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Trump won’t fill vacant administration posts unless he can milk them for ‘reality show moments’: historian

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According to a report in Politico, Donald Trump has kept his administration in a state of chaos because the president has refused to fill key posts in his administration.

The reports notes that Trump has yet to make nominations to fill posts for ambassador to the United Nations and the crucial deputy national security adviser position, among others, and his current attorney general and EPA administrator are only serving in an acting capacity and have yet to face congressional scrutiny.

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According to Politico, “The president once openly signaled plans to revamp his cabinet and staff after the midterm elections, calling it a “very customary’ act — and his aides acknowledged that big changes might be coming. But while he demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after last month’s midterm elections, the once-breathless anticipation of his next personnel move has stretched into a long and awkward waiting game.”

Speaking with Politico, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said Trump was only interest is in creating drama — as if his presidency is merely a reality show.

“I think Trump likes to make nominations into kind of a reality TV show moment, he likes to keep people sitting on the edge of their seats. ‘Are you in or are you out?’ ‘Are you hired or fired?’” Brinkley explained. “But it creates a sense of chaos in the administration.”

The report goes on to state that Trump’s unhappiness with Chief of Staff John Kelly and his constant haranguing of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen has led to insecurity within the White House and her department, with employees unsure what direction the White House will take next.

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This, in turn, has tied aides’ hands as they attempt to make plans for the next two years — particularly in light of a having to deal with Democratic Party-majority House.


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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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