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August 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.  Happy Diwali to all our subscribers and Distributors       August 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.   Happy Diwali to all our subscribers and Distributors       
Issue:August' 2017


Trump's secretary-for -everything

M. R. Dua

Something like India's la Robert Vadra, Jared Kushner, the son-inlaw of Donald Trump, married to the president's first daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also currently under investigation, among many others, for allegedly coordinating with Russian president Vladimir Putin's officials in Washington DC, for meddling and influencing in America's 2016 presidential election.

Jared Kushner The 36-year-old, father of three,is believed to be euphemistically deemed President Trump's ''secretary of everything.'' He's branded as president's 'the most loyal of all' who prefers 'the background' but who has been 'slurped into the spotlight by the tentacles of a Russia investigation.' Devastatingly handsome, Jared Kushner, Manhattan, New York's top-most real estate magnet, considers his marriage with Trump's daughter, Ivanka, as the 'best deal he ever made.' Though so far, he has had no government experience, Jared is the 'virtual eyes and ears' of his father-in-law.
Of course, officially, Jared has been designated as a 'senior adviser' in the Trump White House. Jared is said to be somewhat Rasputin-like figure, and sways exclusively and abundantly within his father-in-law's administration.
Meanwhile, with little over seven months in office, America's 45th president, Donald Trump, is said to have already plunged intoa serious trouble, something of his own making, though. So much so that even his 'dice-won' presidency is now deemed hugely endangered. Jared Kushner is feared to have been involved in establishing communication channel between the Trump electoral campaign team and the Kremlin during the 2016 November election. And, he confirmed this lately. That nexus is suspected to have been the principal cause of the Democratic Party's presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton's defeat.
Trump's this 'dubious' win is now under high-level investigation by special counsellor, FBI's ex-director Robert Mueller. Mueller is trusted to be planning to question Jared Kushner also, among others, in this regard.
Kushner is believed to be closely tied with crafting several meetings with Russian ambassador in Washington DC, Sergey I. Kislyak, and head of the Russian stateowned bank in the US with intelligence links with Moscow. Jared is in an immensely messy situation, for which probably he himself is to blame. Kislyak is now being recalled by Moscow, and is likely to be replaced by a 'hardliner'.
It's on record that since Jared's father Charles was profusively prosperous, the young Kushner was accepted at Harvard for a graduate programme after coughing up a $2.5-million-donation, and also later at Columbia University in New York, by chipping in a $3- million bounty. At a comparatively young age, as real estate dealer, Jared minted a lot of money in numerous real estate bargains. However, he got into a tough deal when he negotiated a $2- billion property transaction. That remains still unsettled.
Effusively called 'America's princeling,' Jared also ventured into journalism by purchasing a littleknown daily, The New York Observer, for which he himself functioned as its political reporter. But, the paper which for a while was edited by an Indian, Harleen Kahlon, did not last long.
Harleen who quit because she wasn't paid her full dues, posted her impressions of the publisher / owner, Jared Kushner, on the Facebook: 'the guy who isn't particularly bright or hardworking, doesn't actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever with money he got from his father….'His father Charles Kushner was jailed for tax fraud and other crimes.
As President Trump's 2016 electoral win gets complicated, Jared Kushner is fast turning into part of the 'part of power center in the White House', according to the Washington Post, making the White House staff 'unhappy on his incursion and elbowing out senior officials in the Trump administration.'
Jared is said to have succeeded in setting up a 'secret and secure' back channel and meeting at least three times with the Kremlin diplomats. He's believed to have 'significant information' about poll meddling, and may be questioned for his business deal by the special counsellor conducting the probe. Meanwhile, President Trump is entrusting Jared for supervising political responsibilities that reportedly comprise: helping peace in Middle East; deliberations with China; improving relations with Mexico; reforms in criminal justice administration, and innovation in government procedures; effecting reforms in veterans' affairs department; and tackling the opioid abuse epidemic.
The fact is that until the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election probe is concluded, Jared is likely to share numerous administrative and political assignments, such as running 'a new White House office of American Innovation', focusing on 'fixing bureaucracy through his business world ideas', and sorting out his 'contacts with the Russians.'

Trump trusts his son-in-law so much that he is heard to have said of Jared: 'If you can't produce peace in Middle East, nobody can.' That's why, after his recent visit to Middle East, President Trump has asked Jared 'to broker peace' between Israel and Palestine. Sadly, now he has failed in his Middle East mission.

Trump trusts his son-in-law so much that he is heard to have said of Jared: 'If you can't produce peace in Middle East, nobody can.' That's why, after his recent visit to Middle East, President Trump has asked Jared 'to broker peace' between Israel and Palestine. Sadly, now he's failed in his Middle East mission.
Though Jared's said to have had unrequited contempt for the media—has never been interviewed so far — he hates political reporters. He prefers to work behind the scenes. But those who know Jared do vouchsafe him being 'soft-spoken, polite, well-behaved, never erratic… well-bred, wellturned out.'
Jared's almost an indispensable 'key envoy for those outside the Trump administration.' He's also seen as the 'moderating voice' on the US-China ties that are becoming complex and vital as the Trump regime treads faster into a danger zone,and Mueller probes into the Russian contacts with officials when Jared Kushner had established several contacts with the Russian ambassador Kislyak.
Until then, hopefully, Jared Kushner will continue to be a 'permanent fix' in the Trump White House, and keep assisting his fatherin- law oversee the nation's national and international affairs in the Oval Office.

