A senior Obama administration official in the White House told reporter Jeffrey Goldberg that the foreign that leader who frustrates the White House and the State Department the most is Benjamin Netanyahu. The anonymous White House official called the Israeli prime minister a “chickenshit.” Another anonymous senior official agreed that Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” on matters related to the peace process, but added that he is also a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.
It is truly outrageous and extremely alarming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, is the foreign leader who frustrates the White House and the State Department the most. It is not Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. It is not Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. It is not the Castro brothers in Cuba. It is not dictator Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela. It is not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
White House senior officials called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and a coward, but they have never used these insults against the leaders of enemy nations. Let us look at the history of the foreign leader who Barack Obama and his White House senior staff despises the most.
The information below on the life of Netanyahu was taken mainly from Wikipedia.
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu was born on October 21,1949 in Tel Aviv. He is the current Prime Minister of Israel. From 1956 to 1958 and again from 1963 to 1967, his family lived in the United States in a suburb of Philadelphia where Netanyahu graduated from high school. Netanyahu speaks English with a Philadelphia accent.
After graduating from high school, Netanyahu returned to his native country and served with the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War in 1967. He later became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal Special Forces unit. He took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968), and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. He fought in the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Benjamin Netanyahu participated in special forces raids along the Suez Canal. He led a commando assault deep into Syrian territory. Netanyahu was wounded in combat twice. He was promoted to the rank of captain before being discharged. In 1976 Netanyahu lost his older brother, who was killed in action during the hostage-rescue mission in which his unit rescued more than 100 Israeli hostages who had been hijacked by terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
Benjamin Netanyahu graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) near the top of his class. From 1976 to 1978 he worked with the Boston Consulting Group together with Mitt Romney. Netanyahu was appointed Israel ambassador to the United Nations in 1984 and served for two years.
First Premiership: 1996–1999
In 1996, Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister, becoming the youngest person and the first Israeli Prime Minister to be born in the State of Israel. After being defeated in his reelection as Prime Minister by Ehud Barak in 1999, Netanyahu temporarily retired from politics.
With the fall of the Barak government in late 2000, Netanyahu expressed his desire to return to politics. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed Netanyahu as Foreign Minister and he served in that position from 2002 to 2003 and later as Finance Minister from 2003 to 2005.
Second Premiership: 2009–2013
In 2009, Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister at the same time that Barack Obama became president. Netanyahu said to Obama that any continuation of negotiations with the Palestinians would be conditioned on the Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. President Obama told Netanyahu that a two state solution was a priority for the United States and called for settlement growth to be frozen.
Netanyahu refused to support the creation of a Palestinian nation unless Jerusalem remained the capital of Israel, the Palestinians would have no army, and would give up their demand for a right of return. He stated that Israel has the right to continue building settlements. On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave a speech in Cairo addressed the Muslim world. He stated that “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.”
On September 24, 2009, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Netanyahu stated that Iran presents a threat to the peace of the world. He urged the United Nations to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Recalling the memory of his own family members murdered by the Nazis, Netanyahu delivered a passionate speech asking the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who had questioned the Holocaust, “Have you no shame?”
Third Premiership: 2013–present
Secretary of State John Kerry and Netanyahu in Jerusalem in July 2014.
In the 2013 election Netanyahu returned to power. In April 2014, Netanyahu voiced major concern when Hamas joined the Palestinian Authority to form a unity government, but Obama paid no attention.
Netanyahu served with distinction with the Israel Defense Forces and fought bravely in various wars. Does this story sounds like Benjamin Netanyahu is a coward and a “chickenshit?” Has Barack Obama served one day in our military? Have the two officials, who are really the ones who are cowards and “chickenshit,” for attacking the Prime Minister of Israel anonymously, ever served on any branch of our Armed Forces? Have any member of the White House staff or the president ever been wounded twice in combat? Has the White House ever called the leaders of our enemy nations cowards and “chickenshit?” Of course not! On the contrary, President Barack Obama has demonstrated extreme weakness and cowardice in dealing with our enemies. Instead of the president standing firm against all of our nation’s enemies, he asked Vladimir Putin for “flexibility” and “space” until after his reelection. Barack Obama look yourself in the mirror and you will see a coward and a “chickenshit” staring at you!
