue and tax dollars. And, on Friday Statistics Canada announced Canada’s economy unexpectedly lost 51,600 jobs with Ontario recording its biggest employment drop in nearly a decade.

So, a new NAFTA deal is critical for the long-term economic health of this country. It pains to even have to point this out. There is plenty of room to compromise. I agree supply-management, which keeps prices artificially high e.g. dairy industry, must be shed. Trump is right about that. But there are other vital areas of Canadian concern that need to be properly fought-for. My fear is the damage is already done.

Everything the left touches it destroys.

More than Trump, much of the world has awoken to what is the slow-motion car crash that is Canada under progressive leadership. Trudeau put his ‘progressive push’ for the inclusion of chapters on the environment, labour rights and gender equality at the forefront of the negotiations of a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

What happened? Adults in the room pushed back and our soy boy leader, aggrieved no doubt, bailed on a crucial meeting with leaders of the 11-participating countries in the deal. The Australian Trade Minister said Trudeau had “sabotaged the agreement”.

It’s hard to imagine our Prime Minister is taking the potential loss of NAFTA seriously. He installed as Canada’s chief negotiator, Minister of Foreign Relations Chrystia Freeland, a person uniquely unqualified for this particular challenge—unless you consider her gender.

Freeland has no business or trade experience, unless you count her years as a journalist for the Globe and Mail and Thompson Reuters. And, her illustrious career as an author boils down to two bestselling books: Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

Everything the left touches it destroys.

 

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Lots of fun eh?

deicer - as a total sidebar to the issue at hand, we have all spared over a variety of issues over the years and I do sincerely appreciate your point of view, in fact, it has actually changed my perspective on some issues… but (take a breath) only a few. I have long considered this forum as something of  a dysfunctional family.

Has anyone ever considered an AEF dinner somewhere, maybe Toronto… I would be happy to include it in one of my X-country motorcycle adventures. It could be near a police station so you retain an avenue of escape from the wrath of JD.

New thread perhaps?

 

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Capitol idea!  

I think an effort was made a while back,  can't remember exactly when.

I'm not worried for my safety, we would probably be more civilised in person with a beer in hand.

If you're ever passing through the GTA, pm me and we can see what we can put together.

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8 minutes ago, deicer said:

Capitol idea!  

I think an effort was made a while back,  can't remember exactly when.

I'm not worried for my safety, we would probably be more civilised in person with a beer in hand.

If you're ever passing through the GTA, pm me and we can see what we can put together.

Re being worried about safety, I was going to say how about some place more safe than Toronto?  😀 But it seems that Stats Canada thinks Toronto is just fine. Mind you the data in their most recent report https://indie88.com/where-are-canadas-safest-cities/ is from 2015.

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52 minutes ago, deicer said:

I'm not worried for my safety, we would probably be more civilised in person with a beer in hand.

I think you are right.

I'm planning an "Iron Butt" run called "Trans Canada Insanity" as a precursor to the next  Hoka Hey  sometime in Mid June next year. Maybe a separate thread is in order. The venue and date are pretty easy, but, as always, it's hard to accommodate all schedules. I'm willing to risk a brief foray into the bowels of Toronto unarmed if you are.... but beware, JD awaits!

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2 hours ago, Malcolm said:

Re being worried about safety, I was going to say how about some place more safe than Toronto?  😀 But it seems that Stats Canada thinks Toronto is just fine. Mind you the data in their most recent report https://indie88.com/where-are-canadas-safest-cities/ is from 2015.

Malcolm, I appreciate your concerns and although I don't live in Toronto but nearby, all I can say is that if you are from not here, the hustle and bustle can be intimidating and scary.  Much like every major city.

However when it comes to the big crimes, it mostly involves the bad guys going after each other.  

Consider is a form of 'Roach Control' 👮‍♂️

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47 minutes ago, deicer said:

Malcolm, I appreciate your concerns and although I don't live in Toronto but nearby, all I can say is that if you are from not here, the hustle and bustle can be intimidating and scary.  Much like every major city.

However when it comes to the big crimes, it mostly involves the bad guys going after each other.  

Consider is a form of 'Roach Control' 👮‍♂️

back in 1967,when working at Pearson, I lived fairly close to the airport and waked to the airport when on early shift (weekends)  as I could not afford a car and the transit service did not start up until much later in the day. Good old brownstone apartments.

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The White House revolving door: Who's gone?

Trump says "you're fired"Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On Mr Trump's reality TV show, his catchphrase was "You're fired!"

