The president is seriously worried about the impeachment proceedings happening iWashington D.C. right now, and he is, in no way, trying to hide his fear. Not only does he have Republicans scrambling to disrupt the hearings at every turn, but he is wailing on his Twitter page every single day now, taking rare breaks to play golf.
The now public hearings are all anyone in America can talk about right now, as #impeachment trends on Twitter for weeks straight. Now that the GOP has demanded the hearings be made public, and Democrats gave them exactly what they wanted, Republicans, including Trump, are freaking out that the American people are hearing these very credible witnesses express that the president knowingly tried to extort Ukraine.
Trump himself just can’t handle the fact that these very respected diplomats are saying things about him that could be damaging, so naturally, instead of blaming himself for the illegal misdoings in the first place, he is placing blame on Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State.
It is State Department officials testifying against the president, and since Pompeo is head of the State Department, he must be to blame for what these patriots are saying happened between Trump and Ukraine.
Or they could just love their country.
According to a report from NBC:
Trump has fumed for weeks that Pompeo is responsible for hiring State Department officials whose congressional testimony threatens to bring down his presidency, the officials said. The president confronted Pompeo about the officials — and what he believed was a lackluster effort by the secretary of state to block their testimony — during lunch at the White House on Oct. 29, those familiar with the matter said.
Pompeo has long been one of Trump’s most trusted allies, and so the “rift” in this bromance is likely to snowball into an all-out name-calling spree on Twitter at the tiny fingers of Donald Trump. Trump yelling at people who won’t break the law for him only proves how psychologically unsound the president really is.
NBC remarks about the Trump/Pompeo relationship with quote, “a crack in the seemingly unbreakable bond between Trump and Pompeo is striking because Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, is viewed as the “Trump whisperer” who has survived — and thrived — working for a president who has routinely tired of and discarded senior members of his team.”
The NBC report continues:
Inside the White House, the view was that Trump “just felt like, ‘rein your people in,’” a senior administration official said.
Trump particularly blames Pompeo for tapping Ambassador Bill Taylor in June to be the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, the current and former senior administration officials said.
A White House official who prefers to remain anonymous says that Mike Pompeo is in a tough spot when it comes to the impeachment proceedings taking place. On one hand, he wants to do everything Trump requests, but on the other hand, he seemingly has an ounce of integrity and may value country over Trump.
He may also value not being hated for the rest of his life as a former member of Trump’s gestapo. Either way, the White House source says that Pompeo:
“feels like he’s getting a bunch of blame from the president and the White House for having hired all these people who are turning against Trump, and that it’s the State Department that is going to bring him down, so it’s all Pompeo’s fault.”
Lie with dogs. Get fleas.
The president has already publicly blamed Pompeo for the testimony of William Taylor when he said on mic that Pompeo “made a mistake” in hiring Taylor, a highly respected ambassador. Trump said to the press about Taylor, “Here’s the problem: He’s a never Trumper, and his lawyer is. The other problem is — hey, everyone makes mistakes — Mike Pompeo. Everybody makes mistakes.”
According to NBC:
The next day, Oct. 26, Pompeo was notably absent as the president sat with his national security team during the U.S. military raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pompeo was not informed about the raid until late Friday after he was home in Kansas for his son’s friend’s wedding, officials said.
According to the report, on October, 26th, when Trump showed up for his weekly lunch with Pompeo and a few other officials, that Trump was angry about the testimonies. The report claims that officials heard Pompeo stand up for himself to the president, saying that he “doesn’t know who half of these State Department officials are.”
According to the source:
“Pompeo feels under siege.”