What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

January 12, 2017

Wall Street On Parade (January 9) details the boggling Goldman Sachs presence on Trump’s team. My comments will follow the list of names.

“Trump nominated Steven Mnuchin, a 17-year veteran of Goldman Sachs to be his Treasury Secretary.”

“Stephen Bannon, another former Goldman Sachs banker, was named by Trump as his Chief Strategist in the White House.”

“The sitting President of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn, has been named by Trump as Director of the National Economic Council, which, according to its website, coordinates ‘policy-making for domestic and international economic issues’.”

“…Trump nominated a Goldman Sachs outside lawyer, Jay Clayton of Sullivan & Cromwell, to serve as Wall Street’s top cop as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

“…Clayton’s wife currently works as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.”

“According to Politico, Goldman Sachs partner, Dina Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, is Ivanka’s ‘top adviser on policy and staffing’.”

“Then there is Erin Walsh who had worked at Goldman Sachs since 2010 as an Executive Director and head of its Office of Corporate Engagement for Asia Pacific…Walsh is now part of Trump’s transition landing team for the State Department and is engaged in prepping the just retired CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, for his Senate confirmation hearing this week to become the Secretary of the Department of State, according to Politico.”

“And there is yet another former Goldman Sachs banker, Anthony Scaramucci, who sits on Trump’s transition team.”

The first question is: would a Trump-Goldman deal benefit Trump in a personal way? Wall Street On Parade offers possible clues.

“Now the Dow Jones company, MarketWatch, has reported that Trump’s debt is held by more than 150 Wall Street firms. The New York Times has reported that Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company holds a loan on an office tower at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, a building that is 30 percent owned by Donald Trump.”

“Some of the Trump debt held by Wall Street firms, according to media reports, includes Donald Trump’s personal guarantee in the event of a default. The true owners of other Trump debt are shielded behind secretive Limited Liability Corporations…”

If Trump is in trouble with those loans, if he’s in danger of not being able to make his payments, then that fact could form the basis of a Goldman Sachs deal. Trump gets loan protection, Goldman gets a number of influential (and self-serving) seats at the big table in Trump’s administration.

Beyond this, Goldman Sachs is…I’ll let Matt Taibbi describe them. From his classic 2010 Rolling Stone article:

“The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis [2008], which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who’s Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.”

“By now, most of us know the major players. As George Bush’s last Treasury secretary, former Goldman CEO Henry Paulson was the architect of the bailout, a suspiciously self-serving plan to funnel trillions of Your Dollars to a handful of his old friends on Wall Street. Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton’s former Treasury secretary, spent 26 years at Goldman before becoming chairman of Citigroup — which in turn got a $300 billion taxpayer bailout from Paulson. There’s John Thain, the asshole chief of Merrill Lynch who bought an $87,000 area rug for his office as his company was imploding; a former Goldman banker, Thain enjoyed a multi-billion-dollar handout from Paulson, who used billions in taxpayer funds to help Bank of America rescue Thain’s sorry company. And Robert Steel, the former Goldmanite head of Wachovia, scored himself and his fellow executives $225 million in golden-parachute payments as his bank was self-destructing. There’s Joshua Bolten, Bush’s chief of staff during the bailout, and Mark Patterson, the current Treasury chief of staff, who was a Goldman lobbyist just a year ago, and Ed Liddy, the former Goldman director whom Paulson put in charge of bailed-out insurance giant AIG, which forked over $13 billion to Goldman after Liddy came on board. The heads of the Canadian and Italian national banks are Goldman alums, as is the head of the World Bank, the head of the New York Stock Exchange, the last two heads of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — which, incidentally, is now in charge of overseeing Goldman…”

“The bank’s unprecedented reach and power have enabled it to turn all of America into a giant pump-and-dump scam, manipulating whole economic sectors for years at a time, moving the dice game as this or that market collapses, and all the time gorging itself on the unseen costs that are breaking families everywhere — high gas prices, rising consumer credit rates, half-eaten pension funds, mass layoffs, future taxes to pay off bailouts…”

So, Goldman Sachs wants to keep on doing what it has been doing. On the other hand, Trump wants a rising stock market—a symbolic signal that the economy is strong. Understanding that the market is manipulated by insiders, Trump would know where to go to make a deal.

