President Trump Betrayed—Again

Yet again, President Trump’s trust has been betrayed: a cretin from the White House’s inner circle has leaked that Trump was advised not to congratulate former KGB Lt. Col. Vladimir Putin upon the Stalin-wannabe’s retaining his iron grip on the presidency of the Russian Federation.

Obviously, the leaker betrayed the president’s trust to ingratiate the swampcritters who disagree with Trump on this and every issue. The good news is, given how tightly held the information was, said leaker hasn’t covered his butt with the swamp but exposed it to Chief to Staff John Kelly.    

Setting aside the question of whether said congratulations constitutes a strategic error or an instance of “keeping one’s enemies closer,” the pressing problem for the president is how to protect himself from the people he’s entrusted with what he rightly believes is the opportunity of a lifetime to serve a president of the United States on behalf of her sovereign citizenry.

Say what you will about President Obama’s appointees—and I, for one, do—one thing that cannot be said is they betrayed his trust and undermined him. It is not simply that they believed in Obama and his agenda, which they did (and do). President Trump, too, has people who believe in him and his agenda. Still, Obama’s appointees didn’t leak to inflict difficulties and indignities upon him. President Trump deserves the same from his appointees.

How to achieve it?

First, despite having never held public office, candidate Trump proved to be his own best political strategist. Unfortunately, President Trump’s elected responsibilities preclude him from micromanaging every single one of his slew of federal appointments. Thus, like President Obama, Trump needs assurances that his appointment process includes loyal supporters who believe in him, his agenda, and have the political intelligence and experience to identify and appoint equally committed people to fully and effectively staff his administration.

Second, President Trump faces a unique challenge, having campaigned on the promise to “drain the swamp” and now governing to fulfill it. His appointees must be immune to the swamp’s blandishments and barbsespecially from the corporate community and media elite, who daily reward disloyalty and punish loyalty to the president.

Despite thisindeed, because of itpresidential appointees must not accept a position cravenly to advance one’s governmental career or increase their “marketability” on K Street. Appointees must accept a position for the opportunity to help Trump “Make America Great Again.” If President Trump can do it while being reviled on an unprecedented scale, the least his appointees could do is emulate his fortitude in pursuit of their shared belief in American exceptionalism.

Of course, if, for whatever reason, an appointee concludes he can no longer serve the president, he should resign rather than remain for his own venal reasons.

Finally, a concomitant problem with President Trump’s appointments is the obstructionism of Senate Democrats in the confirmation process (or lack thereof).

For Democrats, this is a cynical “win-win” strategy: President Trump cannot have a fully staffed administration pursuing and implementing his policies; and Obama holdovers in the administration remain empowered to subvert and frustrate this President’s agenda. Thus, with alacrity the president should ensure every appointment not requiring Senate confirmation is in place and replacing their Obama-holdover equivalent; and, for appointees requiring confirmation, continue to keep building the case that the Senate Democrats’ unfair partisan obstruction is increasingly injurious to voters.

True, the incoming Trump administration faced historic challenges—including #TheResistance Democrats, hectoring NeverTrump conservatives, and media elite’s Russia-gate lie. Nonetheless, in fighting this and other battles, the first order of business is ending betrayals of the president’s trust by his appointees. Fortunately, the means to do so rest in the hands of President Trump’s best political strategist.

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

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22 responses to “President Trump Betrayed—Again”

  1. To call leftist #NeverTrump GOpe “conservatrives” is to smear the man they hate almost as much as Don – Ronnie. The #NevetTrumpers voted (or would have, had they been in Congress) for such “Nanny State” programs as: 1. Medicare Part D (Ronnie submitted a $0 budget for Medicare each and every year!) 2. Common Core aka NCLB (Ronnie’s budget for Ed Dept was again $0 each and every year!) 3 TARP The conservative approach (AND IT WORKED VERY WELL) to a recession is an across the board 25% tax cut! This leftist Republicans are anything but conservative! And their votes prove they are progressives. Republicans but still left wingers!

  2. It looks like the national security advisor was the leaker.

    • Yep. Good riddance but my preference would be that he was publicly humiliated also.

      • He agreed to work for tRump…that’s humiliation enough.

      • the uniparty keeps throwing their scuds at Trump as nominations.. why do you think they are against bolton. hes not one of their scuds… can it get any clearer?

    • Which is why Trump will be replacing him with John Bolton.

  3. Thaddeus: please remove your head from Trump’s backside.

  4. Probably why McMaster was shown the door without the fourth star he coveted

  5. Let me tell you something . . . Donald Trump likes Vlad Putin. He knows it is the “enemy of humanity” that is forcing him to maintain a distant and disdainful relationship with this incredible President of Russia. There’s reasons for this, much of which have to do with the divide and conquer mandate from the deep state, but I think Trump is growing sick and tired of this nonsense. I think soon our 2 nations will be the best of friends !! What do you think ?

    • Yep, it was Trump who was caught on an open mic whispering how he could do favors for Russia if the Russians held back until the election was over! Oh, snap, that was Obama you say? Damn!

      Well, Trump issued a red line in the sand and dared Russian backed Assad to cross that line. OR ELSE!!! And when Assad crossed that line, consequences were imposed. Well, there is a half truth in this. It was the always feckless Obama who issued the red line in the sand. When Assad crossed that red line, Obama did nothing during his time as Community Organizer in Chief. But when Assad used chemical weapons against his own people with Trump as President, there were direct repercussions with missile strikes on an airbase that hosted quite a few Russian airmen.

