President Donald Trump has finally figured out a leadership principle that he should have learned during his years building a real estate empire: If you appoint people who hate you and who do not support your agenda, those people are likely to sabotage your efforts.
It’s been painful to watch the president go through this learning process, frankly. He went through four Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security in three years, for example. Each one of the first three appointees failed to build a single mile of wall or deport a single illegal alien, no matter how much Trump yelled at them in Cabinet meetings.
But now we’ve witnessed something that has not happened before during Trump’s first term: The Deep State has flinched.
Trump has appointed Ambassador to Germany Richard “Ric” Grenell to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Official Washington hasn’t been this worried about a Trump appointment since he named Jeff Sessions Attorney General in 2017.
Naturally, the media lapdogs of the left are spinning Grenell’s appointment as a disaster already. They say he doesn’t have any experience in dealing with the intelligence community. This is a flat-out lie; what do they think Ambassadors do in Europe, anyway?
Grenell is a “Trump loyalist;” as if it is unthinkable for presidents to appoint people who actually support their boss’s agenda.
And our favorite, of course: Ric Grenell is a “Putin puppet” and Trump is doing Vlad’s bidding once again by appointing Grenell to run ODNI.
For those who don’t know, Ric Grenell is one of the toughest Ambassadors the United States has had in years. And that is precisely because Grenell is a patriotic American who supports Trump’s “America First” policy agendas.
Grenell has been instrumental in following up with NATO, for example. European countries thought they could slow-walk Trump’s requirement that they pay their fair share for their own defense. Grenell was tireless in fighting and enforcing Trump’s mandate, and NATO allies are no longer freeloading off the American taxpayers.
Grenell has also used diplomatic pressure to enforce sanctions against Iran, when European countries wanted to continue buying oil from the terrorist nation.
Grenell has fought against Chinese state-run Huawei building all of Europe’s infrastructure for 5G internet, which would allow the Chinese to spy on virtually everything in Europe.
And the “Putin puppet” Grenell successfully negotiated a deal with Germany to have that nation start buying liquified natural gas from America. In other words, Putin now has competition for his natural gas sales to Germany, so he has to drop his prices and now has less money. (It’s weird how Trump, Grenell and other Putin puppets always seem to be working against Putin.)
The fact that Ric Grenell is a MAGA patriot is bad enough for the Deep State, but the real reason they’re worried is that Grenell is coming into the ODNI with a mandate: To clean up Washington’s dirty intelligence agencies.
To signal the fact that Grenell is sharpening his head-chopping axe, National Security Council staffer Kash Patel has been named Grenell’s senior advisor. Mr. Patel is even less well-known than Ric Grenell.
Kash Patel worked for Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) when Nunes was heading the House Intelligence Community. His work was instrumental in helping Nunes completely debunk the Russian collusion hoax. Patel drafted Nunes’ two-page memo on FISA abuses against Carter Page in February of 2018.
Democrats viciously attacked and smeared Patel during the Schiff/Nadler impeachment circus. They tapped his phones and made false claims that Patel was a “back channel” to President Trump in his conversations with Ukraine.
The Deep State hates Kash Patel even more than they hate Richard Grenell. And according to a report from Katherine Herridge, the stellar former Fox News reporter who now works at CBS, Grenell and Patel have a mandate to clean out the intel agencies from “top to bottom.” Heads are going to roll and people who thought their federal sinecures in the Deep State were safe are now suddenly worried.
Imagine how much safer America will be once our intel agencies start worrying about actual foreign threats once again, instead of spending all their time spying on the Trump family. It’s been a long time coming, but there’s finally a new sheriff in Washington, DC. We’ve got our popcorn ready, because it’s going to be fun to watch Ric Grenell put his boot up the Deep State’s derriere.