The Washington Post keeps a sharp eye on Donald Trump and does a lot of statistics tabulation. They reported that he told over 3,000 lies in 2017, that 43% of his original administration were either fired or resigned within the first 14 months, and now they’re predicting what the rest of 2018 will look like as Trump is more and more himself. Mother Jones:
Staffers are gripped by fear and uncertainty … administration in turmoil … the mood inside the White House in recent days has verged on mania … anxious and nervous … characters in an absurdist farce … betting about which staffer will be ousted next … “Everybody fears the perp walk” … death watch for McMaster.
So who’s in danger? Just about everyone:
[National Security Advisor] H.R. McMaster … with whom he never personally gelled … Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has attracted Trump’s ire for his spending decisions as well as for general disorder … Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who has generated bad headlines for ordering a $31,000 dining room set for his office … Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been under fire for his first-class travel at taxpayer expense … Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose agency spent $139,000 to renovate his office doors … Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew attention this week when she stumbled through a pair of high-profile television interviews … [Chief of Staff John] Kelly’s departure could be imminent.
This is the only White House in history where odds makers are making book on who’s next to go in Trump World (McMaster is the favored candidate) and even White House employees have a betting pool on whose head is next to roll.
This is nuts. However, the silver lining may be that as Trump continues to hollow out his staff, whatever wheels of mis-adaptation were moving forward may grind to a halt and inaction due to sheer chaos is the best outcome that we can hope for from this mis-administration. America without a working government, what a concept.