Donald Trump is heading to Camp David on Sunday, a place he only ever slinks off to when his back is particularly against the wall, and he feels the need to hold an all-hands emergency meeting with his underlings. The trouble: this time around, it doesn’t appear Trump will actually be meeting with anyone.
Trump posted this tweet on Saturday evening: “Will be going to Camp David tomorrow morning for meetings on Border Security and many other topics with White House senior staff.” Okay, that’s all well and good. But there don’t appear to be any White House senior staff involved. The AP is reporting that the likes of Mike Pence, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Jared Kushner won’t be there.
Are there any other “White House senior staff” even left at this point? The only other people who even vaguely fit the description are Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who doesn’t participate in policy meetings, Kellyanne Conway, who has never had any discernible role, and Mick Mulvaney, who now has roughly seventeen job titles.
So what is this meeting, exactly? It sounds like Donald Trump, Mick Mulvaney, the twin brother of Mick Mulvaney, and the ghost of Mick Mulvaney are going to sit around Camp David and stare at a potted plant while pretending to come up with a plan to magically get their imaginary border wall funded. Come to think of it, there’s no confirmation that Mulvaney will even be there, either. This just keeps getting stranger.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report