IMHO, every Administration has to deal with leaks, those pesky subordinates who just feel the need to blab to the press about this thing or that thing.
It appears that the Drumpf Administration – not even a week old – has some drips they need to fix.
My example for today comes from a story in Tuesday’s Washington Post. In it, the reporters give the readers an account of Drumpf’s behavior on Saturday when reports of the smaller-than-Obama inaugural crowds were surfacing and the larger-than-Drumpf crowds at the Women’s March were occurring. In the story, Drumpf is described as “…the flashes of anger began to build” and he “grew increasingly and visibly angered.”
“This account”, the reporters write, “comes from interviews with nearly a dozen senior White House officials and other…advisers and confidants, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity…”
This picture of Drumpf is not pretty as it shows a petty individual quick to anger at the slightest slight. Granted this is nothing new as Hillary Clinton famously said, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons”.
However, it is one thing for a political opponent to denigrate an individual, but it quite the kettle of fish when your own officials, advisers, and confidants tell members of the press you can become unhinged because people are mocking the size of your…crowd.
The story goes on to detail – through the same anonymous sources – of a rift and power struggle between Kellyanne Conway (Counsellor to the President) and Jared Kushner (Senior Advisor…and son-in-law…to the President).
So why tell these tales? What is to be gained?
Obviously for the Post, the story makes for good reading. Conflict and drama always sells.
But what about the sources? What’s their angle?
I don’t know. I wish I had some thoughtful, deep, and terrific insight that I could impart, but I have nothing. What I can say is that this Post story shows that there are folks in Drumpf’s inner circle who have no issue with phoning their contacts in the media and describing all the pettiness that appears to now live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.