Jeffrey Goldberg wrote an article titled “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations is Officially Here” which was published in Atlantic magazine on October 28, 2014. The reporter pointed out that the Obama administration is upset over Israel’s settlement policies and Netanyahu’s government openly stating contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East. Goldberg believes that there will be deep changes in the relationship between the two countries.
Goldberg pointed out that these comments are yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between these two allies is now the worst it has ever been and would probably get even worse after the November 2014 midterm elections. The reporter explained that by next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations. Additionally, Israel and the United States will have a major disagreement over Iran and its nuclear program.
If there is a foreign leader who is deeply frustrated with President Barack Obama that is Benjamin Netanyahu. He knows well that he cannot trust the president to protect his nation which is facing an existential threat from Iran. As Goldberg indicated, “Netanyahu has told several people I’ve spoken to in recent days that he has “written off” the Obama administration, and plans to speak directly to Congress and to the American people should an Iran nuclear deal be reached.”
Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and Aspergery”. The senior White House official told Goldberg the following: “The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s got no guts.”
Goldberg explained that the White House in 2010 and 2012 was convinced that Netanyahu and his then defense minister, Ehud Barak, were readying a strike on Iran. Today, there are few such fears. The feeling now is that Netanyahu is bluffing. The White House consensus is that Netanyahu’s threat to strike is now an empty one. This is why the White House continues to negotiate endlessly with Iran while that nation continues to enrich uranium with the intention of creating nuclear weapons. Iran’s leaders do not fear our weak and indecisive commander-in-chief.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has criticized those who condemn Israeli expansion plans in East Jerusalem as “disconnected from reality.” President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State John Kerry understand that the creation of a Palestinian state would be dominated by Hamas and that is not in the best interest of Israel or the United States.
Goldberg said that he does not remember Israel and the U.S. having such a period of sustained and mutual contempt. The reporter stated the following: “Much of the anger felt by Obama administration officials is rooted in the Netanyahu government’s periodic explosions of anti-American condescension. The Israeli defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, in particular, has openly denounced the Obama administration as naive, or worse, on matters related to U.S. policy in the Middle East.” In retaliation, President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry (who was labeled as “obsessive” and “messianic” by Ya’alon), and Susan Rice, the national security advisor, refused to meet with Ya’alon on his trip to Washington.
Goldberg concluded his article in Atlantic magazine by stating: “It would also be unsurprising, post-November, to see the Obama administration take a step Netanyahu is loath to see it take: a public, full lay-down of the administration’s vision for a two-state solution, including maps delineating Israel’s borders. These borders, to Netanyahu’s horror, would be based on 1967 lines, with significant West Bank settlement blocs attached to Israel in exchange for swapped land elsewhere. Such a lay-down would make explicit to Israel what the U.S. expects of it.” This, of course, will never be accepted by Israel for this would mean the end of the Jewish state.
An issue not discussed by Jeffrey Goldberg is the fact that President Barack Obama is funding the Palestinian Authority, which now has created a unity government including Hamas in violation of federal law. He did not mentioned either how Barack Obama has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate his government. Goldberg has not explained that Barack Obama is a hidden radical Muslim. He has not discussed that the president’s brother Malik Obama is helping terrorists in the Middle East.
The Washington Examiner wrote an opinion article on the criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by White House senior staffers. The article explained that during the 2008 presidential election, as some people questioned Obama’s support for Israel, the established media allies pursued an aggressive counteroffensive. Weeks before the election, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote an article in Atlantic titled, “Dear Jews: Stop the Obama Paranoia.” Goldberg stated the following: “All you rumor-mongering, fever-headed Jewish conspiracists: Support McCain, if you want, and there are credible reasons for doing so, but stop smearing Obama in the face of overwhelming evidence that the man is a great friend of Jews and of Israel. After a point, it becomes obvious that what you fear is not Israel’s destruction, but the presence of an African-American in the White House. And that’s disgusting.”
The Washington Examiner pointed out that the critics of President Obama have been vindicated. For six years, the Obama administration has taken an increasingly hostile position towards Israel while bending over backwards to make concessions to Iran. Supporters of Obama want to draw a distinction between being anti-Israel and simply disliking Netanyahu, whom they regard as obstinate. The Obama administration may now withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations. Obama is now taking a more belligerent attitude toward Israel. Obama immediately denounced Israel for building homes around Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, focusing on the issue as if it were the biggest obstacle to Middle East peace. Obama and top administration officials have blamed the housing construction whenever the peace process has stalled.
