Friday's HOT MIC
President Trump seems to thrive on chaos. The rest of the White House, maybe not so much.
Three headlines to three different stories -- all telling pretty much the same tale.
The first one comes from the New York Times, which is always eager to show the downside of any Republican administration. With that in mind, I've selected a part of the story which is "Just the facts, ma'am" stuff from the public record.
The dysfunction was on vivid display on Thursday in the president’s introduction of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The previous day, Mr. Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, warned the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, that he might resign if the president went ahead with the plan, according to people briefed on the discussion. Mr. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president, had lobbied fiercely against the measures.
His threat to leave came during a tumultuous week in which Mr. Trump suffered the departure of his closest aide, Hope Hicks, and the effective demotion of his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was stripped of his top-secret security clearance. Mr. Trump was forced to deny, through an aide, that he was about to fire his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.
Mr. Kelly summed up the prevailing mood in the West Wing. “God punished me,” he joked of his move from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House during a discussion to mark the department’s 15th anniversary.
When White House aides arrived at work on Thursday, they had no clear idea of what Mr. Trump would say about trade.
Call it dysfunction, call it Trump's management style, but it's usually worked for him. But that's in the comparatively slow-moving and low-stress worlds of TV production and real estate development. The White House operates at an entirely different level, and even smooth-running administrations chew people up and spit them out at an unsettling pace.
Maybe Trump can keep operating like this for another three or seven years -- he really does seem to thrive on it. But today's stories are almost enough to make you wonder if he's going to end up having to run the whole operation by himself.
The press obsession with President Trump's dietary habits is just...weird.
The GOP should never lose another election:
Stop the world...
Ever the optimist when it comes to the greatness of America, I like to believe that liberalism can't destroy this country. Then I read something like this. Principled conservatives can't get speaking gigs at universities but this traitor will be talking about ethics to a bunch of impressionable kids.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is in hot water after tipping off illegal aliens last weekend in advance of an ICE raid in Northern California. Thanks to Schaaf's efforts, than 850 illegal immigrants reportedly were able to elude deportation officers.
Now the Justice Department is reviewing her tip-off of the immigration raids, which led to 232 arrests.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Schaaf's actions are under "review."
"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that," Sanders told reporters on Thursday.
"The Oakland mayor's decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold," ICE's acting director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement Tuesday.
Speaking on "Fox and Friends," Homan added that the mayor's warning helped an estimated 800 "criminal aliens" avoid capture. He also said federal authorities were examining her actions.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale," he said.
Back in January, Schaaf boldly declared that she would be willing to go to jail to protect her city's Sanctuary City status.
She may just get her wish.