conceivably, this might even be a double-bluff by the left, to discredit the right

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BreakingNews24/7 claims to have evidence that Jason Kessler, organizer of the rally to protest the removal of the statue in Charlottesville, was recruited by Brennan Gilmore, a known deep-cover CIA operative, to infiltrate the Unite the Right movement and become a leader for that loosely-knit group. Up until mid-Nov 2016, Kessler had been a Demagog operative, former CNN assignment editor and former Occupy Wall Street activist. There are photos to prove this last claim. Gilmore was allegedly recently stationed in central Africa. After Trump’s November victory, Gilmore left Africa and became the chief of staff for his former station boss, Tom Perriello, Demagog candidate for governor of Virginia who lost in the Jun 13 primary. Gilmore then became an adviser to Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer, who famously proclaimed that he wanted to make Charlottesville “the center of the resistance.” How convenient that Kessler, a literal newcomer to the Unite the Right movement, was somehow able to organize and promote a rally that was bound to attract some KKK and neo-Nazi types, in Charlottesville, where Mayor Signer was looking to make a name for his town as the center of the resistance. I smell a rat, or several rats to be exact. This entire event appears to have been deliberately set up. And to add to the smell of a set-up, guess who happened to be right there with camera in hand when the car raced down the street into the crowd and cars ahead? Brennan Gilmore, adviser to Michael Signer, Mayor of Charlottesville. It was his video that immediately went viral, with Gilmore being interviewed by all the Trump-hating MSM outlets and setting the narrative of the evil Nazis vs the selfless, Pindostan-loving “anti-racist” protesters. Also rumors that Mayor Signer told the police to stand down. Too many unlikely connections and coincidences not to be a set-up.

Sources: MSNBC, Politico, Reddit.

Media Witness Has Secret That Could Ruin Left’s Treasonous Plot, YouTube, Aug 15 2017 (computer voice and one still photograph on the screen)

After the deadly car attack during the Charlottesville protests, the MSM interviewed a “random” witness who claimed to have given CPR to an injured victim. However, as the liberal media gushed over this heroic witness, his sick secret was exposed, and it’s one that could completely ruin the left’s involvement, exposing their treasonous plot. Just moments after crazed white supremacist James Alex Fields plowed through protesters in Charlottesville, MSNBC and other liberal outlets aired an interview with an alleged heroic witness, who not only captured the terrorist attack on camera but claimed to have saved an injured bystander. The left likely never thought that their poster child interviewee would accidentally reveal a sinister international scheme, verifying on what was initially written off as a paranoid conspiracy theory. When Brennan Gilmore condemned racist Nazis for brutalizing the peaceful anti-racists, the left immediately used his testimony to confirm that the ANTIFA members were acting peacefully in the face of evil conservatives. However, the left wasn’t expecting that Gilmore’s dark past would surface, providing evidence that the “random” heroic witness who they’d interviewed is actually a State Depat hire who has disturbing ties to none other than George Soros. According to The Gateway Pundit, Gilmore was a liberal plant who formerly served as chief of staff to Tom Perriello when he ran for Virginia governor, receiving $375k from Soros during the campaign. Aside from having direct ties to Soros, Gilmore also worked for 15 years in the State Dept as a FSO in the DRC, CAR, Sudan, Tunisia and Sierra Leone, and was involved in the Kony 2012 operation. AP disclosed:

Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2m since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors who gave six-figure donations. His biggest donor is Sonjia Smith, a philanthropist from Perriello’s hometown of Charlottesville who gave $500k. Soros and his son Alexander gave a combined $375k, while Avaaz gave $230k. Perriello helped found the nonprofit, which is active in various progressive causes around the world and is not required to disclose its donors.

Even more disturbing is that the State Dept has scrubbed all references to Gilmore, which have fortunately been archived. This move suggests that the State Dept is trying to hide their relationship with Gilmore, despite the fact that he rose through their ranks for over a decade, according to Dennis Michael Lynch.
Scott Creighton is one of the many skeptics who pointed out Gilmore’s suspicious background and the fact that the media knows who he is but passed him off as a random citizen. He wrote:

I will do some research on the suspect and publish it a little later, but right now I wanted to share with you some things I found out about Brennan Gilmore, the former State Dept employee who just HAPPENED to be at the exact right place at the exact right time, already filming with his camera, to capture the entire event from beginning to end. And he just HAPPENED to have the pre-approved establishment message canned and ready to go for a CNN interview on the scene! His video hadn’t gone viral yet, and CNN was already interviewing him! What a coincidence there! Notice that he says the counter-protesters were peaceful. I guess that means Soros’ ANTIFA provocateurs had been told to avoid that particular march. Also, notice how easily he equates alt-right with terrorists and racists.

The propaganda is rife in Gilmore’s interview: he refers to the ANTIFA protesters as “peaceful” despite countless reports, videos, and photos proving that they used toxic chemicals and weapons against their opponents. The evidence that Gilmore is a political plant is disturbing, showcasing once again that socialist globalist Soros has his hand in Pindostan’s violent leftist uprising. The fact that the mainstream media is parading him around like a political puppet to spew their propaganda is inexcusable. You can find him on every major news outlet, but any word of who is really is has been whitewashed from the reports. The left has control of the media, the protesters, and minds of many Pindosis who actually believe that the anti-fascist fascists are fighting racism with peace. In reality, Soros and his liberal shills have been throwing money and fuel on the fire, hoping to step in and seize control as soon as Pindostan goes up in flames.

these so-called “salafis” may well be pseudo-gangs, like al qaida was paid by bandar bush, for example

Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militants
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, Aug 16 2017

GAZA – A Hamas security man and a member of a rival Islamist militant group were killed on Thursday in a confrontation in the Gaza Strip near the Palestinian enclave’s border with Egypt, security sources said. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has stepped up patrols in the border area with the declared aim of preventing the movement of so-called Jihadist Salafis between the territory and the Sinai peninsula, where Islamic State has been battling Egyptian troops for years. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said in a statement:

A security force stopped two persons who approached the border. One of them blew himself up and was killed. The other was wounded.

It said several Hamas security men were hurt, and hospital officials told reporters that one of them died of his wounds. Security sources said the militant killed in the blast was a member of a Salafi group. Hamas has been pursuing improved relations with Egypt, which keeps its border crossing with Gaza largely shut. Egypt has accused Hamas in the past of aiding militants in the Sinai. Hamas has denied those allegations. Gaza’s Salafis are proponents of global holy war endorsed by Daesh and AQ. Hamas has shown little tolerance for Salafi movements, detaining many of their members and raiding homes in searches for weapons.

the jewish world empire doesn’t like what it calls “iran’s anti-semitism”

Iran rejects Pindo religious freedom report as hypocritical
AFP, Aug 16 2017

TEHRAN – Iran on Wednesday rejected a Pindosi religious freedom report critical of Tehran as “hypocritical” coming from a country where Islamophobia was widespread. Foggy Bottom released its annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, criticising Bahrain, China, Iran, Pakistan, the Toads, Sudan and Turkey. Its charges were as follows:

Iran has used vague apostasy laws to execute 20 members of religious minorities over the past year, used anti-Semitic language and promoted Holocaust denial, continued to harass, interrogate and arrest Bahais, Christians, Sunni Muslims and other religious minorities and regulated Christian religious practices closely to enforce the prohibition on proselytising.

Foreign ministry spox Bahram Ghasemi hit back on the ministry’s website, writing:

Iran considers it an unrealistic, baseless, unfounded and biased report which has only been made with the intention of certain political gains. Faschingstein should focus on improving its own record of discrimination, particularly regarding its Muslim population. It is clear that religious and racial discrimination, Islamophobia, and xenophobia are a widespread and frequent phenomenon among Pindostani politicians. Muslims in Pindostan face violent and discriminating actions on a daily basis by state bodies like the police and security forces.

this stuff is supposedly in the malware that actually doesn’t exist cos the DNC was never hacked in the first place

Ukraine hacker cooperating with FBI in Russia probe: report
Morgan Chalfant, The Hill, Aug 16 2017

A hacker in Ukraine who goes by the online alias “Profexer” is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, the NYT is reporting. Profexer, whose real identity is unknown, wrote and sold malware on the dark web. The intelligence community publicly identified code he had written as a tool used in the hacking of the DNC ahead of last year’s presidential election. The hacker’s activity on the web came to a halt shortly after the malware was identified. The NYT, citing Ukrainian police, reported Wednesday that the individual turned himself into the FBI earlier this year and became a witness for the bureau in its investigation. Ukrainian police did not provide details on the individual in question, including his name, but said he is living in Ukraine and has not been arrested. There is no evidence the individual worked for Russian intelligence. However, in a Joint Analysis Report produced by the DHS and FBI and released publicly on Dec 29, 2016, the government identified a sample of malware, called the PAS web shell, used by Russian civilian and military intelligence in the election-related hacks. The particular malware was written by Profexer and made available for download on the dark web. He sold customized versions of the hacking tool to clients.

which were the paid ones at charlottesville, then?

