Ex-Trump Aides Argue Over Space Program in Custody Battle

Credit: Douglas Messier

President Donald J. Trump’s boast that he only hires the best people has blown up in his face, what with all the departures, scandals, investigations, indictments and guilty pleas besetting the administration. (The departures alone have now spilled over into a third bingo card.)

Now, just when you thought things couldn’t get any kookier, there comes this bizarre story involving former Trump aides Jason Miller and A.J. Delgado. The ex-lovers are involved in a nasty child custody fight that involves an adulterous affair, an out-of-wedlock baby, allegations of sexual and physical abuse, and — wait for it — the Apollo moon landings.

Yes, you read that right. The Apollo missions are a point of contention in this sorry mess. Here’s what Delgado alleges in a court document:

Father once told Mother he believes the moon landing was staged. When Mother asked how he could possibly believe such, he said he learned it from spending time with Ted Cruz’s team, noting something about the Houston connection.

Miller had worked on Cruz’s presidential campaign before the Texas senator ended it. He and Delgado then worked for Trump’s presidential bid, where they had the affair.

Miller, who resigned as Trump’s campaign spokesman after all this became public, denies it all and accuses Delgado of spreading “false and salacious accusations” against him.

For the record, NASA has said the similar things about the fake moon landing claims.

If you want to read more about the custody fight, click here. Be forewarned: there are indeed some salacious details that I shan’t repeat here. This is a family blog.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    After reading that I get a warm fuzzy thinking about that Republican war cry against the Clintons, “Character Counts.”. Ha! Yes it does, and it shows. Love the part where he wanted to kill his unborn child, I guess he wanted to have a choice in the matter.

  • duheagle

    Mr. Trump would appear to have plenty sketchy enough a personal life to require no gratuitous – and quite irrelevant – smacks at him based on roping in some personal squabble between former staffers. Ever since the McMartin Pre-School lunacy we’ve seen spurious accusations of child abuse spike hugely in scorched-earth divorces and custody fights. That old chestnut having now largely been discounted down to zero in domestic cases, it seems that more creativity in what is thrown against the wall to see what will stick is now in order. I breathlessly await your revelation that some couple who actually once stayed overnight in the Trump Taj Mahal has fallen out and the wife is accusing the husband of consorting with The Greys.

  • duheagle

    You’re nothing if not consistent in your progressive insistence that accusation = truth. Taking the opening gambits in acrimonious divorce/palimony proceedings as gospel is, I suppose, to be expected from someone who also buys the risible “Trump colluded with Russia” nonsense. What’s your point of view about the canonical truth of female complaints of “sexual assault” on campus? Do you suppose your position might change if some progressive co-ed harridan at UofA drew a bead on you?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    So I take it, you sympathize with Bill that turns taken in Whitewater were an unjust sequence of events. Sorry, most of those guys admitted and plead guilty to the charges against them. Now you’re not going to plead some lefty conspiracy that they gave false confessions under duress from the police are you?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    ” Do you suppose your position might change if some progressive co-ed harridan at UofA drew a bead on you?”

    Well, if that happened, I guess I’d have to take a example from your man, your man of great character and honor, and attempt to pay her off. I’d be a real shame to pay a lot of money for a woman I was not with, just as Mr Trump paid 170k for a woman he did not have relations with. Oh, WAIT! No I’d need to hire a lawyer who’d PAY FOR ME! So that’s my answer to your hypothetical. I answer with another hypothetical, I’d hire a lawyer who would pay the lady off for me.

  • duheagle

    Mr. Trump is not a man of great honor and character and I never said so. But paying off one’s unwisely-pursued sexual fling is not a crime nor has it any implications for public policy. So unless Ms. Daniels is planning to try extending her nearly-expended 15 minutes of fame by claiming that Mr. Trump coerced her, I don’t see much parallel with my hypothetical.

    Your non-answer nicely dodges the main issue of what is to be done about baseless claims made for reasons of spite or – as in Mr. Trump’s case – for maniacally partisan political reasons. Especially if one assumes your hypothetical accuser is not actually looking for a payday for her dissembling, your hypothetically cross-haired self is still out there on the thin ice.

    The standard progressive SOP this past quarter century has been to treat invented accusations against non-progressives as gospel, no matter how obviously false, and to meet factual accusations against progressives with calumnies and attempts at character assassination. I’m sure you think such a thing could never happen to a good little prog like yourself, but revolutions tend to take quite a toll on their own as well as on the putative “oppressors” du jour.

