Sunday 23rd of January 2022

dressing up for the occasion...


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: American President-elect Donald Trump is moving to make appointments to the leadership team that will surround him in the White House. 

He is shedding some staff who stuck with him during the campaign and bringing in others. 

So far it looks like he will have a mix of Washington outsiders that will appease his conservative base, plus some establishment Republicans to help him navigate the capital. 

To get insight into the thinking of Trump supporters, I was joined from Denver by Tom Tancredo, he was a Republican nominee for President in 2008 and a member of Congress for about a decade prior to that. 

Tom Tancredo, do you believe that Donald Trump can make America great again, as he has promised to do? 

TOM TANCREDO, FORMER REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN: I don't know. You know the task may seem overwhelming, it does. I admit it would be to me. But all I know is this, we have a chance with him. We have a chance. 

We would not have had a chance with Hillary Clinton to do the same. So all I can do is hope and I put great faith in his abilities and I have to tell you that, from my personal point of view, you know, I have been elected nine different times.

I don't think I have ever been happier, even with my own elections, as I have been about this one. 

LEIGH SALES: What is it that makes you so happy about it? 

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trumping the neocon beast...

In a blistering statement he released today responding to the Trump/Putin telephone call, Sen. McCain condemned any efforts by President-elect Trump to find common ground with Putin.

Any claim by Putin that he wants to improve relations with the US must be vigorously opposed, writes McCain. He explains: 

We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies, and attempted to undermine America’s elections. 

Interesting that Republican McCain has taken to using the Hillary Clinton campaign line (the one that lost her the election) that somehow the Russians were manipulating the US electoral process. The claim was never backed up by facts and Hillary’s claim that some 17 US intelligence agencies agreed with her was shown to be a dangerous and foolish lie.

Why is Putin not to be trusted, according to McCain? 

Vladimir Putin has rejoined Bashar Assad in his barbaric war against the Syrian people with the resumption of large-scale Russian air and missile strikes in Idlib and Homs. Another brutal assault on the city of Aleppo could soon follow.

What McCain doesn’t say is that unlike US troops in Syria, the Russians are invited by the Syrian government and operate according to international law. Oh yes, and they are also fighting al-Qaeda and ISIS, which has sought to overthrow Assad for the past five years.

Maybe McCain is just really sensitive after meeting with al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria?

As rumors swirl from Washington about neocons sniffing out top jobs in the incoming administration, it would serve president-elect Trump well to reflect on the true nature of the neocon beast…

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