The Washington Post has a feature story on President Trump saying he’s supposedly furious at his administration being a mess. It’s interesting that people are leaking the information to the Post when leaks are one of the issues that have Trump in a rage.
From the WaPo:
Trump was mad — steaming, raging mad.
Trump’s young presidency has existed in a perpetual state of chaos. The issue of Russia has distracted from what was meant to be his most triumphant moment: his address last Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. And now his latest unfounded accusation — that Barack Obama tapped Trump’s phones during last fall’s campaign — had been denied by the former president and doubted by both allies and fellow Republicans.
When Trump ran into Christopher Ruddy on the golf course and later at dinner Saturday, he vented to his friend. “This will be investigated,” Ruddy recalled Trump telling him. “It will all come out. I will be proven right.”
“He was pissed,” said Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative media company. “I haven’t seen him this angry.”
It’s quite the change when at the end of January when Trump loved the chaos within his administration. Seems like such a long time ago when Trump thought he’d be able to run the White House like did ‘The Apprentice.’ Just over a month later, Trump is learning the hard way that chaos is not okay for a Presidency.
The Post story goes in some depth, and it’s worth reading it all. This part about Sessions sticks out:
Inside the West Wing, Trump’s top aides were furious with the defenses of Sessions offered by the Justice Department’s public affairs division and felt blindsided that Sessions’s aides had not consulted the White House earlier in the process, according to one senior White House official.
Shouldn’t the White House have called the Justice Department’s people as soon as the news broke to determine how it should be handled?
It goes on:
Then, a few hours after Trump had publicly defended his attorney general and said he should not recuse himself from the Russia probe, Sessions called a news conference to announce just that — amounting to a public rebuke of the president.
Back at the White House on Friday morning, Trump summoned his senior aides into the Oval Office, where he simmered with rage, according to several White House officials. He upbraided them over Sessions’s decision to recuse himself, believing that Sessions had succumbed to pressure from the media and other critics instead of fighting with the full defenses of the White House.
Once again, the lack of coordination is a problem. It is easily avoided with a phone call or a brief meeting to discuss options. When the President fosters an environment of “anything goes,” he cannot get annoyed when it doesn’t go his way.
Naturally, a large part of President Trump’s problems stems from his impetuousness. He reads a story in Breitbart on a Saturday morning, and he tweets how he “just found out” President Obama allegedly tapped his phones.
That is his problem.
He needs to stop tweeting when reads a Breitbart article or sees something on ‘Fox and Friends.’ His defenders quickly say, “When he tweets, he is bypassing the media, and that’s a good thing!”
How is that possible? The entire “wiretap” flap consuming the news (and not in a good way for him) is the direct result of his Saturday morning tweeting. Then the media begins to report on it to which the same defenders bellow about “fake news.” They cannot have it both ways. They can’t cheer on Trump when he tweets the way he does and then complains the media is digging into his allegations.
President Trump can avoid so much if he only stopped stepping on his d**k by tweeting his outrage. He should take a deep breath before opening Twitter on this phone.