One of the most bizarre leaks yet has just hit Washington D.C. and has turned into a political firestorm for President Donald Trump and his inner circle.
A memo authored by a high-level Trump operative who was removed from his job this month was just published. The document gives the closest look ever into the strategy behind the “alt-right” movement inside the Trump administration.
The memo confirms what millions of Americans have already suspected – Trump’s key staffers are consumed with paranoia and it has made the administration totally unable to function.
That staffer who wrote it – Richard Higgins – served several months on the administration’s National Security Council, brought on board by disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. We now know that Higgins was booted out of his position in part because of a controversial memo he circulated inside the White House earlier this year.
In the memo, Higgins describes a vast conspiracy where he imagined internal federal forces were trying to oust Trump from office. Higgins accused “globalists,” “Islamists,” and others of attempting to take control of the federal government.
“The Trump administration is suffering funder withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the President. … If action is not taken to re-scope and respond to these hostile campaigns very soon, the administration risks implosion and subsequent early departure from the White House,” Higgins wrote.
Higgins actually put together a list of the specific groups which he thinks are threatening Trump’s power:
- Mainstream media
- The deep state
- Corporatist bankers
- Democratic leadership
- Republican leadership
Higgins memo, titled “POTUS & Political Warfare,” was unexpectedly published this week – just days after his firing – by Foreign Policy magazine.
The seven-page document, which eventually landed on the president’s desk, precipitated a crisis that led to the departure of several high-level NSC officials tied to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The author of the memo, Rich Higgins, who was in the strategic planning office at the NSC, was among those recently pushed out.
… The memo is part of a broader political struggle inside the White House between current National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and alt-right operatives with a nationalist worldview who believe the Army general and his crew are subverting the president’s agenda.
Several insiders have said that Higgins memo was targeted at people like current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who Trump’s far-right supporters think is part of the “deep state” conspiracy.