President Donald Trump has a tough time keeping staff around and the latest news is that he’s having trouble with chief of staff John Kelly. NBC reported Monday that Kelly called Trump an “idiot” and outlined the ongoing problems in the West Wing.
Political Analyst David Drucker cautioned that Trump has a tendency to blow through people and staffers.
“No marriage lasts with Trump,” he told CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow. “By the way, another piece of that NBC story, that Kelly had to almost talk the president out of withdrawing our troops from the Korean Peninsula and just calling it quits.”
Harlow cut in to fact-check Drucker, noting “this president is still married. What is it — 10 years?”
“His marriage with Kelly,” Drucker qualified.
In an earlier discussion, Drucker argued that the questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Trump did not come from the president’s legal team. However, given the way the president is prone to call people or reach out for affirmation, it’s reasonable to assume the questions could be spread around “Trump world.”
“Trump stands the most to benefit from a leak because you can then try to attack the Mueller team for double dealing and not trying to run on aboveboard investigation and it allows the president then to get out a narrative that they’re on a fishing expedition,” Drucker explained.
Trump’s former biographers outlined the problems dates back to his days as a hopeful casino mogul, and now it extends into the White House.
“At about the time Trump was pursuing his casino developments, he opened Trump Airways,” Michael d’Antonio recalled. “He burned through executives there.
Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz witnessed the same.
“People are not people to him, they are instruments of his ego,” Schwartz, told The New York Times. “And when they serve his ego, they survive, and when they don’t, they pass into the night.”
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‘I don’t know how Secretary Pompeo is not dragged in’: Ex-FBI counsel says Secretary of State must testify
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former FBI general counsel James Baker told Chris Cuomo that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has to answer for the allegations laid out in the impeachment testimony.
"They wanted to give [Ukraine Ambassador Marie] Yovanovitch support, she asked them for support, they decided no, maybe because they thought the president would jump all over them. So what?" said Cuomo.
"The issue with her is that they wanted to and were inclined to get her out of the way, unless she was willing to play ball, unless she was willing to acquiesce in this sort of irregular channel and the goals of the irregular channel that Ambassador Taylor described," said Baker. "They were going to either get her out of the way, or have her join the team. This is what it seems to me was going on. They were trying to achieve these other objectives and they were going to either do it by forcing the career people to go along and compromise their values, quite frankly, or they were going to do it through the Giuliani channel."
Trump’s ‘thuggish’ demands his aides lie for him blasted by CNN analyst: ‘The president operates like he’s a king’
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," CNN analyst Kirsten Powers blasted President Donald Trump for his "thuggish" insistence that his aides help him conceal his own wrongdoing.
"Kirsten, it will be interesting to see how the president decides to conduct himself this week, whether or not, you know, he continues to tweet against witnesses or about witnesses as they are testifying," said Cooper.
"Yeah. Why wouldn't he keep doing what he always does?" said Powers. "He seems incapable of not doing that. And I do think this moving people, punishing people, right, for testifying under oath and telling the truth, I think it's thuggish. It really is. It's beyond inappropriate, in the sense that the president operates like he's a king, basically. Like these people are supposed to go up there and lie. They've been called before Congress. They're telling the truth. They should not be punished for that. They work for the U.S. government, which is something that is actually bigger than Donald Trump."
GOP lawmakers are ‘shaken’ by State Department aide’s testimony — and dread what he’ll say on Wednesday: CNN
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," correspondent Jamie Gangel told anchor Erin Burnett that Republican lawmakers were shocked at what State Department official David Holmes revealed in the impeachment investigation — and fear that his public testimony on Wednesday could be even more damaging.
"This is your reporting, 'shaken' is the word you are using of how some Republicans feel about David Holmes' testimony," said Burnett. "What are you hearing?"
"What we're hearing is, according to one congressional GOP source, several GOP lawmakers were, quote, 'more shaken by David Holmes' testimony than they have publicly let on,' that behind closed doors they expressed a lot of frustration about Sondland's testimony in light of what David Holmes said," said Gangel. "We're also hearing that they're now very worried about Sondland's testimony. We've been told by multiple sources that he was ill-fitted to being a diplomat, that multiple sources in the diplomatic community thought that he was in over his head, and they're really worried about what he's going to say on Wednesday and how far he will go."