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The Trump Team Takes Shape, and It's Not Pretty. Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Trump Team Takes Shape, and It's Not Pretty

February 22, 2016Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC In his 17-month campaign for the presidency, Donald J. Trump was frequently lambasted for his associations with extremists. He met with right-wing radicals, spoke at their events, hired some of them, and even retweeted their propaganda. He seemed to go out of his way to avoid condemning racist activists and their ilk. Now, Trump is the president-elect. As word of the identity of many of Trump’s transition team members leaked out in the last day or so, it’s become apparent that America’s 45th president will be relying on a number of people who, by any reasonable measure, are right-wing extremists.

The best known of them is Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has worked to suppress votes in that state and elsewhere by claiming to be battling a major vote fraud problem. Michael Flynn Disaster As National Security Adviser. Say what you like about past presidents and their international legacies, but it’s hard to dispute the caliber of their national security advisers.

Michael Flynn Disaster As National Security Adviser

From Henry Kissinger to Colin Powell, from Zbig Brzezinski to Sandy Berger, from Condi Rice to Susan Rice: the list is a long line in smart, seasoned and strategic thinkers. Until now. Donald Trump’s decision to pick Lt Gen Michael Flynn as his most senior national security aide is a rupture with the past and with sane foreign policy. Flynn is a conspiracy theorist and Islamophobe who hangs around the darker corners of the white nationalist internet. He also lost his last job in the intelligence services, I suspect because he can’t manage his way out of a paper bag. All of which would be mildly amusing if Flynn wasn’t about to take on a job that will determine the immediate fate of large parts of the globe.

The president’s national security adviser plays a unique role inside the West Wing. Heck of a job, Flynnie. But we know where this leads. Lock him up? Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, mishandled classified information. While Donald Trump’s supporters really wanted Hillary Clinton arrested for her email server, the president-elect’s pick for national security adviser, Lt.

Lock him up? Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, mishandled classified information

Gen. Michael Flynn, “inappropriately shared” classified information with foreign military officials in Afghanistan, military documents show. Army records recently obtained by The Washington Post allege that Flynn informed allies about the activities of the CIA in Afghanistan, even though Flynn lacked authorization to do so. In August, Flynn told The Post he had permission to share the classified intel, but documents show that an investigation of the incident determined that Flynn did not have approval to share the secrets he exposed. The Defense Department and the Central Command both concluded Flynn mishandled the classified intel. Trump’s Treasury Pick Excelled at Kicking Elderly People Out of Their Homes. In 2015, OneWest Bank moved to foreclose on John Yang, an 80-year-old Korean immigrant living in Orange Park, Florida, a small suburb of Jacksonville.

Trump’s Treasury Pick Excelled at Kicking Elderly People Out of Their Homes

The bank believed he wasn’t living in his home, violating the terms of its loan. It dispatched an agent to give him legal notification of the foreclosure. Where did the bank find him? At the same single-story home the bank had said in court papers he did not occupy. Still OneWest pressed on, forcing Yang, a former Christian missionary, to seek help from legal aid attorneys. The employee’s response was blunt: “You’re trying to make logic out of an illogical situation.” Yang was lucky. President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary has prompted new scrutiny of OneWest’s foreclosure practices.

Records show the attempt to push Mr. The loans allow people to benefit from the equity they have built up over many years without selling their houses. DeVos Criticizes Professors. Scott Pruitt Is the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Manchurian Candidate. Soon-to-be-released emails may show just how deep the newly confirmed EPA administrator’s ties go.

Scott Pruitt Is the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Manchurian Candidate

Would there be a bigger uproar from the press and the Democratic establishment if the emails had been with Russian officials? Email exchanges between the oil and gas industry and Scott Pruitt, the newly minted head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), might pose a bigger threat to national security and human life than Gen. Michael Flynn’s conversations with a Russian diplomat. The question is whether they’ll receive anywhere near the same level of airtime. Last Thursday, an Oklahoma court ordered the state’s attorney general’s office to turn over as many as 3,000 emails between Pruitt and various fossil fuel interests, including extraction companies and lobbying groups. The ruling came a day before the U.S. Whatever the emails say, it seems unlikely that Pruitt will be forced to resign as a result.