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Former Texas U.S. Representative Ron Paul has issued a warning, on the heels of president elect Donald Trump’s successful bid for the White House, to beware of the shadow government pulling political scenes behind closed doors. Paul made his remarks on RT, with Peter Lavelle.

Lavelle asked Paul what foremost issues should be on the mind of Trump right now. Paul answered, “who he appoints to the cabinet,” should be one of the first things the billionaire turned politician must address. Paul referenced several statements Trump made wherein he waffled a bit and said, “Who knows what he promised!” with respect to foreign policy.

Paul, when asked about Obama’s appointees then switched gears and addressed what we at The Free Thought Project have warned about. “Quite frankly, there’s an outside source which we refer to as the Deep State or a Shadow Government. There’s a lot of influence by people that are actually more powerful than our government itself,” he said referring to U.S. meddling with international elections around the world.

“Trump is his own guy…but I fear the fact that there’s so much that can be done secretly out of the control of our apparent government and out of the view of so many citizens,” Paul said. Paul then referenced the false flags the government has promulgated and said those things are outside of the president’s (Trump’s) control. Paul is one of the few who’ve spoken out against politicians using “school shootings” to promote their anti-gun agendas while ignoring indiscriminate bombing of civilians in the Middle East such as the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan.

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Paul called Obama’s designation as a winner of The Nobel Peace Prize a “contradiction” and says the U.S. needs to get more troops out of the Middle East. “We need to know what the government is thinking and I apply that to all governments,” as he applauded the work of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden. “We should be protecting the privacy of individuals, law abiding citizens, and make sure government is open and no secrets but I’m challenging all of history because that’s generally, not the way it’s been.” As The Free Thought Project has reported, Paul believes Snowden should be granted Clemency for his patriotic, not espionage related revelations that the U.S. government was spying on all citizens.

“My greatest disappointment was with this renewing of the so-called Cold War,” Paul told Lavelle. “I think there’s a lot that the Russian people could share, and I think that’s true,” he added referencing the Obama administration’s ratcheting up of tensions between the U.S. and Russia. “People never want the war,” he said adding Trump was the peace candidate between the U.S. and Russia. He said the Deep State controls the media and beats the war drums which crank up tension between the two countries by “participating in the war propaganda.”

“If the government’s not acting right, it’s the secret government, it’s the shadow government, it’s the CIA and the false flags and the accidents that happen and then the people get angry, because if you don’t get angry at your enemies, then you’re unpatriotic, and we all have to be patriotic, but we can be patriotic and friends too!” he exclaimed mixing sarcasm, with reality, finishing with an appeal to be friends with our enemies.

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Paul says he’s optimistic because the media and the government have been exposed. “Don’t believe the government,” Paul implored. He said he wants government to “be very very small” and said if we did we would have a “more peaceful world.”

On ISIS, Paul said, “I don’t think we should accelerate the war against ISIS, because I think the war is artificial.” Lavelle wanted Paul to comment on Trump’s idea to work with Russia as an ally against ISIS. He said ISIS’ success in the Middle East is a result of “bad foreign policy.” He said under Obama the U.S.’ military industrial complex “sold more weapons” under his administration than any other president in U.S. history.

Watch the interview below.

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Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine