Former Chief Strategist Bannon admits Trump is easily duped.
But making that argument — that Trump was duped — also means arguing that he is capable of being duped, and apparently rather easily in this case. Inherent in Bannon’s argument is the idea that Trump either isn’t discerning enough to make that endorsement decision for himself, or at least that he doesn’t do enough homework.
Bannon is basically confirming everything aides have said privately about how unsophisticated Trump is in consuming information. This is the president of the United States, and Bannon is talking about him as if he’s still a total political novice — a weather vane, even.
That’s a pretty stunning admission coming from one of the people who has worked closest with Trump. More from The Washington Post here.
NFL Players, Owners show unity and empathy on Sunday game day, despite Trump’s “son-of-a-bitch” comments on Kaepernick.
It’s all part of his new agenda: To put the sports world — which happens to be full of rich athletes, many of whom are minorities, who have huge followings and aren’t afraid to live as independent thinkers — in its supposed place. How dare ESPN’s Jemele Hill call Trump a “white supremacist,” even though he treated Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville with more fairness than Steph Curry? How dare Curry and the Golden State Warriors not jump at the chance to visit him at the White House? The invitation is withdrawn! And how dare these NFL court jesters have concerns about equality? Stand for the flag! And while we’re talking football, change the rules back and let them beat their brains out like they did during the good ol’ days!
What’s another player suffering from CTE and committing suicide mean to the current president? It’s as far down his list of priorities as the fears of the oppressed. It shouldn’t be shocking that Trump cares so little about NFL players. They’re just the latest on a long list of people he wishes would shut up and allow life to be shoved down their throat. More from The Washington Post here.
Another Trump White House staffer bites dust as positive stories dwindle.
Hemming’s role in the administration was a bizarre one, considering his boss regularly picks public feuds with journalists and mainstream news outlets he was required to target with positive stories.
Politico reported Thursday that Andy Hemming resigned from his position as the White House communications team’s director of rapid response on Monday. More from the Huffington Post here.
Scaramucci is out as White House Communications Director.
President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, three White House officials said on Monday.
The change came at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly, who started Monday, the officials said. It was not clear whether he would take on a new role after leaving the communications job, nor was it immediately clear who would take over the position. More from Politico here.
President Trump triples White House gender pay gap: female White House staffer is $72,650 while the median salary for a male staffer is $115,000!
The median salary for a female White House staffer is $72,650 while the median salary for a male staffer is $115,000, according to the 2017 Report to Congress on White House Office Personnel, which lists the title and salary of every Executive Office employee and has been mandatory since 1995.
That means there’s a 37 percent gender pay gap that favors men in President Trump’s White House– a disparity that is over triple what it was in the Obama White House (11 percent), according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute. With this in mind, a woman working for Mr. Trump earns 63.2 cents per every $1 earned by her male co-worker. More from CBS News here.
Trump purportedly threatens to block CNN – Time Warner merger for its perceived betrayals of favorable news coverage of presidency!
The NY Mag is now reporting:
But CNN is a journalistic enterprise. Or, at least, it plays one on TV. And so when a politician spews vicious, obvious lies on a near-daily basis — and directs a good portion of that venom at the free press itself — CNN’s anchors and reporters feel compelled to correct and condemn such mendacity. And that makes the president feel “betrayed.”
So, now, his administration is openly threatening to punish the network by sending the Justice Department after its parent company. As the New York Times reports:
White House advisers have discussed a potential point of leverage over their adversary, a senior administration official said: a pending merger between CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, and AT&T. Mr. Trump’s Justice Department will decide whether to approve the merger, and while analysts say there is little to stop the deal from moving forward, the president’s animus toward CNN remains a wild card. More from NY Mag here.
Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller.
Jason Miller, a former communications advisor to President Donald Trump, echoed the White House talking point that the president should be able to attack MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she has made personal comments about him. However, Miller thought that she should have taken the high road instead of “punching back 10 times harder.”
“What I would have said is, ‘look, let’s go and call out the fact that Joe and her had been attacking you for weeks and months now,’” Miller said about his own suggestion for deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The fact they have attacked his mental state and compared him to someone with dementia,” he continued. “They call him an embarrassment on the world stage and go and lay these different comments out and make them go and defend their previous comments. The way the president laid it out, it gave an opening for folks to come back and criticize him. But he has every right to come back and push back.”
In the next breath, however, Miller said that Brzezinski doesn’t also have that same freedom. More from the Raw Story here.