MNBC national security reporter Julia Ainsley said on Monday that President Donald Trump keeps his controversial policy advisor Stephen Miller around because he likes his White House aides to be in a constant state of fear that they’ll lose their jobs.
“There is another reason Miller has stayed on in this administration and become so close to the president,” Ainsley said. “The president realizes that kind of rhetoric and that kind of treatment of employees and officials works for him. He likes that brand.”
Trump, Ainsley said, enjoys it when his staff lives in terror — and Miller provides exactly that.
“He wants people to be nervous to keep their jobs, he wants the Secretary of Homeland Security to be afraid to walk into the Oval Office if the numbers of border crossers have gone up over the last month,” she continued. “And that’s exactly the position that Kirstjen Nielsen found herself in.”
“Another thing I know is that the circle of people who discuss these issues just keeps getting smaller,” Ainsley added. “They want to cut out people who might either leak what they want to do or would disagree with it. So he’s surrounding himself with people like Stephen Miller.”
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Morning Joe guest reveals why even Ivanka is afraid to deliver bad news to Trump: ‘He’ll explode’
President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.
"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."
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The push by the group, a super PAC called Engage Texas, comes as national Democrats zero in on the state in 2020.
With national Democrats looking to make Texas a battleground, a new Republican group is launching to register hundreds of thousands of new voters here and convince them to help keep the state red in 2020.
The group, a super PAC named Engage Texas, is the brainchild of some of the state's biggest GOP donors, and it is led by a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee. It comes as Texas Republicans look to gain ground in an area where their Democratic counterparts have dominated in recent years: signing up new voters.
Texans approve of Trump’s job performance but have questions about his character, UT/TT Poll says
More than half of the state's voters think President Donald Trump is doing a good job, but they're not as pleased with some of his character traits, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
If you ask registered voters in Texas about the job performance of the people they’ve elected to high office, the top two names on their list are President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
But the support is not overwhelming: 52% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 44% disapprove. And 51% said Abbott is doing a good job, while 31% disapprove of the governor’s work.