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In other news, former Trump adviser Carter Page says he won't speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference. He's going to plead the Fifth, he says.

Meanwhile, Turkey has sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to prison for writing a report on Turkey's war with Kurdish separatists. The good news is Albayrak is currently in New York. She was convicted in absentia.

Finally, New York Magazine's Gabrielle Sherman, who broke the stories on Roger Ailes, reports that people close to Trump says he's "unstable" and "unraveling," among other things.

In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a person close to Trump said. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.” [...]

According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump vented to his longtime security chief, Keith Schiller, “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” (A White House official denies this.) Two senior Republican officials said Chief of Staff John Kelly is miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision.

One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said.

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  • Hey, I have something in common with the orange turd blossom!

    “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”

    • Badgerite

      Especially him.

  • swift_4

    Just picked this up in the comments section of Jezebel. First I heard of it. If the mainstream media won’t spread it. I guess we have to.

    https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/trumps-benghazi-ambush-of-u-s-soldiers-in-niger-goes-unnoticed

    • Aynwrong

      Indeed. The “Liberal Media™ strikes again.
      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/265570772767100929

    • Badgerite

      If the person who was to be head of Homeland Security had his phone compromised by a foreign intelligence service during the transition, it is safe to believe that a lot of ‘closely held’ US military operations are not closely held anymore. I’m speculating but I always thought it was a terrible risk they were taking with someone like Michael Flynn and with trump himself and who knows who else letting them anywhere near anything that is at all sensitive information.

  • Christopher Foxx

    One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said.

    As I’ve written before, if Trump ever gives anything even remotely like that order I hope that those who have sworn an oath to follow that order have the patriotism and courage to refuse to do so.

  • Badgerite

    If Bannon has speculated that trump was not likely to serve out his term and that the reason would be the 25th Amendment does that not imply that he knows something about trump’s mental state that warrant trump being removed under the cause of mental incompetence? And isn’t that probably why the country was treated to the cabinet early on having to do a trump version of a “loyalty oath” in front of the cameras and newsman? All of these leaks have the ring of truth to them. It also explains what his family members are doing in the White House as ‘aides’. It isn’t as if they have any expertise or competence to advise a POTUS. They are there because the trump inner circle and family especially know that the 25th Amendment is in play here. With this in mind, recall Don Jr’s proposition to Kasich to be VP/’acting’ POTUS while trump basically was the front man who played golf a lot. And recall the avoidance during the campaign of any real assessment of trump’s physical or mental health through anything bordering on a reputable process.
    This won’t get better. He is not mentally competent.

  • Aynwrong

    In the name of preventing this, https://youtu.be/Tj9M34DzAKo… by all means, tackle him.

    • Badgerite

      Tax cuts? This man is dangerous to the survival of the country and humanity. The GOP needs to put the country above their friggin tax cuts or there will be nowhere to spend their paper with writing on it because the words “backed by the full faith and credit of the United States” won’t mean much.