Connect with us

Everything

Is Hope Hicks Trump’s mastermind leaker?

Published

on

Erick Erickson has pointed out multiple times that you never see Hope Hicks mentioned in press reports about White House intrigue. Even in the latest story about Trump’s fast-spreading legal and Russia conflagration, you don’t see Hicks.

Side note: I continue to notice everyone’s name, from Priebus to Spicer to Bannon to Kushner, crops up in these stories except Hope Hicks.

Univision, no friend of Trump’s, published a spread on Hicks in June. They said she was one of the select few who got to meet Pope Francis with the president in May. (An aside, Sean Spicer, a Catholic, was not part of that group, although he was with the travel party.)

The influence of Hicks, whose title is director of strategic communications, is evident in photos that show her laughing alongside heavyweights in Trump’s sphere, or talking in the ear of her boss.

She has the ear of the boss because she knows how to flatter him. She has the ear of the press because she works them like a baker works dough.

“In a White House where everyone talks about who has power and who does not, she is one of the people with the most influence,” commented Philip Rucker, the Washington Post’s White House bureau chief.

Could it be that the one who “floats above” controversies is the mastermind who plants stories in the media, who steers the conversation where the president wants it to go, who keeps the equilibrium in the war between power structures at the White House?

Or is she just the shy and unassuming one everyone can trust and nobody can cross because of her longstanding relationship with the boss?

Continue Reading
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Quality_Canadian_Merchandise

    August 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Today it looks more and more like Hope is the leaker (jr. in the washpost story).

    P.S. Your family needs a belief in country for it to succeed? I am from Canada and have volunteered settling Syrian refugees… despite living in the most tumultuous country in the world (having to leave due to war, famine, terrorism, and dictatorship), they put many of us in North America to shame in the strength of their family, their belief in God and their quality of character. Some can literally say they have taken bullets for family member and run into shrapnel to save family and strangers alike.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Foreign Affairs

Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

Published

on

Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

The foreign relations mess stemming from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder continues to grow more chaotic despite Saudi Arabia’s attempt to cover it up with regularly changing stories. The latest attempt at damage control comes from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Fox News’ Bret Baier him, pressing multiple times about Mohammad bin Salman’s role in or knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. The blame is being placed on the individuals who carried out the operation; as much space is being created between the direct actors and Saudi leadership as possible.

One important note in the interview was when al-Jubier said they do not believe the entire 15-man “kill team” was at the consulate where when Khashoggi was killed there. He admitted he did not know whether Turkey really had a recording of what happened during the incident, nor whether the United States had intelligence that contradicted the Kingdom’s story.

The responses from the foreign minister were in stark contrast to the indignation exuding from the Kingdom for two weeks following the initial report of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

My Take

As I wrote last week, Saudi Arabia gravely underestimated the international response to this incident. They thought they could get rid of a dissident as they have done in the past and the response would be muted. They didn’t take into account his American ties and the desire of the Turks to expose them at every turn.

How is this going to end? It won’t, at least not for a while. Unlike other international news stories of similar magnitude, this one has multiple forces bent on keeping the story going until a satisfactory resolution is reached. It won’t be reached. The White House and the Kingdom will do whatever they can to sweep this under the rug and make people forget.

This stinks, but here’s the sad reality: “Justice” will not be delivered the way it should and the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States will return to the status quo in a few months.

Continue Reading

Foreign Affairs

Pulling out of the INF treaty isn’t just about Russia

Published

on

Pulling out of the INF treaty has very little to do with Russia

Russia has broken the treaty already, according to this administration as well as its predecessor. That’s enough to prompt President Trump to put out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, famously signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev in 1987.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45930206The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

My Take

This isn’t about Russia. Their actions are the excuse for pulling out, but the reason for doing so is because China has no such restrictions. They’re advancements in weaponry have prompted the United States and our allies to explore means of warfare that have been prohibited.

Until now.

This is a counter to China’s continued aggressive actions. Russia will keep doing what Presidents Obama and Trump already acknowledged. No we can step up our missile program as well.

Continue Reading

Videos

The cover up begins: 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

Published

on

The cover up begins 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

The cover up has begun. Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people in connection to the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the first step in an alleged plan to separate the top levels of Saudi government, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from any involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Soon, we will hear that “rogue killers” were responsible for the death. It will be positioned as a simple argument that escalated until Khashoggi was “inadvertently” killed. Once dead, the people responsible reacted by trying to cover up the incident, choosing to dismember his body for easier transport from the consulate.

This has been the dominant story in the West and Middle East since his disappearance on October 2nd. He went to the consulate with his fiancee to finalize his divorce. He went in and hasn’t been seen since.

The Turkish government obtained a plethora of circumstantial evidence against the Saudis to the point that any flat denial was no longer tenable. This is the best course of action in their opinion, to cover up an obvious hit against a Saudi dissident and harsh critic of the Crown Prince. It will be interesting to see how those charged with the crime treat their situation.

The story doesn’t end here. America and the world must watch closely as this perversion of justice unfolds.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Donate to NOQ Report
Advertisement

Facebook

Twitter

Trending

Copyright © 2018 NOQ Report