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.”
The other panelists seemed at a loss for words, until Brzezinski reacted.
“This is bad,” she said. “Not healthy.”
Lemire said the president rejects the bad news that does find its way to his desk, such as internal polls showing his re-election campaign is in real danger.
“He’ll find a way to cheat,” Brzezinski said.
Lemire said White House aides insulate the president from bad news because they’re afraid of his reaction.
“His staff doesn’t bring him the bad news, they know not to,” Lemire said. “There’s certain subjects that can’t be spoken of, (such as) Russian election interference. They don’t say the word ‘Russia’ in the Oval Office. This is a president that doesn’t like to be confronted with bad news.”
“They know he’ll react,” he added. “He’ll explode.”
North Carolina towns forced to cancel Christmas celebrations over fear of violence from right wing extremist groups
Two North Carolina towns are canceling their annual Christmas celebration parades "amid fears of violence due to Confederate groups’ participation in the events," The Daily Beast reports.
Citing a “potential for violence,” for the first time in over 70 years the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina says it will have no Christmas parade. Garner, NC, has also canceled its Christmas parade.
The Daily Beast cites "reports that Garner had plans to include a float sponsored by a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans but said social-media posts led town officials to believe 'the event could be targeted for disruption.'"
Giuliani’s deceitful Ukraine business web should leave everyone speechless
I am not making this up, so fasten your seatbelts belts. It is all downhill from here in the ever-stranger Trump universe.
Moving to the global front pages is a company called Fraud Guarantee. Its co-owners, Ukrainian and U.S. nationals, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have held many meetings at the Washington, D.C. Trump Hotel with Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York city and the real-life version of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter.
The View audience goes wild after Meghan McCain gets schooled on Pelosi’s ‘don’t mess with me’ moment
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain frequently cites politically themed T-shirts for sale online to take the public temperature about any given topic, but she didn't like that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly started selling shirts based on her viral encounter with a conservative reporter.
The California Democrat unloaded on Sinclair Broadcasting reporter James Rosen, who asked if the impeachment process was based on her supposed hatred of President Donald Trump, and Pelosi capped off her scolding with the warning, "Don't mess with me."
"She did answer it masterfully," McCain said, "the problem is now she's selling T-shirts that say #don'tmesswithnancy. For $39, you can buy a T-shirt."