  • duheagle

    Bill Clinton is a serial philanderer and, on at least one occasion, a rapist. But Whitewater was about money, not sex. Hillary has always been the money person in that duo. She still is.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    So you’re of the opinion that Ken Starrs efforts should not have gone to the sexual harassment path?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    In a court of law you go by established norms. Sorry, when a guy boinks his co-worker and fathers a child with her, while he has a child on the way with his wife. And that was established by a paternity test he insisted on ….. Am I going to give that joker the kind of presumption of innocence anyone deserves in court? Of course not. He obviously suffers from the standard set of social ills most humans suffer from who weasel their way up the political ladder of what ever society they live in. You’re stuck in a loop with people from your side of the political spectrum. You want immediate presumption of innocence of the accused, and then demand the investigation be shut down for lack of evidence. What does this this guy deserve? His day in court. He deserves that for the things that count, in the court of public opinion it seems he’s getting just what he deserves. the only innocent person in this is the kid, he has an ugly arse-hole father and a mother with very questionable judgement.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    And your other point. If I sexually harassed a woman and was called on it. I’d admit it. I’d just flat out admit it. If I were wrongly accused I would take note of the nature of of accusation and provide as much information as I could that was verifiable to refute the claim. I would not attack the character of the accuser, more I would call into question why she would have made a false accusation. This touches on sore point with me as I have had several female friends over my life who have suffered everything from rape to sexual harassment at the job. Sometimes in very questionable situations that they contributed to themselves. I’ve seen the real effects of it since the 80’s and realize how complex of an issue it is. The moral needs of our society exceed our biological set of morals. The only way I could think to deal with it, if it were turned on me would to be as open and honest as I could be.

  • ThomasLMatula

    I am curious as to what this has to do with space policy or new space. Were they part of the transitition team on space? Are they involved in New Space, or space in anyway?

    This is less relevant than Senator Clinton’s campaign manager,and former staffer for President Obama, Podesta, telling folks he believes the government is hiding Flying Saucers in Area 51. If elected he might have actually been put in a policy position or advised who to select for positions at agencies like NASA. These two don’t seem to be anything but minor campaign groupies. Who cares what nonsense they believe about the Moon landings.

  • Douglas Messier

    Whatever.

    Here’s something that should scare the shit out of everyone. Trump’s rambling, nearly incoherent screaming rant on Fox & Friends this morning that left the hosts shell shocked. The guy is not emotionally stable. It’s little wonder he hires people in the same mold. That is relevant.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-goes-ballistic-on-fox-friends-after-hosts-bring-up-comey-rails-against-cnn-dems-stormy/

  • Douglas Messier

    Here you go. Something relevant. Trump is emotionally unstable. He hires a lot of people similarly unstable. Relevant enough for you?

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-goes-ballistic-on-fox-friends-after-hosts-bring-up-comey-rails-against-cnn-dems-stormy/

  • ThomasLMatula

    It is sad to see how you are turning this from a Blog about Space to just another blog ranting about politics. Folks read this blog to find out about what is going on in Mojave and New Space, not rehash the election. Presidents come and go, and their power is limited. Its what entrepreneurs do like those in Mojave that drive progress and create new industry.

  • Douglas Messier

    Make up your mind. You complain something isn’t relevant. I provide something that’s definitely relevant. And you’re upset.

    This is one — 1, uno, un — post. It’s also the 18,999th post on this website. How you determine that I’m turning the blog into something based on this one post is beyond comprehension.

  • ThomasLMatula

    What I really find is beyond comprehension is how folks get so fixated on Presidents they aren’t able to focus on anything else. And YES, I am referring to both the Republicans on President Obama and the Democrats on President Trump. The Constitution limits the power of Presidents, and their time of service is limited. Like a good compost pile, the office of President is turned over on a regular basis, so why get so upset about who is in office at the moment?

  • JS Initials

    Imagine that!..An elected leader keeping his promises; his promise to drain the swamp. If I were President I would not only drain the swamp, I would shutdown and parcel out assets and employees from NASA to firms like Boeing, SpaceX, BO, etc…Well down, Mr Trump!!

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    And yet, I get paid every two weeks just like before he was president. Personally, I have noticed zero difference in my daily life. This is a testament to our system: big ship, little (sometimes crazy) rudder.

  • Jeff2Space

    So you didn’t see any huge benefit of the tax cut either? We must not be millionaires or billionaires, huh?

    The fact is that the recent tax cut was a give-away to the rich. The working class and middle class will see little benefit. And with yearly budget defecits expected to top $1 trillion very soon, this is going to drive up the national debt faster and higher than ever. Brought to you by today’s “fiscally conservative” party. Ugh.

    The next time the economy takes a huge downturn, the national debt will make it nearly impossible for the feds to do any sort of meaningful fiscal stimulus. Ugh. Politics. 😛

  • Vladislaw

    add the WHMU Jackson .. that crazy man bowed out today.