The Washington Examiner explained the following: “Obama have held up Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as a real peace partner, despite his history of Holocaust denial and support for terrorism, his rejection of the key tenets of the administration’s proposed peace framework, and the fact that he has no real authority to implement any significant concessions even if he actually agreed to them, because of the dominance of the terrorist group Hamas. Despite his campaign promises to the contrary, the Obama administration has pursued talks with Hamas, even as the terrorists launch rockets and dig terror tunnels for murderous raids against civilians — and the group clings to its goal of exterminating Israel. Meanwhile, Netanyahu has been excoriated for refusing to agree to demands by the Obama administration that would put Israeli security at risk in the face of these threats. Netanyahu was portrayed as “a chickenshit” by the administration not only for lacking the political courage to side with Obama and Abbas over the Israeli public that elected him, but also for actually trusting the administration’s reassurances about Iran’s nuclear program.”
Malik Obama and his Terrorist Connections
Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and author of books, wrote an article in his Blog entitled “Confirmed: Obama’s Brother in Bed with Terrorists” on May 28, 2013. Shoebat reported that Malik Obama, President Barack Obama’s half-brother, is the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da´wa Organization (IDO) of Sudan as reported by all major Saudi Arabia media. The IDO was created by the government of Sudan, a nation which is considered by the State Department as a terrorist nation. It is incredible that the president’s brother, Malik Obama, is working as an official of an organization in the worst terrorist Muslim Brotherhood-controlled country in the world!
The Muslim Brotherhood bloody dictator of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on seven counts relating to crimes against humanity. The government of Sudan has been committing genocide and crimes against humanity for a number of years against the Christian population in the southern part of that country. Tens of thousands of Christians in Sudan have been assassinated, Christian women are being raped and Christian children are being kidnapped and forced to live with Muslim families in the Islamic part of the country. This is exactly the same thing that the Islamic State Caliphate is doing today in Iraq and Syria.
In October 2005, al-Bashir’s regime negotiated an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War by giving limited autonomy to Southern Sudan. Later on, a referendum took place in the South and resulted in the separation of the south into the separate country of South Sudan. In the Darfur region, the Muslim Brotherhood government of Sudan has assassinated up to 400,000 Christians. Thousands of Christian women were raped and kidnapped and given to Muslim men in the north of the country as well as their Christian children. All of them were forced to become Muslims. The civil war has displaced over 2.5 million people out of a total population of 6.2 million in Darfur.
Shoebat included in his article several pictures of Malik Obama attending and speaking at Islamic Da´wa Organization (IDO) conference in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan in 2010. These pictures will be shown later on.
One of the major objectives of the IDO is to spread Saudi Arabia´s radical Wahhabist Islam across the African continent, the Middle East, the United States and the rest of the world. Al-Qaeda terrorists, including its founder Osama bin Laden, as well as most of the 9/11 terrorists who attacked our nation, were and are followers of the Wahhabist version of Islam. The dictator of Sudan Omar al-Bashir, according to Shoebat, supervised the IDO conference that Malik Obama attended and spoke in 2010.
World Net Daily (WND) senior staff reporter Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D. and author of many bestseller books, including, The Obama Nation, wrote an article entitled “Obama’s Brother Linked to Muslim Brotherhood” for the electronic magazine World Net Daily (WND) on August 20, 2013. Corsi pointed out that new evidence links Malik Obama to Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood and to the establishment of a controversial foundation in which IRS supervisor Lois Lerner signed the approval letter.
Corsi explained that the Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, Tehani al-Gebali, in an interview on Egyptian television stated the following: “We would like to inform the American people that the President’s brother is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood. We will carry out the law, and the Americans will not stop us. We need to open the files and begin court sessions. The Obama administration cannot stop us; they know that they supported terrorism, we will open the file so that these nations are exposed, to show how they collaborated with terrorists. It is for this reason that the American administration fights us.”
