Trump Aide: I Would be Worried if I was General Flynn
Trump already may be planning a staff shakeup and on top of the you know what list is General Michael Flynn:
“President Donald Trump, frustrated over his administration’s rocky start, is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides — leading to questions about whether he is mulling an early staff shakeup.”
“Trump has told several people that he is particularly displeased with national security adviser Michael Flynn over reports that he had top-secret discussions with Russian officials and lied about it. The president, who spent part of the weekend dealing with the Flynn controversy, has been alarmed by reports from top aides that they don’t trust Flynn. “He thinks he’s a problem,” said one person familiar with the president’s thinking. “I would be worried if I was General Flynn.”
Though Flynn isn’t the only one in the dog house.
“Yet Trump’s concern goes beyond his embattled national security adviser, according to conversations with more than a dozen people who have spoken to Trump or his top aides. He has mused aloud about press secretary Sean Spicer, asking specific questions to confidants about how they think he’s doing behind the podium. During conversations with Spicer, the president has occasionally expressed unhappiness with how his press secretary is talking about some matters — sometimes pointing out even small things he’s doing that he doesn’t like.”
It is not surprising that Spicer is on the list as Trump is very image contest and those SNL Melissa McCarthy bits is something he thinks reflects poorly on him-and it does of course.
Then again, Reince Priebus may also be on thin ice:
“Others who’ve talked with the president have begun to wonder about the future of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Several Trump campaign aides have begun to draft lists of possible Priebus replacements, with senior White House aides Kellyanne Conway and Rick Dearborn and lobbyist David Urban among those mentioned. Gary Cohn, a Trump economic adviser who is close with senior adviser Jared Kushner, has also been the subject of chatter.”
So in the fight between Priebus and Bannon it’s no surprise to see which one is on thin ice which one isn’t.
“For now, Priebus remains in control as chief of staff. He was heavily involved in adviser Stephen Miller’s preparation for appearances on Sunday morning talk shows, which drew praise from the president.”
Trump actually thought Miller’s interviews went well. Exactly. Trump does blame his staff for letting him down on the Muslim ban.
“If there is a single issue where the president feels his aides have let him down, it was the controversial executive order on immigration. The president has complained to at least one person about “how his people didn’t give him good advice” on rolling out the travel ban and that he should have waited to sign it instead of “rushing it like they wanted me to.” Trump has also wondered why he didn’t have a legal team in place to defend it from challenges.”
Of course, it was the two Steves-Bannon and Miller-who wanted to rush it out. And Trump has been following their lead, lock, stock, and barrel.
Trump is figuring out that: running the country is not like running his business. Who could have anticipated that?
“Some Trump friends note that he is adjusting to a new reality — and learning that running a business is a lot different than running the White House. The Washington staff he runs is larger and more complex than the one he oversaw in his business.”
“There’s a reality check of what’s happening, that everything President Trump does, there’s going to be a protest and a lawsuit filed,” said New York Rep. Chris Collins.
If he keeps taking unconstitutional actions, there will be.
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian who recently met with Trump, said the presidency had been “off to the rockiest start that I can remember.”
“Everything he rolls out is done so badly,” Brinkley said. “It reeks of being short-staffed and not having a true pecking order of production from the White House. They’re just releasing comments, tweets and policies willy-nilly. It’s been a very convulsive and confusing first few weeks, but nevertheless it’s been salad days if you care about Republican policies.”
Who would have thought there’d be any glitch in having a President with no public service experience and a staff with no WH experience?
Meanwhile Trump is already down to 40% favorability with 55% having an unfavorable view of him. After three weeks he’s already in W post Katrina levels.
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