Why Was This ‘Crowd Hire’ Company Recruiting $25 An Hour ‘Political Activists’ In Charlotte Last Week?
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 16 2017

Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was “blame on both sides” for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Now, the discovery of a Craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a LA-based “PR firm specializing in innovative events” to serve as agitators in counter-protests. The ad was posted by a company called “Crowds on Demand” and offered $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to participate in events in the “Charlotte, NC area.” While the ad didn’t explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of “actors and photographers,” it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were “ok with participating in peaceful protests.” Here is the text from the ad:

Actors and Photographers Wanted in Charlotte
Crowds on Demand, a LA-based PR firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a “can-do” spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit. For more information about us, please visit If you’re interested in working with us, please reply to this posting with the following info:

  • Full Name
  • Prior relevant experience (as an actor/performer, photographer, brand ambassador, political activist, etc)
  • When are you usually available for work?
  • Resume (optional)
  • If you’re a photographer, what equipment do you use?
  • Are you ok with participating in peaceful protests (optional)?

And a screenshot of the original post:

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So what is “Crowds on Demand?”  According to their own website, they’re in the business of sourcing large crowds of people to “provide clients with protests, rallies, flash-mobs” all over the country. They even have an entire page on their website dedicated to “Protests and Rallies.”

Are you looking to create a buzz anywhere in Pindostan? At Crowds on Demand, we provide our clients with protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts. These services are available across the country in every major Pindo city, every major Pindo metro area and even most smaller cities as well. We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas. You can come to us with a specific plan of action and we can make it happen, or you can approach us with a general idea and we can help you plan the strategy, then execute it. We’ve made campaigns involving hundreds of people come to action in just days. We have a proven record of delivering major wins on even the toughest campaigns and delivering phenomenal experiences with even the most logistically challenging events.

The CEO of Crowds on Demand denied to Snopes that his firm was involved in the Charlottesville protests but refused to provide details on the specific purpose of the craigslist ad and/or why it was temporarily removed yesterday before being restored.

We were not involved in any capacity with the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by the violence.

Silly question, but if your cause is worthy of protest then why would you need to pay $25 per hour to get people to show up?

Crowds on Demand was incorporated on 12/12/12 in California by Adam Swart.
Last known address: 770 LA PARA AVE, PALO ALTO, CA 94306.
LC Entity Detail: 201235610319 – CROWDS ON DEMAND LLC.
Last statement filed: 06/19/2017.
Registration Date: 12/12/2012.
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA.
Status: ACTIVE.
Agent for Service of Process: LEGALZOOM.COM INC (C2967349).
Entity Address: 8484 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 515, BEVERLY HILLS CA 90211.
Mailing Address: 8484 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 515, BEVERLY HILLS CA 90211.
LLC Management: Member-Managed.

Before starting Crowds on Demand, Adam Swart worked as a reporter for AOL’s Patch sites, in product management positions at various Bay Area start-up companies, and as a political organizer for campaigns including Jerry Brown’s successful election as Governor of California in 2010. Look at their press page if you want proof they are real, and legal, going back to 2012.

“we gotta help crush ethno-nationalism, and then we go with economic nationalism”

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant
Robert Kuttner, Pindosi Prospect, Aug 16 2017

You might think from recent press accounts that Steve Bannon is on the ropes and therefore behaving prudently. In the aftermath of events in Charlottesville, he is widely blamed for his boss’s continuing indulgence of white supremacists. Allies of McMaster hold Bannon responsible for a campaign by Breitbart News, which Bannon once led, to vilify the security chief. Trump’s defense of Bannon, at his Tuesday press conference, was tepid. But Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon to discuss the politics of taking a harder line with China, and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Depts of Defense, State, and Treasury. “They’re wetting themselves,” he said, proceeding to detail how he would oust some of his opponents at State and Defense. Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me. I’d just published a column on how China was profiting from the Pindo-NK nuclear brinkmanship, and it included some choice words about Bannon’s boss. I wrote:

In Kim, Trump has met his match. The risk of two arrogant fools blundering into a nuclear exchange is more serious than at any time since October 1962.

