Los Angeles Times reporter Eli Stokols revealed one high-ranking White House official is concerned President Donald Trump won’t have any staff left by the end of January.
During an MSNBC discussion, Stokols noted the president is closing out 2018 in a “much weaker position” than he began the year.
“You think of Kavanaugh being the biggest success for him in the past year,” Stokols said. “But the elections delivered the verdict in November and it was an obvious setback for Republicans. A referendum on this president at a very controversial administration. A lot of these policies. And Democrats picked up 40 seats in the House. And the president as a result of that is going to have to deal with a whole lot of investigations, not just into the Russia matters that we’ve heard about for two years but into personal financial issues in terms of decisions that he made or didn’t make. Relaxing of sanctions. The Khashoggi stuff.”
Democrats have already indicated that they intend to subpoena White House documents as well as personal documents from the president.
“And there’s been an exodus of the people hanging on in this administration trying to rein in this president to direct him in a more positive focused direction,” he continued. “A lot of those people are leaving. I talked to someone in the last week or two who said, a high-ranking official, said, ‘I don’t know who is going to be here at the end of January.'”
He recalled the two top choices of the White House who have already turned down the chief of staff position. That position is generally seen as a very high-status position in Washington, and Stokols said it’s “generally” not turned down.
“It just tells you about what people close to the president, Republicans, are anticipating heading into next year,” he closed. “They’re not anticipating it being a whole lot of fun.”
Stokols even described it as a gathering of “darkening clouds hovering over this White House.”
Watch the discussion below: