The Trump White House is the new normal

President Donald Trump has, throughout his life, embraced chaos as a life philosophy. (He’s like Littlefinger in that way.)

But now, chaos — spurred by surprise departures, the ongoing Russia investigation and Trump’s own grudge-nursing — is threatening to overwhelm his presidency, and there’s every reason to believe things will get worse, not better, in the coming days.

Here’s why: Trump is not only beset on all sides by bad stories — Russia investigations, a feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson’s taste for fine furniture, etc., etc. — but he is also forced to face these stories with an ever-diminishing group of loya

It’s a perfect storm for Trump — and not in a good way.

The descriptions coming out of the White House describing Trump’s state of mind over the last few days all paint a picture of a frustrated and angry executive who feels more and more isolated in his own White House.

Here’s how CNN’s White House team described the mood:

“The tumult of the past week has fueled a deep and seething anger within President Donald Trump — not an uncommon emotion for the insolent commander in chief — but one that allies and aides say has escalated as he faces a new gauntlet of problems.”

Axios’ Mike Allen put it this way:

“After a crazy 24 hours, sources close to President Trump say he is in a bad place — mad as hell about the internal chaos and the sense that things are unraveling.”

Even longtime Trump defender — and 10-day White House communications director — Anthony Scaramucci acknowledged in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday morning that “the morale is terrible.”

On National news yesterday Gen. John Kelly said he’s being punished by God , describing his time at the White House. The remark anger d President Trump, but Donald Trump said it’s fake news he will leave even as Hope Hicks also took yesterday to resign and his Son in law had his security clearance lowered in priority.

What’s important is not that Trump is angry or thinks he is ill-served by staff. He thinks that pretty much all the time. What’s different this time is that three of the people he trusts most — his daughter Ivanka, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his longtime aide Hope Hicks — are either leaving him, left him or weathering problems that put them in weakened positions, at best, and in jeopardy of being forced to leave the White House, at worst.

Hicks’ decision to resign as communications director was clearly a blow to Trump on a personal level. Hicks’ title is far less important than how Trump regarded her: as a trusted loyalist who had been with him when everyone else thought his presidential candidacy was a joke. Outside of his immediate family, Trump trusted no one more and listened to no one more than Hicks.

Speaking of the President’s immediate family, they’ve had a rough run of things too. Ivanka’s trip to the Olympic closing ceremonies in South Korea raised the hackles of the likes of chief of staff John Kelly. And her response that it was “inappropriate” for a reporter to ask her about the sexual misconduct allegations against her father simply served to highlight the difficulty of simultaneously being the daughter of the President and a senior adviser to that President.

If Ivanka’s last few weeks have been bad, Kushner’s have been worse. First came the news that his security clearance had been downgraded by Kelly amid ongoing questions about Kushner’s ability to secure a permanent clearance. Then the news that countries had targeted Kushner as vulnerable to manipulation due to the complexity of his financial holdings. Then The New York Times reported Wednesday night that Kushner’s family had received $500 million in loans following meetings between Kushner and the heads of investment companies that made the loans.

The spate of stories on Kushner have occasioned talk that he might not be able to even approximate the job he has been assigned in the Trump White House and may have to move on — whether to Trump’s growing 2020 staff or return to the private sector.

Even if Javanka stays put — and yes, it’s totally fair to consider them a matching set — it’s not clear they are in any sort of position to talk Trump down when he is angry or frustrated — or both. They are dealing with problems of their own, problems that distract them from giving their full attention to the President of the United States.

All of which means that Trump faces the most serious set of problems since the start of his presidency with fewer and fewer people he feels he can truly rely on.

And a lonely and cornered Trump rarely reacts well.

I keep thinking back to the early days of Trump’s time in the White House — when he was largely alone and unhappy. This, from a stunning New York Times story in February of 2017, is the image that sticks in my head:

“Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.”

his behaviour is folly for late night talk shows and day time pundents which has gone from funny to mean spirited as his base is slowly dwindling away even though he has filed papers for his re election campaign in 2020 which is slipping away from him each time he shoots himself in the feet.

While the White House denied that Trump wandered around the White House in his bathrobe and Melania and Barron have since moved to Washington, there’s little question that the more isolated Trump gets — or feels — the more he gives in to his most basic instinct: score-settling via Twitter.

Without the likes of Hicks to rein him in, we are likely headed into an even more chaotic moment for Trump. Unleashed to say and do what he wants when he wants — and increasingly convinced that he is being victimized by, well, everyone — Trump is likely to get even more unpredictable in the weeks to come.

That’s a prospect that has to terrify Republicans, who are desperately trying to hold on to their House and, to a lesser extent, Senate majorities in November. But they better get used to it. It’s likely to be the new normal.

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14 comments

  1. CNN is full of shit. those people lie and love liberals. Trump has done more good for this country in business than any other president in history. stock market is booming! jobs being created. he’s still mopping up the mess obama left. for those that don’t like it move to any communist country and be a socialist. this country is founded on hard and smart workers being rewarded! not sitting around expecting a hand out. just because parents today tell their kids its OK to do what you want its not your fault, its not the way things are. this news is full of those types daily,,,, drugs, women beaters, thieves, welfare scammers and so on. just because soccer moms made it where everyone gets a trophy today- when your an adult it does not work that way!! memorializing drug addicts who died is another example—- oh its not their fault its a disease total BS! todays lack of responsibility for your actions get you no place. your church priest preachers or who ever tell you another died for your sins and plant in your heads to pass the responsibility on to others also. democrats want their followers to let the leadership think for them, lead the sheep around. just like religion they rule threw fear. you create your life not anyone else. you don’t like trump well then get off your ass make something of your self and become president! only person stopping you is yourself!

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  2. wrong! the christian MYTH was created to give slaves the idea of a salvation in the afterlife. lets see. you don’t follow the rules your threatened with going to hell to spend eternity in fire and brimstone. if you study history these christians have been the bloodiest religion ever in the history of mankind. you don’t convert your threatened to be killed by the church. complete cultures have been wiped out by these crazy bastards! no fear there either hmmmmm. read you bible all 86,000 versions all tell you about the death and destruction upon non believers and those who do not follow their teachings. don’t you find it amazing this religion was created about the time money came into the world. the church ruled most of the world and because of free thinkers tired of the lies this country was created. if christianity is not about power and greed and fear of destruction ( yes the end of times in the bible) then why is the catholic church the richest business in the world and last to help by giving money out in aid in natural disasters they preach god has created ( more fear to do good so your not next) try using your brain to think this out and truly do research on this, because this religion is the ancient sun god religion of old, with stories told by the sumarians. I still want to see a boat with two of everything thats 300 feet long. so keep donations going on sundays those victims of child molesting priest need the money ! oh and the jesus thing was written about 300 years after he supposed to have lived. the romans kept track of everyone they staked out, jesus name was never in their records.

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    • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is a twisted doctrine and so are a lot of churches, but that is not who CHRIST IS. GOING TO HEAVEN is not about following the rules, but it is about believing in JESUS as the son of God whom died on the cross to take our sins on him. I DON’T care what religion you call yourself if you are not believing that JESUS is the way, you are going to hell. MAN can never be good enough to get there on our own GOOD DEEDS, praying to MARY, kissing crosses, confession to some priest and a host of other things people use to make themselves fell better are not the answer.

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  3. so by your logic Donald Trump is the second coming of Jesus, he offers love and salvation for everyone and he sacrificed himself for the greater good of mankind !

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  4. I don’t try to convince people of CHRIST. ALL this stuff you posted is man trying to interpret their doctrine of GOD which is the same thing you are trying to do. AS CHRISTIANS, we believe in CHRIST AS the savior by faith and he is the only way to heaven by his taking on the sins of the world so we can be saved. MAN can not do anything to save himself. OUR sins are forgiven by CHRIST. BELIEVE as you wish, but some day you will stand in front of him and the way you are now you will be going to hell.

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    • I am not your brother and yes your are a perverted little man with a big mouth that can not get your brain out of your pants.

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      • Brother clearly your not my brother that shit would be incest which macho isn’t into brother. But since the passing of miss Elizabeth I just could use someone even some arrogant high and mighty morphin Christ warrior like yourself Willy. All this slim Jim and you don’t even want the tip wle?

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