Who Needs Presidential Daily Briefs When You Have Fake News Out There
In an earlier piece this morning we looked at the way that Emerson’s phrase so aptly sums up the Trump WH: An Institution is the Lengthened Shadow of a Man.’
This is certainly true regarding Trump’s personnel decisions. You might think because Trump is himself a neophyte to politics, that he’d want to surround himself with some people with experience or expertise in their field. Instead, Trump has doubled down. Mostly he prefers people as unqualified as himself.
You know how it is: when you want a job which you lack experience and/or training for that getting the job will be an uphill climb. Maybe you can persuade them to give you a chance, maybe you can’t. But you know that in itself lacking relevant experience is a net disadvantage in applying for the job.
With Trump not only does lacking experience or knowledge not hurt you it’s a prerequisite.
Yglesias has a Vox post that talks about the way in which Trump’s aides guide him towards dishonesty
“A signature moment in the interview comes after Trump gives a long, rambling answer on China in which he appears to say that he dropped his campaign pledge to designate China as a currency manipulator as part of a deal on North Korea:
Now, with that in mind, he’s representing China and he wants what’s best for China. But so far, you know, he’s been, he’s been very good. But, so they talk about why haven’t you called him a currency manipulator? Now think of this. I say, “Jinping. Please help us, let’s make a deal. Help us with North Korea, and by the way we’re announcing tomorrow that you’re a currency manipulator, OK?” They never say that, you know the fake media, they never put them together, they always say, he didn’t call him a currency [manipulator], number one. Number two, they’re actually not a currency [manipulator]. You know, since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation with respect to them and other countries, they stopped.
“In reality, Chinese undervaluation of its currency came to an end way back in 2014, and Trump waged his entire campaign on the basis of a false premise. It is to his credit that he is making the right policy decision rather than sticking by his wrong talking points, but it’s extremely troubling that his top advisers on the subject appear to be winning the argument by spinning the president with flattering lies rather than accurate analysis.”
Basically, the Trump aides have giving up trying to win him over on facts. Trump doesn’t read the Daily Presidential Briefs but he does like fake news. So, people compete to get him their particular piece of fake news.
“How Trump gets his fake news.”