President Trumps staff lineup suffered some serious hits this week, with three major players out of the game.
Here’s how it went down so far:
On Monday President Donald Trump’s embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of Trump’s earliest campaign supporters, resigns over allegations that he broke the law in conversations with Russia.
Then on Wednesday Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, became another one of President Donald Trump’s failed cabinet picks when he withdrew from consideration for U.S. labor secretary. His decision to pull out was triggered by concerns from a growing number of Senate Republicans about decades-old allegations of spousal abuse and an admission that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally.
Finally on Thursday, Vice Admiral Robert Harward rejected President Trump’s offer to be the new national security adviser (replacing the fired Michael Flynn). Sources close to the situation told CBS News’ Major Garrett that Harward and the administration had a dispute over staffing the security council. Apparently Vice Admiral Harward demanded his own team, and the White House resisted (they said ‘No’).
Well, we can’t have everything our way. That is the Admiral or the President.
“I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos… Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”
In a quickly called news conference on Thursday, the president explained that the reason for the discord in his staff was the interfering by the ‘Media’ and leaks of ‘sensitive and secret government information. The president said “I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media”. He then continued, “The leaks are real. The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake…”
“I’m here again to take my message straight to the people. As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.”
Some observers were surprised at the somewhat strange news conference, saying it was a marked contrast with the normal dynamics of a presidential news conference, but vintage Trump nevertheless. He touted his own poll numbers, victory over Hillary Clinton and discussed cable TV ratings and panel discussions.
It can be noted that the appearance of the President was originally billed as an announcement of Trump’s new Labor Department secretary nominee Alexander Acosta. Didn’t happen – needless to say.
All in all, it was not your average day at the “Old Ball Game”.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in ‘Trumpville’ — mighty Donald has struck out.
– “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888”, by Ernest Thayer.