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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Man Who Is His Own Communications Director Has a Fool for a Boss

.. and it sounds like Trump's going to do just that. Trump's Communications Director, Mike Dubke, is taking my advice and resigning after only three months:

Immediate changes are planned for White House messaging, including:
  • Sean Spicer will stay as press secretary, but will do fewer on-camera briefings (although he's on-camera today at 2 p.m.)

  • More briefings will be on-record but off-camera.

  • Trump is likely to travel more — at least once a week, some top officials hope.

  • Trump may take a few questions from the press when he's on the road, and will take more questions when he's appearing at photo ops with foreign leaders.
  • An official explained why Trump will do more of the talking for the White House: "He says things exactly the way he wants them to be said."
  • Translation: When he says it, he can't second-guess his staff.

He likes David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski because they're pugnacious in a way Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders can't credibly be. This also means he's closing ranks. That really can't be good for him. He's already way short-staffed his administration and the number of people he feels he can trust to work for him is shrinking. This is following the "war room" model strategy that's been rumored for the last few days:
President Donald Trump has been aggressively working the phones since returning this weekend from his foreign trip, talking to friends and outside lawyers as he obsesses over the deepening investigations into his aides and Russia.
Two White House officials said Trump and some aides including Steve Bannon are becoming increasingly convinced that they are victims of a conspiracy against Trump's presidency, as evidenced by the number of leaks flowing out of government — that the crusade by the so-called “deep state” is a legitimate threat, not just fodder for right wing defenders.
Still, Trump and his aides are starting to take the probes more seriously, seeking to establish a communications team dedicated to dealing with questions around the probe and beefing up his legal representation. And they've become more rattled by the idea that they don't know where the scandals are headed and who may be ensnared next.
“The more people talk to him about it, the more he obsesses about it,” said one outside adviser who is close to the president. The White House did not respond to requests for comment as to how Trump was spending his day after returning from the nine-day foreign trip the night before. 

This is starting to feel like the final act of Macbeth, which is an analogy that author Anthony Cappo made, somewhat ironically, on the same fateful day the Comey letter put Trump into office:

This is the tragedy Trump threatens to play out now.  I used to fear a Trump presidency and all the destruction—both domestically and internationally—it would bring. Now I fear the aftermath of a Trump loss. His supporters seem to be in no mood to accept a losing electoral verdict, to acquiesce to the “rigged system.” And Trump is stoking the flames, threatening to keep the nation “in suspense” as to whether he is going to accept the election results. He seems perfectly ready to bring the whole “estate o’ th’ world” down with him. If Trump continues to question the legitimacy of the election, the consequences could be unpredictable. We could be in for a post-election full of sound and fury, and maybe worse.

Let's see... Giuliani, Bannon, and Kushner are the witches, Hillary is Duncan, Obama is basically Banquo's Ghost, Putin is Lady Macbeth, and Trump seems to be on the verge of going (even more) mad. And Birnam Wood (the intel community) is clearly moving towards the White House.

Who will be MacDuff? Is James Comey not of woman born? How about Angela Merkel?

Just please don't cast Pence or Ryan as Malcolm. I wouldn't buy tickets to  that show.

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