Maybe Bannon wanted to scream at me? I told the assistant that I was on vacation, but I would be happy to speak by phone. Bannon promptly called. Far from dressing me down for comparing Trump to Kim, he began:

It’s a great honor to finally track you down. I’ve followed your writing for years and I think you and I are in the same boat when it comes to China.  You absolutely nailed it. We’re at economic war with China. It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.

Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got NK to freeze its nuclear build-up with verifiable inspections and Pindostan removed its troops from the peninsula, but such a deal seemed remote. Given that China is not likely to do much more on NK, and that the logic of mutually assured destruction was its own source of restraint, Bannon saw no reason not to proceed with tough trade sanctions against China. Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said:

There’s no military solution, forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.

Bannon went on to describe his battle inside the administration to take a harder line on China trade, and not to fall into a trap of wishful thinking in which complaints against China’s trade practices now had to take a backseat to the hope that China, as honest broker, would help restrain Kim. Bannon said:

To me, the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.

Bannon’s plan of attack includes: a complaint under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act against Chinese coercion of technology transfers from American corporations doing business there, and follow-up complaints against steel and aluminum dumping. He says:

We’re going to run the tables on these guys. We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re in an economic war and they’re crushing us.

But what about his internal adversaries at Foggy Bottom & the Pentagon who think that Pindostan can enlist Beijing’s aid on the NK standoff, and at Treasury and the National Economic Council who don’t want to mess with the trading system? “Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence. He says:

I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense. I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton out at State.

But can Bannon really win that fight internally? He said:

That’s a fight I fight every day here. We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying. We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.

Bannon explained that his strategy is to battle the trade doves inside the administration while building an outside coalition of trade hawks that includes left as well as right. Hence the phone call to me. There are a couple of things that are startling about this premise. First, to the extent that most of the opponents of Bannon’s China trade strategy are other Trump administration officials, it’s not clear how reaching out to the left helps him. If anything, it gives his adversaries ammunition to characterize Bannon as unreliable or disloyal. More puzzling is the fact that Bannon would phone a writer and editor of a progressive publication and assume that a possible convergence of views on China trade might somehow paper over the political and moral chasm on white nationalism. The question of whether the phone call was on or off the record never came up. This is also puzzling, since Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press. He’s probably the most media-savvy person in Pindostan. I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base. He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it:

Ethno-nationalism, it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more. These guys are a collection of clowns.

From his lips to Trump’s ear! Bannon continued:

The Demagogs – the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em! I want them to talk about racism every day! If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Demagogs!

I had never before spoken with Bannon. I came away from the conversation with a sense both of his savvy and his recklessness. The waters around him are rising, but he is going about his business of infighting, and attempting to cultivate improbable outside allies, to promote his China strategy. His enemies will do what they do. Either the reports of the threats to Bannon’s job are grossly exaggerated and leaked by his rivals, or he has decided not to change his routine and to go down fighting. Given Trump’s impulsivity, neither Bannon nor Trump really has any idea from day to day whether Bannon is staying or going. He has survived earlier threats. So what the hell, damn the torpedoes! The conversation ended with Bannon inviting me to the White House after Labor Day to continue the discussion of China and trade. We’ll see if he’s still there.


Hannity: FBI Reopening FOIA Request Into Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting
zeropointnow, iBankCoin, Aug 15 2017

Sean Hannity caused a stir on Twitter Tuesday evening when he announced that the Pindosi Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is reopening its FoIA request into the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting. On Monday, the ACLJ announced the delivery of over four hundred documents on the Clinton-Lynch meeting to the Senate Judiciary Committee, previously reported by iBankCoin. Notably, the emails showed that Lynch had been communicating with an alias email account.

