MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—Russian President Vladimir Putin is “starting to get concerned” that the puppets he installed in the executive branch of the U.S. government “might not be up to the task at hand,” sources confirmed on Tuesday.
“President Putin knew that this bunch didn’t have a lot of experience in government and that there were bound to be some growing pains,” the source said. “But geez.”
—Satire from the Borowitz Report
Yes it is a mess:
The chaos and competing factions that were a Trump trademark in business and campaigning now are starting to define his presidency, according to interviews with a dozen White House officials as well as other Republicans. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss internal White House dynamics and deliberations.
—The Washington Post, Upheaval is now is now standard operating procedure inside the White House
The article also says,
Upset about damaging leaks of his calls with world leaders and other national security information, Trump has ordered an internal investigation to find the leakers. Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app — Confide — that erases messages as soon as they’re read.
Fortunately, staffers haven’t stopped leaking even though they are being more careful.
There’s no excuse for letting an international crisis play out in front of a bunch of country club members like dinner theater. #FireFlynn
—Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), the leader of House Democrats
But Richard DeAgazio, one of the members dining at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, thought it was great. Someone texted him at dinner asking if he had heard of the North Korean missile test, and he looked over to the table where Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were having dinner and took pictures of the activity.
He posted the pictures on Facebook (now deleted, I’ve read) and wrote,
“HOLY MOLY!!! It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan. The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. The two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow. . . the center of the action!!!”
The New York Times shows some of the pictures DeAgazio posted on his Facebook page.
The White House claims no classified information was discussed in the unsecured dining room.
Never a dull moment. It sounds like great publicity for the Mar-a-Lago Club, don’t you think?
Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.
In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.
—Politico, Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government
It’s an interesting article about Trump’s challenges in adjusting.
It also says,
Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend and the chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, said “Running the federal government is something new for him, for sure.” But, Ruddy added, “I think if he’s demonstrated anything in his life, he is a very fast learner and adapts very quickly. The man is not to be underestimated.”
That, of course, is one big question. How will he adapt to his new environment?