Sounds Like Roger Stone is Still Advising Trump
I did argue last week that Sean Spicer may regret talking dismissively about Roger Stone as ‘just a hanger on.’
What we have seen since then is Stone has been talking to the media, a lot. I’m not sure this is welcome by the Trump Administration right now.
“Like most people, Stone also can’t understand how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) claims to not know who he is: “Well, you know, I’m an acquired taste,” he said.
“Stone’s not impressed with White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s assertion that it’s been a long time since Stone spoke to Trump, though he also points out that he likes to communicate with the president by short memo. To get a more accurate sense of the relationship, Stone said, “I commend my book to Mr. Spicer, The Making of the President 2016.”
Nunes must be on some sort of suicide mission or it doesn’t make any sense.
“Again, Stone keeps talking to the media-which I love-though I don’t know that the Trump team does. There was a Politico piece about Trump’s long time gatekeeper, Rona Graff. It seems that when Trump’s old friends want to talk to him, they go through her. That might seem innocuous, though it might not be: after all there is supposed to be full records of government business. No doubt, it will be argued that these are all private business. But how can you trust assurances from the Trump Administration about anything?
Anyway, Roger Stone just wants the world to know how important he still is to Donald Trump:
“Roger Stone, a Republican strategist and long-time confidant of Trump, described Graff as a favored point of contact for “anyone who thinks the system in Washington will block their access.”
“I go through Rhona,” said Stone. “She’s a woman of excellent judgment who reflects her boss’ views. She has to field requests from a lot of people.”
Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort also stays in touch with the president through Graff, though a person close to Manafort said “it’s so infrequent, it’s not worth the mention.”
Manafort is anxious to say it’s infrequent. Not Roger Stone. He wants us to know he’s talking to Trump all the time. I talk to Rona.
This is also a curious statement by Stone:
“Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.”
“But Stone says he hasn’t apologized for anything he’s done himself—not to Trump, and not to anyone else. There’s nothing to apologize for, in his mind, including when he said during an appearance before Florida’s South Broward Republicans last August, when asked what he thought the October surprise would be, “I actually have communicated with [Julian] Assange.”
If he did nothing wrong what does he need to apologize to Manafort for?
When he said ‘I actually have communicated with Julian Assange’ he actually didn’t mean that. Obviously he meant something different.
Anyway, I believe Roger Stone. He wants us to believe he still talks to Trump:
“A member of Trump’s circle for nearly 40 years, Stone officially departed the presidential campaign just a few months in, but remained close to the action and infighting. After those first few months, Stone says, he received no money, directly or indirectly, from Trump or the Trump campaign, despite running several supportive operations and continuing to talk to Trump throughout, continuing in the last few weeks (Trump has told him not to say “Mr. President,” he said, but to keep calling him “Donald”).”
And based on what Trump says and does, I believe him.
“President Donald Trump criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policies on Russia in a series of tweets Monday night, adding, the “Trump Russia story is a hoax.”
“Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech….” Trump tweeted Monday. Nine minutes later, he added: “…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!”
A classic diversionary reverse accusation, that even if true, wouldn’t matter, or it wouldn’t prove the Russia story is a ‘hoax’. In any case, it’s not true:
“Using some of the same language he used on the campaign trail, Trump in his tweet claimed Clinton allowed uranium to go to Russia while she was secretary of state. His allegations derive from Russia’s nuclear power agency buying a controlling interest in a Toronto-based company, which has mines and mills in the U.S.”
“Clinton did not have the power to approve or reject the deal. In fact, nine federal agencies had to sign off on the deal, which was then subject to presidential approval.”
But this phantom uranium deal is something Roger Stone is always on about as well, just as Stone was the purveyor of the Ted Cruz’s dad killed JFK meme.
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