  • Vladislaw

    With all do respect… you have never once missed an opportunity to take a jab at President Obama so it is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black. You have never complained about someone attacking President Obama .. not once. But I have seen you speak up several times when it is directed to trump and the republicans.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Evidence?

  • James

    You know sometimes I wonder how many conspiracy theories got started with someone wanting to troll someone else and tell them something SO stupid no one would believe it…

  • Spacetech

    Welcome to Parabolic Politics.
    Doug, I really used to enjoy your site very much but your ever increasing injection of YOUR personal political views over the past few years has completely turned me off and I’m outta here.
    Remember when this used to be just about space?
    Take care…….deleting bookmark!

  • Douglas Messier

    Mmm…I guess I should be sad about this. But, I’m responding to an anonymous person who keeps all its online comments private and apparently can’t deal with political opinions that don’t match its own. We’re in snowflake territory.

    This blog has always been about space. And I’ve always injected political opinions into it. You seem shocked — shocked — that there’s gambling in Casablanca.

  • Douglas Messier

    Your ability to continue to get paid for whatever job you apparently have is actually quite astonishing.

    As for your casual dismissal of Trump’s clear instability while commanding the most destructive forces known to humanity….Equally astonishing.

  • duheagle

    Good luck with that approach in any academic kangaroo court dispensing “people’s justice.” I don’t know if UofA’s agriculture college infrastructure includes any experimental fields, but, in keeping with the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution-like ethos of the SJW’s now running much of academe, you could well be sentenced to a lengthy term of exile there and put to work spreading “night soil.”

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Uuuh, yeah, right. Come on, you’re capable of better than that. It’s not even a whitty cheap shot. Must be a slow day. 🙂

  • duheagle

    As I recall, the Starr investigation only delved into Pres. Clinton’s serial sexual harrassments because he committed perjury in the process of litigation deriving from one such case.

  • duheagle

    You won’t see much benefit from the tax cut until you file taxes next year. That’s how these things tend to work. One benefit my blue collar Millennial daughter noticed is that she no longer gets gigged with the Obamacare penalty for failing to buy expensive, yet worthless, health insurance.

    Given that the “rich” (in Democrat-land, “rich” seems to start at about 100K/yr.) now pay the vast majority of federal income taxes, cutting taxes pretty much can’t help affecting mainly the “rich.” The tax cut is only a “give-away” in the minds of those – of which you seem to be one – who assume that all income properly belongs to the state which gets to decide how much an individual may be magnanimously allowed to keep.

    The bald hypocrisy of progressives whining about budget deficits barely requires comment.

    As for future “fiscal stimulus,” one would think the manifest uselessness of Obama’s near-trillion dollar effort in 2009 would have permanently sunk that idea. But acknowledging abject failure, never mind apologizing for it, just doesn’t seem to be part of the progressive DNA.

  • duheagle

    Okay, I watched the whole thing and I’m damned if I see any “emotional instability.” I see that Mr. Trump talks loudly as a matter of routine. That’s not exactly news and is normative in New York. So is the accent. So are the verbal punches thrown at enemies.

    This general demeanor is also, in my considerable experience, normative for male Russians. Perhaps that is why Trump seems to click well with Russians; he has a similar personality.

    If you want to know what actual emotional instability looks like – in an even louder voice and a similar accent – pick any of Alec Baldwin’s infamous recorded rants, especially the one in which he verbally savages his daughter. Trump’s appearance on FaF is light years removed from that. He is bombastic, not deranged.

    Not everyone – including you – seems able to appreciate the difference. There is what we might usefully call a “Bi-Partisan Decorum Caucus” consisting of die-hard Republican NeverTrumpers and pearl-clutching progressives who like to endlessly beat Mr. Trump up about his demeanor. Given that much of both the U.S. and foreign political classes seem to be at least auxiliary members of said caucus, I can’t entirely dismiss the possibility that Mr. Trump actually amps up his own normal behavior as a deliberate psych-ops technique to keep his opposite numbers discomfited and off-balance.

  • redneck

    I disagree with some of your political views as well, doesn’t mean I’m going to cut off a good source of information and entertainment.

