Last week, the political world was taken by surprise by yet another abrupt departure from the White House, that of longtime presidential confidante and strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon’s departure comes after a large number of other officials have also left D.C. Those to leave before Bannon include two communications directors, press secretary Sean Spicer, and the White House public liaison director — among many others.
The question, though is why other administration officials haven’t left D.C. yet. What motivates those who have stayed to actually stay?
Mike Allen, who works at Axios, has an answer. He spoke to a number of top administration officials on the condition he wouldn’t reveal their identity, and what they had to say to him about why they have chosen to stay in D.C. is truly disturbing.
Allen identifies those who he spoke to as “a half dozen senior administration officials… [who] all work closely with Trump and his senior team.”
These people, who Allen says include some who are “disgruntled and likely soon to leave,” tell Axios that the public has “no idea how much crazy stuff we kill.”
‘The most common response centers on the urgent importance of having smart, sane people around Trump to fight his worst impulses. If they weren’t there, they say, we would have a trade war with China, massive deportations, and a government shutdown to force construction of a Southern wall.’
In truth, it’s not really that surprising of a response from senior administration officials to the question of why they are still in D.C. Trump has lost the support of much of his core base, but he’s still the president, so these people are working in the compromise area that has to be made in order to keep the country functional.
Indeed, many of those in Trump’s Cabinet have a lot more experience with their respective areas of work than the president has with any area of government work. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for example, has long worked as a financier, albeit as a corrupt one. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has worked in government and law for decades — although he’s peddled racist garbage the whole time.
Now, however, we have insight into why these men are still on board with the infamously inept president. They are keeping him from running the country into the ground more than he is, because although they may hold repugnant views, many of them aren’t incompetent like the president and his personal inner circle.
Although Allen doesn’t seem to have spoken to Cabinet officials directly, the same line of reasoning may no doubt extend to them as to why they haven’t left. It’s not even as though the Trump Administration is a competent vehicle for the implementation of the Republican agenda. It’s not, because Donald Trump truly does not know what he is doing, and he doesn’t care to find out.
Only one administration official has “broken” and clearly indicated that he has “had enough” of the president’s incompetence. Earlier this year, Sean Spicer announced his resignation from the job he then had as Trump’s Press Secretary in protest of the president’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to the job of White House Communications Director.
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