Raymond Ibrahim, author of two books, Crucified Again: Exposing Islam New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007) and a television channel news contributor, wrote an article entitled “Obama’s Brother: Muslim Brotherhood Leader?” for FrontPageMagazine on August 22, 2013. He also stated that the Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Egypt, Tehani al-Gebali, spoke on Bitna al-Kibir, a live television show, and said that “the time was nearing when all the conspiracies against Egypt would be exposed, conspiracies explaining why the Obama administration is so vehemently supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose terrorism has, among other atrocities, caused the destruction of some 80 Christian churches in less than one week.”
Ibrahim reported that Al-Gebali referred to “documents and proofs” which Egypt´s intelligence agencies possess and how these documents record massive financial exchanges between international bodies and the Muslim Brotherhood. She added the following: “Obama’s brother is one of the architects of investment for the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
Walid Shoebat indicated that the relationship between President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, and Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, is very close. How significant is this? Very significant. The IDO has been created by the Sudanese government. Sudan and it is considered by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist nation since 1993. Shoebat wrote the following: “This places Malik Obama in bed with terrorists and working as an official with a terrorist state. We have the evidence to prove it in meetings, photos, etc. In 2010, Malik Obama attended the IDO conference in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. One of the objectives of the IDO is to spread Wahhabist Islam across the African continent. President Al-Bashir supervised the IDO conference.
Malik Obama at the podium during the IDO Conference in Sudan. One of the objectives of the IDO is to spread Wahhabist Islam across the African continent. President Al-Bashir supervised the IDO conference. Malik and Barack Obama are very close. Each was the best man at the other’s wedding and Malik has made multiple visits to the White House.
Malik Obama provides funds for Hamas
Walid Shoebat wrote an article titled “Obama’s Brother Funds Hamas” which was published in the Shoebat Blog on January 30, 2014. Shoebat pointed out the following: “If you think that Malik Obama, president Obama’s brother, dons a Hamas scarf for sentimental reasons only, think again. Malik Obama supports Hamas financially and he needs to be investigated investigated for his terror ties.
Shoebat explained that as Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik Obama helps to lead an organization that collects funds and sends them directly to Hamas. This information can be found on several Islamic websites.
Shoebat wrote the following:
“Malik Obama is a fundraiser for the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO). While IDO is supposed to be for “Da’wa” which strictly means, “to proselytize”, or “spreading the good news of Islam,” it does much more. IDO also has raised funds for Gaza relief. These are unmonitored funds that use a bank known for its links to al-Qaeda. The funds are then distributed through Hamas to whichever way they like to spend them. For example, one fund to aid Hamas links to IDO and is advertized by the Muslim Brotherhood as “Aiding Our Brothers in Gaza,” which is set up in the Al Shamal Bank, an al-Qaeda bank that was founded by Osama bin Laden. The Al Shamal Bank, as explained in a 1996 State department report: Bin Laden co-founded the Al Shamal bank with a group of wealthy Sudanese and capitalized it with $50 million of his inherited fortune… The Al Shamal bank was also identified as one of bin Laden’s principal financial entities during the trial earlier this year of four al-Qaeda operatives convicted in the 1998 bombings of the two U.S. embassies in Africa. In fact, the banking of Malik Obama’s IDO through Al Shamal is ironclad and is advertised on their own websites.”
President Barack Obama is funding the unity government of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas with $400 annually
An article posted in the Inquisitr Blog explained that there are reports coming and showing that President Barack Obama is on the side of the Hamas by funding by $400 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars. According to the initial article by The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. taxpayer may soon become an indirect party to the enterprise of supporting the terrorist group Hamas. U.S. law forbids taxpayer support of any group heavily influenced by Hamas. How is it possible for the Obama administration to be funding Hamas?
The article explained that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said on television: “Today, we declare the end of the split and regaining the unity of the homeland.” The split Abbas was talking about was between his Fatah faction and Hamas. The Palestinian Authority is uniting with the terrorist group Hamas. U.S. prohibits supporting “foreign terrorist organizations.” However, the U.S. does support the Palestinian Authority with $400 million per year. Part of that money might be going to the Hamas. President Barack Obama has refused to cut off funding to the Palestinians, even though Hamas has merged with the Palestinian Authority.
The article also stated that Barack Obama has no intention of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a terrorist-supporting organization because it would be in violation of the statute passed in 1997. Now the only obstacle in the way of this becoming a reality is Congress. They are the only ones who can block funding for the Palestinians until they are capable of governing themselves as something other than a terrorist enterprise.
