The Trump administration ceaselessly chews up and spits out its officials like so many poorly masticated lumps of the president’s beloved Filet-o-Fish. Those foolish enough to accept a job working for our conman president invariably end up abused, shamed, reviled, and stained for life.
Trump himself has demonstrated time and again that he is more than willing to throw even his most loyal minions to the wolves if it means saving face personally. Because of this, the senior White House staff has been consistently degrading since Trump first took office. The A team — if there ever was such a thing in an administration such as this — was long ago replaced, followed by the departure of the B team and so on. We are now stuck with something like the D team or worst, composed of assorted sycophants, doddering former Fox News hosts, and jabbering morons.
This administrative decomposition shows no sign of slowing and according to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, more departures loom on the horizon. Not surprisingly, Trump is an abysmal boss and the toxic cloud of paranoia and disorganization hanging over the Oval Office has his staff exhausted. One former official described the atmosphere as “total misery” and said that the staff “feel trapped.” Another cited the president’s propensity for blaming everything on his staff as a cause of low morale throughout the West Wing.
“Trump is hated by everyone inside the White House,” a former Trump official told Sherman.
Beyond just his egotistical, rage-fueled demeanor, the president’s harebrained management style is a cause of frustration for those who work for him. Four different sources told Sherman that the only people whose counsel Trump values are his daughter Ivanka’s and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s, neither of whom have any government experience or really any basic, discernable talents.
“This is a family affair, and if you’re not in the family, you’ve got problems,” one former official explained.
Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is particularly peeved by the familial/mob nature of Trump’s rule and resents the access Kushner and Ivanka enjoy. Several sources told Sherman that Mulvaney hopes to shed his current role for a Cabinet position of some sort or perhaps even the University of South Carolina presidency.
Economic adviser Larry Kudlow is reportedly headed for the exit in roughly six months because he’s “really tired of it all” a source close to Kudlow told Sherman. One shudders to think what bottomfeeding troglodyte will replace a hack as terrible as Kudlow, but Trump will surely dredge something up, stick it in a suit, and wheel it into the White House.
One thing seems certain. The Trump administration will continue hemorrhaging officials and replacing them with even more incompetent Bizarro clones until the entire mess finally implodes.