Mr. President leadership is needed right now

President Trump needs to lead right now.

He needs to declare a national emergency or whatever other mechanism at his disposal to build the border wall and move on.

This duel he is having with the democrats is not making the president look strong. He appears ineffectual and bowing to the demands of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

His next move needs to allocate the needed funds to build the wall, which will move the country past this to get the shutdown over.

The time is now to show he is a leader and move past the shutdown. Most Americans are unaffected by the shutdown, but they hear about it every day and it has an effect on eroding his leadership.

Leadership is perceived. The perception is he is being held hostage by the democrats over the wall. Nothing is further from the truth. However he is being made to look weak for the 2020 election.

President Trump needs to end this wall stalemate now with a bold move in order to put the onus back on the democrats to open the government and get back to his agenda.

Get the money needed for the wall from whatever source possible and get back to the agenda that you promised to lead. That’s what the country needs right now.

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Donna Brazile’s bizarre tweet on Trump’s and Pence’s health

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. holiday everyone.

What exactly did this tweet mean by former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile on Friday afternoon:

This tweet came soon after President Trump canceled Pelosi’s oversea trip over the use of government planes during the shutdown.

President Pelosi in this context sounds very imminent.

Now of course Pelosi as Speaker of the House is second in line after Vice President Mike Pence to succeed the president, which is certainly more shortly than waiting until 2020. But Pelosi has not and probably will not run for that office. She is now 78 years old and has a very comfortable life.

So again I ask, what was Brazile talking about? She is very politically suave and would not make that remark in jest as a response to President Trump’s grounding of Pelosi’s jet.

Scrolling through the comments an overarching theme conveyed that perhaps the Secret Service should have a chat with Ms. Brazile.

Is Wall St. behind the border wall stonewalling?

Let’s look at an alternative view of why the Democrats are fighting so hard to not fund the Mexican border wall.

As I have written before $5-$6 billion in funding is equivalent to running an aircraft carrier  group for a week, so it’s not about the money.

Let’s look at the principals behind this stonewalling (pun intended). Sen. Chuck Schumer is the voice of Wall Street banking in the Senate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has Silicon Valley just to her south. In this matter it’s the newer financial products, which allow digital transfers, that have a vested interest in cross-border payments.

What would a wall do to the money flows over the border? How would the wall change cash inflows to the US banking system?

President Trump in his Oval Office address last week said: “The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year. Vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress.”

Well all that cash winds up in the US banking system eventually.

So between legal and illegal trading profits moving over the border and US banking firms counting on that additional liquidity to fund other revenue streams, you could make a case that larger forces are at play over the funding of the wall to keep the status quo.

This explanation makes more sense from the point of view of the protracted stalemate going on right now.

What’s that old expression? Follow the money.

FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s congressional testimony

A very important story came out on Friday from Jeff Carlson. I read it then but needed more time to research it, since it is quite a bit to go over.

Carlson received the transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI from July 2018. I am only touching on one aspect of the transcripts, if interested please click on link to view the complete article.

Among the key revelations in the transcript is Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s early involvement in disseminating the information that would ultimately wind up in the Steele dossier. Brennan briefed President Obama in early August 2016 and Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada some days later.

These meeting are almost a month before the FBI would find out about the dossier and launch “Crossfire Hurricane” its probe resulting from the Steele dossier.

In Brennan’s earlier congressional testimony he stated: “In consultation with the White House, I personally briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in election to congressional leadership, specifically Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to Representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devon Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11, August and 6, September.”

So what comes from Page’s testimony, which is the most surprising to me, is that the FBI “Crossfire Hurricane” probe into Russian collusion was a top down investigation perhaps ordered from the Obama White House resulting from CIA Director Brennan’s briefing.

Then FBI begins looking into the Steele Dossier, although they believe they are initiating the probe since Steele is an FBI asset.

Please give the full article a read.

Here are some other key findings from the testimony:

  • The FBI appears to have considered investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice both before and after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
  • Page says the DOJ refused to pursue “gross-negligence” charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server to send classified information.
  • FBI agent Michael Gaeta, head of the Eurasian Crime Squad, who received the dossier from former MI6 spy Steele in July 2016 is referred to in the transcript as Steele’s handler.
  • The FBI maintained a previously unknown verification file for the Steele dossier. Congressional investigators did not previously know of its existence.
  • John Carlin, the head of the DOJ’s National Security Division, was kept abreast of the FBI’s investigative activities through contact with then-Deputy FBI Director McCabe.
  • Page worked directly for DOJ official Bruce Ohr for at least five years and had met his wife, Nellie, once.
  • The role of FBI Agent Jonathan Moffa and DOJ official George Toscas may have been greater than initially assumed.

Chuck & Nancy can’t defend their wall ‘outrage’

President Trump in his Oval Office speech on Tuesday night gave his most presidential appearance of his term.

Trump was passionate and reserved as he pointed out to the American people the dire need for border security. He concisely pointed out the carnage and mayhem being brought upon this country because of illegal aliens.

His best line of the night centered on the morality of building a wall. “People don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, they build walls because they love the people on the inside,” the President said.

Now realizing of course that we are too far down the shutdown road for this, but liberal left politicians spend $5 billion in a cocaine heartbeat on their different agendas.

So if it’s not the amount of money needed for the wall, what is the Democrats rational for not funding the President’s request besides not giving him an important victory now?

Neither Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer nor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were able to inform the American people why they were against building the wall.

“It’s not as dangerous” as the President says. Is not an answer for the California police officer’s family and others cite by the President.

I’ll venture a guess as to why the liberals are against effective border security. The same reason the European Union is being overrun by Muslims. The globalists’ open borders agenda has brought out the yellow vests in force throughout France, Belgium and Germany to name a few.

Closing the border effectively would also reduce the Democratic Party’s ability to maintain its viability to recruit new members.

While all the parties will meet Wednesday to discuss further funding for border security,  nothing will come of it. So the ball will be in Trump’s court to declare a national emergency or a limited military action at the border to finish building sections not already funded and being constructed.

Chuck and Nancy chose the hill they wanted to die on, but could not give the American people the real reason for this futile effort.

It’s time for the President to move on to more important matters.