[Marxism] Fwd: Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct | The Huffington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 8 05:21:23 MST 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was confused about the dollar: Was 
it a strong one that’s good for the economy? Or a weak one?

So he made a call ― except not to any of the business leaders Trump 
brought into his administration or even to an old friend from his days 
in real estate. Instead, he called his national security adviser, 
retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, according to two sources familiar with 
Flynn’s accounts of the incident.

Flynn has a long record in counterintelligence but not in 
macroeconomics. And he told Trump he didn’t know, that it wasn’t his 
area of expertise, that, perhaps, Trump should ask an economist instead.

Trump was not thrilled with that response ― but that may have been a 
function of the time of day. Trump had placed the call at 3 a.m., 
according to one of Flynn’s retellings ― although neither the White 
House nor Flynn’s office responded to requests for confirmation about 
that detail.

For Americans who based their impression of Trump on the competent and 
decisive tycoon he portrayed on his “Apprentice” TV reality shows, the 
portrait from these and many other tidbits emerging from his 
administration may seem a shock: an impulsive, sometimes petty chief 
executive more concerned with the adulation of the nation than the 
details of his own policies ― and quick to assign blame when things do 
not go his way.

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s volatile behavior has created an environment 
ripe for leaks from his executive agencies and even within his White 
House. And while leaks typically involve staffers sabotaging each other 
to improve their own standing or trying to scuttle policy ideas they 
find genuinely problematic, Trump’s 2-week-old administration has a 
third category: leaks from White House and agency officials alarmed by 
the president’s conduct.

“I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like 
this,” said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official under 
President George W. Bush and a member of his National Security Council. 
“I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.”


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