Donald Trump's administration has had a very high turnover - with senior officials quitting, being fired or getting eased out at a record pace.

Here is a run-down of what they did, and why they left, starting with the most recent.


John Kelly, Chief of Staff - December 2018

John KellyImage copyright Reuters

The retired Marine general was initially nominated to oversee Homeland Security before Mr Trump promoted him to chief of staff in July 2017, replacing Reince Priebus.

However, on 8 December Mr Trump announced that Gen Kelly would leave his post by the end of the year.

Why is he leaving?

By December 2018 his relationship with the president was said to have deteriorated, with some reports saying the pair were no longer on speaking terms.

 

Earlier in the year Mr Kelly was forced to deny that he had called Mr Trump an "idiot" after the quote was included in a book by the veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward.

Time in post

About one year, five months. (He was previously Homeland Security secretary from January to July 2017.)


Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - 7 November 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on 1 NovemberImage copyright AFP

The Alabama Republican was the first senator to endorse Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, in early 2016.

During the campaign, he became one of Mr Trump's closest national security advisers and, in government, was a supporter of the president's policies on immigration and law enforcement.

Why was he fired?

Mr Sessions became a frequent target of the president's ire as soon as he stepped aside, in March 2017, from the investigation over alleged Russian collusion with Mr Trump's campaign. The recusal allowed his deputy Rod Rosenstein to oversee the inquiry, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

At various times, Mr Trump publicly belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL". But Mr Sessions reacted to most of the insults in silence.

US media reported that Gen Kelly had called Mr Sessions to say the president wanted him to step down. Mr Trump did not speak to Mr Sessions himself, and announced the departure on Twitter.

In his resignation letter, Mr Sessions made clear the decision was not his own, saying: "Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation."

WATCH: How Trump-Sessions relations soured

Time in post?

One year, nine months


Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the UN - 9 October 2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New YorkImage copyright Reuters

The former governor of South Carolina was the first non-white woman to be appointed to Mr Trump's cabinet, and the first female, minority governor of her state.

She had limited foreign policy experience prior to her role as US envoy and was a vocal critic of Mr Trump during his campaign.

Trump names former critic as UN envoy

Why did she leave?

In a news conference with Mr Trump, Mrs Haley announced she was stepping aside after a "rough" eight years as governor and envoy.

She will be leaving her post at the end of 2018, but said she did not yet know what her next steps would be.

Mrs Haley said she wanted to make sure Mr Trump's administration "has the strongest person to fight" for the US at the UN.

While accepting her resignation, Mr Trump thanked her and said she did a "terrific job", making the role "very glamorous".

Time in post?

One year, eleven months


Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency - 6 July 2018

Scott PruittImage copyright Reuters

The lawyer served as the attorney general of Oklahoma from 2011 - 2017.

He had sued the EPA, the agency which he presided over, a number of times in his role as the state's attorney general.

Why did he leave?

Donald Trump announced that Mr Pruitt had resigned due to "unrelenting attacks" on himself and his family.

Since taking office Mr Pruitt has been mired in series of scandals concerning his spending habits and alleged misuse of office, and is the subject of at least a dozen investigations into his conduct.

As the head of the EPA, he angered many liberals and environmentalists by severely curtailing the agency's activities and repealing many measures designed to protect the environment.

The long list of Scott Pruitt controversies

While accepting Mr Pruitt's resignation, Mr Trump tweeted that he had done "an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him".

Time in post?

One year, four months, 19 days


David Shulkin, Veterans Affairs Secretary - 28 March 2018

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A doctor, he had served as undersecretary of veterans affairs for health under Barack Obama.

President Trump had hailed him as "fantastic" when appointing him, and the Senate gave him the only 100-0 confirmation of the Trump team.

Why did he leave?

Donald Trump announced that Mr Shulkin was resigning and that the president's personal doctor, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, would replace him.

Mr Shulkin had come under fire for alleged improper behaviour by department staff on a trip to Europe in 2017, including his own acceptance of tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. He denied wrongdoing but agreed to reimburse the government for his wife's air fare for the trip.

Mr Shulkin won praise from veterans' groups, but his lack of action on privatising the Veterans Health Administration had angered conservatives.

In parting, he condemned the "toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive" environment in Washington.

Time in post?

Fourteen months


HR McMaster, National Security Adviser - 22 March 2018

HR McMaster, US National Security AdviserImage copyright Reuters

A lieutenant general with the US Army, HR McMaster served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked on a government anti-corruption drive.

