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Leaked! Secret Transcript of Trump-Putin meeting

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We know that Trump’s five meetings with Putin have resulted in no transcripts being released to the public.

There was no one in the room except for the two principles and their translators, and Trump even “confiscated” the interpreters’ notes and told them not to discuss what had transpired with other [U.S.] administration officials.” Thus, nobody knows what deals were struck, not even Trump’s own State Department or Generals.

As a result, speculation has been rampant. Did they agree to continue the coverup of Trump’s collusion with Russia? Did they agree to Trump dropping U.S. sanctions and withdrawing American troops from Syria, both of which Putin desires? If so, what was the quid pro quo? What did Putin offer Trump in exchange for all the goodies?

Now, thanks to leaked transcripts of one of the meetings—in Helsinki—we know. The transcript was provided to me by a source who insisted on not being identified, for obvious reasons. The entire transcript, comprising a meeting of 1-1/2 hours, is too long to reproduce here at steveheimoff.com, but I am publishing the relevant portions, particularly those relating to the quid pro quo.

Donald Trump: It’s great to finally get you alone, Vladimir, away from all those ass-kissing, leaking aides.

Vladimir Putin: Indeed, Donald, there are certain things that can only be said between us in the strictest confidence.

DT: This is my interpreter, Marina Gross.

VP: And this is mine, Oleg Vishinskaya.

DT: I have instructed Marina that she is to give me her notes, and is never to reveal what was said here, Vladimir.

VP: And I have told Oleg the same, so let us begin, Donald. Now, we are here to discuss a deal between you and myself. Let me give you the broad outlines. I require two things from you: first, to lift the sanctions you, and your predecessor, President Obama—

DT: A failed president, Vladimir.

VP: Be that as it may—to lift the sanctions your country has imposed, wrongly and criminally, upon Russia, and two, to withdraw all your troops from their illegal activities in Syria.

DT: Yes, Vladimir, and I am ready to accede to both conditions, but only if you accede to mine.

VP: Of course, that is how deals are made, Donald. You should know—you are the Ultimate Dealmaker.

DT: Thank you, Vladimir. Do you know that “The Art of the Deal” is the best-selling business book of all time?

VP: I did know that, Donald. My security agencies keep me well informed. Now, returning to the subject at hand, I know what your condition is, Donald. Shall I be blunt?

DT: Please, Vladimir. Let there be no daylight between us.

VP: [to his translator, Oleg: “what does this mean?” Translator whispers to Putin] Oh, all right, I understand. In Russia we say “Between the bucket and the water there is no spilling.” So, Donald, here is what I offer you: We have the video-audio recording of your session in the Moscow hotel room with the two, uhh, “ladies of the evening” with whom my security forces acquainted you during your visit to the Ritz-Carlton, in 2013, when you visited for your Miss Universe Contest. It is a most interesting tape. For your information, we had installed three tiny cameras in your suite: one in a lamp next to the bed, one in the ceiling fan, and one in the eye of a painting of Catherine the Great.

DT: I remember that painting. She was a very ugly, fat woman.

VP: Da! Catherine was not known for her beauty but for her ruthlessness. At any rate, these three cameras caught the–let us say–action from a variety of angles. They display–but you know what they display, do you not, Donald?

DT: I suppose I do, Vladimir. But let me just say, in my own defense–

VP: It is not necessary for you to defend yourself, Donald. After all, what is a little indiscretion between friends? And we are friends, Donald.

DT: Yes we are, Vladimir. Huge friends. Now tell me, what do you intend to do with that tape?

VP: The tape currently resides in a safe in my office in the Kremlin. Only one copy exists, or shall exist. And you have my word, Donald, that no one will ever see it, assuming, of course, that you accede to my requirements, which you have already agreed to do.

DT: Yes, Vladimir. And you will destroy the tape once this is over?

VP: Oh no, Donald. Of course not. It constitutes what you call “leverage” and we here in Russia call “Kompromat.” Were I to destroy it, then if you went back on your word, I would have no way of punishing you. So the tape will remain secure in my safe.

DT: All right. I agree to lift the sanctions and get out of Syria, and you hide the tape. That’s what I call a great deal!

