President Trump continues to shock the world with his questionable appointments of high cabinet positions.
According to the BBC News, POTUS is reshuffling the US National Security Council (NSC), downgrading the military chiefs of staff and giving a regular seat to his chief strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon. The order was signed on Saturday.
The National Security Council is the staff inside the White House that coordinates decision-making by the president on such matters, in coordination with outside departments including the State Department and the Pentagon, NPR explains. And now Bannon, who was formerly the head of the Alt right-wing, Breitbart News website, will join in on high-level discussions about national security.
(Translation: The folks who have decades of expertise and massive knowledge about national security will be outranked by the guy whose website boasted headlines such as “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy” and “Donald Trump Plans To Continue GOP Legacy Of Leading On Women’s, Civil Rights Against Sexist, Racist Democrats.”)
Bannon, who has been praised by the KKK in the past, may be a formal naval officer, but clearly, this type of shake-up is unheard of. Which is why top security officials and politicians in both parties are blasting Trump’s decision.
Sen. John McCain, who serves as the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, “I am worried about the National Security Council. Who are the members of it and who are the permanent members? The appointment of Mr. Bannon is something which a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.”
McCain added: “One person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served under presidents Obama and George W. Bush, called the demotions a “big mistake.”
“I think that they both bring a perspective and judgment and experience to bear that every president, whether they like it or not, finds useful,” Gates told ABC News. And Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who worked with Trump’s National Security Adviser during the transition, called this unprecedented move “stone cold crazy.”
This is stone cold crazy. After a week of crazy. Who needs military advice or intell to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK? https://t.co/Mmyc139w3M
Bannon was an influential and driving force in the Trump campaign and is believed to be behind POTUS’ bombastic and apocalyptic inauguration speech and a majority of the president’s most controversial executive orders, including the recent ban of Syrian refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries. He is also the same person who last week told the media to “keep its mouth shut.”
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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