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He Was the Walrus, Goo Goo Ga Joob

Posted on | September 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

 

They are the egg men:

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had fired national security adviser John Bolton after a string of disagreements over how the U.S. should handle North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.
Trump announced on Twitter that he had asked for Bolton’s resignation on Monday night, saying he had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.”
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump said on Twitter.

Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, who quotes J.P. Freire: “Press is about to go from ‘John Bolton is a radical warmonger who never should be permitted near the Oval Office’ to ‘This is a story of how a reasonable, respected expert was dismissed by a chaotic, megalomaniacal Administration, and whatever his critique is, we agree!’” In other words, everything Trump does is wrong, because Orange Man Bad!

Ace of Spades has a nice explanation of the staffing problems that have plagued the Trump administration:

[Trump] had to rely heavily on Establishment GOP and NeverTrumpers to serve as his top staffers, and those people then got to pick the next level of staffers and the levels after that.
These people made sure that their people — GOPe people, NeverTrump people — got in to the Trump Administration, and that the few conservatives with government experience or subject-matter expertise who were actually Trumpites were kept out.
I know a guy who had a great deal of experience in diplomacy and was a day one Trump supporter. And I mean a public supporter; he put his name to it.
He was literally told, “That’s going to count against you” when he sought a State Department posting under Trump, the man he had publicly supported.
And in fact it did; he was given the runaround in his interview process until anti-Trump forces could fill the job that Trump wanted him to have with an anti-Trumper.
So Trump doesn’t have a lot of people he can call upon to serve, and a lot of the people who he could call upon have already been frozen out by the anti-Trump political staffers he put in place because he had few other options.

In other words, because most veteran GOP operatives were anti-Trump, once these operatives established themselves within the administration, they made it impossible for Trump to hire people who might actually be loyal to him. So the President is surrounded by people who never wanted him to be President, and who are deliberately sabotaging his presidency.



 

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