VP: Excellent, Donald, excellent! This proves that America and Russia can be the best of friends, despite occasional differences.

DT: Oh, one more thing before I let you go, Vladimir. Can you please destroy all records of my Moscow Hotel deal? And while you’re at it, make sure everyone who knows about it is silenced?

VP: Of course, Donald. Nothing could be easier. But for that, naturally, I require an additional quid pro quo.

DT: And what would that be, Vladimir?

VP: That the U.S. shall be silent when I occupy Ukraine.

DT: [offering his hand] Deal! Nice doing business with you, Vladimir!

VP: [taking his hand] Anytime, Donald, anytime!

 

							

Trump’s big Oval Office speech was a disaster

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Tuesday, shortly before the speech

I was glad Trump decided to give his first national address from the Oval Office. He’s not an inspirational speaker, and I suspected and hoped he would come across as clumsy and ill-informed. Yes, he’s good on the stump, in front of friendly redneck crowds for whom the chant “Lock her up!” is their idea of good governance. But there’s a reason why, in two years, Trump has never used the Oval Office platform: he knows he sucks at it.

Nonetheless it is a big platform. As soon as I heard the news, on Monday, I knew the Democrats had to have a rebuttal. But who to deliver it? My first thought was AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Why not? She’s on top of the issue, has proven herself to be a compelling public speaker, possesses tons of charisma, and has the huevos (!!) to call out Trump’s lies.

But yesterday morning, when the news was announced that the rebuttal would be by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, I was glad. Democrats went for the party’s leaders. AOC will get her turn: tonight, we have to play the heavyweight Pelosi-Schumer card to balance the Trump card.Normally I can’t stand to watch Trump’s ugly face on TV or even to hear his voice. My late mom felt the same way about George W. Bush, although I have to say I never hated him the way she did, or the way I hate Trump. He just repels me, in an automatic, visceral way. But I will force myself to watch his address tonight. He’s going to say a lot of stupid stuff and a lot of fake stuff, and it won’t be pretty to see the President of the United States make a complete ass of himself in front of the entire world. But then, it will be fun to ridicule him later.

Tuesday evening, after the speech

It was a disaster, and it is easy to ridicule. All over the map, with Trump pretending his wall is meant for humanitarian reasons. That’s rich! When he talked about grieving mothers and grief-stricken fathers I wanted to puke. This sociopath, who has no feeling for anyone except perhaps his children, pretending to be emotionally moved by the plight of the Central Americans whose children he throws in jail. Nobody believes that, especially the racists at Breitbart, who want these brown people to suffer.

Mercifully, his crap was short. When it was over, I couldn’t wait for the Chuck and Nancy show. Nancy cleverly began with “this shutdown,” a topic Trump avoided, since people blame him for it. Clever, too, for her to stay on the shutdown: Trump “holding America hostage” is a great line and so is “manufactured crisis.” She made mincemeat of all his lies about drugs, mules, rapists, terrorists and criminals.

Chuck too started out with the shutdown. Trump is “Pounding the table,” Trump throws “temper tantrums”…great phrases that remind Americans of Trump’s immaturity. More references to “manufactured crisis” and “stoking fear.”

Both Leaders were reassuring, calm, reasonable. They correctly emphasized ending the shutdown. Now.

I can’t wait to see the polls over the next few days. My strong hunch is that the American people will rebel against Trump for his stupid stubbornness, and for this insult to their intelligence. People are going to blame him more and more for the shutdown, and as tales of no paychecks, problems with air control, and generalized suffering become widespread, the people’s resentment of Trump will hit epic proportions.

I make the following statement with the utmost certainty: This speech was the most catastrophic of any president in my long lifetime. Trump’s purpose was to drum up support for the wall. He failed. The speech utterly backfired. Congressional Republicans tonight must be freaking out. Good.


Trump promises, then renegs. His followers don’t even know they were lied to

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Trump said he had denuclearized North Korea. He even had his cohorts set in motion talk about a Nobel Peace Prize.

We now know that North Korea hasn’t denuked, and if anything, they’ve stepped up their enrichment activities. Nor does it seem like they’re going to willingly let go of their nuclear capacity. “The North’s position on denuclearization remains unchanged,” write the great reporters at the New York Times.

