Donald Trump is continuing to publicly insist that Michael Wolff’s new insider book about his administration is “phony” and worse. But behind the scenes, things are playing out in a manner that’s highly consistent with the chaotic and toxic mess which Wolff portrayed. More specifically, a whole lot of Trump’s key people are now preparing to exit the building, not because of the book, but because of the kind of environment the book portrays.
In a new article from Axios, the final paragraph reveals how things are really shaping up in the Donald Trump administration: “More than half a dozen of the more skilled White House staff are contemplating imminent departures.” So why are they bailing? “Many leaving are quite fearful about the next chapter of the Trump presidency.” (link). So just who is set to bail on Trump?
That’s a good question. The article identifies these people as “skilled staffers, as opposed to advisers. So we’re talking about key people, but probably not any household names. At this point most of Trump’s advisers are gone anyway. There have been so many high profile resignations and firings, with so few of them having been replaced, the list of Trump’s remaining advisers is startlingly short. Aside from John Kelly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Hope Hicks, and Kellyanne Conway, it’s difficult to point to key advisers who are still on the job, outside of Trump’s own family members.
So now we await the resignations of these six or more key people from Donald Trump’s White House. Keep in mind that if six are telling a reporter that they’re preparing to resign, there are probably a whole lot more who are silently preparing to do so. Presumably they don’t want to continue working in a toxic and criminal environment, they don’t want to stick around as the criminal investigation closes in, and perhaps they don’t think Trump is going to make it much longer anyway.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report