White House Chief of Staff du Jour Mark Meadows is the latest Republican to not learn this lesson (NYT if you’re counting free articles).
But administration officials say he has been overwhelmed at times by a permanent culture at the White House that revolves around the president’s moods, his desire to present a veneer of strength and his need for a sense of control. It is why, no matter who serves as chief of staff, the lack of formal processes and the constant infighting are unavoidable facts of life for those working for Mr. Trump.
Unavoidable and screamingly obvious to anyone who has taken an interest in U.S. politics within the past three or four centuries. I mean years. It only seems like centuries.
In the case of Mr. Meadows, it has not helped him with his White House colleagues that the former North Carolina congressman, who has a reputation for showing his emotions, cried while meeting with members of the White House staff on at least two occasions. One instance was in the presence of a young West Wing aide; another time was with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Someone get this man a Fuck Your Feelings t-shirt!
At the same time, his grip on the White House is hardly tight. Mr. Meadows was caught off guard when the press office on Tuesday night blasted out a lengthy list of people who had been selected to be part of one of the groups advising Mr. Trump on reopening the country, according to two people briefed on the matter. That had happened at the direction of Mr. Kushner, who has played a leading role in the White House’s response to the virus, according to the people briefed on what took place.
The list turned into something of a debacle on Wednesday, with one corporate executive after another telling reporters they had learned they were on it when their names were announced. Some said they had never agreed to be a part of the effort.
Again, nothing unpredictable here. But DT keeps roping in WHCOS who won’t take the page from his playbook and sit on their ass and cash their checks. They have to bustle around doing stuff because they think he gives a shit.
Even Mr. Meadows’s allies have described him as reeling from the reality that working for the president is different than being Mr. Trump’s phone confidant.
Shitty enabler of addict distressed to discover enabling the addict does not change the addict’s behavior. LOL.
I hope he cries, a lot.