Goldman gives him rising market numbers, and Trump gives them what they want. How much of what they want?

Another area where Goldman could provide help: assembling the funding for a major part of what appears to be an FDR New-Deal project to rebuild America’s infrastructure, putting large numbers of unemployed people back to work. The cost? At least a trillion dollars. Convincing Congress to back this plan—and also support Trump’s tax cuts—could run into a serious roadblock. The money has to come from somewhere.

It might be useful to analyze the ominous levels of public debt accumulated by state governments. The debt is floated on bond issues, and someone has to underwrite and guarantee those issues. Banks like Goldman Sachs are in that business. Trump may have approached Goldman with the premise that, by creating whole swaths of new jobs across the country, the states’ tax revenues will rise, and therefore the payback on Goldman’s investments will become more secure.

It seems certain that Trump is leaning heavily on Goldman to run interference for him. He is walking a risk-laden path.

Partnering with a vampire squid doesn’t inspire confidence.

Since I began writing and speaking about Trump (archive here), I’ve emphasized that his millions of supporters—who actually want more freedom and more of what America should stand for—have to hold his feet to the fire when he takes a direction that spells trouble and runs counter to his announced aims.

He is doing that now.


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(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Power Outside The Matrix, click here.)


Here are two final quotes from Wall Street On Parade:

“During the primary campaign, when it emerged that Trump’s opponent Ted Cruz had received a loan from Goldman Sachs, Trump said that Cruz was ‘owned’ by Goldman Sachs.”

“During his political campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly railed against Wall Street with a specific focus on Goldman Sachs. In the final days of his campaign, Trump released an advertisement…that featured his opponent, Hillary Clinton, shaking hands with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. As the image flickers on the screen, Trump does a voice over, stating: ‘It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.’ As the ad ends, Trump bares his soul: ‘I’m doing this for the people and for the movement and we will take back this country for you and we will make America great again’.”

Has Trump convinced Goldman Sachs they can still make sky-high money in a genuinely strong American economy, with millions of new jobs? And without fake bubbles and crashes?

Has he decided he must have Goldman on his side, if he’s going to make economic progress—that, because of their power, there is no way around them?

Or is Goldman playing along and working Trump and outflanking him?

Finally, I wouldn’t bother bringing any of this up if I didn’t think Trump wants to do good things for this country. I have enumerated those intentions of his in other articles. Right out front, he continues his war against major media. He doesn’t let up. This is vital, because those media have been functioning as the prime eyes, ears, and mouths of the nation—and they are falling rapidly from that precipice. Which is a cause for celebration.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

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34 comments on “What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

  1. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you, Jon, for this information.

    I personally supported Trump for President because both political parties were so corrupt.

    Today I believe Donald Trump will be one of the greatest or worst US Presidents.

    I commend you for continuing to pay close attention to his weaknesses, as well as his strengths.

    It appears capitalists and communists joined forces after WWII, both believing Stalin’s grave warning, “Better Red Than Dead!”

  2. vcragain says:

    You supported this moron & now you are seeing what he is REALLY made of – a complete fraud who cannot be trusted. Everyone in NY knew all along what this man stands for – he has done nothing all his life except screw over other people, any way he can, leaving a big, big trail of unpaid bills & destroyed lives in his wake. How on earth can you just dismiss all that ???? If you read his life story it is the story of a FOOL, albeit a very crafty snake of a person, with not one jot of decency anywhere in his persona. I am waiting for KARMA to descend & solve our problem.

    • Michael Burns says:

      I’m afraid karma will run over your dogma..
      Ok if you are gonna make a bet at the big table, can you least support it with something original.

      What Hillary was a better choice…Putin is Hitler, lets blow him up, lets bomb Iran, I’ve got a foundation please send me money…My names Hillary and I am hear to end life on planet earth. I hate brown people.

      It was the most logical choice, between the two, as a voter I would have done the same thing.

      He (Donald Trump) is making sense when he speaks. Hillary or any of the others never spoke with his sincererity. They speak Washington jingoism.

    • Jacqueline says:

      So which of the candidates was the best option? None possessed a ‘jot of decency.’