The ACLJ said:

We just delivered 413 pages of documents on the clandestine Clinton-Lynch meeting to the Senate Judiciary Committee. These documents relevant to the Committee’s ongoing oversight of former Obama AG Loretta Lynch, and specifically her role in the criminal investigation of former Sec State Clinton, were received as a result of our litigation against the DoJ for failing to comply with the requirements of the FoIA. In addition to the FoIA-obtained documents, we also provided the Senate Judiciary Committee a complete timeline of the most relevant communications and events that occurred after AG Lynch secretly met with former Pres Clinton on Jul 27 2016, on the Phoenix Airport tarmac. This timeline and these documents include evidence of:

  • Obama AG Loretta Lynch’s alias email account;
  • Numerous redactions, including main “talking points,” in circumvention of FoIA;
  • Comey-led FBI lies on the existence of requested documents;
  • DoJ-Media collusion;
  • A White House connection; and
  • Revelations that Obama loyalists are now investigating themselves.

In our letter, we urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to thoroughly complete their oversight in order to ensure the Pindo sheeple that our judicial system is indeed blindly applicable to everyone. As we’ve stated previously, we will continue preparing direct legal action to get the unredacted documents, the talking points and spin that the DoJ bureaucracy still doesn’t want the Pindo creeple to see. We are winning. The truth will come out and those responsible will be held accountable.

Jay Sekulow: ‘Very Significant. I’d Give It A Ten.’
zeropointnow, iBankCoin, Aug 15 2017

Jay Sekulow sat down with Sean Hannity and Greg Jarrett on Fox News last night to discuss the ongoing efforts by the Pindosi Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to compel the government to turn over documents pertaining to the infamous ‘tarmac’ meeting between then-AG Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton during the 2016 election. Sekulow is both president Trump’s attorney and chief council to the ACLJ. Last year, the ACLJ approached the FBI for documents pertaining to the clandestine Lynch-Clinton meeting, which the FBI lied about possessing, telling the organization that the documents didn’t exist. After being stonewalled by the FBI, the ACLJ approached the DoJ with the same request. When they didn’t hear back, a federal court order was obtained demanding the release of information. Then, two weeks ago, the ACLJ took possession of 481 pages of heavily redacted emails which were full of communications between the FBI and DOJ about the tarmac meeting among other things, including communications received by James Comey’s chief of staff with “information on talking points on how to handle the Clinton-Lynch meeting in Arizona.” (link here to PDF) The emails also revealed that former AG Loretta Lynch used her grandmother’s name as an alias while communicating over government email systems. With their lie exposed, the FBI bends the knee. As a result of the 481 pages of communications now proven to exist, Sekulow told Hannity that the FBI had agreed to a new FOIA request for documents pertaining to the tarmac meeting. In short: the FBI lied about the documents, the ACLJ has proof the lied thanks to a court-ordered production of email records, and now the FBI has agreed to search for more documents pertaining to the case. Sekulow also added:

The letter from FBI denying there was any info relevant to us was signed by same section chief who came back and now has said “Whoops, we’re going to go back and check!” because they know we’ve got those documents.

Fox anchor and attorney Greg Jarrett said there are three possibilities as to why the FBI lied about the documents.

Either they lost the documents and they’ve suddenly been found, or they lied when they said there are no documents, or they didn’t understand the request.

Jarrett also said that the precedent cited to justify the heavy redactions is legally inappropriate. Finally, when Hannity asked how big this is, Jay Sekulow responded:

I think this is very significant, I give it a 10. And I’ll tell you why. Just think about what took place on that tarmac. That is not the way equal justice under the law is supposed to work.

doesn’t trump realize that bezos is in bed with the pentagon?

Trump Lashes Out At Bezos
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 16 2017

Amazon stock dropped a much as 1.2% in the pre-market (down 0.7% last), after an early start of the Trump tweets on Wednesday where with his first tweet he attacked the giant online retailer:

Trump’s comment hardly conveys new information, and underscores what Dick’s CEO Ed Stack said yesterday during his striking conference call in which he said the retail industry is in “panic mode,” liquidating inventory to keep market share, and hit by a “perfect storm” in which Amazon is a key culprit:

Dick’s is another example of Amazon becoming the new middleman… Here we go down the gross margin rabbit hole just in time for the holidays.