But I guarantee you that if you ask a Trump supporter what are Trump’s greatest accomplishments, they’ll tell you that among them, he ended a Korean nuclear threat that previous presidents were unable to. Rightwing media outlets, like Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal, continue to praise Trump for denuking North Korea, while misinforming their readers about the truth: There is no denuclearization in North Korea. It was all just a bunch of P.R. baloney from Trump and spinmeisters like Huckabee Sanders and Conway.

Then there’s Syria. Trump made huge news a few weeks ago with his pledge to withdraw all U.S. forces. The Right celebrated: finally, an end to disastrous foreign wars! Mattis quit, but the Right never trusted him anyway. The word went out, from Hannity and Ingraham to the editorial pages of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal: Trump achieved the impossible! We’re no longer in Syria, and we’re about to get out of Afghanistan!

Not so soon. Suddenly and quietly, it turns out, Trump has decided not to withdraw troops from Syria. We’re staying after all! His premature announcement, possibly inspired by Adderall, a type of amphetamine Trump is said to take, was withdrawn, with Trump stooges like Pompeo and Bolton “clarifying” Trump’s remarks, while promising the troops aren’t going anywhere.

And then there’s the wall. “It will be beautiful,” he promised. “And Mexico will pay for it.” Democrats and thoughtful analysts told the American people two years ago that (a) there would never be a wall and (b) even if there was, Mexico would never pay for it. Most of the American people got that message. Not Trump’s base. And even today, when Trump’s promise has been so dreadfully and horribly proven wrong, the base continues to believe that the wall will somehow be built, and that Mexico will pay for it, “indirectly.”

Right. The wall will be built right after the Tooth Fairy comes for lunch with the Easter Bunny and a unicorn.

And the base? They don’t know that these promises were hokum. Do they even read the news? In trailer parks and at dive bars throughout rural, Red state America, the conversation is how great Trump is for bringing the boys home.

These are but three ridiculous “promises” Trump made to his base that have resulted in bupkes. Trump is a terrible president—we all know that. But there is one thing he’s good at: branding. When you can sell a brand, rather than a product, you’re in the driver’s seat. Of course, not all of the products under the Trump brand have worked out well for him: Trump University, Trump Steaks and the various Trump Casinos, for example, were spectacular failures. But the Trump name still seems to work when it’s plastered onto a hotel, especially in foreign countries.

Trump has figured out that the most powerful aspect of branding is to make promises in advance of fulfilling them. This is known as “selling the sizzle, not the steak.” If enough people believe in the sizzle, then when the actual entrée turns out to be, not steak, but horsemeat, few will notice, or even care. In politics, Trump knows very well that his most ardent supporters are ignorant rubes. They don’t bother to read or listen to the news, aside from propaganda outlets like Rush Limbaugh or the evil, discredited Tucker Carlson. As I stated, most of them have no idea that the North Korean overture is a failure, or that Trump reneged on Syria. They have some vague notion that the wall hasn’t worked out so well (it would be hard to be conscious these days without grokking that!), but they take refuge in the fantasy that it’s either the fault of Democrats, or that even if it hasn’t yet happened it will, and they firmly believe (because Trump tells them) that Mexico will pay for it, through mysterious clauses in a renegotiated NAFTA. We believe, in other words, what we want to believe.

Well, most of us have been saying for years that nothing Trump says is credible. It’s all a pack of lies. Yet the base buys this snake oil regardless of its lack of conformity with the Truth. I’m reminded of that movie, Village of the Damned—the one where the children are these zombie-like monsters who take over the adults’ minds and set about destroying society. That’s Trump’s base: monster-children, programmed only to seize power and destroy. In the movie, Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley battled the monster-children. In real life, I nominate Bob Mueller for the Christopher Reeve character, and Nancy Pelosi for the Kirstie Alley character. May Truth win!


Why is Evan McMullin morally equating Democrats with Republicans?

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“Right-wing populists demonize minorities. Left-wing populists demonize the wealthy. Neither offer real solutions for the American people.”

