Monday, January 27, 2020

Do As You Will

We were told on Saturday that Donald Russia reportedly gave an order to fire the USA ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, when he evidently told Rudolph Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman "Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it."

The meaning of "get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow.... Get her out tomorrow" is clear: fire her.

Nonetheless, there is the seemingly innocuous phrase "I don't care." That can mean either of two things:

1) "I don't care how you fire her- via tweet, in person, by telephone, nicely or belligerently"; or

2) "I don't care how you get rid of her- by firing her or something more permanent" ('taking her out').

"Take her out" may be meaningless, just something for the boss to emphasize how angry he is with an individual, in this case the ambassador. However, in the real estate world in which  Donald Trump consorted with La Cosa Nostra, "take her out" does not mean "treat her to a world-class steak at a swanky Washington, DC restaurant."

On Sunday morning
Trump did not say that Schiff has not "paid a price" but instead "paid the price." For a guy who is a shoo-in for re-election, paying "the price" is not defeat at the polls.

President Trump did not order anything specific- whether dismissal or a more permanent solution- be done about Ambassador Yovanovitch. He does not do that:

Code is not needed to fire anyone.  Code is used so that if an extreme action is taken, the boss reserves plausible deniability.  Donald Trump is not ordering or directing the assassination of a US Senator or an ambassador. But were it to happen- "accidentally," preferably- whatever accusation is made comes from a mere enemy of the people.

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