After Weeks of Missteps, Nervous Trump Aides Hope for a Reboot

Cheryl Sanders
May 17, 2017

Aides aware of his habits sometimes slip him news stories in an effort to advance their policy agendas or "gain an edge in the seemingly endless "Game of Thrones" inside the West Wing", the Politico report said, alluding to the frequent infighting among top White House staffers such as Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.

"Last week was a mess", a senior White House official told The Post. The sources quoted in NBC News' article asked for anonymity to be able to discuss internal administration conversations.

While past POTUSes have heard of a little thing called "structure", Trump reportedly prefers to operate the Oval Office like an unhinged merry-go-round, where any and all ideas are welcome - leaving the door literally open for lots of misinformation, and even the occasional prankster. But some of those news reports are fake - and that's by design. The catalyst was reported to be K.T. McFarland, the Deputy National Security Advisor, giving Trump a meme that uses a fabricated Time Magazine cover. "The broader point I think was accurate", the official said.


Priebus and White House staff secretary Rob Porter have tried to implement a system to manage and document the paperwork Trump receives.

"Are you moving so quickly that your communications department can not keep up with you?"

Politico noted two other instances in which a well-placed article caused major changes: Trump reportedly personally intervened to stop the hiring of Elliot Abrams as deputy secretary of state after someone in Trump's "orbit" showed him Abrams' criticism of him in the Weekly Standard.


The Presidential Records Act of 1978-passed in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's own notorious tapes-requires presidents to archive any recordings made inside the White House, and to release the tapes to members of Congress if ever subpoenaed.

President Donald Trump was accused of leaking highly classified information to Russian officials, and White House officials wanted to fiercely rebut the charges. "I'm not sure anyone follows it". Brown told Politico. "But then it's up to the principal to decide how to handle it".

The report, which cites some of Trump's long time confidants and old friends in which he confides "after dark", holds that the President is being goaded into getting rid of much of his staff, and perhaps even some Cabinet members.


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