Report Claims Trump’s Iran Director Of National Security Council Is Out

I'm not even surprised.

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Once again, Donald Trump has really shit the bed. As if the collusion with Russia, the brown babies in cages, the multiple rapes and sexual assault allegations, and the huge attempt to extort the country of Ukraine that effectively blew up in his face and resulted in his impeachment weren’t enough — Trump decided he had to start a war too, to really seal the deal on just how monumentally atrocious he truly is.

Over the course of the last few days, Trump has effectively pushed this nation to the very brink of another war after he assassinated Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and other senior Iranian-linked figures in an airstrike he launched near the Baghdad airport — an airstrike that he didn’t so much as notify Congress about, but rest assured that Lindsey Graham and the patrons of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort were blessed with the low down.

As the dust around this stunt settles and we begin to wait with bated breath for the retaliation we’re sure to see from Iran, it’s been made strikingly clear that Trump’s split-second decision to assassinate the Iran leader was just that — a stunt.

Trump knows he’s floundering and he was simply desperate from something to distract from his worsening impeachment scandal and give him a real name in history. Never mind the fact that he undoubtedly has no clue on how to proceed now.

And now as we all wait to see what happens next, Trump’s administration is beginning its “tradition” of thinning down in the wake of a crisis.

According to a new report from Bloomberg News Trump’s Iran director of the National Security Council, Richard Goldberg is leaving his position of the heels of the airstrike.

Goldberg’s position, which he occupied for just right at a year, was created by former National Security Adviser John Bolton in an attempt to counter what Bolton perceived as an overwhelming desire in Trump’s administration to weaken the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.

“Tension over that issue flared in March as the administration mulled whether to extend waivers allowing Iran to sell a limited amount of oil. The waivers were eventually ended in May,” the report from Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reads. “That fight was only one of the administration’s internecine battles related to Iran and underscored the influence wielded by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the think tank where Goldberg previously worked, in pushing for a tougher line against Iran.”

“Goldberg will return to FDD, which continued to pay his salary during his time on the National Security Council.”

I’d like to say I’m surprised. But frankly, this sort of thing has come to be expected now.

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