      Placing the weight of ‘saving’ this country on the shoulders of one person and expecting it to all work out is absurd. Debating the ‘who’ of it after the fact is even more senseless. Perhaps the best option is for Americans to get up off their asses in the millions and simultaneously hit the streets, then follow Iceland’s example,

      • Norman Williams says:

        Why do you think there was ever any options? mr Smith goes to Washington is fairy tale…but it seems grown ups are not mature enough to know better. A cosmic joke.

      • Terry Adams says:

        and therein lies the problem – getting people active in disarming the giant bomb that is about to kill all of us. The average American doesn’t care, isn’t capable of critical thinking, and until something happens that will disrupt their daily routine of awaken – coffee – work – home – beer – network television – repeat repeat repeat – they aren’t going to “get it”. Once this happens, of course, it will be much too late. Trying to inform the public is like beating your head against a cement wall…

      • arcadia11 says:

        it would seem that it is the only option. as always and as it should be.

        it cannot be otherwise unless we finally agree to relinquish all humanity and sovereignty and become transhumans/automatons under the control of The Ruler. no matter who the ruler is.

        placing the weight of ‘saving’… on anyone is just humans going on with business as usual. placing that weight on a member of the most evil group/system on the face of the earth is so far beyond insanity that
        it requires a new descriptive.

    • I agree with you, vcragain. I don’t trust him for a second. One day he points at CNN and calls them “fake news” (which they totally are just to be clear). Tomorrow, he may prop them up. It’s all about what’s best for him. His philosophy is “take take take more more more.” That’s it. As to others comments on your comment…

      Michael Burns: Was it ever a choice? Hillary is physically sick with Parkinson’s. How could they let her win? Even though I was relieved after she lost because the thought of looking at that psycho bitch for four years as POTUS was more repellent than the thought of using wasp spray as aftershave. But, really, Trump is a shit of a human being. A materialist ultra. And, I might add, not stupid and very knowledgeable in esoteric philosophy. In other words, a satanist by any other name.

      Jacqueline: Yes. When will “we” stop waiting for someone to save us? That is the question.

      • arcadia11 says:

        this thing about choice is so bizarre, i am stunned that it is still being used.
        no one has to choose between or among criminals to be a figurehead for
        the nation and another threat to the entire world. saying that you had to vote
        for this one because the other was worse has been used to death. there is no
        such thing. i don’t want to choose between being punched or kicked so i walk
        away and don’t engage with psychos who play such a game. that is one box i
        do not want to try to function in.

        to walk away from choosing sides in a kakistocracy is an indication, for starters,
        of sanity.

        this president-elect, so called, has not even been inaugurated – and may not be –
        and the doubts and questions by his minions have already begun. this is a
        soetoro replay. this man has shown his hand, same as soetoro, there are people
        here who state all the messiah-hero actions he is going to take once he is in
        office. it’s like a mad tv skit.

        there are no elections. that cannot be repeated too often.

        and quebec – don’t even bother. i stopped reading your nasty manic comments
        some time ago.

  3. Joy says:

    As I watch what he appears to be doing, I am keeping an open mind, remembering that his task now is daunting, and everything cannot be tackled at once. I believe he has a plan, he is good at keeping people guessing what he is up to, and that he is surrounding himself with very smart people who know how to get the job done…all the while fully intending to let them know that he is the one in charge.

    • Shi Fre says:

      Your comment is the most clear-minded, I think.

      Yes, he needs allies.

      Since all of Power was against him, he needs to ally with a part of it. He can’t ally with “the media” or “celebrities” of “people of culture”.
      He has tried to ally with the part of Silicon Valley which has no heavy prejudices against him and his policies, and the same for finance.

      (He sure knows that Blankfein issued a prohibition for Goldman’s employees from funding Trump, while boasting he was one of the major backers of Hillary’s campaign.)

  4. Greg C. says:

    There will always be potential conflicts of interest with Trump, because he is already so influential and rich. He is doing everything he can to minimize those potential conflicts, but it would be wrong of him to exclude candidates for his cabinet merely because they are associated with a financial institution that holds some of his debt. GS is huge and has some of the best financial talent, very informed. These picks have inside knowledge of GS. So you could turn this around and see it from the point of view of GS. “Uh-oh, some of our guys who know are secrets are going over to work for the other side.” Time will tell. Of course a growing economy floats all boats, so GS is bound to benefit from Trump’s administration. What do I care, as long as we have more free and prosperous country?

    • Michael Burns says:

      Good point Greg…but that would be only if the playing field is level. They could also think, great this is chance to get into the mind of the truly successful individual, and find out how in fuck he made it to President of the United States of America. So we can never have this happen again.
      Because if we don’t then maybe everybody would think; if Donald Trump can be President…why can’t Michael Burns be President…could happen! Could happen…don’t laugh. I would be a great president.
      Of course that could be me being gloomy again.

      • Greg C. says:

        I detect some deep irony and sarcasm, I hope, in your comment. Let’s face it, Trump is smart. He is not smart in getting away with crimes, like the Clintons, or linguistic sleight-of-mouth, as Obama, or in funneling pay-offs (Clintons again). He is smart in building value, putting together talent and capital in a constructive way. He knows people, he knows finance, he knows strategy and timing, like no politician could. Until I see him do something to indicate a darker side of his character, or a dumber side, I think the playing field is tilted toward a better future for this country.

        • Michael Burns says:

          Dam you found me out lol…agreed.
          Yes you cannot condemn the man until he does something wrong, and I don’t mean human mistakes for we all make them. But the evil, malicious intent of the usually Whiehouse loiterers.

          Late breaking news: it seems our Donald was been groomed for the last five years by those dam Russians again, their in everything. They have some porno on Trump grabbin Russian pussy cats. So he was CIA’ed into doing the russian biding.
          Page, Cohen and Flynn are involved. They were all meeting at Russian pizza parlours, and cutting up the spoils.
          Cats and dogs are livin in sin there. And everbody drink Vodka.
          What that saying about insanity…you keep repeating the same story over and over again…or is that finding a solution. If you keep using the same solution to a problem, don’t get when it brings you the same conclusion.

          I think that the talent base at the CIA is dilluted and inbred to such a point, they are just going through the motions now. They have crossed the line into Dr strangelove.
          The hacking story did’nt work…”oh well lets try the Manchurian candidate story….what other old movies did’nt we try yet.”

          • Greg C. says:

            My definition of insanity is letting someone else control the narrative. Isn’t that where most people are today? Existing in someone else’s story? Isn’t that what our education system is all about – turning over your kids to be taught to live inside their story, rather than invent your own? It’s time for everyone to simply walk away from these narratives. That means unplugging yourself and your family, mentally, from the corporate workplace, the schools, the state licensed 501/3c churches, all these social networks. What will happen? Is there nothing beyond the narrative? A void, or an abyss? No, that void is yourself, having been dormant for years, maybe decades.

            Trump has shown us how you don’t have to physically retreat to get outside these networks. You just have to speak against their narratives, in the most inopportune, embarrassing times. Don’t limit your comments to the anonymous, online variety. Instead of saying “Have a nice day” to the checker at the grocery store, or talking about the weather with a neighbor or coworker, say something subversive, like “Time to lock up the Clintons.” Every revolution starts with this kind of thing, a saying that embeds itself into everyday life with the purpose of destroying the “Everything is the same as it was yesterday” mentality that is the glue holding our social networks together. We crave continuity but it rots us from the inside. What is a revolution but a severe disruption of continuity?

            OK, those are my pre-breakfast thoughts, that time of day when thinking is often the clearest, before you get yourself plugged into your routines. “Have a nice d…,” — I mean, “Time to lock up the Clintons.”

  5. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    I want to personally thank you, Jon, for helping me get out the message on the strange ending of WWII [See books by Bill Streifer and Robert Wilcox] that apparently left Stalin in control of the world’s total supply of atomic bombs and the “free world” vulnerable to Stalin’s threat, Better Red Than Dead!

    I would never have figured this out without the discreet assistance of my research mentor, the late Professor Paul Kazuo Kuroda (1917-2001).

  6. Reblogged this on WebWeaverBlog and commented:
    I felt this thought-provoking and pertinent article by Jon Rappaport was worthy of reblogging. Since it addresses my own concerns, I think it gives much insight and things to ponder for our own consideration…

  7. elliottjab says:

    Another good commentary to stay awake with.

    Thank you, Jon.

  8. Michael Burns says:

    “Has Trump convinced Goldman Sachs they can still make sky-high money in a genuinely strong American economy, with millions of new jobs? And without fake bubbles and crashes?” -JR

    That would be diametrically opposed to their centuries old move towards Global governance. Globalism? And these new jobs, were are they coming from..because McDonalds are going into the toilet, and other fast foods joints are following…

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mcdonalds-to-book-130-million-restructuring-charge-2016-10-13

    And China being such a thriving market, how about this MacBowels deal, and Carlyle at the helm of it…smells…reeks to high heavens!

    http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/09/investing/mcdonalds-china-business-citic-carlyle/

    Are they willing to put things on a slow simmer on the back burner for a while till they deal with the loose cannon?

    Goldman owns the Fed and it is built on a house of sand..with so many countries moving back towards the gold standard.
    A fairly recent forming of the Brics financial, backed by gold. India, China’s huge past purchases of gold in the tons.

    I mean one of the point for Hillary’s savagery in Libya was Gadhaffi’s huge purchases of gold and the movement towards creating a African Bank that had a majority of those smaller Afican nations interested…backed in gold again. They would’nt have to deal wit the IMF branch of the FED. Btw..no one talks about how much gold they got in that looting of Libya, that was quite a gold heist.

    A rebuilding of the American infrastrutures, seems a step back in time, when the whole point is to break that infrastructure down. Sovereignty is a physical thing as well mental landscape.

  9. From Quebec says:

    Trump is thinking outside the box.

    WOW! A President who has imagination, creativity and believes in individual power.

    Never being seen before.

    Nobody knows finances better than the people who have worked at Goldman Sachs.
    They are very, very smart and they are not all bad either. Besides, they will have to follow Trump’s plan or they will be fired. Never forget that.

    Your article is very dangerous Jon, because all the Snowflakes, the Never Trump idiots, and the people without one percent of imagination will come rushing in to post their stupid comments on this site, stating: See I told you Trump was a fraud.

    All I have to say to those people, is wait and see after January 20th, and you will all be looking at a master chess player who knows how to win and how to get things done.

    His Cabinet is a mixture of the best minds in the Military and Finance world.

    Watch and see and enjoy!

    • A Sperger says:

      Excellent reply. But mentioning the the GS name is like casting the current Hollywood heart throb into your movie, i.e. it doesn’t mean the production will be any better or worse than it would be without the “star”, but it means more people will pay to watch it, simply because of the name. Always remember that the Hollywood moguls initially wrote off the production of “Casablanca” because the studio had to settle for Humphrey Bogart as the lead, rather than the more popular (at the time) George Raft.

      Most snowflakes never stop and consider that for at least the last 16 years, and across supposed polar opposite political parties, Goldman Sachs has continued to win in it’s particular arena. There are screams of “Jews” and “Globalists” and every other invective except “winners”. Why is that? As you have pointed out, Trump wants the most talented BUSINESS PEOPLE he can find for his office, not the most polished PC jabberer Politician with the most FB likes.

      • JohnF says:

        “Trump wants the most talented BUSINESS PEOPLE he can find for his office”

        The Same Group of Business People Who Are From The Too Big Too Jail Corporations, CEO’s, Wall Street & The Banksters Who Cheated Everyone In Their Rigged High Speed Computer Controlled Markets & Caused The 2009 Economic Collapse – Where Their Top Banks Have Been Fined Hundreds of Millions to Billions of Dollars For Fraud, Corruption & Manipulation of the Markets.

    • Norman Williams says:

      Hahahahahaha! Still believing in fairy tales!

      As bad as the Hillary acolytes that claims she would be working in the best interest of the people. At least the Trump show will be fresh and entertain, but deep down, we all know how this is gonna end. Full steam ahead!

  10. Larry says:

    “It might be useful to analyze the ominous levels of public debt accumulated by state governments. The debt is floated on bond issues, and someone has to underwrite and guarantee those issues. Banks like Goldman Sachs are in that business.”

    If these states defaulted on their debt, GS would likely swoop down on them like a flock of vultures demanding satisfaction (ala John Perkin’s “Confession’s of an Economic Hitman”).

    But what resources could the states offer in compensation? Ever-increasing fees on municipal water usage? New tolls on highways? Jacked-up income taxes?

    Hmmm….

  11. SanityClaus says:

    When you pay public servants in honest money instead of fake money Federal Reserve (of what?) notes you will get honest service.

    When you pay people with fake money they don’t owe you anything, and that includes honesty in pubic service.

  12. Daniel Noel says:

    There are many ways to establish with a high likelihood that Trump doesn’t care for the common good. One is, per this article, to wait until objective evidence shows that he probably covertly serves GS. A much straightforward one is to observe his “failure” to understand anything about Building 7.

    Love,

    • Shi Fre says:

      Well, you have never heard of the interview he gave on the day of the 11-9 attack where he said it looked like a “demolition”, have you?

      Yes I know you wrote “failure” in quotes. Politics and government are about compromise and concrete objects, not dreams of purity and truth.
      If you want to never have to “fail” to understand, give yourself to philosophy, not to politics, business, or anything else involving a social dimension and power.

      • Daniel Noel says:

        A compromise on Building 7? What kind of compromise would that be? Doubting that its motion resembled a controlled demolition? Unlike the wall, global warming, free trade, and all the other silly wedge issues Trump has needlessly agitated, Building 7 cannot be a matter of compromise. Even a socialist finds it difficult to absorb the idea of its destruction by an office fire.

        If Trump happens to be useful, I’ll gladly eat crow and rejoice like everyone else. In the meantime, it bears repeating that trusting a 9/11 censor to do any good is a very risky proposition.

        Love,

  13. voza0db says:

    Only the brain dead slaves believe the system is changeable by the stroke of a pen in a piece of paper (old form of voting!)

    The RULE and the MASSIVE CONTROL the secular ruling Families have over the system’s didn’t disappear because of the election of D. Trump.

    Either he plays by the book of the Secular Ruling Families or he may well start choosing the coffin of his preference! JFK did try to break away from the guide book and we all know the end of that movie!

    The main problem is the FACT that the MAJORITY of SLAVES do not know who the owners really are, and this does not help anyone that wants to try and change the rules, because those slaves see the attack on the rules (the owners rules) as an attack on them selves!

  14. RAW says:

    Unrelated but equally important to be aware of…

    VP Pence relationship with Cheney – Two very bad actors have been given key roles in the new Trump administration. Perhaps one of the most dangerous insiders of all times, short of Henry Kissinger, has been given a major advisory role with Rex Tillerson—Dick Cheney (Darth Vader of the Bush administration) is back. Eliana Johnson of Politico has the story:

    “During the campaign, Donald Trump trashed the hawkish foreign policy of the second Bush White House. But now, he and his team are relying on the man most closely identified with that regime — Dick Cheney — to help ensure that Rex Tillerson is confirmed next year as Trump’s secretary of state.

    The former vice president is also in close contact with senior Trump aides. Cheney speaks frequently with the vice president-elect, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who himself serves as a liaison between the president-elect and Capitol Hill, and who has said he hopes to model his vice presidency on Cheney’s.

    “Mike relishes the advice,” said a senior transition aide, who added that Cheney is “willing to do what he’s asked” and “wants to be helpful” to the incoming administration.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/dick-cheney-trump-surrogate-232746

    The big problem with this cozy relationship with Pence, is that if Trump ever gets assassinated, Pence would become President and Cheney his handler—just like under George W. Bush. But bad as Cheney’s influence is with Pence, the establishment just put a John Boehner protégé in as Director of Personnel, with power to fire and hire all of the hundreds of employees in the White House.

    John “Johnny” DeStefano has been appointed Director of White House Personnel.

    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.

    This is how the establishment controlled Ronald Reagan, by forcing him to accept George HW Bush as his Vice President and allowing him to name the personnel director.

    source: joel skousen’s brief (sub)

  15. It is not just goldman; Jared Kushner is said to be allowed in to all Trumps “security briefings” and will continue to do so after the inauguration. That is incredible. It means that he will know everything about what the Government is doing and will know all of America’s most secret secrets – all about Americas safety and security too. Jared Kusher is a close friend of Netanyahoo. No wonder the Israelis are saying “With a Trump Administration there will be no daylight between America and Israel.

  16. Common Sense says:

    And to the slaves who think Trump hired GS thugs so that he can control them, that is like saying the CDC or FDA puts big pharma execs on their boards and panels to make vaccines safer. Ha! The game is rigged and Trump is a puppet, not a master.

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