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White House aides ignore Trump because he’s weak and doesn’t know what he’s doing: columnist

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Writing at Bloomberg, columnist Jonathan Bernstein said that Donald Trump has been and will continue to be subverted by White House staffers because they believe he is weak and uninterested in actually seeing his policies put into place.

On Monday Trump declared that no one dares “disobey” his orders, however, the Washington Post has documented 15 “instances of people at the White House and the executive branch ignoring Trump’s directives.”

According to Bernstein, the incurious Trump is fooling himself to think he’s in control over anyone not in his immediate circle.

“There are a few things to know about this. One is that it’s not unusual for people to ignore the president,” Bernstein writes. “It’s important to distinguish between the cabinet and other executive-branch officials ignoring the president from those within the Executive Office of the President doing so. Executive-branch officials and agencies are responsible to both the president and Congress, so we should expect them to sometimes resist the president, although they also may do so because people nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate may wind up captured by the bureaucracy.”

But, as the columnist points out, staffers under Trump seem to be resisting his demands at a rate never seen before — and there is a good reason for that.

“White House staff appear to be ignoring the president way more often in this administration than in any other since the creation of a large White House staff during Harry Truman’s presidency,” he explained. ” Of course it’s going to continue. Trump has chosen a style of management, headed by a weak chief of staff, that has been totally discredited. He’s easily susceptible to flattery and other forms of manipulation, and he doesn’t bother learning what he needs to know about either substance or process to be able to resist being outmaneuvered.”

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Bernstein also indicated that Trump is being undone by hires who, quite frankly, are not  capable of making his demands happen because they lack the experience and talent neeeded for turning directives into policy.

“His hiring decisions don’t help, either, even though loyalty to him is by all accounts very important,” he explained. “The problem is that his reputation is such that most first-rate potential staffers want nothing to do with him, which makes his potential applicant pool (especially at this late date) filled mainly by third-raters, scammers, and those who sense an opportunity to implement their own policy preferences, which have been shot down by more organized administrations.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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