Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What did Donald Trump do today?

He whistled past the graveyard of empty offices in the White House.

A great deal of Trump's tweeting and public appearances today dealt with the chaos--or, as he preferred to call it, "energy"--in the West Wing. "I read where, oh, gee, maybe people don't want to work for Trump," he said early this afternoon, before adding that there would always be plenty of people who "want a piece of that West Wing."

A few hours later, the resignation of Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, was announced.

It's most likely that Trump's comments were made in reference to Cohn's departure, but there are at least a few other senior executive branch officials who jumped ship that he might have had in mind: Michael Flynn (National Security Adviser), Mike Dubke (Communications Director #1), Sean Spicer (White House Press Secretary and Communications Director #2), Reince Priebus (Chief of Staff), Anthony Scaramucci (Communications Director #3), Steve Bannon (Chief Strategist), Tom Price (Secretary of Health and Human Services), Omarosa Manigault Newman (Director of Communications, Office of Public Liaison), Sebastian Gorka (Deputy Assistant to the President), Rob Porter (Staff Secretary), Hope Hicks (Communications Director #4), Dina Powell (Deputy National Security Adviser), Michael Short (Senior Assistant Press Secretary), Walter Shaub (Director of the Office of Government Ethics), James Comey (FBI Director), Sally Yates (Acting Attorney General), Josh Raffel (Deputy Communications Director), Rick Dearborn (Deputy Chief of Staff), George Sifakis (Director, Office of Public Liaison), Ezra Cohen-Watnick (Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council), Vivek Murthy (Surgeon General) Katie Walsh (Deputy Chief of Staff), Brenda Fitzgerald (Director of the Centers for Disease Control), Andrew McCabe (FBI Deputy Director), Rachel Brand (Associate Attorney General), K.T. McFarland (Deputy National Security Adviser), Keith Schiller (Director of Oval Office Operations), Robin Townley (Senior Director for Africa, National Security Council), Joseph Yun (Special Representative for North Korean Policy), Elaine Duke (Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security), Andy Hemming (White House Director of Rapid Response), and Richard Ledgett (Deputy Director of the National Security Agency) among others.

Why is this a problem?

  • Just because somebody, somewhere would be willing to work in the White House just to "get a piece of it" doesn't mean that everything is fine.