Patrick Goodenough wrote an article entitled “Israel ‘Deeply Disappointed’ U.S. Will Fund Palestinian-Hamas Unity Government” which was published by CNSNews.org on June 2, 2014. After weeks of unity talks, Abbas swore in a Hamas-backed cabinet of technocrats on June 2, 2014. The reporter explained that the difficult relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government would get worse after the State Department confirm that the United States will work with and fund a newly-created Palestinian “unity” government backed by the terrorist group Hamas. Senior officials cited in Israeli media said the government of Israel was “deeply disappointed” with the decision of United States.
An Israeli official stated the following: “If the U.S. administration wants to advance peace, it should be calling on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to end his pact with Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel. Instead, it is enabling Abbas to believe that it is acceptable to form a government with a terrorist organization.”
The reporter wrote that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to “responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognize” it. The 2006 Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act makes assistance to the Palestinian Authority conditional on its compliance with obligations to renounce and combat violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and abide by existing agreements. Hamas, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization since 1997, has consistently refused to meet the conditions set on this law.
Goodenough pointed out that just a month ago the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Near East, Anne Patterson, assured the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on April 29, 2014 that unless Hamas – not Abbas or any other Palestinian Authority official – declares support for this law, no U.S. funds will go to any government that includes Hamas. Congress placed restrictions in appropriation legislation which prohibits funding for “any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power sharing government of which Hamas is a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.”
Goodenough explained that “Abbas is attempting to get around those hurdles by not having Hamas officials directly involved in the cabinet – even though the government was spawned by a unity agreement between his Fatah organization and Hamas. The two rivals have been at odds since Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah in 2007.”
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican from South Florida stated the following: “Whether it’s a government comprised of Hamas technocrats or an interim government that includes more active members of Hamas, the administration must not fall for this latest scheme by Abu Mazen Abbas and Hamas. The Palestinian leaders know that a unity government would trigger U.S. law to cut off funding, so now they are trying to find loopholes in order to say that they are still abiding by the conditions our laws mandate.” She urged the administration not to fall for Abbas “latest ploy and instead enforce U.S. law and cut off funding.”
Goodenough wrote that Republican Senators Mark Kirk from Illinois and Marco Rubio from Florida also called on the administration to “enforce the law” and suspend funding, arguing in a joint statement that “U.S. credibility as well as Israel’s security are at stake.”
It is an outrage that White House officials have criticized and insulted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the United States relations with Israel is the worst it has ever been. Netanyahu knows who Barack Obama really is and how his own brother, Malik Obama, is supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, Obama’s eldest half-brother worked with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and a terrorist organization in Sudan. Congress should investigate Malik Obama’s terror ties.
Both President Barack Obama and his brother Malik Obama are financially supporting Hamas in violation of a 1997 U.S. law which prohibits supporting foreign terrorist organizations. Why are all members of Congress not denouncing this outrageous violation and stopping all funding to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas?
It must be remembered that Barack Obama supported Morsi´s Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt until its final day in power. The president has a close relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood connected Iman Mohamed Magid from Sudan. Obama has made the Sudanese-born Iman Mohamed Magid an advisor to the White House, FBI, CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security and has given him access to all of these agencies, which are involved in national security. Iman Magid is president of the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in the nation, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). This large organization was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator during the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in 2008. In spite of this decision, Iman Magid has helped change the training manuals of the FBI to purge documents offensive to Islam. Attorney General Eric Holder has met with him, even though his predecessor, President George W. Bush’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, refused to meet with Magid after the designation of ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator.
Obama invited Magid to the White House the day before he delivered a major speech at the State Department on May 19, 2011. Magid applauded Obama when, for the first time, a U.S. president demanded that Israel withdraw to the indefensible pre-1967 borders. The Secretary of Homeland Security appointed Magid, Dalia Mogahed, and other Islamists to its Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. How completely inappropriate is to invite individuals who have connections with the Muslim Brotherhood to such a committee!
It is becoming more clear each day that Barack Obama has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate his government. The involvement of his own half-brother with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas is an indication of the president’s support for terrorist organizations. The media must bring this information to the attention of the American people. Republicans in Congress must not only denounced it, but file impeachment articles against Obama. The American people deserve justice and to learn the truth of what is going on in the White House.