Axios reported that top Trump administration officials are currently discussing a potential reassignment of deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council.
According to some reports, Coates’ working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has soured during a time when some people inside the administration tagged her as the “Anonymous” author behind a tell-all book on the Trump administration titled “A Warning.”
Coates has firmly denied these allegations.
O’Brien promoted her to the deputy role a few months ago.
Should this move occur, Coates is expected to take a senior role under the supervision of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
No decision has been finalized at the moment, and the entire decision could still fall apart.
“We do not comment on personnel matters,” National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot informed Axios. Coates declined comment.
Politico recently reported that Coates is rumored to be the person behind an op-ed in the New York Times and bestselling book highlighting a resistance movement against President Donald Trump coming from within his administration.
One of the literary agents connected to the book made a statement denying Coates’s involvement with the book. The agent said she is not the author, did not edit the book, did not see it advance, or have any knowledge of its existence.
Given Coates’s neoconservative background, Trump should remain skeptical of keeping her within his administration.
Coates doesn’t even have a foreign policy background, she received a PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. During the early 2000s, Coates wrote for conservative website Red State and was a reliable booster for the Bush administration’s foreign excursions in Afghanistan and Iraq. She posted under the pen name “AcademicElephant.”
Her posts caught the attention of aides of then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld eventually recruited Coates to work as an advisor for his book Known and Unknown: A Memoir, which was published in 2011.
Coates later became an advisor to former Texas governor Rick Perry during his 2012 presidential campaign. She then became an advisor to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2013 and eventually moved up the ranks to become his top national security advisor during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Coates is a neocon, establishment Republican team player, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that she was behind these “Anonymous” leaks.
After all, many neocons have misgivings about Trump’s America First foreign policy.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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