President Donald Trump, they say, is a “clueless child.”
“They” are not Democrats or other supporters of Hillary Clinton. They are not one of the American voters who gave Clinton a 2.9 million edge in the popular vote last November.
They are White House insiders, Trump’s people, and Republicans who now realize the pig in the poke they supported in the 2016 Presidential election is an uninformed, untrained and undisciplined danger to the future of America.
Writes Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post:
All White Houses leak. Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small. But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the “real” story or about why the chief executive made a mistake in regard to some decision he made.
That said, I’ve never seen so much leaking so quickly — and with such disdain for the president — as I have in the first six days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Both the Post and The New York Times find White House sources privately admitting their frustrations about Trump and his erratic actions in the first days of his presidency.
Sources for Capitol Hill Blue tell us the same.
Trump aides admit they would like to take away his telephone and Twitter access. They say the new President has “a fixation” with illusionary voter fraud and “an obsession” with proving his inauguration crowd was much larger than photos prove was not.
He acts on often irrational impulse, demanding creation of an illusion already disproven by facts and an aggressive media that has been turned by his grandiose and exaggerated claims.
A man who reads little, Trump spends too time, aides admit, watching partisan cable television shows, listening to hard core advisors like former Bretbart CEO Steve Bannon and angered by aides who call him a “feckless child in need of guidance.”
“He shouts, berates and cusses a lot,” says one source.
“Trump doesn’t seem like the type who will enjoy his advisors talking about him like he’s a child to The New York Times for long,” tweets Tim Miller, former campaign spokesman for Jeb Bush.
The day after his inauguration, when media reported relatively low turnout for his swearing in and other inaugural activities, Trump ordered acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds to come up with photos that could prove larger crowds.
Trump was also pissed over a Twitter retweet that showed side by side photos that showed his smaller crowd against the record 1.8 million that attended Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Reynolds forwarded additional photos but they could not show what Trump wanted: Photographic proof of a larger crowd that didn’t exist. Trump, of course, was not happy, and his new administration ordered the Department of the Interior to shut down Twitter platforms immediately and “until further notice.”
The directive was lifted a day later but the message was clear to all: Don’t embarrass the new President with truth.
“He’s like a kindergarten school kid who cries in a tantrum until someone gives him what he wants,” says a long-time Interior employee who, understandably, will not speak on the record.
Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer claims White House officials did not dictate any agency to impose new restrictions on public communications.
This, of course, is the same Sean Spicer who on the Saturday after the inauguration, claimed: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”
Photos proved otherwise for in-person attendance and Nielsen ratings showed broadcast audiences ranked seventh in televised Presidential inaugurations.
Facts, however, do not matter to the clueless child who sits behind the big desk in the Oval Office of 1600 Pennsylvania in Washington.
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