Monthly Archives: January 2017

Russian Around Inauguration Day

On the day of the Inauguration, the Trump transition team denies rumors that “hundreds of Russian officials,” bussed in to Washington area hotels overnight, will surreptitiously attend the ceremony and private receptions  as guests of honor.

“This is classic fake news,” declared Sean Spicer, Trump’s choice for press secretary. “No invitations were issued, no special meetings or ceremonies are scheduled, and we have no contact with or direct knowledge of Russian officials attending.”

While separate reports from journalists, hotel personnel, and private citizens suggest otherwise, precisely this kind of fake news story has gone viral and gained international attention numerous times during the run-up to the election. One report, not exposed as a fraud until months after its debut, famously reported tour busses that allegedly brought hundreds to protesters and disrupters to a Trump rally in Austin, TX.

“The fact that people are willing — make that eager — to embrace such nonsense speaks volumes about the level of delusion and desperation in the Democrat camp,” Spicer said. Pressed about similar stories aimed at Democrats, Spicer resisted drawing conclusion, pointing out that “I wasn’t involved with the campaign back then.”

Natasha Fatale at the Russian embassy in Washington noted that Russian visitors to the Capital were commonplace year-round. “And of course we Russians, like people everywhere, are fascinated by and interested in the new American President. We expect wonderful new things from his administration, and are looking forward to a brand new era in international affairs.”

 

Win Win

Lost in the frenzied fake news reports launched against the President-elect and shrill denouncements of Russian interference in the election is any realistic review of the beneficial impact of both on American voters.

Trump & Putin

The transition team’s Brent Ashburn,  in an exclusive interview with Bratbreit, encouraged “putting this [Russian interference] in historical and international perspective” which recognizes (1) that the US has conducted similar manipulations of other nations’ elective processes “dozens of times” in the 20th century alone, particularly in South and Central America, and (2) such management isn’t necessarily hostile as it is beneficial to the greater world community.

“One reason President-elect Trump hesitated to acknowledge Russian involvement is he didn’t want to belabor the obvious, that both Russian leadership  and the American public agreed that Hilary Clinton’s presidency would nurture a more hostile and dangerous environment between the two nations, which benefits neither,” Ashburn explained.

So in a genuine sense, Russia did us all a favor?

“You could say that, although the election results, where Mr. Trump won 3,141 counties to Clinton’s 57, suggest that the American people had vehemently determined for themselves their preference for world leadership .”

So as far as the Trump team is concerned, it’s a non-issue?

“Exactly. The people have spoken, and we move ahead. We have a world to manage, here, and if Democrats and liberals can’t trust the American and Russian governments, find somewhere else to set up camp. Maybe South America?”

Yes They Need Some Education

In their abrupt reversal over gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics, House Republicans reveal themselves either as rudderless invertebrates lacking in commitment and principle, or educable (if excitable) soldiers submissive to authority.

reverse-courseBut in two confidential conversations with transition team members, Bratbreit concludes that members of the House, led by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, were swayed by the direct intervention by President-elect Trump’s advisors who called committee members and essentially ordered them to stand down. Speaking on conditions of anonymity, two transition team members confirmed independently that the President-elect was displeased not only by the distraction the resolution had created, but the audacity of House Republicans to act on an initiative without clearing it through his office.

Paraphrasing: “Mr. Trump made it clear that in light of the overwhelming mandate his elevation to the presidency signals, he, not the Congress, will determine the nation’s agenda, including the timing of initiatives, and priority of actions. Established policies and procedures prior to his election are no longer automatically operative.”

Evidently the august members of the House, understandably eager to get started on Making America Great Again, have learned a lesson in protocol. Going forward, they will obey, as will the American people who selected their leader in November.