That’s from McMullin’s Twitter feed last Saturday.

What did he mean and why did he say it?

I have consistently argued that it’s wrong to equate the Left and the Right in moral terms, because that implies that both sides are equally moral (or immoral, as the case may be). The fact is that the Right, as we currently see it in America, is immoral, because it has chosen to collude with an abomination, Donald J. Trump. This theory that both sides are to blame for the nation’s ills is reprehensible; I hear it a lot in Oakland, where so many young people are saying “A pox on both their houses.” They are wrong, wrong, wrong.

And so is McMullin. One part of his statement is true: the Right does demonize minorities: Blacks, Browns, LGBTQ, Muslims, immigrants and whoever else is on Trump’s shit list on any given day. The other part of his statement is a lie: the Left does not demonize the wealthy.

What the Left wants is to raise taxes on the wealthy, both through marginal rates, through the estate tax, and perhaps through a luxury tax. That is only right and fair. It is not demonization! The lives of billionaires and the lives of the 99% can’t even be compared. It’s obscene to see the uber-wealthy accumulate more and more mansions, race horses, paintings, antiques, yachts, jet planes, jewelry and couture clothing, while so many people in America struggle to pay for food or medicine. And yet we have a Republican Party that consistently lowers taxes on the uber-rich; and we know that their trickle-down argument has been proven to be totally bogus.

So what’s up with McMullin? A little background. First, remember that McMullin ran for President in 2016, calling himself “a conservative alternative candidate” to Trump. In the event, he didn’t do very well: of the three minor candidates (Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and McMullin), he got the fewest votes: Only 728,830 compared to Johnson’s 4,488,931 and Stein’s 1,457,050. Despite the magnitude of his defeat, McMullin did well in Utah, where he took 21% of the vote to finish third behind Hillary and Trump. The Utah victory was noteworthy in that Mormons in that state (McMullin is a Mormon) abandoned the Republican Party they had previously supported in every presidential election since LBJ’s 1964 landslide. Trump did take Utah in 2016, but McMullin’s vote total, added to Hillary Clinton’s, dwarfed Trump’s total.

That made McMullin (as it also made Johnson and Stein) a spoiler, throwing the election to Trump—a foregone conclusion to anyone who had the eyes to see.

McMullin said some pretty fierce anti-Trump things during the campaign, so why is he now equating the Trump movement with the Democratic Party? The answer is, because he’s a rightwing conservative, further to the Right even than Trump. Here’s McMullin on the issues:

Abortion: Ardently anti-choice. He would defund Planned Parenthood and end all subsidies to mothers obtaining abortions.

LGBTQ: He is fiercely anti-same sex marriage or granting civil rights to the LGBTQ community. (Mormons, it’s important to remember, are one of the Christian sects most opposed to gay rights.)

Marijuana: McMullin is opposed to the legalization of pot.

Energy: Yes on offshore drilling and fracking. No on subsidies to wind farms.

Gun control: A firm “second amendment” fan, McMullin opposes any further forms of control.

Minimum wage: McMullin is against raising it.

Hillary Clinton: McMullin continues the Trumpian smear, calling her “a corrupt career politician.”

Social Security and Medicare: McMullin calls them “runaway entitlement spending” and would slash them.

Taxes: He is opposed to raising taxes on the rich. He is in favor of further lowering taxes on corporations.

This rightwing stance on taxes, combined with his other extremist positions, lays behind him equating Trump-Republicanism with the platform of the Democratic Party. We should realize two things: (1) McMullin’s only chance at a national political future is to defame both parties, and (2) his real base is the same as Trump’s: white, Christian, male, angry and resentful. The only reason he did so well in Utah was because he’s a Mormon and the Mormons, for all their glaring bigotry in other areas, are profoundly bothered by Trump’s amorality.

It looks like McMullin is gearing up for another run in 2020. He’s pretending to be a moderate centrist who can pull both sides together: “There is an urgent need to find common ground and seek sensible compromise between factions to counter the dangerous wave of political polarization currently washing over the nation,” he tweeted.  

Don’t believe it! Evan McMullin is a rightwing religious extremist who would impose his reactionary views on America. Any journalist  covering him should hit him hard on the issues I outlined above and demand to know why he’s so out-of-step with the American people.


