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Thursday, January 4, 2018

TRUMP VERSUS BANNON

Said David Brooks of The New York Times on his article entitled, TRUMP VERSUS BANNON:

In short, I suspect Steve Bannon is going to fail to corral the peripatetic brain of Donald Trump. But he may have more influence on the next generation.

Read that opinion piece, fascinating, but kind of like Alice in Wonderland, in that things seem wacky.  That is because Brooks published that op-ed on 10 January 2017, before Trump was inaugurated.

What has happened, of course, is that Michael Wolf, a 64-year old New Yorker who generally writes for New York and Vanity Fair,  will release on January 9 Fire and Fury:  Inside the Trump White House.  It is indicated that 200 White House and campaign staffers were interviewed, serving as the premise for this book.  Trump lawyers have demanded that the publisher, Henry Holt & Company, halt publication.  You can go to Amazon and get the kindle edition for $14.99, hardcover for $20.98 and Audio CD for $25.94.  No question this will become a world bestseller, even though much of it might actually be fantasy, but that is exactly what the White House is today, Donald in Wonderland.

Wolf (right) claims the following:
  • Ivanka Trump has concocted a plan with her husband Jared Kushner to become the first woman president of the USA.
  • The Trump campaign didn't actually want to win the election.
  • Ivanka mocks her dad's hairstyle, the result of scalp-reduction surgeries and cheap hair dye.
  • PUS#45 Trump found the White House vexing and a little scary.
  • Steve Bannon thought a meeting between Donald Trump  Jr and a group of Russians was treasonous.
The fury, of course, has to do with the former White House Chief Strategist:

Bannon reportedly said the Justice Department investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Moscow would focus on money laundering, adding: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV."


Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolf’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced.

A lot more to come.  This weekly White House reality show of titillation and tragedy is now becoming a daily.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average crashed the 25,000 barrier and closed up 152 at 25,075, of course another all-time record.   The S&P 500 went up to 2,724 and Nasdaq composite to 7,078, both also their maximum ever. There seems to be an inverse correlation with the popularity of our President.

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I should mention that there is an ocean storm off Madagascar to become a hurricane-strength Tropical Cyclone named Ava:


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