It sounds like the kind of scene one would only expect to encounter in a bad spy novel purchased at an airport gift shop and swiftly discarded once the flight is finished. But the frantic, chaotic, clandestine transgressions now leaking out of Donald Trump’s White House have reached the point where his flight may soon be finished — as staffers admit to major newspapers that they’re resorting to holding secret midnight meetings to plot around him and his remaining loyalists.
The plot goes like white: unnamed White House staffers nervously meeting at a bar down the street from their workplace in the middle of the night to try to figure out how to work around and survive a defective presidency. The erratic Oval Office occupant and his loyal sycophants have reached the point of paranoia, such that the staffers at the secret meeting are discussing purging their own social media pages of anything they might have ever said about Trump that could now be interpreted or misinterpreted as a lack of personal loyalty to him. After all, White House employees are getting fired, being escorted out of the building, and – in at least one instance – disappearing.
The White House staffers have already avowed to use encrypted communication methods for communicating with each other – not for fear that foreign or domestic enemies might intercept them, but for fear that Donald Trump and his personal confidants might be eavesdropping on them to try to figure out who’s been leaking all of the embarrassing details about Trump to the newspapers.
And yet, all this despite sounding like a rejected script for Washington DC espionage thriller, this is nonetheless the current scene in and around the Trump White House – just weeks into its unstable existence. More than a week ago the guy in charge of making sure Donald Trump’s own computing devices don’t get hacked was fired and escorted out, and best anyone can tell, the guy has since vanished. Why was he fired? Where did he go? Why isn’t he talking?
Moreover, since when do White House staffers hold secret midnight meetings at undisclosed locations to try to earnestly plot around the president of the United States — not because they’re out of line, but because they fear he is? This comes even as Trump’s National Security Advisor, who just got caught committing what may have been treason with Russia, is now predicting that the entire Trump administration may be gone from the White House within the year.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report