Behind the scenes in the Trump bureaucracy

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Internal Memorandum

From: Deputy Secretary of the Treasury [DepSecTrea]

To: Director, Secret Service Division [DSSD]

From now on, Secret Service Division (SSD) personnel are prohibited from smuggling women into wherever POTUS is inhabiting. This includes porn stars, ho’s and strippers.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

POTUS will be very unhappy. SSD has smuggled women into him for two years and he expects process to continue.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Too risky. Journalists are suspicious, snooping around. Cannot damage reputation SSD/DOT to satisfy sexual lusts of POTUS.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

If you supply us with names of suspicious journalists, we can take care of them.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Details.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Accidents happen.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

On advice of DOT General Counsel, cannot comply.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Accidents happen to General Counsels too.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

You miss the point. It is wrong to assist POTUS in his adultery.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

So what do I tell POTUS?

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Nothing. Just stop doing it. He may not notice.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Not likely. He had us smuggle in 9 women in last 2 weeks.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Is it possible to bring him SSD women instead of outsiders?

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Negatory on that. SSD women not his type. He likes tall skanky blondes. SSD women mostly swarthy Lesbians.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

How about boys?

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

POTUS shows no interest in same sex.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

DOT General Counsel suggests meet with CIA Director of Camouflage. Skanky blondes can be made to look like Pence.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

What if skanky blonde Pence and real VPOTUS are in same place same time?

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Awkward. Might try “separated at birth” scenario.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Could work. But POTUS might not like having sex with Pence lookalike.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

No, you idiot, camouflage would be removed once skank is with POTUS.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Apologies.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

No problem.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Just got word from POTUS at Mar-a-Lago. He wants a skank tonight.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

How do you usually find them?

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

We have Directory. The boys call it the Skanklopedia. Five hundred blonde skanks in all 50 States, plus three dozen foreign countries.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Problem! CIA Director of Camouflage on vacation this week.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

I explained to POTUS Secret Service unable to help him this week. Very angry! Insists Service is sabotaging him. Threatens budget. Says Service “enemy of the people.”

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Not good! Bringing in WH Chief of Staff Mulvaney.

INTERNAL MEMORANDUM

Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

From: DepSecTrea

To: WHCOS Mulvaney

Dear Mick, we have a little problem over here with the Secret Service. POTUS as you know expects Service to smuggle women into him. But for variety of reasons Service no longer able to perform that service. POTUS angry, threatening. Intervention?

From: WHCOS Mulvaney

To: DepSecTrea

Not possible. POTUS not in mood to compromise. Afraid Service on own. Destroy this communication.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Back to Square One. Idea: How about Ann Coulter? She’s tall skanky blonde, right? Press would not be suspicious if she met with him.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Not sure POTUS sexually attracted Coulter. Once heard him call her “ugly donkey.”

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Makeup? Victoria’s Secret underwear? You know, sex her up. My wife can help.

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

With all due respect your wife, not sure anything can make Coulter sexy. But we can try.

[24 hours later]

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

How did it go?

From: DSSD

To: DepSecTrea

Not good. POTUS furious. Says she wouldn’t pee. Says he’s hornier than ever and might start foreign war.

From: DepSecTrea

To: DSSD

Uh oh. Maybe bring in Secy of State?

INTERNAL MEMORANDUM

Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

From: DepSecTrea

To: Deputy Secretary of State [DepSoS]

Milt, POTUS is threatening to start war unless Secret Service provides him with ho’s, which we at DOT are reluctant to do.

From: DepSoS

To: DepSecTrea

Did he say which country he wants to start a war with?

From: DepSecTrea

To: DepSoS

He did not.

From: DepSoS

To: DepSecTrea

Well, it would be a helluva lot easier if you just complied with his wishes. Last thing we need now is another war.

From: DepSecTrea

To: Secretary, Department of the Treasury

Sir: I respectfully resign from the office of Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It has been a pleasure to serve you and our great President Trump.

NEW YORK TIMES

Front page, the next day

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Commits Suicide

Wife says he was “increasingly distraught” by demands of job


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