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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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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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