It’s been a tough week for President Trump on domestic issues.
But as he gets ready for his first visit to Israel next week, it appears the confusion within the administration is also taking its toll on foreign affairs.
On Monday, the White House announced that among the stops Trump would make while in the Jewish state was one at the Western Wall, the visible remains of part of the foundation for the Temple Mount. Trump is expected to offer a prayer at the site and pay a visit to the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believe by some Christians to be site of Jesus’ tomb.
But, according to reports, when representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested permission to accompany the president on the visit, an unnamed American official had this to say: “What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.”
Netanyahu reportedly contacted the White House for an explanation of this shockingly ignorant outburst by the unnamed U.S. official. The Western Wall is in the heart of Israel’s capital city, far from the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority operates with a degree of autonomy, yet still very much under the control of Israel.
Apparently, Netanyahu was convinced the statements did not reflect Trump’s thinking. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., felt compelled to weigh in, saying the U.S. Embassy should be moved to Jerusalem. White House press secretary Sean Spicer was also asked about the matter, saying, “The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith. It’s clearly in Jerusalem.” Spicer said the comments made by the unnamed U.S. official did not reflect “the policy of the United States.”
Another day, another controversy.
Make THIS year the year that you visit Jerusalem – on the 2017 WND Tour that will be led by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, and will feature appearances by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador David Freidman.
It’s certain that the Trump administration includes many people who either do not know what they are doing or who are deliberately trying to sabotage the president’s agenda.
It’s true on the Middle East. It’s true on the controversy surrounding James Comey’s firing. It’s true on so many issues that it is taking the steam out of the effort to drain the swamp and make America great again.
May I suggest what I think is at the root of the problem?
Trump is simply not appointing his own handpicked people to permanent jobs within the administration.
For instance, by the time Trump was sworn in in January, some 400 pre-screened candidates for key positions within the administration were at work advising thousands of federal employees, almost all Democrats and holdovers from the Obama administration.
These 400 were told they would be “the beachhead” of the team. Yet, one member of that team told me off the record he feels like a Marine who has been left on the beach.
“The beach is not where you want to stay,” he said. “It’s where you land in a military action. But if you stay on the beach, you die. Your first job is to get clear of the beach, to move inland and occupy. The fact that we’re still on the beach illustrates the problem.”
All those 400 Trump team members can do is offer advice. None of them has been given a permanent position of actual authority.
Now do you understand why there’s a real problem that goes beyond messaging within the administration?
I can tell you why this is the case, too.
The person appointed by Trump to move those hundreds of pro-Trump team members into permanent positions is John DeStefano, assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel. Would you like to guess where he came from? From 2007 to 2011 he was John Boehner’s political director, and from 2011 to 2013 he was House Speaker Boehner’s senior adviser.
No Republican better personifies the very Republican establishment Trump pledged to come to Washington to smash than Boehner. Yet, his top aide, his former political director, is holding up the permanent appointments of hundreds of pre-screened, pre-approved loyal Trump lieutenants to replace mostly Democrats and Obama holdovers.
Do you believe this?
I sure didn’t. But it’s true. The Deep State has lots of tentacles within the Trump senior staff.
It’s sabotage, I tell you.
It’s happening in Israel. And it’s happening in Washington.
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