Well, why should they be any different than the rest of us?
Morale inside the White House, never high to begin with, has turned particularly bleak, according to interviews with 10 former West Wing officials and Republicans close to the president. The issue is that many see Trump himself as the problem. “Trump is hated by everyone inside the White House,” a former West Wing official told me. His shambolic management style, paranoia, and pattern of blaming staff for problems of his own making have left senior White House officials burned out and resentful, sources said. “It’s total misery. People feel trapped,” a former official said.
Uh … duh? I’ve had bad bosses, but I can only imagine that serving this administration would be like being led by a quantum particle in a bad wig. Trump has no intelligence, no vision, no plan, no ability to implement the plan he doesn’t have, no stamina, and no leadership skills. And you’re saying things have gone shit-house crazy? If he were a captain on a Klingon Bird of Prey he would have been stuffed in an airlock and shot into space by now.
Oh, and guess what? There’s gonna be more staff turnover!
White House Communications Director Bill Shine has told friends he’s angry that Trump has singled him out for the bad press during the government shutdown. “Bill is like, ‘you’re the guy who steps on the message more than anyone,’” said a Republican who’s spoken with Shine recently. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow has told people he’s probably got six months left. “Larry’s really tired of it all,” a source close to Kudlow said.
Who does Trump listen to? That’s right — the only two people on the Eastern Seaboard who are nearly as clueless as he is:
What’s driving a lot of the frustration is that Trump, now more than ever, runs the West Wing as a family business. Four sources said the only White House advisers he truly consults are daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Sure, why not? Because clearly, we live in a bonkers computer simulation.
We can only hope, anyway.