Report: White House staffers are discussing when, not if, Donald Trump will resign

Donald Trump is holed up in Camp David this week, a place he hates, and is reportedly refusing to meet or speak with anyone on his staff. This comes at the end of a week in which he was exposed as being under criminal investigation, and responded by exploding on Twitter in self incriminating fashion. Now comes word that Trump’s staffers are expecting him to resign.

That’s the word from political insider Jon Cooper, who has shared the following: “WH source: Alarmed Trump staffers are starting to talk about WHEN (not if) Trump will resign. Wondering if Pence will be forced out, too.” (link). No specific timetable is known to have been discussed. Rather, by framing it in terms of when and not if, White House staffers are expressing their expectation that Trump’s resignation is now inevitable (keep in mind that inevitable does not mean imminent).

This raises the question of why some of Donald Trump’s staffers are now expecting him to resign, rather than merely expecting that he’ll be ousted through impeachment or the 25th Amendment. His staff has been working closely with him on a daily basis for half a year, and they may now be interpreting his latest words or behavior as a sign that he knows it’s time to bail out before things get worse. Or they may have heard him say as much. It’s also notable that the White House staff thinks Mike Pence may also be a goner.

Pence recently hired an attorney to personally represent him in the Russia probe. He’s also launched a fundraising PAC which appears aimed at paying his legal bills, suggesting that he expects to be a central target of the investigation in prolonged manner which will result in massive attorneys fees. Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed during his recent testimony that Pence knew early on that Michael Flynn was dirty, suggesting that he may have been in on the coverup.


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33 Comments

  1. gwats1957 on June 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Trump’s pride would make it very hard for him to quit voluntarily…… I just don’t see him going quietly into the night…. Sorry, no sale here, although I would LOVE for it to happen…Unless his age and stamina won’t let him continue……

    • Jennifer on June 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      It’s actually his pride that will make him resign and BLAME everyone else instead of being FIRED…..!!!!! lolol

      • ChrisM on June 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

        I think he’d prefer to be the “victim” of a firing … easier to whine about mistreatment, unfair media, crooked witch hunt, etc., etc., etc., if he’s forced out rather than resigning. Trump never admits blame or responsibility and quitting just doesn’t seem to be in his makeup. However, there has been absolutely nothing predictable about this president or his handling of the presidency so I guess that we’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.

      • Paul on June 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Exactly

      • JG on June 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        He has done so before. He tells all in one of his books. If I remember correctly, it was “The Art of the Deal”.

      • JG on June 18, 2017 at 4:49 pm

        Probably. He has done that also before.

    • Lisa Norton on June 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

      Though if he resigned Trump could say he left on his terms and make up some bullshit about how he decided he didn’t want the job anyway and that it had nothing to do with the investigation…oh, and that he’d been the best president ever and had only needed five months to make America great again.

    • Sue Edwards on June 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Either way is okay with me! I just want to see him GONE!!!!

  2. Claudia on June 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I hope he takes everyone with him. After all he brought then in as they don’t need to be paid, and we don’t deserve his gracious friends, this would include Pence!

  3. Angie A Endozo on June 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Great job Palmer Reports…!!!

  4. Patty on June 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    He’s not going to resign, not as long as he can continue to line his pockets.

  5. Pence is complicit on June 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Pence is complicit. He should go to prison too.

    • ChrisM on June 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

      I honestly believe Pence is worse than Trump.

  6. Groovygranny3x on June 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    President Bannon would never allow Secretary Trump to resign.

  7. Holly J Glaser on June 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Our prez is a cruel bully who has been friends with the Mob since he bought his first building. With help from his friends, New York was a pretty small pond for the big fish himself to swim in. He got away with breaking laws and not paying his bills because he used legal threats as a weapon against people who couldn’t hire a lawyer to fight back.

    Except for being expelled from school after punching his teacher, he has never had to be responsible for following rules made by other people. His money and Mob connections let him skip penalties.And he enjoys it because he’s been able to live in his own world.

    His world, in which he is the most interesting man in the world, sexier, richer, smarter and above the law, is under attack. He’s lived there for 40 years. By now, reality is unfamiliar to him as is being held accountable to people who don’t like him. It’s too bewildering to face and too scary for him. So he is hiding in his room and the whole thing is really sad

    • Gindy51 on June 18, 2017 at 7:34 am

      The dumbest thing he ever did was run for president and win. His whole world is under the microscope now and he has no where to hide. Sure he is making some short term big cash but in the long run he stands to lose every bit of it and end up wearing orange for the rest of his miserable life.

    • Bo Metzler on June 18, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Spot on, Holly.

    • JG on June 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      BOOM! Got caught “skimming” from the top from his investors in the casino business and using that money towards projects in NYC. He was busted out of the CEO position to a $400,000/year including expenses position, just to keep his name. I can think of only one entity that would bust him that way, the mafia. People other than the mafia, would have turned him in for grand larceny.