    I would prefer less politics here, and I would also prefer a supermodel buying me the winning powerball ticket.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Actually LBJ was a far far worse character when commanding that force. Trump doesn’t seem to manage anything, let alone micro-manage. This allows Mattis to call a lot of the shots without micro decisions in the west wing (which is a good thing in general). Recent example is when Mattis made the call to wipe out the Russian irregulars in Syria after the Russians denied they were their guys on the deconfliction hotline. Trump is such an outsider and abrasive force he is almost incapable of effectively employing the power he has.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    It’s part of the consolidation of power into the executive branch of the federal government. Local politics are ignored in this process and the United States further breaks down as a result. During the 1970’s and early 80’s political discussions were more of a balance between local politics and the doings in Washington. Now it’s just Washington. Attention spans back then were eternities compared to now.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    The original mandate of the Starr investigation was to look into Whitewater and Vince Foster. They expanded their own mandate to include the issues with the travel office, misuse of FBI files, and eventually into the suits put forward by Paula Jones and others. I seem to recall those suits were paid for by prominent Republicans. Not too much unlike the “Golden Showers” sequence of events. Which by the way if you look beyond the comic books at attributed articles.. You’ll find something more rich than what you see on CNN and Fox News.

  • Spacetech

    Snowflake?
    At 50, I’m a little old to be a snowflake.
    MY identity is hardly relevant but losing even a single reader of your blog should be relevant and concerning to you, I’m sure it is to your advertisers.
    I’ve followed your page for the last 5 or so years and commented about 1200 times.
    I’ve shared my opinions and experiences from my 32 years of my NASA and Military Flight test career.
    Up until the last couple years I’ve agreed and supported your views about 97% of the time.
    Political opinions? Sure, they’ve always been there but never as blatant and biased as they are now.
    Sorry your Presidential candidate didn’t win, but I didn’t vote for Trump either.
    I’ll introduce myself next time I see you out here at Mojave and we can discuss further.
    Take care.
    D

  • Jeff2Space

    This isn’t correct. Actually the IRS has already adjusted withholding for salaried employees. As long as they did a good job of this, the typical salaried employee won’t see much of a difference in their tax return (or tax bill).

  • duheagle

    So The New Yorker is still trying to salvage the non-existent credibility of serial fabulist-for-hire, and alleged ex-spook Christopher Steele. Quel surprise.

    One can only marvel at how the Left consistently manages to turn on a dime and give back nine cents change without ever seeming to afflict its true believers with even a transient bout of cognitive dissonance. So the stalwart Mr. Steele is now the hero because he’s protecting the intelligence establishment from the barbarian Trump? I can remember – and fairly recently – when there was no bigger bogeyman on the Left than the CIA. Now they’re suddenly the good guys?

    We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Hate to tell you, the 70’s ended 40 years ago.

  • Douglas Messier

    But what about….Alec Baldwin?

    This isn’t a reach, it’s a pull your arms out of your socket moment.

    Last I checked, Alec Baldwin wasn’t the president. He just plays one on TV.

    And Trump is reported to be an even more out of control rageholic behind the scenes than he is on Fox & Friends.

    He also has nukes.

  • Douglas Messier

    I do care about my readers. A lot. I try to do well by them. I don’t always succeed, but I think I succeed more than I fail.

    In the end, this is my blog. It’s shaped by my judgments and views. If I can’t express political opinions among the 19,000 press releases and new stories I’ve post here, then what’s the point? Not everyone’s going to agree with them, but that’s OK.

  • duheagle

    You lot have been breathlessly flogging a long string of these supposed “Gotchas” since before Trump even took office – one or two of them a month. “Natalie” looks like being just another damp squib in a wearyingly long series.

  • duheagle

    I didn’t cite Alec Baldwin because I confuse his SNL schtick with reality. I cited him as an example of someone who is genuinely unhinged and flaunts that fact on a fairly regular basis. Mr. Trump is loud. Loud is not equivalent to “rageholic.” You want to see a real “rageholic,” try Hillary Clinton reacting to anyone suggesting she be held accountable for her actions. I sleep much more easily knowing it’s Trump who has the nuclear strike codes constantly at hand and not the Wicked Witch of Chappaqua.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Must be a slow day. 🙂

  • duheagle

    I, personally, entirely back you on that. You’re hardly the only space blog that is also a forum for its owner’s political views. Keith Cowing, Rand Simberg and Robert Zimmerman, to cite a few relevant examples, are no shrinking violets either. Simberg and Zimmerman, like you, are quite willing to take on detractors/demurrers in the threads. Cowing seems far more inclined to deal with criticism by locking out his critics – myself included. I’ve run into enough other exiled former NASAWatch regulars on this and other forums that I wonder sometimes whether Cowing’s banishees now outnumber his current audience. If not, I’m sure the gap is steadily narrowing. So thanks, among other things, for not being Keith Cowing.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Go back thru this thread and say who started it. Really. Come on now. I pour oxidizer on the flame. Guilty. But you and duheagle’s jabs at people that are purely political, then you come across as wounded victims of outrageous fate when you’re taken to task in depth. Please.

  • Douglas Messier

    Thank you for your readership.

  • Douglas Messier

    Thanks for reading.