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Mansplaining: The Kudlow Variation

Trump sets up intra-administration tension by delegating his economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, the task of undermining the credibility of his UN Ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley:

A striking intra-administration quarrel played out in public when Kudlow told reporters during a briefing in Florida that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she said the U.S. would be slapping new sanctions on Russia on Monday in retaliation for the country’s support for Syria’s Assad government after its latest suspected chemical attack.

Kudlow said additional sanctions are under consideration but have yet to be implemented. Of Haley, he said, “There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

Haley had said Sunday during an appearance on “Face the Nation” that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions directed at companies associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program on Monday, “if he hasn’t already.”

But Monday came and went without an announcement.

On Tuesday, following Kudlow’s remark that she must have been confused, Haley said in a statement to Fox News: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

That went well. Nikki knows now that they think she of little brain doesn’t know what she’s doing. But wait! It gets better:

The dispute between Haley’s team and the White House had been playing out largely behind the scenes since Haley’s initial comments. The White House has been struggling to explain Haley’s remarks amid reports that President Donald Trump put the brakes on the new sanctions. Several administration officials have disputed that characterization, saying Haley was out of the loop.

Let’s recap: the White House is saying that the representative of the most powerful nation on earth to the UN Security Council is not included in decisions that affect the way she does her job and makes her look foolish and that’s ok.

Stop digging, dude. More like this and the world will start to realize that we haven’t got a Secretary of State, our CIA Head is meeting with Korean dictators on the sly, and we’ve got a clueless toddler in the Oval Office who has some kind of weird “folie á deux” relationship with Vladomir Putin.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the pilot of that Southwest plane that lost an engine yesterday did a Sully and landed safely. One passenger said it was like a normal landing.

So let’s recognize the competence, level-headedness, professionalism and skill of Tammie Jo Shults. Shults was formerly a US Navy fighter pilot.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, lauded Shults and her crew for their professionalism.

“She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card — I’m going to tell you that — with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome,” Tumlinson said “The lady, the crew, everything, everybody was immaculate. They were so professional in what they did to get us on the ground.”

Shults’ brother-in-law, Gary Shults, said her husband also is a Southwest pilot and told him she had made the emergency landing.

“She’s a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack,” said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio. “My brother says she’s the best pilot he knows. She’s a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people.”

Some of the best female pilots we have are named Tammie. Like Senator Tammy Duckworth who landed her helicopter after her legs were blown off in Iraq.

Take that, Cadet Bone Spurs.