Good bet Trump’ll be dead or novichoked into a coma by the end of the year; expect PENCE-HALEY 2020

It’s a good bet that Trump’ll be dead or novichoked into a coma by the end of the year, and we’ll see a PENCE-HALEY 2020 campaign.


Trump tried to block Pence national security appointment

Jonathan Swan, Axios, April 16, 2018

On Friday the President nearly blocked the Vice President from getting his chosen [KIKE] national security adviser.

This is the first time the President has tried to block Pence from filling a senior staff position.

Trump was furious when he learned Pence was bringing on Nikki Haley’s deputy [KIKE] Jon Lerner, according to three sources familiar with the events.

The story in the Washington Post that broke the news of Lerner’s appointment took White House officials by surprise.

The President believed Lerner was a card-carrying member of the “Never Trump” movement because Lerner crafted brutal attack ads for Club for Growth’s multimillion-dollar anti-Trump blitz during the Republican primaries.

Trump told Kelly to get rid of Lerner.

Pence’s team got wind of what was happening, and when Pence landed he called the President and talked him around on Lerner, according to administration officials familiar with the situation.

Other officials question Lerner’s qualifications, describing him to Axios as a politico and a pollster, with little foreign policy experience.

Pence’s team argued internally that he’d done a great job for the past year working for Haley, has previously advised members of Congress on foreign policy and would be well-supported in Pence’s office by subject matter experts.

The sources said Kelly told colleagues that Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers, who orchestrated the appointment, had not “fully informed” him of Lerner’s anti-Trump history.

Ayers and Lerner have worked together in the past for Haley, among other campaigns.

Ayers has told associates, however, that he briefed Kelly on Lerner and also looped in other senior officials including Haley, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo.

Lerner’s been serving as Haley’s deputy and was in the room for a sensitive Syria briefing in the Situation Room on Thursday.

In the Pence team’s eyes, it was a “minor confusion” that never should’ve escalated to the President.


5 Things To Know About Nikki Haley’s Jewish Right-Hand Man Jon Lerner [TRAINED MONKEY NIMRATA HALEY’S KIKE ORGAN-GRINDER]

[KIKE] Nathan Guttman, [KIKE] Jewish Daily Forward, December 11, 2017

He holds a senior position in the Trump administration and has made a name for himself as one of the most successful political consultants, yet Jon Lerner, manages to steer clear from the spotlight. Currently serving as America’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, under Nikki Haley, Lerner, 49, was recently described in a New York Magazine article as “the No. 1 person [Haley] listens to,” and with speculations that Haley’s political ambition could lead her all the way to the White House, Lerner is the man to follow.

Here are a few facts about Jon Lerner:

He May Pave Haley’s Road to the White House

The New York Magazine reported that Lerner “has a long-term plan for Haley, and he is there to make sure nothing derails it.” This long term plan began back in South Carolina when Lerner managed Haley’s 2010 successful gubernatorial race and maintained its momentum when she entered the Trump administration as top United Nations representative. Lerner was appointed deputy ambassador but stayed behind to run Haley’s Washington office. “It’s important in the thick political mud of the UN to have folks around you that can be quick and strong,” former senator Jim DeMint, who was one of Lerner’s early clients, told Bloomberg describing Lerner as having “a very good strategic mind.”

His Nickname in Haley’s Campaign was ‘Lemon’

Lerner arrived at Haley’s campaign after working with her predecessor Mark Sanford. It was an immediate click and Lerner, a meticulous pollster, won Haley’s trust early on. “Where I follow my gut, Jon relies on facts and the statistics he finds in his polling,” Haley wrote in her 2012 autobiography. “I used to call him a ‘lemon’ because he never got excited about anything.” But there is something he does get excited about – his client’s integrity. When Sanford admitted lying about his extramarital affair, Lerner, who was not only Sanford’s pollster but also a friend, felt, according to reports a sense of betrayal.

He Only Takes Clients Who Are Conservative Enough

Lerner makes no secret of his conservative views and these views guide him when choosing political campaigns to work on. He helped DeMint and other Tea Party candidates win their races in the Republican wave of 2010. Lerner, like Haley, was not an early Trump supporter, but he followed Haley when she accepted Trump’s offer to join his administration. The roots of Lerner’s political ideology can be found in the global scene. “My hostility to anti-American authoritarian governments that began with anti-Communism remains my primary motivation,” he told Bloomberg. “That manifests itself today in places that include North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia.”

His Mentor Was Arthur Finkelstein

Lerner, according to a 2010 McClatchy profile is a protege of the late Arthur Finkelstein, a legendary Republican political consultant known for his no-holds barred style of campaigning. Finkelstein also advised Israel’s Likud party and was behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial campaign claiming his rivals would divide Jerusalem. Lerner isn’t as blunt as his mentor, but he’s still known for hard hitting campaign ads, highlighting his rivals’ shortfalls.

He Doesn’t Campaign on Shabbat

An observant Jew, Lerner ends his work when the sun sets on Friday and does not get back to it before Shabbat is over. According to former clients, Lerner keeps this rule even at the tensest moments of a political campaign. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and three children.

Nathan Guttman, staff writer, is the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Pence Hires Haley Aide as National Security Adviser, Creating Unusual Dual Role

By [KIKE] Maggie Habermas, [KIKE] New York Times, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired Jon Lerner, a veteran Republican pollster who is a deputy for the United Nations ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, as his national security adviser, a spokeswoman for Mr. Pence said on Thursday evening.

