If Donald Trump’s most avid anti-globalist supporters believe that their president is “draining the swamp” of their bitterest of foes, they might be surprised that recently Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis were in the company at the annual Munich Security Conference of Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Trilateral Commission deputy chairman Michael Fuchs, and global political troublemaker George Soros.
As the late comedian and American philosopher George Carlin once said, “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”
And, speaking of clubs, Trump is tapping members of his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where the initiation fee is $200,000, to serve as American ambassadors abroad. These include Robin Bernstein to the Dominican Republic, Patrick Park to Austria, and Brian Burns to Ireland. All were big donors to the Trump presidential campaign.
Trump has “drained the swamp” by giving an award to one of the chief architects of the financing and arming of the Islamic State. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo’s second visit abroad was to Saudi Arabia, where he presented the CIA’s George Tenet medal to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It has been Nayef who has backed radical Islamist groups in the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars. Prior to stopping in Riyadh, Pompeo visited Turkey, where he lauded the government of that growing Islamist dictatorship and its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the Erdogan family that personally benefited from the Islamic State’s sale of Iraqi and Syrian oil on the international spot market. Turkish nepotism and illegal international deals must have come as music to the ears of Trump who fancies such notions for himself and his family.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, told the crowd of old school conservatives and extreme alt-right faithful that the Trump White House is striving for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” That must have come as welcome news to the globalist bankers who have ordered similar “administrative state” deconstruction as part of draconian austerity measures in Greece, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Italy, and other countries.
Bannon’s “deconstruction” is already being felt in Trump’s federal worker hiring freeze, which has closed day care centers at U.S. military bases abroad and delayed medical treatment at veteran’s hospitals. That is only the tip of the iceberg, as Bannon and his fellow ex-Goldman Sachs colleagues, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, senior White House adviser Anthony Scaramucci, White House economic counselor Dina Habib Powell, National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn, and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman-nominee Jay Clayton draw their knives on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ care, and other social safety net programs.
Trump’s team consisting of ex-Goldman Sachs executives and other Wall Street denizens will enjoy the next four years of being in their comfortable elements: Bilderberg, Davos, Bohemian Grove, Cernobbio, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, and other “big club” venues. And, as Carlin said about the big club, “you ain’t in it.”
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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