He replaced Lt Gen Michael Flynn, who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job after he misled Vice-President Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Time magazine named him as one of its 100 most influential people in the world in 2014, saying he "might be the 21st Century Army's pre-eminent warrior-thinker".

Why did he leave?

Mr Trump reportedly disliked his "gruff and condescending" manner and staff said the two never "gelled".

Gen Kelly, White House chief of staff at the time, also had little positive to say about him.

Time in post?

Thirteen months.


Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State - 13 March 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a joint news conference at White House in JanuaryImage copyright Reuters

President Trump announced on Twitter that his secretary of state was leaving his position and being replaced with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

The dramatic shake-up came during a delicate time for diplomatic relations, with direct talks agreed in principle with North Korea.

In a statement, Mr Trump thanked him for his service and wished his family well.

Why did he leave?

The news came just after Mr Tillerson cut short a trip through Africa, with a statement saying he returned a day early because of schedule demands in Washington.

Mr Tillerson reportedly disagreed with a number of the president's policies, including his recently announced proposal to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Mr Trump reportedly believed Mr Tillerson was "too establishment" in his thinking, US media reports.

Time in post?

Fourteen months.


Gary Cohn, Chief Economic Adviser - 6 March 2018

Gary Cohn, White House Economic Advisor,Image copyright Getty Images

The former president of the Goldman Sachs bank was appointed as head of the National Economic Council as Mr Trump took office, so becoming the president's top economic adviser.

In his time at the White House, he helped push through sweeping reforms on taxes, one of the most significant policy achievements of the administration.

But the two were not reported to be close, and rumours of Mr Cohn's departure continued to swirl.

Why did he leave?

A staunch globalist, Mr Cohn had reportedly vowed to quit if Mr Trump pressed ahead with plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the US.

According to US media, Mr Cohn initially planned to resign after Mr Trump blamed "both sides" for violence at a deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Time in post?

Fourteen months.


Hope Hicks, White House Communications Director - 28 February 2018

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's press secretary Hope Hicks is pictured during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona.Image copyright Reuters

Ms Hicks served as Mr Trump's press secretary and handled media requests during his campaign.

She became his fourth director of strategic communications for the Trump White House after Anthony Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days in the job.

The fashion model-turned-spokeswoman previously worked as a publicist for Ivanka Trump's fashion label before entering politics with Mr Trump's bid for the White House.

Who is Trump's media director?

Why did she leave?

Her resignation came a day after she testified to a congressional panel investigating Russian influence on the 2016 election, telling them she had occasionally told "white lies" for her boss.

Her departure came only weeks after another top aide to Mr Trump, Rob Porter - with whom Ms Hicks was reported to have been in a relationship - quit amid allegations by two ex-wives of abuse.

Time in post?

Six years in the Trump Organization, and three years with Mr Trump during his campaign and presidency.


White House departures box

Rob Porter, White House Staff Secretary - 8 February 2018

Mr Porter, who had been described as Mr Trump's "right-hand man", resigned after two of his ex-wives publicly accused him of physical and emotional abuse.

One woman said he had kicked her during their 2003 honeymoon, and punched her in the face whilst on holiday a few years later.

President Trump and Rob PorterImage copyright Reuters Image caption Rob Porter, pictured holding the document for President Trump, was accused of abuse by his two ex-wives

He denies all the accusations.

Explaining Trump's Rob Porter problem in three simple ways

Why did he quit?

The White House, and Gen Kelly in particular, were feeling increasing pressure to dump Mr Porter after the accusations of violence were first published in the Daily Mail.

Questions quickly arose over how early Gen Kelly had been made aware of the accusations by the FBI, and whether that was why Mr Porter was forced to operate with only an interim security clearance.

Time in post?

One year.


Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director - 29 January 2018

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeImage copyright Reuters

Andrew McCabe resigned as deputy director of the FBI, where he served under current director Christopher Wray and former FBI director James Comey.

He was reportedly forced to step down ahead of his official retirement date in March, according to CBS News. His resignation came a week after a report that Mr Trump wanted him out.

The career agent became the FBI's acting director for nearly three months after the president sacked Mr Comey. He returned to his post after Mr Wray was appointed.

Why was he sacked?

The attorney has faced repeated criticism from President Trump, who claims his ties to Democrats made him partial in the ongoing Russia investigation.

His wife, Jill McCabe, ran a failed Democratic bid for a state senate seat in Virginia in 2015, during which she received $500,000 (£355,000) from a political action group allied with Hillary Clinton - a move which Mr Trump apparently found unforgiveable.

Time in post?

Two years as FBI deputy director, including a year under Mr Trump's administration.


