Sally Yates to Trump: Who’s Sorry Now?
What’s Ms. Yates doing this morning? Listening to Connie Francis?
She had warned Trump about Flynn in January, warned that Flynn is vulnerable to blackmail. Trump fired her-allegedly not because of this but for ‘betrayal’ on his Muslim ban.
Notable who Trump didn’t fire-Flynn for allegedly going rogue as Trump supposedly hadn’t told him to talk about ending the sanctions.
Morning Joe this morning made the point that when you come in fighting Washington, Washington always wins. We are now learning the virtues of having unelected bureaucrats.
Meanwhile an interesting observation by Phillip Rucker and Ashley Parker: Upheaval is now standard operating procedure for Trump.
With President Trump in his fourth full week in office, the upheaval inside the administration that West Wing officials had optimistically dismissed as growing pains is now embedding itself as standard operating procedure.
“Trump — distracted by political brushfires, often of his own making — has failed to fill such key posts as White House communications director, while sub-Cabinet positions across agencies and scores of ambassadorships around the globe still sit empty.”
Yes, but: is that a feature not a bug? After all, the fewer positions filled by Trump the better…
Upset about damaging leaks of his calls with world leaders and other national security information, Trump has ordered an internal investigation to find the leakers. Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app — Confide — that erases messages as soon as they’re read.”
Of course, the Deep State knows how to leak with no fingerprints.
“The chaos and competing factions that were a Trump trademark in business and campaigning now are starting to define his presidency, according to interviews with a dozen White House officials as well as other Republicans. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss internal White House dynamics and deliberations.”
Surprisingly that worked better on The Apprentice than running a huge government bureaucracy. Who could have seen that coming?
“Some senior officials are worried about their own standing with the president, who through his casual conversations with friends and associates sometimes seems to hint that a shake-up could come at a moment’s notice. Aides said they strive to avoid appearing “weak” or “low energy” — two of Trump’s least favorite attributes”
Trump’s idea of high energy is: Steve Miller, who says Trump has absolute authority on matters of immigration. The GOP didn’t seem to believe this when they sued Obama-and won-for DACA.
Some people have pointed out that he’s just a 31 year old kid and doesn’t belong on tv. He also shouldn’t be implementing a Muslim ban at the NSC but…
A staff shakeup… The previously shortest stint ever of a NSC adviser was Reagan’s first who lasted: 348 days. Flynn lasted 24. We’ll see what records other parts of his team will set.
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