Trump’s State Department: Who’s really in charge?

Much has happened within the past week.

With the retractions of stories by CNN and the AP (Associated Press), the Russia narrative is dying, only to be replaced with new stories circulating in the media about Trump’s mental health.

Meanwhile, Roger Stone visited Hungary and Romania and phoned in an update to Alex Jones on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Stone said that leaders from both countries are deeply concerned over the influence that George Soros has on their governments, particularly their intelligence communities. He said that their intelligence communities are running contrary to their governments’ policies. (He added that, in Romania, there has been a lot of spying on a vast number of ordinary people there.)

For these reasons, Hungarian and Romanian leaders want to see Soros stopped as soon as possible. Stone thinks the Romanian president probably mentioned the issue to President Donald Trump during his recent visit in June.

Stone explained that Soros was once seen as a saviour to these countries. Soros also paid for university education for some people now working in government or in intelligence in those countries. However, it would appear that, in exchange for that paid tuition, he exacted fealty from them.

You can see more here:

This brings us to Rex Tillerson’s State Department where odd things have been happening.

On June 19, the Washington Examiner reported that State is asking the Hungarian government to back off Soros:

An international controversy over nonprofits funded by progressive Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros has created a vulnerability in the NATO alliance, the State Department warned.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s spokesperson urged Hungarian leaders to scrap legislation mandating that Hungarian nonprofits supported by foreign contributors identify their donors. The bill is the latest development in nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ongoing campaign against Soros, but his domestic and international critics regard it also as a step toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“If signed into law, this would be another step away from Hungary’s commitments to uphold the principles and values that are central to the [European Union] and NATO,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Monday.

Refugee Resettlement Watch covered this news on June 22, pointing out that Soros wants to take down Viktor Orban and his government. The article asked why, exactly, was the US State Department getting involved (emphasis in the original):

Does  it all  boil down to the globalists’ desire for open borders that Soros champions?

Frankly, this news is stunning! But, it fits what we already believe—that the ‘Deep State’ is still running the show at the DOS. See here when they pulled a trick on Trump’s White House while Trump was on his world tour last month.

The link in the preceding paragraph goes to another Refugee Resettlement Watch article summarising one from the New York Times dated May 27. It states that the State Department quietly lifted restrictions on refugees while Trump and Tillerson were on their tour of the Middle East and Europe.

The NYT reported:

Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.

The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.

The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private agencies in countries around the world that help refugees manage the nearly two-year application process needed to enter the United States.

On Sunday, June 25, Refugee Resettlement Watch re-examined the situation. While refugee numbers have not yet increased — although they could in future — the article says that alternative media’s Mike Cernovich thinks that State’s Brian Hook is responsible for the policy change. The article states that Hook could be the de facto Secretary of State:

We don’t know if Cernovich is correct, but when you learn more about Hook, it makes sense.

Here is what you need to know about who Rex Tillerson relies on for policy decisions in a State Department being run almost completely by career bureaucrats who frankly hate Donald Trump.

And, incidentally, it easily could have been Hook (Tillerson’s chief policy strategist) who was the leader of the pack stomping on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban while shilling for GEORGE SOROS here last week.

Hook is not an Obama holdover. Rather, he is a former Bush II employee who was Mitt Romney’s foreign policy adviser during his 2012 presidential campaign. He is also a never-Trumper:

During the Presidential campaign, Hook disagreed with every one of Trump’s positions, so clearly he is opposed to slowing the flow of refugees to America.

On June 26, in reference to a Washington Post article, Mike Cernovich tweeted:

Whoa! This is actually a true story, in WaPo of all places.

The Washington Post article, dated June 23, states that the White House is becoming frustrated with Tillerson because he will not make pro-Trump appointments and hides away behind Margaret Peterlin, an aide who screens his telephone calls, most of which go unreturned:

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the rift …

They said Tillerson’s deliberate approach to reviewing candidates and his insistence on a detailed department management review and reorganization, informed by his corporate background, has slowed down an already slow process …

For now, Tillerson is surrounded by a core group of about a half-dozen top aides who are responsible for a vast menu of decisions about policy, priorities, staffing and more.

At the center of that small group is State Department chief of staff Margaret Peterlin, a little-known political aide. Although Tillerson’s CEO leadership style dictates much of how his front office works, Peterlin’s growing number of critics complain that she has built a fortress around her boss that ensures information and decisions flow through her.

“And only her,” said one administration official.

The internal Trump administration complaints about Peterlin’s role boil down to a tussle over who calls the shots about access to Tillerson and the filling of political jobs.