Tom Price, health secretary - 29 September 2017

Tom Price looks downward during a press briefing file photoImage copyright Getty Images

The former Georgia congressman was a long-standing opponent of the Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare.

Mr Price was confirmed by the Senate along party lines, amid allegations of insider trading while he worked on healthcare laws - which he denied.

As health secretary, Mr Price was involved in President Trump's repeated failures to push through bills repealing Obamacare.

Why was he sacked?

An analysis of transport spending by Politico discovered that Mr Price had, between May and late September, spent more than $1m on flights.

Some $500,000 of that was on military flights approved by the White House, but private charter flights made up at least $400,000 where commercial flights were available. Mr Trump said he was "not happy".

Time in post?

Almost eight months.


Steve Bannon, chief strategist - 18 August 2017

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Steve Bannon joined the Trump campaign after leading the right-wing Breitbart News website, which rose to prominence through its attacks on mainstream Republicans, as well as those on the left.

The website helped to elevate the so-called "Alt-right", which critics label a white supremacist group.

Like other aides to Mr Trump, he made his fortune as an investment banker, but later turned to financing film and television programmes such as the popular 90s sitcom Seinfeld.

Why was he sacked?

Some of Mr Trump's most influential advisers, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, had been pushing for his departure for months.

His firing came amid a public backlash to Mr Trump's response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which an anti-racist protester was killed by a 20-year-old man with Nazi sympathies.

Time in post?

Fired one year after being named campaign chief.


Anthony Scaramucci, communications director - 31 July 2017

Anthony ScaramucciImage copyright AFP

The brash, Wall Street bigwig has known President Trump for years, and defended him in TV interviews.

While in the job, he appeared to accuse then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of being responsible for White House leaks in a tweet (later deleted) that also appeared to threaten him.

Mr Scaramucci then attacked Mr Priebus and President Trump's senior adviser Steve Bannon in an expletive-filled rant on the phone with a reporter from the New Yorker magazine.

Why was he sacked?

Although he had boasted of reporting directly to the president, Mr Scaramucci's outbursts may have cost him any post alongside Gen Kelly, who was replacing Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

Mr Scaramucci's departure was announced hours after Gen Kelly was sworn-in.

Time in post?

Ten days (although his official start date was 15 August - so possibly minus 15 days.)


Reince Priebus, chief of staff - 28 July 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, U.S.Image copyright Reuters

The former Republican National Committee chairman was one of few Washington veterans given a top role in the Trump White House but was unable to assert his authority.

He grappled with competing powers in an administration where Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, played key roles.

Why was he sacked?

President Trump lost confidence in him and clearly wanted a shake-up in the White House, opting for a general to replace the Republican Party operative, who was seen as weak.

The announcement also came as the Republicans failed in their efforts to repeal Obamacare in the Senate.

Time in post?

Six months.


Sean Spicer, press secretary - 21 July 2017

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer looks on during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017.Image copyright AFP

Mr Spicer famously kicked off his tenure as White House press secretary by defending a seemingly indefensible claim about the crowd size at President Trump's inauguration.

Over the course of his time behind the podium he became - unusually for a press secretary - a household name, and was parodied on Saturday Night Live.

Why did he leave?

Unlike most others on this list, Mr Spicer appears to have left on seemingly good terms with the president.

He stepped down after Mr Scaramucci was appointed to a role he had partially filled, saying he did not want there to be "too many cooks in the kitchen".

Time in post?

Six months.


James Comey, FBI director - 9 May 2017

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Mr Comey played a dramatic and controversial part in the closing stages of the election when he announced, a week before the vote, that the FBI had reopened an investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

He was criticised first by Democrats for the timing, then by Republicans when he said a week later that no charges would be brought.

The president grew less appreciative of him as the FBI director led an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Why was he sacked?

The Trump administration first claimed Mr Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation rendered him no longer able to credibly lead the bureau and that Mr Trump had acted on the deputy attorney general's recommendation.

However Mr Trump soon contradicted this, calling him a "showboat" in a TV interview and saying he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he made the decision to sack him.

Time in post?

Three years, eight months. Less than four months under Mr Trump.


Michael Flynn, national security adviser - 14 February 2017

Michael Flynn was the shortest serving national security adviser in historyImage copyright Reuters

Technically, Michael Flynn resigned, but he was asked to do so by the president.

His departure followed weeks of deepening scandal in which it emerged that he had misled White House officials, including the vice-president, over his contact with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Mr Flynn is said to have discussed US sanctions against Russia with Mr Kislyak before Mr Trump took office.

