'He's Dangerous!' Newly-Appointed Intel Chief Richard Grenell Bashed Trump in 2016, Supported KasichChris Menahan
Feb. 24, 2020
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President Trump's new acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, who the media has wrongly labeled a Trump "loyalist," supported John Kasich when it mattered most in 2016 according to newly unearthed deleted old tweets.
From Politico, "Trump's new intel chief was a Trump critic in 2016":
In 2016, before the New York real estate mogul became the GOP presidential nominee, Grenell called Trump "dangerous" and spoke out regularly in favor of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, according to deleted tweets recovered via a joint inquiry by POLITICO and the cybersecurity firm Nisos.It's remarkable how Trump claims to value loyalty above all else and yet surrounds himself almost exclusively with people who didn't support him when it actually mattered.
It should be noted these "passionate defenders" only support him when he's doing the will of the establishment and their donors.
"Trump is dangerous. Wake up. He's reckless," he replied on another occasion to a user who had written "vote Trump." He urged his followers to read Trump's interview with The Washington Post editorial board, in which Trump said, "I think NATO as a concept is good, but it is not as good as it was when it first evolved ... I'm not even knocking it, I'm just saying I don't think it's fair, we're not treated fair."Grenell hated Trump for the things Trump was most right about (of course, Trump pivoted on NATO and sided with the establishment on the issue after getting into the White House).
Five days later, in another since-deleted tweet, Grenell wrote, "If you think Trump knows foreign policy issues then absolutely yes, you are stupid." Vox highlighted some of Grenell's criticisms in March 2017, when Trump was considering nominating Grenell to be U.S. ambassador to NATO. POLITICO and Nisos were able to recover more than 1,000 deleted tweets belonging to Grenell's account via analysis of open source information through a proprietary capability that extracted and screen-captured archived tweets via the Wayback Machine.Kasich struggled to get even 1 percent in the polls.
During the March 10, 2016 debate, Grenell's account tweeted: "John Kasich is very good and comfortable on foreign policy." During a March 22, 2016, Kasich, appearance on the Fox Business show "Varney & Co," Grenell's account tweeted: "@JohnKasich is on with @Varneyco talking the most intelligently about Brussels attacks. He is strong and yet thoughtful."While Grenell was busy bashing Trump he was reportedly taking money from an Eastern European oligarch and getting paid by advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
From Pro Publica, "Trumpís New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption":
President Donald Trump's new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department.It's not surprising Grenell would support Kasich. It is somewhat surprising Trump would run as an outsider candidate unbeholden to special interests and determined to "drain the swamp" only to delegate his presidency to Jared Kushner and surround himself with the worst our establishment has to offer.
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