(National Sentinel) Politics: After four months of the most tumultuous start to a new presidency ever, it should come as no surprise that Donald J. Trump doesn’t have much love for establishment Washington.
The Democrats are insane, many in his own party are also working to thwart his agenda, and he can’t trust anyone. It’s why he brought in some of his own family members to the White House.
That lack of trust is compounded every single time someone leaks something to the press, often from his inner circle. The leaking, quite frankly, is unprecedented as well, and it is, in large part, responsible for much of the tumult.
But Trump’s inability to trust anyone is precisely why he did not tell his staffers he planned to fire former FBI Director James Comey, The Daily Caller – citing an Associated Press report, noted:
President Trump’s decision to keep his staff in the dark regarding his firing of then-FBI director James Comey was motivated by his concern that staffers would leak the news to the press, according to a report in the Associated Press.
While weighing whether or not to fire Comey, Trump kept his staffers out of the loop because he feared “that his own team would leak the decision,” according to the AP. Trump gave the White House communications team just one hour’s notice of Comey’s firing, leading to a poor public defense of the decision.
When Trump did tell his staffers of Comey’s firing, the news leaked to the press before Trump’s letter firing Comey could arrive at the FBI’s Washington, D.C. office.
After the firing, the Washington Post claimed to be quoting – anonymously, of course – an astounding thirty sources from within the White House including “the Justice Department, the FBI and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants and other senior Republicans” for its story, “Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey.”
And of course, no one portrayed Trump positively, or his decision to let Comey go.
In an interview over the weekend, Trump lashed out especially at “hypocrite” Democrats who hated Comey for what they say he did to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidential election (he didn’t – she was just a lousy candidate) – before switching gears and claiming that Trump fired Comey to thwart his investigation into the [bogus] Russia-Trump “collusion” story.
And he’s right, they are hypocrites. Actually they’re worse, but that word will have to do in this forum.
In any event, Trump now fully realizes just how grotesque and pervasive the Washington swamp really is, and he’s going to have to tighten his inner circle even more if he wants to survive. And in fact, reports suggest he’s preparing to do that.
The fact it got out that he’s even considering such a shake up again proves the point about the leaks and who the president can and cannot trust.
“We never got 1 damaging leak out of Obama White House staff in 8 yrs. Under Trump, they appear hourly. BIG DANGER: Small leaks sink ships!!” conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge tweeted last week.
He’s 100 percent correct. That should tell you the swamp is real and it protects those who seek to protect and perpetuate it, but will try to destroy those who seek to drain it.