Donald Trump’s insecurities about the leaks, setbacks, scandals, and controversies so soon into his time in office have him making some extremely irrational decisions. His guilty conscience about the poor choices he has made previously led to him authorizing Sean Spicer to shake down staff and monitor their mobile devices.
Within his first 40 days in office Trump publicly blamed the FBI for leaks that no other person in his position has seem to have had issues with to the extent Trump is experiencing:
The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
While Trump boasts about how great of a job his administration is doing thus far, information about the goings on of him and his staff, continues to be leaked. And the information being disclosed, isn’t good. That lack of confidentiality has become social media fodder as evidence by the tweets below:
@kylegriffin1 So the meeting about leaks, leaked?
— Kathy Chapman (@KathyPolensky) February 26, 2017
@kylegriffin1 This certainly sounds like what you do when your administration is running like a well oiled machine.
— Matt Alsdorf (@alsmattdorf) February 26, 2017
Checking cell phones is one thing, but The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration has sunk to an all time low, even for Trump. Spies, moles, informants – whatever you want to call them, Trump has hired people to work at various government agencies for the sole purpose of reporting back to him.
These ‘political appointees,’ as they’re being called, don’t seem to be well-liked. EPA headman, Scott Pruitt is reported to have put his Trump mole out of meetings and kept him out of others. Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis’ babysitter is said to have been nicknamed “the commissar,” the name given to Soviet Communist officials who kept watch over military units to ensure officers were loyal.
Even more disgusting than these most recent steps being taken by the Trump administration is the excuses being made for these actions. Former Trump campaign adviser, Barry Bennett excused Trump’s inexcusable behavior by arguing:
‘Especially when you’re starting a government and you have a changeover of parties when policies are going to be dramatically different, I think it’s something that’s smart. Somebody needs to be there as the White House’s man on the scene. Because there’s no senior staff yet, they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.’
Bennett’s attempt to defend Trump makes no sense, though. From Clinton to George W. Bush, then Bush to Obama, there were drastic changes in political views, leadership styless, and even personalities, yet none of these former Presidents used the spy tactic that Trump is putting in place. Moreover, the mere fact that Trump feels he has to resort to such invasive practices to ensure that his staffers are doing what they’re supposed to do, says more about him than it does about the people he is spying on.
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