Who is in charge? Nikki Haley gives a strong anti-Russia speech at the U.N. Secretary of Defense off to Japan. Secretary of State takes the helm. They all make their own cases in direct opposition to the President’s. Senators call ambassadors to smooth over commander-in-chief’s nasty phone calls to foreign leaders. Generals crash press briefings with macho proclamations to Iran. Trump whisperers lurking in the White House behind curtains all over the place. Nope. Even Frank Underwood couldn’t make this up.
Steve Bannon. The President In Effect. A guy who made big bucks investing in Seinfeld. Editor of alt-right Breitbart. Conspiracy theorist and closet racist. Puppetmaster of populism. Trump whisperer. National Security Council interloper. Anti-Muslim executive order architect. Xenophobe-in-Chief. Dangerous if left unchecked. Courts and Congress need to take action. Soon.
Trump does not take the weekend off. So buck up. Congress. Media. Saturday night protesters overtake airports as a poorly executed presidential order brought chaos to incoming immigrants. Where was the live coverage. CNN and Fox had taped pieces. MSNBC’s D-List anchors were giving false hope to fearful people as a result of incompetent information to local reporters. House and Senate were out of touch. They were golfing and such when they could have convened to right the serious wrong wrought by Bannon & Co. It’s a new world. Weekends off wreak havoc when Trump is always on.
Don’t blink. While Morning Joe & CNN are hand-wringing for hours on end, the story’s around the bend by 9 am. As journalists ponder and smirk and sigh over Trump’s latest tweet or random sound bite, they are derailed by noon. Numerous executive orders signed in the President’s first three days are already on a high speed track.
If cable and print outlets don’t keep up, the Trump train will have left the station and they will still be standing on the platform wondering why they missed it.
Yup. That’s right. In less than a week, the boring ritual of daily presidential briefings will be a thing of the past. Press secretary as obsolete as main stream media seats commanding the front row. If America wants to know what the President Trump is up to and thinks on any given day, wake up with the chirping birds and check out his very own latest tweets. If you want it’ll be okay to check out what his staff will say he really meant. But. Really. Twitter will be the virtual White House communications director. #WTF #UnPrecedential
Trump is concocting a sassy sauce of business and military cabinet picks. Many tethered to Vlad the Invader. Keep your enemies close? Hmmm. Foe or friend in the end? Interesting. Another Putin-phile, Exxon-Mobil’s Tillerson for State. Netanyahu on board. Is that bad?
Outrage. So many of these people have no government experience! Isn’t that the point? More private over public sector. New perspectives. That’s good. A mix of fresh tastes. Several women of varied backgrounds so far. Okay lots of rich white men. In any event. This will be different.
Trump’s named a new crew that will double down on blowing up the status quo. Disruptor-in-Chief at Brietbart will now commandeer a colossal assault on the establishment of both parties. Clintons. Bushes. McConnell. Ryan. Schumer. Pelosi. Take cover! Steve Bannon is at the helm.
Pivot this. Bannon and Kellyanne Conway will take Trump’s desire to remain ‘Trump’ to another crest. The unprecedential campaign will now go into hyper-sail. If he is going to win, it will be on his terms. This new tack will jibe to that.