aside Leaks From Aides In The White House May Be A Cry For Help

Dave Granlund / politicalcartoons.com

If the republican President Donald Trump’s new Chief of Staff General John Kelly can bring order and discipline to a White House in chaos, maybe all those pesky leaks that the president hates, will end.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 1, 2017, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post penned the following analysis, “Trump aides’ stunning cry for help: Admitting the president misled the American people.”

Excerpts:

“President Trump hates leaks. He has even attacked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for not investigating them aggressively enough.”

“But oftentimes with Trump, a leak isn’t just a leak; it’s an effort to save him from himself.”

“Such is the case with The Washington Post’s big scoop Monday night that Trump personally dictated the highly misleading initial statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. Anonymous White House advisers said they had settled on a plan to be transparent about the meeting, only to have the president come in at the 11th hour and decide to try and withhold the whole truth. The result, at Trump’s personal direction, was a statement that claimed the meeting was about adoption, when in fact the stated purpose of it was opposition research —  from the Russian government — about Hillary Clinton.”Image result for cartoons with trump and leaks

 

“Check out this detailed blow-by-blow about how the Trump team responded to the New York Times learning about the meeting:”

“[White House director of strategic communications Hope] Hicks also spoke by phone with Trump Jr. Again, say people familiar with the conversations, [Jared] Kushner’s team concluded that the best strategy would be to err on the side of transparency, because they believed the complete story would eventually emerge.

The discussions among the president’s advisers consumed much of the day, and they continued as they prepared to board Air Force One that evening for the flight home.

But before everyone boarded the plane, Trump had overruled the consensus, according to people with knowledge of the events.

It remains unclear exactly how much the president knew at the time of the flight about Trump Jr.’s meeting.

The president directed that Trump Jr.’s statement to the Times describe the meeting as unimportant. He wanted the statement to say that the meeting had been initiated by the Russian lawyer and primarily was about her pet issue — the adoption of Russian children.”

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“And now look at these comments from anonymous advisers:”

“This was . . . unnecessary,” said one of the president’s advisers, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. “Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.”

And here:

“Trump, advisers say, is increasingly acting as his own lawyer, strategist and publicist, often disregarding the recommendations of the professionals he has hired.”

“He refuses to sit still,” the presidential adviser said. “He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.”

And this:

“Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal risk for a cover-up. In his mind, they said, there is nothing to conceal.”

“The White House’s first six months, of course, have been littered with internal leaks. Many of them are owed to the warring factions within the West Wing and dissension in the broader administration. But every so often you see this kind of leak: the send-a-message-to-the-boss leak — the spreading of unhelpful information about the president because advisers see no other way to make it stop.”

“And even in that line of reporting, this is a pretty remarkable cry for help. In this story, they’re admitting that he is personally responsible for deliberately misleading the American people about a major topic of the Russia investigation. They’re saying that he did something that could very well be construed as a cover-up and could damage his legal defense. The reason? Because they apparently can’t prevail upon him in person and they think he simply doesn’t get what kind of jeopardy he is putting himself in.”

“Part of it may simply be exasperation, as well. When you, as a White House staffer, continue to have to put up with the boss’s unpredictable whims and furthering of unhelpful story lines (i.e. Russia was on my mind when I fired FBI Director James B. Comey), it’s liable to lead to this kind of leaking.”

“Trump will surely view this as an effort by the deep state and/or the media to undermine him. He’d be better off understanding it for what it is: a desperate effort to help him help himself. After all, in this case, the advisers were right. The truth all came out in rather short order, and Trump only made it worse.”

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8 comments

  1. Interesting take … but frankly, I do not feel sorry for any of his aides and advisors. They knew what Trump was, knew what they were getting into, yet they took the job and they are still there, so they have effectively thrown their lot in with his by choice. That said, however, given the complete lack of transparency via official channels, we really rely on those ‘leakers’ to provide real information. The daily press briefings are a joke, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is nothing but a mouthpiece and we are getting nothing of value from her. So, my fear is that if Gen. Kelly is able to put a stop to the leaks, the press will have a much harder time finding out what is actually being done that affects us and our country.

    Good post Gronda! Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      As the chaos continues. so will the leaks. It would be great if General Kelly were able to better manage DDT but that is mission impossible. As long as that is the case, chaos will continue as DDT is its cause.

      What I am hoping is that General Kelly can mitigate the harm that DDT is so capable of doing.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I just came up, in my feeble old mind, with the perfect solution how to manage DDT!!! Why hasn’t anybody in the WH thought of this before??? Slip a tranquilizer into his kibble … er, food! Nothing to cause illness, coma or death, mind you, just something to calm him and soothe his unstable temperament! A bit at breakfast, some more at lunch, and by dinner he should be quite mellow! 😀 😀 😀

        Hugs!!!!

        • Dear Jill,

          I am certain that the thought has crossed more than one mind, but if he became too mellow there would be idiots who would not allow for this. But it is a lovely fantasy. Actually, I think it would be a great solution.

          He has a sister who is very stable and a federal judge. You notice that she is never in the picture. I’ve often wondered what she thinks about all of this.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • Yes, I saw an article about her a while back, and she actually seemed like a sane, normal human being! He also has another daughter who stays pretty much out of the picture … there may yet be hope for her. But the rest? Poof … begone with them! Hugs, my friend!

  2. Gronda, I found it interesting with Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ press conference today (as she corrected what Trump’s attorney said the day before that Trump did not have anything to do with Junior’s statement) that she said this all media contrived fake news.

    No ma’am it is not. The President said there was no involvement with the campaign and Russians trying to influence the election. Junior and Jared’s meeting confirmed that is not true. Now, Senior admitted influencing a false statement by his son (and is accused of discussing it with advisors and dictating it) after changing his story three times of Senior’s awareness of the meeting. Ms. Sanders, this is not contrived because the source is one Donald J. Trump. And, that source is building a case of obstruction of justice against himself. That is the story. Keith

    • Gronda, I rarely felt that Obama’s press people had to outright lie. Now, I expect it under this White House. That is sad to quote the President. Keith

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