I’d always wondered what happened after the president issued a fly-by directive, whether at a press conference or on Twitter, once the initial frenzy died down. Turns out, in a lot of instances, nothing
Officials inside and outside the White House strategically ignore some of Trump's orders, hoping he'll simply forget. Wild story from this morning
One of the ways Trump truly is an aberration is his childish impulsiveness, making sweeping demands in the spur of the moment, and then forgetting. Good reporting by
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler.
This piece, from should disturb every American. It's premise is supported by multiple other reports. It mirrors what I've heard. Think hard about what this means as the administration beats the war drums on Iran
Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump’s fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government, reports
Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump’s fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government, reports
Got an assignment for you. Task 1.) Read this. Task 2.) Ask yourself, if the pattern here described is real, how do journalists avoid misinforming the public about what the Trump government is actually doing? Task 3.) Despair that 2.) will ever happen.
This story is spot on. Lots of times, Trump's officials try to to just ignore Trump's utterances, hoping he'll forget. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Whatever you think of the particular policies at issue in this astonishing piece of reporting by , it should be deeply disquieting to see a president’s directives routinely ignored
“Even if Trump fixates on an entirely different issue the next day ... multiple officials across the federal government are still left to allocate resources and finagle some sort of response. (He is the president, after all.)” A+
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler.
Six days later, the FBI finally responded to my query about whether they're "reviewing" the Jussie Smollett case as President Trump claimed they were: "The FBI declines to comment." Backstory
Good news: Trump hasn’t actually ended aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. He just said he would. As usual, no follow through.
"Beyond finding some way to make these pronouncements happen, or gently push back on them, government officials have a third, if rarer and riskier, approach: Ignore the president’s directives altogether." From
This excellent piece describes not senior officials in a democracy but nervous courtiers around a mad king.
In which takes us deep inside the chaos
Good piece on how Trump frequently issues directives via off-the-cuff remarks and tweets that end up just getting ignored by the government officials who'd be charged with actually implementing the policy he purportedly wants
PLEASE STAND BY: multiple additions to the #ToddlerinChief thread are coming from this story.
Trump's staff ignores his orders because he always forgets to send them via certified mail.