Sunday, Axios’ revealed on their HBO show that they had obtained leaked documents that showed all of the research President Donald Trump’s transition team did on possible appointees and the individuals who became cabinet officials. What was uncovered, however, is what the researches were afraid of and prioritized the most when considering the appointees.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan called the documents one of the most significant leaks that the site had ever received.
“It gives us much, much more detail than we already had about the frenetic, incompetent, sloppy way this government was put together,” Swan told site founder Mike Allen. “The transition was more of a disaster than I realized.”
The transition crafted a section called “red flag” for the top advisors to look at when doing an interview.
Kris Kobach’s largest “red flag” had to do with his possible ties to white supremacy. Gen. David Petraeus doesn’t believe in the use of torture, which was seen as a red flag for the administration.
Scott Pruitt, for example, “lost his job because of serious ethical abuses and coziness with lobbyists,” Swan said. “There is literally a section here ‘Allegations of Coziness With Big Energy Companies.’ So, they went ahead with that anyway.”
“So it was foreseen,” Axios chief Mike Allen said.
“Perry described Trumpism as a ‘toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness, and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition,” his file said. Yet, oddly enough, Perry has remained one of the least troubled of most appointees.
Former Trump Transition chief Chris Christie was shown the document that was developed about him. It said that the biggest drawback was that Christie was the prosecutor who helped put Jared Kushner’s father in jail.
Questions for Christie involved whether he thought he couldn’t work with Kushner. Another question asked if Christie believed that his dismissal from the transition team was at the hands of Kushner.
“Yes, I do,” Christie said. “And the reason I do is that’s what Steve Bannon told me.”
He went on to say that it was bizarre reading the file on him because he knew there was a more extensive, detailed file that was used for Vice Presidential vetting.
Allen noted that in any other administration, none of these people would have even been considered. Swan agreed, saying what shocked him was that so many people who were still given jobs despite their so-called “red flags.”
Swan said that for all of the reports about the incompetence of the Trump transition, it was actually far worse.
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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits
Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.
Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.
Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments
If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.
And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.
His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:
UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist
The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".
But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.
May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".
On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.