The question is whether the tweet is indicative of another policy shift by the Trump administration, whereby the president will focus on the giant online retailer as a potential monopoly and bring up anti-trust considerations, potentially sparking fears of a government mandated break-up. Or Trump’s tweet may have simply been prompted by something he read in the Bezos-owned WaPo this morning, resulting in the angry tweet. Indicatively, last week Mad Dog Mattis visited Amazon’s HQ in Seattle. Bezos posted a photo of himself showing Mattis around:


gary cohn’s flies are open or something

Gary Cohn Reportedly “Disgusted & Deeply Upset” At Trump’s Last Few Days
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 16 2017


Former Goldman Sachs President and current National Economic Council chair Gary Cohn, who is also Jewish, is said to be “disgusted” and “deeply upset” by Pres Trump’s comments on white nationalists, according to the NYT. Axios also reports:

We’re told that Cohn, who was standing next to Trump in anticipation of questions about infrastructure legislation, was somewhere between appalled and furious.

NYT reporters cite three people who are familiar with the matter…

Presumably this corners Cohn to either publicly deny the story or pressures him to resign if this is truly how he feels. With CEOs dropping like flies from his various councils, Pres Trump would be in greater trouble if a close aide were to resign, the floodgates could open.

Trump Disbands Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Aug 16 2017

Update 2: Following its decision to disband, which took place even as two more CEOs from the mfg council, the chiefs of J&J and United Tech, were announcing their resignations. Trump’s now defunct Strategy Council has just issued the following statement:

Update 1: With the CEOs within the various administration councils deciding to leave en masse, Pres Trump has tweeted over the top to give the appearance that he decided to shut them down:

As we detailed earlier, with CEOs dropping like flies from Trump’s manufacturing councel, with 3M and Campbell Soup CEOs announcing they are out, CNBC reports that President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum has agreed to disband. The business advisory council is, or rather was, made up of top business leaders is separate from Trump’s manufacturing council, which several business leaders left this week. The Strategic and Policy Forum, led by Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, featured, among others:

  • JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon
  • BlackRock’s Larry Fink
  • Wal-Mart’s Doug McMillon
  • IBM’s Ginni Rometty

A member told CNBC:

The thinking was it was important to do as a group. As a panel, not as individuals because it would have more significant impact. It makes a central point that it’s not going to go forward. It’s done.

Bloomberg confirms that Trump’s council of senior business leaders who advise on strategy and policy is disbanding, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The executive council, which is led by Blackstone Group’s Stephen Schwarzman, planned to inform the White House Wednesday before making the announcement public, according to the person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The strategy group is one of several the White House convened earlier this year to advise the president. Several CEOs from a manufacturing council have quit this week, following blowback over Trump’s remarks about racially charged violence in Virginia on Saturday.

This follows the mass exodus of CEOs, most recently 3M and Campbell CEOs. Inge Thulin, the chairman and CEO of 3M, on Wednesday announced his resignation from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council:

And Campbell Soup Company CEO left shortly after:

They join Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Under Armour’s Kevin Plank, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Alliance for Pindosi Manufacturing president Scott Paul and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumpka in exiting the council, which is headed by Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris. Thea Lee, former deputy chief of staff of the AFL-CIO, said on Twitter she is quitting the council as well. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Bob Iger in June dropped out of a strategic and policy forum to the president following his decision to withdraw Pindostan from the Paris climate accord. Since-ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quit the council in February over employee backlash. As a reminder, Pres Trump tweeted yesterday:

That remains to be seen, meanwhile VP Pence just made a statement confirming he will be returning early from his LatAm trip:


Trump Disbands CEO Councils After Backlash Over Charlottesville Comments
zeropointnow, iBankCoin, Aug 16 2017

Moments ago, Pres Trump shot off a tweet announcing that he was ending his CEO Manufacturing Council as well as the Strategy and Policy forum in what looks to be a case of “you can’t quit, you’re fired!” The move comes after several CEOs resigned from their participation following Trump’s comments on Charlottesville which placed blame ‘on both sides.’ Trump made the announcement right as one of the advisory groups was reportedly set to disband.

In other words, despite condemning Neo-Nazis and white nationalists, the nation is in revolt because Trump suggested that the violent anarchists of Antifa share blame for the last weekend’s deadly events. Per Bloomberg:

His remarks were a reversal of what he said a day before, when he tweeted that he had plenty of CEOs who wanted to be on the panels to replace those who quit, and called the CEOs who left “grandstanders.”

The executive council, which is led by Blackstone Group LP’s Stephen Schwarzman, planned to inform the White House Wednesday before making the announcement public, according to a person familiar with the matter, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the news publicly.

Resignations and reactions

A thought from Julian Assange in his horrible virtual captivity: