EXPOSED: The REAL Reason Trump Kicked Chris Christie To The Curb Is Personal - And DISTURBING

EXPOSED: The REAL Reason Trump Kicked Chris Christie To The Curb Is Personal – And DISTURBING

A Vendetta Ended Christie’s Role In The Trump Team

Donald Trump’s transition from his gilded tower to the White House is off to a rocky start. One of the biggest bumps thus far was when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was dumped by Trump as leader of the transition team for Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Some may have suspected that Christie was dropped because of the conviction of two top Christie allies days before the election. But reports indicate that this had nothing to do with it, and that it certainly wasn’t because of the aura of corruption swirling around the Christie administration. The real reason, multiple sources report, was far more personal, and show a disturbing level of nepotism, cronyism and dysfunction in the nascent Trump administration.

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Politico reports that “extreme” “internecine conflict” within Trump’s campaign management has carried over to the transition team. Various factions within the GOP, the alt-right, and Trump’s own family are all jockeying for power. In what sources described to NBC News as a “Stalinesque purge,” Christie was apparently ousted by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Husband to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner played a larger role in Trump’s campaign than many understood, Vanity Fair reported at the end of October. Kushner owns a real estate holding company and the New York Observer. Vanity Fair reported that he had been a key figure behind Trump’s social media messaging, what little policy he espoused, outreach to the GOP, and key hiring decisions. Now, as Trump’s administration begins shaping up, the 35-year-old continues to have an outsized role above seasoned politicos.

Kushner’s ouster of Christie is believed to have been cold vengeance, the end result of a long-standing vendetta. In 2005, Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, was convicted of fraud, illegal campaign donations, tax evasion, lying to the FEC, and witness tampering. The older Kushner was fined $508,000, sentenced to two years in prison, and served on year. The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey who prosecuted the case, and sought a prison sentence, was … Chris Christie. Strategic Culture claims that the younger Kushner “never forgave Christie for seeking a prison sentence.”

The Washington Post reported that other political operatives who were allies of Christie were also purged. A source described it to the Post as a “bloodletting.”

Meanwhile, the Trump transition was not only refusing to allow anyone into the administration who was not fully supportive of Trump, but was downright nasty to those making inquiries. Eliot Cohen, a conservative foreign policy expert who served in the Bush State Department, and who was critical of the Trump campaign sought out a national security position, and claimed that the transition team screamed at him. He advised other respected national security experts to stay away. His experience is raising the already high anxiety level in American intelligence services, the Post reported.

This little episode exposes quite a lot about the inner workings of the “peaceful transition of power” from President Barack Obama to a Trump administration. The Trump team is in chaos as establishment Republicans, corporate raiders and the bigoted far right jockey for position. The only semblance of order is a nepotistic regime that prizes intense loyalty above all else, and has little use for political and policy acumen. It is unprecedentedly fusing the Trump White House with the Trump Organization, creating a slew of conflicts of interests, in cases which the public may not even be aware of, since Trump never released his tax returns. It is abusing its power by pursuing petty vendettas. It is punishing opposition to corruption.

The Trump White House is shaping up to be a conflict between cronyism and extremism under catastrophic mismanagement. The silver lining here is that Trump may never get the mass human rights abuses running if his White House is in an ongoing state of administrative collapse from day one.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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