      Note: “Skimming is what brought the FBI to what was going on in Las Vegas. Many Mafioso were busted.

  8. JRBecket on June 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Maybe someone made him watch the CNN special on Watergate.

  9. tbone68 on June 18, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Before he resigns he will take every dime he can make. He gives a shit about the country, only what he can make out the country.

  10. Bernard Lawes on June 18, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Fuck Trump and his entire family and friend, cabinet and the russian hookers he was pissing on in that hotel room along with his stripper wife and big head lil boy. Oh mah bad, this was one of those grab’em by the pussy moments, just a lil locker room talk, didn’t mean it, sorry!

  11. Some Guy on June 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Resignation isn’t good enough. I want him and his entire corrupt crew in prison.

  12. KristiMac on June 18, 2017 at 2:52 am

    I can imagine him resigning in the manner that Tony Schwartz has guessed — he’ll say the MSMFakeNewsWitchHuntBlahBlahBlah has made it impossible for him to Make America Great Again and then he’ll flee to a country without extradition and live in Trump Tower Wherever and enjoy the adultation of his base via Twitter and streamed speeches. There’s not yet a Trump Tower in the Guyanese jungle but I recommend he head there with a whole bunch of his followers and Make Jonestown Great Again… They rest of us will happily foot their KoolAid bills!

  13. William Murphy on June 18, 2017 at 7:02 am

    The sooner America is rid of this clown the better. Watch for U-Hauls at the White House. Donald Trump is a disgrace to America.

  14. Kim Lisacek on June 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I wish that he would resign….like yesterday!! Total scumbag!!

  15. Scott on June 18, 2017 at 9:55 am

    So, here’s the deal. His staffers are still his ‘loyal subjects’. None of them are too bright because they continue to work for the Orange Clown. I’ll say that their inability to understand basic human interactions are causing them to misinterpret his actions yet again.

    There is no possible way The Charlatan will resign. His ego is WAAAAAAAY too invested in this reality show to drop it.

  16. DKT5280 on June 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I am so weary and worried over this seemingly endless nightmare. Can we just throw the clown/crook out and inaugurate the person who got the most votes, in spite of the hurdles created by Comey, Russia, botnets, voter suppression, voting machine tampering (audit the source codes!), etc.? Mr. Mueller, please hurry!

  17. John VanDyke Wilmerding on June 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Resignation is far preferable to impeachment pursued through the Congress, because extreme elements on all sides of this and related issues could possibly commit violence and cause great additional suffering in our Nation.

    I think this is a logical development, and if there are elements of sanity still present in the White House, such discussions are not only inevitable, but virtually certain to have occurred. It is overwhelmingly in the Nation’s interest if he resigns, rather than continuing to be impeached (publicly, then later legally and Constitutionally).

    Not only that, each and every person working in the White House has personal and professional interests separate from those of Donald J. Trump. Now that they are ‘lawyering up’, these attorneys are beginning to have confidential, privacy-protected conversations between and among themselves about their individual clients’ best interests.

    This Palmer Report indicates the possibility that upon reflection, certain persons holding White House positions are broaching this important topic, perhaps in the public interest to some extent, but most certainly in the interest of their own self-preservation.

    Watch carefully, because these are historic moments in the life of our Nation. All loyal Americans will want to see this extremely difficult situation resolved in the most graceful matter possible. In this case, the final full measure of our loyalty will be our determination to pursue the most restorative solutions possible, in order to minimize further harm and human suffering.

    John V. Wilmerding
    Charter Secretary (1996-97)
    United Nations Working Party on Restorative Justice (UN-ECOSOC)

  18. joan rodriguez on June 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Trump became president because some lazy pp didn’t vote or hated Hillary. So when u act like a child a throw a Tatum a say I don’t care u get someone like trump as president. Either way trump must go. This is not good for our country. That whole WH is criminal. Can’t trust any of them.

  19. Louise Blaisse on June 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    If he does resign, it may be because The First Trollop is also pressuring him to go. She didn’t want to be there, isn’t good at it and as far as I can see, doesn’t seem to have much interest in the job. I truly hope he resigns because I don’t believe the GOP will impeach him no matter how much evidence is there. The only way he’ll go is if he resigns or the election in 2018 goes more democratic and they stop his agenda or over turn it. Fortunately, the investigation is ongoing and he may crack further.

  20. greg on June 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Don’t get your hopes up..a narcissist this big will not resign.

  21. Shelley on June 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Let us only hope this happens and soon!!!

  22. XaurreauX on June 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    If Trump resigns it may be that Pence would do well to follow if only because the moment he takes the Oath of Office his administration will be under siege just as his predecessors was–if not more so as new information regarding both Trump’s and Pence’s involvement emerges.

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