Friday, July 07, 2017

The war within the White House intensifies as top advisers assemble their own teams to push their own agendas.

Courtesy of Politico:

President Donald Trump won office on promises to shake up how Washington works, and so far that’s been most apparent in his own West Wing, where his top advisers have built up personal staffs to support their own agendas instead of using a traditional White House policy and messaging operation. 

Chief strategist Steve Bannon has two special assistants, a deputy assistant, an executive assistant and a body man working in his “war room” — plus his external press hand, something his predecessors under President Barack Obama, David Axelrod and David Plouffe, never had while working in the White House. 

Senior adviser Jared Kushner has two staffers working directly below him, as well as another five in the newly created Office of American Innovation who are focused on his portfolio of White House issues. Included in that mix is a communications adviser, Josh Raffel, a former Hollywood PR exec who previously repped Kushner’s real estate work. 

“It is a new development for a White House staffer to have their own individual PR people,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary during George W. Bush’s first term.

Guess who else has their own personal staff people.   

Senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, whose portfolio spans opioids, veterans issues and communications, has a chief of staff, Renee Hudson, who manages one person below her. Hudson, who has the title of deputy assistant to the president, was a chief of staff to Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and is considered a strong policy aide to Conway, taking the lead on many of her issues, including opioid abuse and military spouse employment. Even more critically, she fills in for Conway at senior meetings when she’s traveling around the country advocating for Trump’s agenda at rallies. 

Ivanka Trump also has a chief of staff, Julie Radford, who holds the title of special assistant to the president and manages only a single person below her.

As Obama’s chief strategist, Axelrod had two special assistants and an executive assistant underneath him. Plouffe had a deputy senior adviser and two special assistants when he took over the role — half as many dedicated staffers as Bannon or Kushner have. 

The extensive personal offices also illustrate the distrust among top West Wing officials in the White House communications shop, which is stocked with loyalists to chief of staff Reince Priebus who used to work with him at the Republican National Committee. 

“There is no trust in the current structure to defend everyone equally,” said one White House official. 

Nothing says unified message like each member of a team hiring their own staff members to push through THEIR agendas.

Trump is running his White House like they used to structure those episodes of The Apprentice, which pitted contestants against each other.

But that was a stupid reality show, these are the people who are supposed to be solving problems and keeping the country safe.

There has been infighting in the White House before, but I think that this time there might actually be a body count. 


  1. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Hmm, reading this I am struck by the difference and chaos we are subjected to contrasting Axelrod, Plouffe compared to Conway. Obama and his chief staff were on the same page unlike the Trump administration lie and contradict staff. I realize
    Each president would chose people who operate like them.

    The fact that Trump's chiefs have their own agendas to work on does not strike me as problematic. However the highly manipulative aka liars and unqualified are the issues driving chaos we witness daily including their leader.

  2. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Our tax dollars...they are all out to fill their pockets and damage the country

  3. Anonymous6:06 AM

    Agenda$:" Kobach’s data request was overly broad: It asked for data that some states cannot provide to the federal government by law. Kobach knows this; he runs an organization called Interstate Crosscheck through which states share their voter file data to help election officials clean up voter registration rolls. He knows that states that participate in Crosscheck have to pass enabling legislation in order to share voter data. He knows states can’t share that data with his commission."One visible bullet point mentioned amending the NVRA. It’s on Kobach’s agenda." If Congress repeals those rules, states can purge their voter rolls—and even require individuals to register for EACH election that they wish to participate in."

    1. Anonymous6:37 AM

      "Katherine Harris removed thousands of Black men from the voter rolls of Florida in 2000, falsely tagging them "felons.">{BUSH/CHENEY win...}

    2. Anonymous6:57 AM

      Paper Ballots:

  4. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Dear President Dumbass,

    Regarding your comment the the US and Europe needs more religion. Yeah, ah, NO. Now go fuck yourself with that big black dildo Melania owns.

  5. Anonymous7:01 AM

    International Agenda>

  6. Anonymous7:07 AM

    And We The People are PAYING for all this, as Trig might say "BULLSHIT"?


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