Peterlin has even tried to limit direct access to Tillerson by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other top officials, one outside adviser to the White House said, leaving White House officials to “sneak around” or call Tillerson on his cellphone, that person and administration officials said …

On the one hand, this looks as if Tillerson is trying to keep the State Department lean. On the other hand, it looks as if others might be running the show behind Tillerson’s back. Cernovich contends that Brian Hook might be overreaching his remit in talking with foreign governments. (Politico is of the same view and added Jared Kushner’s name alongside Hook’s.) He also said that his White House sources told him that Tillerson, in a conversation with Trump and others on the subject of refugees, took issue with pro-Trump adviser Stephen Miller. Miller opposes taking in more refugees. See the first ten minutes of Cernovich’s conversation with Alex Jones:

WaPo tried to speak to Johnny DeStefano, who heads the White House personnel department, but he could not be reached for comment.

DeStefano has come under fire from both Tillerson and Trump loyalists.

On June 29, Politico reported:

The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment …

Above all, he made clear that he did not want DeStefano’s office to “have any role in staffing” and “expressed frustration that anybody would know better” than he about who should work in his department — particularly after the president had promised him autonomy to make his own decisions and hires, according to a senior White House aide familiar with the conversation.

The episode stunned other White House officials gathered in chief of staff Reince Priebus’ office, leaving them silent as Tillerson raised his voice. In the room with Tillerson and DeStefano were Priebus, top Trump aide Jared Kushner and Margaret Peterlin, the secretary of state’s chief of staff.

The encounter, described by four people familiar with what happened, was so explosive that Kushner approached Peterlin afterward and told her that Tillerson’s outburst was completely unprofessional, according to two of the people familiar with the exchange, and told her that they needed to work out a solution …

Back in January, Richard Viguerie asked why Trump was hiring DeStefano:

what the devil is going on when it was announced that John “Johnny” DeStefano has been appointed Director of White House Personnel.

DeStefano has his roots in the GOPe, which Viguerie explains in detail. Excerpts follow:

Mr. DeStefano, 38, has no background in personnel or human resources. However, he is a longtime member of former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s inner circle and a former Republican National Congressional Committee staffer …

After the GOP took back the House majority and Boehner became Speaker, DeStefano became Senior Advisor for Member Services & New Member Development where part of his job was to staff the newly elected Tea Party class of 2010 with Boehner loyalists who would not encourage their new Bosses to rock the boat.

While still in his twenties, DeStefano served as Boehner’s political director and became very close to Boehner’s former Chief of Staff Barry Jackson.

Jackson is one of the ultimate Washington insiders …

So, let’s be clear about who John DeStefano is and why his association with Boehner, Barry Jackson and the core members of the deep state on Capitol Hill matters to implementing Trump’s anti-insider agenda …

Johnny DeStefano’s job as Director of White House Personnel isn’t to hire Trump’s loyal outsiders or check the SAT scores of potential hires to make sure the top applicants get the jobs, it isn’t to vet them for their security clearances or potential conflicts of interest – it is to funnel Capitol Hill staffers loyal to the congressional Republican establishment into key jobs in the executive branch.

He concludes:

Johnny DeStefano is the classic Washington “great guy.” He’s smart, charming, good looking, knows everyone who is anyone, and he knows politics inside and out, but if Donald Trump wants to drain the swamp in DC, appointing DeStefano as Director of White House Personnel will be a major impediment to that goal.

Trump really does need to get to the bottom of this.

In closing, rumour has it that Trump has mothballed his son-in-law and that the Kushners are looking for schools for their children not in Washington but in New York.

More news next time.

4 comments for “Trump’s State Department: Who’s really in charge?

  1. July 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    The Tillerson issue is all about whom one reads and believes. Politico is leftwing, for example and Stone has question marks over him.

    Seems to me the Donald is a bit amateurish in this area, taken by their charm and ‘smarts’ but not knowing their agenda and who is in thrall to whom. He’s getting bad advice on Syria.

    He seems quite isolated in the WH.

    • July 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you, James, for demonstrating the confusion many of us (myself, at least) have about some people in the Trump administration.

      The only person I completely trust there is Stephen Miller. I’ve seen him speak (rallies on YouTube) and can recognise his inspirational prose in a Trump speech. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a terribly huge or influential role, although I’m glad he’s there. If he goes, then I won’t know what to think. Canary in a coal mine, maybe.

      I do not understand what Trump is doing some of the time. The Tillerson situation illustrates this perfectly.

      I cite sources from Left and Right depending on the content and how trustworthy or plausible it seems.

      If Kushner and DeStefano go, that will point towards Swamp draining. Kushner and Ivanka have really misled Trump, I hope unintentionally.

      Re Trump’s amateurishness, there are times when I think that Trump’s seeing if these rogues will actually be America First people and, if not, he can dismiss them with integrity. I also wonder if he is trying to see what their connections are elsewhere in DC. Again, it is very difficult to know what is actually happening. I hope he knows much more than he is letting on. If so, I don’t want to know, just let him get on with it.

      Re Syria, I agree with you 110%. Heaven knows how much duff gen he’s getting and what other false flags will take place.

  2. Dr Evil
    July 2, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I know what I would be telling my equivalent of MI6 to do regarding an enemy alien.

    • July 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Agreed, Dr Evil, but what if they were on the dark side — in league with your enemy?

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