In the Summer 2017 I published this article about Eric Ciaramella on another platform. Has it aged well? Read it and then let me know. (You can fund honest journalism here.)
Meet Eric Ciaramella — H.R. McMaster Appoints Susan Rice Ally to be his Personal Aide
West Wing officials confirmed to Cernovich Media that Eric Ciaramella, who worked closely with Susan Rice while at NSC, was recently promoted to be H.R. McMaster’s personal aide. Ciaramella will have unfettered access to McMaster’s conversations with foreign leaders.
Ciaramella’s ascension is surprising considering pro-Trump sources within the Obama administration disclosed to me in December, 2016 that Ciaramella’s helped draft Susan Rice’s anti-Trump talking points before the Inauguration.
In fall of 2016 as Obama’s director for Ukraine on the NSC, Ciaramella was the main force pushing Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.
Some suspect Ciaramella was one of the original leakers who told the media about classified conversations Trump had with Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov. While it’s unproven that Ciaramella leaked that conversation, it is now a fact of life that he will have access to every conversation Trump has with foreign officials, as part of his official duties for McMaster.
When this story first came to me, my question was, “This is a huge personnel move. Why hasn’t Politico run it?”
My sources told me other outlets passed on the story, because, “This isn’t the type of information the mainstream media wants out there.”
Staunchly pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia, Ciaramella is the media’s dream, which explains why this high-profile personnel move hasn’t been covered in any mainstream media outlets.
The only result for Ciaramella in Google News is a 2015 article about a meeting of religious leaders from the Ukraine meeting with Barack Obama.
As a student at Yale, Ciaramella was a social justice activist.
Students convened outside Silliman at 9 a.m., all dressed in white to symbolize their future goal of bridging the gap between the United States and the Middle East through the use of the Arab language, said Eric Ciaramella ’08, one of the students who led the protest.
Nothing in his resume indicates that Ciaramella will put America First, and his entire life arc indicates he will sabotage Trump and leak information to the press whenever possible.
McMaster has been stacking the NSC with anti-Trump Republicans, Susan Rice allies, and Obama holdovers. President Trump’s America First foreign policy has been called “naive” by McMaster, who wants to make the NSC Democrat again — an obvious joke among staffers as the NSC is overwhelming left wing.
McMaster recently hired a Hamas sympathizer Kris Bauman, who earlier said that, “The Obama Administration must find creative (but legal) ways to include Hamas in a solution.”
McMaster tried hiring Benghazi liar Linda Weissgold to work for him at the NSC.
Weissgold apparently had a good interview with McMaster, as she was overheard saying as she left the White House she would next have to “talk to Pompeo” — as in Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA. But Weissgold was never offered the job; days later, Trump himself overruled the effort to move Cohen-Watnick out of his senior director role.
During the Obama administration Weissgold served as director of the CIA’s Office of Terrorism Analysis. She was among those who briefed Congress following the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012, a team of intelligence and military experts who reportedly earned the nickname “the dream team” within the administration.
In addition to stacking the NSC with pro-Susan Rice, anti-Trump figures, McMaster has also tried purging anyone loyal to Trump.
McMaster had the security clearance of Adam Lovinger revoked after Lovinger attended a bar mitzvah in Israel.
Pro-Trump Robin Townley also had his security clearance revoked without any good reason.
A senior administration official tells ABC News that Robin Townley had his request for special security clearance denied by the CIA. The move will prevent Townley from being able to serve in the NSC post. Townley currently maintains an active top secret security clearance, but it was his request was for “Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearance that was rejected, the source says.
McMaster killed the pro-Trump “war room.”
The White House is about to set up a ‘war room’ to battle the emerging challenges. ‘Since the firing of [FBI Director James] Comey, that really exposed the fact that the White House in its current structure … is not prepared for really a one-front war, let alone a two-front war,’ a source told Reuters. ‘They need to have a structure in place that allows them to stay focused’ while ‘also truly fighting back on these attacks and these leaks.’ ‘Obviously you want it [unity] under different circumstances but it’s really united this team and helped bring clarity to their focus,’ the source added.
Trump officials planned to set up a “war room” devoted to rapid response media messaging.
McMaster personally intervened to torpedo the war room. McMaster has also been orchestrating leaks about Trump to the press through David Petraeus’s firm KKR.
The Pentagon stalled Trump’s plan to pin a fourth star on McMaster, as the Army views him as unfit for command.
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