It’s time for our Daily Celebitchy Briefing, which hopefully won’t involve me accidentally suggesting that Hitler never gassed anyone (anyone innocent, that is). There’s a ton of political stuff, because of course there is. I had a moment last night where I was just like, “Damn, it’s only Tuesday.” Every day under Emperor Baby Fists feels like a lifetime. Here are some stories going around:
Carter Page & the FISA warrant. Surprise, surprise, another Trump associate has some shady connections to Russia. This time the associate is Carter Page, whom Trump identified as a foreign policy adviser during the campaign. As it turns out, Page was maybe/probably working as a foreign agent for Russia, and last year the FBI and DOJ secured a FISA warrant to monitor Page’s activities and communications. Page is already claiming that this information proves that Trump was right about Obama wiretapping him (Trump). But… the FBI and DOJ got the FISA warrant and they had good cause, because it seems like there was a lot of evidence Page was working as an agent for Russia.
Trump is souring on Steve Bannon. Maybe. The NY Post’s Michael Goodwin spoke to Trump yesterday and Goodwin asked if Trump still had confidence in Bannon. Trump said: “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.” Let’s just take a moment and really let it sink in that Trump still says “Crooked Hillary.” I hope we all live long enough to see Bigly frog-marched in handcuffs past every photographer in the world.
The Kansas Special Election. The GOP won even though a lot of Democrats were hopeful that they could poach a seat. Still, it’s Kansas. What did you really expect?
Bigly’s unpredictable foreign police. During the campaign, Trump said that his foreign policy would be “unpredictability.” He’s really following through with his campaign promises. The Washington Post did a long, detailed story about how foreign leaders and diplomats are all “WTF is going on?” with Bigly and his people. Bigly apparently confounded Angela Merkel and the European diplomatic corps has been walking on eggshells around Bigly and his people. Our traditionally strong alliances with many countries are quite strained, and no one really knows what the Bigly Administration’s policy is on every major issue. One diplomat told WaPo that meeting with Bigly is a surreal experience, describing it this way: “He doesn’t have a paper in front of him. . . . It’s up to the visitor to declare the agenda. He just sits there. It’s like you are in a bar, and you just start talking to him.”
Speaking of failing foreign policy. Our top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, asked European diplomats yesterday why American taxpayers should care about Ukraine. Then he traveled to Moscow to get his orders.
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