Saturday, May 13, 2017

The tweets give DJT's own staff the big-time jitters

It's getting to the point where working in the West Wing amounts to one big collective cringe:

It was 7:51 a.m. eastern time on a Friday, and the president was angrily tweetstorming again.
This time, it was about “Fake News,” “the Russians,” China and beef, James Comey and “tapes,” and his sometimes hapless White House staff.
“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!” @realDonaldTrump posted. “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
Senior administration officials have grown accustomed to learning about their boss’s whims in unorthodox ways but it doesn’t mean they like it or are prepared for the sudden swings of emotion. For instance, one official was having a conversation with a Daily Beast reporter on Friday morning when the reporter interrupted the official to inform them that Trump was on Twitter again.
After a brief pause to check Twitter, the senior Trump aide informed of the unfolding rant, responded, “Jesus.”

One staffer sums it up memorably:

“It’s not that we don’t know what the president wants to say, it’s that the president doesn’t know what the president wants to say,” the staffer said.
And, sad to say, I think Matthew Continetti is right when he concludes that Squirrel-Hair thrives on this crisis atmosphere.


  1. I do not agree President Squirrel is unread. To the contrary read very well in selective areas. On a battle field leading planned confusion is advantageous, not necessarily long sighted. Likely vulnerable to counter confusion.

    Cyber attack looks suspiciously like US based from here. Just a readers opinion.

  2. I'll probably blog about that cyber attack in the next day or so. Pretty wild stuff. What was it, 74 countries?

    But with regard to Trump and his Twitter problem, I am thoroughly convinced that we can dispense with the idea that he is playing some kind of multidimensional chess.

  3. Ok it is multi dimensional checkers. There is an old idea of retirees here in Florida that say's when they retire here they move several times, hoping from tree to tree like squirrels. President Squirrel reminds of that.