      I could certainly cite many more instances of Obama’s coddling of the Kremlin and Trump’s standing up against Putin’s tyranny. But you get the picture, I’m sure.

      Nice try, comrade. But no Cuban cigar for you!

  6. Congress is still holding up confirmations. And Trump does not have loyalty of his own party so he dare not fire, say, Rod Rosenstein.

  7. Yes, why is it that Donald Trump has so much trouble with personal loyalty?

    • because the establishment, the uniparty knows he will end all the bribes and corruption that has been growing for decades..

      • How does that work exactly? It seems only to make sense if what you mean is that the establishment is an alternate focus of loyalty – in other words, that Trump has such difficulty finding loyal people because they are loyal to the establishment instead. Certainly some of the people who have left his service were in his service before becoming president: e.g. Dowd, Hicks. Are you suggesting they were loyal to the establishment? Moles? Double agents? What about Bannon – is he an establishment loyalist?

  8. Tillerson or McMasters? One of the two. My guess would be Tillerson.

    • Wasn’t it supposed to be Preibus? And then it was Bannon?

  9. McCotter is making a mountain out of a molehill, but he’s a political junkie and that’s what they do. This “story” is actually one big nothing. Personally, I think Trump should have congratulated him as Putin is a national leader but there’s so damn much anti-Russia hysteria in this country that some people see a Ruskie behind every tree. You’d think Russia was still communist. No wait, it was former CIA Director Brennan who supported the Communist Party

    • Well leftists only complain about dealings with Russia when trump does it. They absolutely loved the Uranium one deal, and the “more flexibility after the election” of hussein obama.

      And I agree with you that in world affairs one leader congratulates a leader of another country on reelection as a matter of common courtesy. Something which leftists refuse to grasp..

      Semper Fi,

  10. The person who leaked the fact that Trimp had “been advised” not to congratulate Putin is probably the person who gave him that advice and was ignored.

  11. https://

    Gunny says:
    March 23, 2018 at 7:42 am
    I seriously do not understand why
    individuals do not read the entire thread or disregard it.
    Wheatietoo and I spent hours yesterday
    providing links, researching the laws, the 1974 law and
    statutes…. Do you know why the Omnibus is not going to get any
    notice…Here it is..
    It’s not an official ‘Federal Budget’.
    It’s an Omnibus bill…not a Budget…He outsmarted them
    again…Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a
    Per the Constitution…the President must
    adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the
    expenditures as provided therein.
    This is another one of those big
    Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama for 8 years. This is not a
    An Omnibus Spending Bill may have some
    ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent…but Obama
    ignored them.
    He spent the money, or didn’t spend it,
    however he wanted to.
    And Congress didn’t do a thing about it!
    Because they couldn’t..
    I think our President observed how this
    happened, year after year.
    He is bound to realize that those
    ‘appropriations’ for different things in these Omnibus bills…are
    merely ‘suggestions’.
    So like Obama, Pres Trump can spend this
    money on whatever he wants to.

    Or…not spend it.
    Planned Parenthood?

    What if our President decided to tell
    the Treas Dept to ‘slow-walk’ that money to Planned
    Parenthood…until the Senate gets off their ass and confirms his
    Sanctuary Cities?
    What if our President decided to
    ‘slow-walk’ that money too…until those Sanctuary Cities assist
    ICE in rounding up criminal illegal aliens?
    Splodey heads? From the Dems and the
    Why yes.
    There would be a colorful display of
    splodey heads.
    But what could they do about it.
    Our President could just say…’What!
    Congress should’ve passed a Budget.’
    done finished…research was done…and it
    is so very humorous actually….our VSG..just said just give me
    money for the military and the wall…put anything else you want
    in it…and those goofballs did.
    In this case, as per above….he doesn’t
    have to spend a dime….because it is not a budget…and even if it
    was…researched….he could still spend as he please…
    Congress appropriates….up to the
    President to spend it…or not….as he pleases..
    If anyone disagrees, I can go back and
    get the links and evidence, but if you just read yesterdays
    political thread…Wheatietoo and I laid it all out for
    all…Wheatietoo did most of the work and put together the
    consolidated update as per above….
    Again, that is why Obama never had a
    Budget in his Presidency…Congress did continual Omibus’s and he
    just took the money….for 8 years…and no one seems to know where
    it went…

  12. The sabotage on appointments in the Senate is criminal but par for the course of the Democrats. McConnell is not doing his job on this. We are a year into the administration and it is not fully staffed. Trump has some responsibility in that he did not propose a full slate of appointees from the get-go. But Trump also bears responsibility for keeping people like McMaster who are both Globalist and NeoCon in place and letting them eject Trump supporters while keeping Obama loyalists. The head of the DOJ also bears responsibility both for his failure to investigate and prosecute leakers and for his unnecessary recrusal that opened the administration up to the endless search for something to indict Trump on now that the original reason he got the job, alleged Russia collusion, has turned out to be a big nothing. I worry about the new nominee to the CIA head position as someone whose loyalty is to the long term Deep State people in the agency rather than the mission set by the elected leader. I liked Sec State Tillerson’s gravity and experience but he was clearly not on the same page as the President in terms of an America First foreign policy. There is a lot of work to do here. Between now and the midterm elections Trump needs to do three things: (1) fund raise like mad and make sure the Republicans nominate electable candidates in the ten states he carried by a majority, (2) get his personnel appointed – both administration personnel and judges – by keeping relentless pressure on McConnell, and (3) figure out what he needs to do to stop N Korea getting the option to strike the US with an EMP device that shuts us down for a year or more and in doing so destroys us as a major nation – successful negotiations are better than war, but war is better than America getting struck.