As Donald Trump has been abandoned by several of his top-level appointees over the last few months, things are looking pretty empty in the White House. Trump has been more than happy to help this exodus as well – in cases where a staffer hasn’t wanted to leave, he has happily fired them. While it’s not clear what the future holds for the now vacant positions, the ideas that are being put in Trump’s head are raising red flags.
According to CNN, Trump’s friends are telling him that he doesn’t need to replace White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who is leaving this week. In phone calls that Trump frequently makes on the taxpayer’s dime, Trump is being advised by his rich white buddies that he doesn’t even need his Chief of Staff John Kelly, if he decides to fire him. And the most terrifying thing of all is that Trump is actually starting to believe them.
Trump has expressed frustration at the management structure in the West Wing, believing it doesn’t suit the freewheeling style he employed as a businessman. And he’s persistently annoyed by headlines and television coverage of his presidency. After a year in office, he’s more willing to change long-established West Wing structures, people familiar with his thinking say.”
It’s crazy that Trump tends to rely on his “outside advisors” (aka friends) for advice on how he should run his administration instead of his own team. While it’s not known exactly who Trump has been talking to in his conversations, his phone buddies have been rumored to be comprised of over two dozen billionaires and other high-profile people. They are all updated on Trump’s latest issues, as they keep the rest of the circle involved in conversations with Trump any time the president calls one of them. Hicks herself once said of Trump’s close circle in April:
Everything he does is strategic, especially his many relationships and constant communication with a vast network of individuals.”
No one knows what’s going to happen once Hicks leaves and it’s a major concern since she’s considered to be “the glue to the entire place” by many. However, judging by how Trump’s team is getting smaller and smaller, Trump is listening to his friends and intends to run the country like a true dictator – all by himself.
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