Why was he sacked?

It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy, and once it was established that Mr Flynn had lied about his contact with Mr Kislyak there was no question that he had to go.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the president needed the time to investigate Mr Flynn and establish his guilt, but the scandal prompted fierce speculation over what the president knew of Mr Flynn's contacts with Mr Kislyak.

Time in post?

23 days.


Sally Yates, acting attorney general - 31 January 2017

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing entitled, "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election"Image copyright Reuters

The president fired Sally Yates after she questioned the legality of Mr Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

Ms Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, believed it discriminated unconstitutionally against Muslims, and ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order.

Why was she sacked?

A White House statement said Ms Yates had "betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States".

It also described her as "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration".

Time in post?

10 days. She previously served as deputy attorney general from May 2015 until January 2017.


Preet Bharara, New York federal prosecutor - 11 March 2017

A file picture dated 18 May 2016 shows Preet Bharara, US Attorney of the Southern District of New York, speaks during a press conference in New York, New York, USA.Image copyright EPA

It is not uncommon for prosecutors appointed by the previous administration to be replaced as the White House changes hands, but the widely-respected Preet Bharara had been told specifically by the Trump administration that he would be kept on.

At the time of his sacking, he was overseeing several high-profile cases, including allegations of sexual harassment at Trump favourite Fox News.

Why was he sacked?

Mr Bharara was one of 46 prosecutors asked to resign by the Trump administration, which contended that it was part of a simple changing of the guard.

But there was speculation among Democrats and others that Mr Bahara's jurisdiction, which included Trump Tower, may have concerned the president.

Time in post?

Seven years, seven months. Less than two months under Mr Trump.


Paul Manafort, Trump campaign manager - 19 August 2016

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Paul Manafort, a long-time Republican political operative, was supposed to marshal some of the chaos around Mr Trump but ended up falling prey to it.

He was sacked after five months with Mr Trump's campaign, three of those as campaign chair.

Why was he sacked?

The Trump campaign didn't give a reason for Mr Manafort's departure, issuing only a statement wishing him well.

But a wave of reports in the week before the announcement alleged that Mr Manafort had received secret cash payments from a pro-Russian political party for representing Russian interests in Ukraine and the US.

Time in post?

Three months.

 

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Everything else aside, it's paying for itself and saving the American public money!

Mueller Investigation Cost $25 Million So Far, Report Says. It’s Pulled in $48 Million From Tax Cheats

Robert Mueller’s investigation has cost just over $25 million in the first 16 months of its investigation, according to CNBC.

The Special Counsel’s Office released new an expenditure report Friday which revealed that the six months between the beginning of April through September cost about $4.5 million. More than half of the total cost is attributed to personnel compensation and benefits.

Since beginning the probe in May 2017, investigating whether Russia was linked to the Trump presidential campaign, Mueller has filed more than 100 criminal charges.

Though the investigation comes with a hefty price tag, it may have actually paid for its own investigation, with its probe leading to monetary estimated gains of up to $48 million for the government through the tax evasion the investigation has revealed.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced for conspiracy and obstruction of justice in September. As part of his plea deal, Manafort agreed to forfeit assets that amount to between $42 million and $46 million, including about $22 million in property, CNBC reports. The case revealed how Manafort avoided paying more than $15 million in taxes by laundering $60 million from pro-Russian Ukrainians, CNN reports.

Manafort reportedly violated the conditions of his plea deal, and last month prosecutors said that he could face more charges.

Earlier this week, Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes including paying hush money to a porn star and Playboy model. As part of his deal, Cohen agreed to pay $1.4 million in unpaid taxes and hand over $500,000 in assets as well as pay $100,000 in fines.

Throughout the investigation, Trump has called efforts by Mueller’s team a “witch hunt” and has blasted the special counsel for its growing cost.

A.P. has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast. No Collusion, except by the Democrats!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018

With Mueller’s investigation not yet completed, it’s difficult to say how much it will ultimately cost American taxpayers. An investigation into President Bill Clinton, which took place between 1994 and 1998, reportedly cost about $40 million.

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Occasionally I will take a moment and try to figure out things that make no sense to me. This is one of those attempts and I’m no further ahead as a result of looking. As always though, I come away with the notion that the Democrats damn well better be right or they are going to look pretty silly. This has been an extended diet of nothing burgers and I wonder if US voters are as hungry as I am.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/17/alan-dershowitz-fbi-absolutely-tried-trap-flynn-nobody-understands-why-he-lied

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