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Swamp Draining Begins: Trump Orders Cuts To Security Council Amid CIA Whistleblower “Coup”

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President Trump has ordered a significant reduction of staff at the National Security Council, according to Bloomberg, citing “five people familiar with the plans.” The cuts were described as part of a White House initiative to streamline the agency under new National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.

Two of the people familiar with the decision to shrink the NSC insisted it was largely rooted in both the transition to O’Brien’s leadership as well as Trump’s desire to increase efficiency at the agency, which grew under former President Barack Obama. About 310 people currently work at the NSC. –Bloomberg

The cutbacks will primarily be carried out from attrition, “as staffers return from assignments at the NSC to their home agencies,” according to the report. Many of the council’s employees are career government employees who came from the State Department, Pentagon and intelligence agencies.

Members of Congress have periodically sought to reduce the size of the NSC in recent years. Some lawmakers have threatened to make the national security adviser a Senate-confirmed position if the administration didn’t reduce the number of people working at the president’s foreign policy shop. –Bloomberg

Bloomberg links the decision to a whistleblower complaint over Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, however there is no evidence to suggest that’s true.

According to the New York Times, the whistleblower is a CIA officer who previously worked at the White House. Meanwhile, a second whistleblower is reportedly waiting in the wings, ready to corroborate the original whistleblower’s allegations that President Trump abused his office when he asked that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for corruption (perhaps this is all part of what Chuck Schumer described as the intelligence community having ‘six ways from Sunday‘ to get back at someone).

Last month, O’Brien took over the NSC after his predecessor, John Bolton, was fired following high-profile disputes with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over North Korea and Afghanistan – part of which was a canceled meeting with Taliban leaders.

Some in the White House believed the NSC was leaking information that would benefit Bolton, according to the report.

Earlier this week, O’Brien appointed Alex Gray, formerly the National Security Council’s Oceania and Indo-Pacific security director, to be a senior adviser, according to three people familiar with the plan.

Gray’s appointment follows that of Matt Pottinger, who is now deputy national security adviser after serving previously as the NSC’s senior director for Asia. –Bloomberg

A former journalist and Marine who joined Trump’s NSC in 2017, Pottinger later became senior director for Asia, and has been intimately involved in talks with North Korea regarding its weapons program. He was instrumental in arranging for meetings between Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.

via zerohedge

22 COMMENTS

  1. I would cut every agency that Obama inflated. I would move the Department of Education back to the responsibility of the states where voters can closely monitor what is happening in education. Then seek out Socialist educators and go after them expose them for what they are. There is so much waste in government it is a joke and nobody really ever gets serious about it. The biggest waste of money is the printed matter that is sent out from Medicare. it is all repetitive and wasted as most cannot understand it! SIMPLIFY IT eliminate the paper waste along with postage. This would be just a small start.

    • Education is a local responsibility. In some areas it is state. some country, others city. If you want a Medicare publication, you must specifically order it. It you are illiterate, get someone to read it for you.

  2. Great Move! Yes. Reduce and eliminate. Fire. No more spies working for the Deep State. Pres. Trump is smart and is on it now. We are behind you, Pres. Trump. We support you and your decisions to protect the executive office and reduce the sheer weight of Deep State traitors from government service.

    • Deep State is a fantasy, does not exist. Trump is a legally-documented racist. New York State closed his “university” as fraudulent. He laundered money for thw mob through his casino. …

      • Well, well, Maybe the socialists should impeach Mr. Trump for trying hard enough to drain the swamp and not giving the Muslim Brotherhood another billion and a half? I believe that there is enough evidence to prove that. Besides, we didn’t elect Donald Trump because he was a saint. He was elected because a lot of people didn’t think that Mr. Trump was part of the establishment crowd that has been undermining individualism and or the Constitution!

  3. Cutting the spies out of the CIA FBI and NSA is going to be tough,,there are so many embedded Obama spies Democrats spies radical left spies and they all hate Trump and have TDS syndrome.,, However until he achieves this there will be chaos for him and our government until he is out of office.. these people are disgusting and we’ll never stop until they achieve their goal and that goal is to keep the Democrats in power they will do anything and whatever it will take,,, conspiracy theories lies conspiracy theories lies conspiracy theory lies., The new Norm for the Democrats.

  4. Obama = Big Government.
    Trump = Reduced government.
    That’s why the demonrats loved Obama, and hate Trump. The bigger the government, the easier it is for the crooked to make a living.

    Obama increased the size of everything that would lead to a nanny-state, and right before he left office, he connected all the ‘secret’ agencies so they could easily share classified intel and secrets willy-nilly. He did that as a favor to the crooked creeps at the top of every division (Comey, Brennen, Clapper), so they could go after Trump. Obama was in on the ‘get Trump’ scenario from the beginning, and possibly sat in on most of the meetings and offered his ‘unique’ input. He is a genius, you know . . .

    Trump needs to reorganize all the formerly ‘separate but equal’ government agencies.

    • Actually, it was Reagan who fostered big government. HE added 80 new agencies and thousands of employees. Obama had nothing to do with it. Trump is a legally-documented racist. Je laumdered money for the mob through his casino. His “university” was closed as fraudulent …

  5. Gerry G got it right: “Obama increased the size of everything that would lead to a nanny-state, and right before he left office, he connected all the ‘secret’ agencies so they could easily share classified intel and secrets willy-nilly. He did that as a favor to the crooked creeps at the top of every division (Comey, Brennen, Clapper), so they could go after Trump. Obama was in on the ‘get Trump’ scenario from the beginning, and possibly sat in on most of the meetings and offered his ‘unique’ input. He is a genius, you know . . .

    Trump needs to reorganize all the formerly ‘separate but equal’ government agencies.”

  6. God bless Donald Trump for trying to drain the swamp that Alaska Woman doesn’t exist.! Unlike the Chosen One,b r. Trump appears to love America and/or the Constitution (Even If it doesn’t appear that he understands it)!! It pretty hard to drain a swamp when you are up to your neck in snakes and alligators!!!! Quite frankly, I’m surprised that he has accomplished as much as he has with considering all the help he has been getting from the Democrats and Rhinos.
    !!

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