Does Trump mirror America ?

Donald J. Trump Donald J. Trump completed first six months of his presidency's first four-year term on July 20.
But unfortunately, Trump's sixmonth presidency has not won many glories. Instead it has been riddled with innumerable animosities, unlimited hatred, endless controversies and unending and lingering doubts.
Investigations being doggedly pursued by half-a dozen institutions and media outlets are swiftly closingup, hoping to soon expose the Trump campaign team's alleged Russia's interference and active collusion in a dubious win in the November 2016 election.
Besides, if recent disclosures of Russians' emails to President Trump's elder son, Donald Jr.,the Moscow mafia and Russians' contacts with Trump campaign officials are any indication, bombshell discoveries aren't very far. In fact, the president's senior attorney has said that the (Trump Jr.) 'has had no meetings, was aware of no meetings with Russians, was not aware of this one (of mid- July) until really right before all this broke out.'
In addition, findings of the congressional intelligence committees and special counsel, Robert Mueller's on-going probe,may dish out concrete documents to prove (or disprove) Moscow's role to dispel American people's suspicions in alleged bungling in the presidential election.But a lot of credible fresh evidence is said to be tumbling out at regular intervals strengthening Kremlin's 'dirty games' in tossing results of 2016 poll that may challenge the integrity of America's democracy.
Meanwhile, White House's antagonism against the media is escalating by the day. Right from the second day of his presidency, Donald Trump had lashed out at half a dozen major adversary national print and electronic media reporting including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, weekly journal 'New Republic'; and the cable television networks, CNN, MSNBC, and subsidiaries.
Those standing by the president have also been leaving no stone unturned supporting Trump's alleged electoral deceit are: The Wall Street Journal, magazine 'The Weekly Standard', and The Fox News and its many allied stations.
President Trump is on record to have thrashed media houses and journalists left and right. Here are a few of his outbursts: 'I have had a running war with media. They're among the most dishonest human beings on earth. The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. The media is the opposition party… are an enemy of the American people. Here's more: The press has become so dishonest that if we don't talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. The press are out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.'
But it needs to be averred tersely that despite so many committed opponents' statement and clear evidence on the table, President Trump accompanied by First Lady Melania (ex-model), is going ahead unconcerned, unabashed with their lined-up schedule in the Oval Office, White House, as also multiple international engagements. But the campaign team comprising Donald Trump Jr., his sister Ivanka Trump, president's elder daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, former poll campaign manager Paul Manafort, and their other intimate Moscow connections,Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Rinat Akhmetshin, ex-Soviet army, now a naturalized American citizen who's familiar with the Russian counter-intelligence techniques, were in constant touch and were constantly pouring in incriminatory information, crafting voter cyber attacks against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton that birthed her defeat. However, the exact contents of the material procured to implement these plans are under probe. Also, it's yet to be determined whether the information so obtained

The media have spared no instruments or opportunities in damning the president's 2016 White House victory or his earlier career as showman, real estate magnet billionaire. Media persons have lashed out on him in torrents. So much so that there's a barrage of rumours and hearsays of Trump's impeachment triggered by his ceaseless 'antics, evasions, and omission.'

did count in Hillary's undoing in the 2016 election.
But there's another report that said that Trump Jr. 'agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in 2016 after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
In any case, all these manipulations and numerous other consummate conspiracies are likely to be unearthed by special counsel Robert Mueller and other probes at work in Washington and elsewhere –'from the White House to the Trump Tower-- that may last whole of 2017 and a good part of 2018. Muller has 'one job, no deadline, and limitless resources, all-star team of veteran prosecutors whose expert backgrounds go beyond counterintelligence to include money
laundering, corporate frauds, and limitless executive power,' says an ace political commentator, adding ' live or die, it'll be a draining, miserable experience that President Trump will not go through alone; the whole country will be dragged along… from country-club fairways, from newsrooms to lunchrooms, from sky-scrappers to silos, the realization is sinking in… this is going to be with us (the American people) for quite a while.'
Meanwhile, the media have spared no instruments or opportunities in damning the president's 2016 White House victory or his earlier career as showman, real estate magnet billionaire. Media persons have lashed out on him in torrents. So much so that there's a barrage of rumours and hearsays of Trump's impeachment triggered by his ceaseless 'antics, evasions, and omission.'
Finally, these days, President Trump has been called 'a playboy president.' As candidate, he was asked whether 'any of his paramours had an abortion;' he was said to have 'made a cameo appearance in a softcore pornography film';
'bottomless vulgarity; the lies atop lies upon lies. 'Someone has said that Americans now see him as 'a child in man's suit, a knave in a knight's armour, a dangerous experiment with unforeseeable consequences.'
A trenchant critic of Trump calls him 'a parasite, uncivil, indecent, undisciplined, unethical, vicious.'
One can perceive all this and more amply reflected in his so-called the 2017 New Year 'greetings' to his friends and acquaintances, his first year in the White House. Greetings read: 'Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love.'
Does it mirror 'presidential' and America's civility? You decide.