The Deep State rears its ugly head after Trump’s meeting with Putin. From Bill Bonner at bonnerandpartners.com:
We left off yesterday with a provocative question: Has Trump really gone to war with the Deep State?
Or was he just mouthing off in Helsinki… off message… and out of control?
There are a couple more hypotheses, too… but we’ll get to them in a moment.
Off the Reservation
Even some of Mr. Trump’s dearest supporters seemed to think Mr. Trump he has gone too far off the reservation. Newt Gingrich, for example, seemed to suggest that the president needed to edit his transcript:
“It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected – immediately,” he tweeted.
And here is Dan Coats, the president’s own Director of National Intelligence, sticking to the Russians-are-bad-guys trope and referring to allegations of election interference:
These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America’s democracy.
From Senator John McCain:
He and Putin seemed to be reading from the same script …
And here is Indiana Representative Jim Banks:
I want President Trump’s diplomatic efforts to be successful, but I’ll take the word of a Hoosier over Vladimir Putin any day.
The word he was taking was what U.S. intelligence agencies were putting out – that is to say, the word of Deep State operatives. Their claim was that Russia hacked into U.S. computers, specifically the systems of the Democratic National Committee, to try to influence the presidential election of 2016.
We bring the Deep State into the conversation because it may turn out to be the “who” in this “who-dunnit.”
Regular readers will remember that the Deep State is the loose collection of special interests… government insiders… and financial elites that control the country.
Remember, too, that Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto described how all governments are taken over by the “foxes” – aka the Deep State – smart, elite insiders who use the power of the state for their own purposes.
The Deep State is the major beneficiary of the Warfare State, the Welfare State, and the Police State. And if Donald J. Trump really was a threat to any of them, the insiders had a better motive than the Russians for wanting to slow him down.
To continue reading: Deep State Turns on Trump