Mr. Lerner will continue to work with Ms. Haley while advising Mr. Pence “full time,” according to Alyssa Farah, the vice president’s spokeswoman.

The unusual arrangement, reported on Thursday by The Washington Post, gives Mr. Pence and Ms. Haley a single key voice on national security.

The move comes during a week of major upheaval for President Trump’s own national security team. John R. Bolton took over as national security adviser on Monday and immediately began shaking up the ranks, pushing out Thomas P. Bossert, the president’s chief adviser on homeland security, on Tuesday. On Thursday, Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director whom Mr. Trump has nominated for secretary of state, underwent a Senate confirmation hearing.

Mr. Lerner managed Ms. Haley’s successful campaign for governor of South Carolina in 2010, and is one of her closest advisers. She insisted on having Mr. Lerner join her when she went to the United Nations. Since then, he has worked with several White House officials on national security issues, one West Wing official said.

Outside of his time at the United Nations, Mr. Lerner has held no national security positions, and as a pollster, he has worked for some previous Trump opponents. He advised the “super PAC” supporting Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, during the 2016 presidential primary. He also advises the anti-tax Club for Growth, which ran several ads denouncing Mr. Trump during the primaries.

It was unclear whether Mr. Trump was aware of the move. A spokeswoman for the president did not respond to an email seeking comment.

But one White House official said Mr. Lerner had been supported for the role by Mr. Bolton and Mr. Pompeo. The official added that Mr. Lerner had vocally backed Mr. Trump’s “America First” agenda.


Trump’s new foreign policy team is looking a lot more Republican

By [KIKE] Josh Rogin, Global Opinions, [KIKE] Washington Post, April 12, 2018

After a year of ideological warfare and bureaucratic battles, the surviving members of President Trump’s national security team are about to band together with newly arriving members to pursue a traditionally Republican and hawkish foreign policy agenda. Behind the scenes, they are joining forces.

After months of searching, Vice President Pence has chosen a new national security adviser. [KIKE] Jon Lerner, deputy to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, will lead Pence’s foreign policy team and advise him on all national security issues, Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah told me. Significantly, Lerner will also keep his job working for Haley, dividing his time between the two principals and coordinating between the two teams.

That’s no accident. Over the past year, Pence and Haley have been coordinating closely on foreign policy, advocating long-held GOP foreign policy positions such as increased pushback against Russia, stronger pressure on North Korea, more resources for Afghanistan, a tougher position on the Assad regime in Syria and more. Now the two officials will have the same key adviser on national security.

Lerner, a well-known Republican political operative and foreign policy hand, has worked with Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, for many years. They started collaborating when Ayers — then at the Republican Governors Association — supported Haley’s first run for governor of South Carolina in 2010.

The objective is to eliminate the infighting that plagued the National Security Council for its first year. John Bolton’s ascension as national security adviser and CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state both affirm the convergence of ideology and agenda.

“This just formalizes really what’s already been going on,” one senior White House official said. “And with the changes of Bolton and Pompeo, it formalizes an existing group of people who were already working well together.”

Although it’s often overlooked, Pence’s foreign policy role has been growing. He has been traveling overseas on a regular basis. He played a role in the diplomacy that led to the North Korea summit. Just this week, he chaired multiple National Security Council meetings on the Syria crisis. On Friday, he leaves for Peru to stand in for Trump at the Summit of the Americas.

Pence’s former national security adviser, Andrea Thompson, is awaiting confirmation to be Pompeo’s undersecretary of state for arms control. Lerner has close relationships with Pompeo and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another card-carrying member of the traditional GOP foreign policy establishment.

For many Republicans, the value of the new team is not only that it is ideologically aligned, but also that it is full of seasoned politicians and political operatives who can get things done both inside and outside government.

That’s a change from year one, when figures such as Stephen K. Bannon freelanced on foreign policy, and general dysfunction prevented the administration from clearly explaining, much less implementing, many of its priorities.

“The home team is up,” said one GOP foreign policy operative. “These are people who have been part of the system for a long time, who have real experience. Trump said he wanted killers, and this group are all killers.”

Not all of these officials are the same. Pence and Haley lean more toward neo­conservative views regarding spreading democracy and American values. Bolton and Pompeo share their zest for hawkish unilateralism but are far more skeptical of the United States’ ability to pursue nation-building.

But they all share deep connections and roots with the foreign policy establishment that former secretary of state Rex Tillerson and even former national security adviser H.R. McMaster could never claim.

Bolton is also busily cleaning house inside the National Security Council. In his first week he worked to remove three top officials: spokesman Michael Anton, homeland security adviser Tom Bossert and Nadia Schadlow, deputy national security adviser for strategy.

Expect Bolton to continue replacing senior staff with traditional GOP hawks who also have political bona fides. Bolton, like the rest of this team, knows that getting the politics of foreign policy right is half the battle.

Democratic senators at Pompeo’s confirmation hearing Thursday said they saw Trump building a “war cabinet.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noted that Trump’s instincts run against GOP foreign policy orthodoxy on a range of issues. Throughout the campaign, Trump blamed the Republican foreign policy establishment for a litany of sins, including the war in Iraq.

Many fear Trump’s new foreign policy team will push him to a more hawkish stance that could lead to conflict. But White House officials said that Trump will always be Trump, and that in the end he just wants people skilled enough to deliver on his agenda.

In his first year, Trump’s national security officials often pursued different agendas and worked at cross-purposes. The new team is starting off on largely the same page. That’s going to be crucial if it is to guide U.S. foreign policy through the troubled waters that lie ahead.


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