Donald Trump is being advised to be his own Communications Dir. & chief of staff

President Donald J. Trump departs for Easter weekend

Hope Hicks celebrated her last day as White House Communications Director on Thursday. These are photos of Hope saying goodbye to Donald Trump outside of the Oval Office, as he was about to depart on Marine One (he’s already at Mar-a-Lago for the Easter holiday). Apparently, Kellyanne Conway will be filling in temporarily as WH Communications, but everyone is stressing that it really will be temporary because A) no one wants her in that job and B) she doesn’t want that job. That’s the thing: no one wants to actually work for Trump in any capacity. And in the rare cases where someone actually does want to work for him, the guy (it’s always a guy) is a wifebeater, a sexual predator, a lunatic, a neo-Nazi or a relatively normal grifter who is about to get fired. So why doesn’t Donald Trump just do all of it himself?!?

Several of President Donald Trump’s outside advisers have told him over the past week he requires neither a chief of staff nor a communications director, at least in the traditional definition of those jobs, according to a person familiar with the conversations. Trump has absorbed the advice, but offered little indication whether he’s interested in taking it, the person said. He’s been warned by other confidants that it’s impossible to run the West Wing without a chief of staff.

There are no signs Trump is ready to dismiss top aide John Kelly. But the option of running his White House without a chief of staff has been planted in Trump’s mind, and he’s not rejected it outright, the person said.

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.

He’s begun working around Kelly on a number of fronts, including during some phone calls with foreign leaders, on certain policymaking decisions, and in executing some of the past month’s staffing changes, people familiar with the matter said. Kelly, meanwhile, has sought to bring further order to the policymaking process, including by naming Chris Liddell as his deputy for policy implementation. Without a chief of staff, advisers have told Trump he would exert more control over which policies are prioritized, including his beloved border wall.

Speaking at a conference last week, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said if Kelly were to leave his post, he does “not believe there will be another chief of staff.” Instead, Bannon said he believed Trump would choose to have “five or six direct reports” from key members of his staff.

“I think the President is a very hands-on manager and feels more comfortable” with such a style, Bannon said.

[From CNN]

I’m not defending Trump whatsoever, but I would like to point out a few things. One, different presidents have different management styles, and some like a pyramid-type of organization and some like to have a looser circle-type of organization. It’s different for everybody, and Trump obviously hates structure and the confines of a rigid “let’s hire the right people for the right jobs” kind of approach. Two, if he wants to do everything by himself, let him. He’s a disorganized narcissist, a white supremacist and he’s very obviously mentally unstable. Let him do it himself. It’s what a minority of the country voted for.

President Donald J. Trump departs for Easter weekend

President Donald J. Trump departs for Easter weekend

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  1. Alexandria says:

    I’d also say let him do it himself and show off his stable genius.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    That kissing picture. Blech.

    I can’t help but wonder if someone is advising him to be his own Chief of Staff and communications director in hopes that he will finally torpedo himself and not have anyone to blame. Of course, even if he did that, he’d probably blame it on an evil twin and the GOP would immediately launch an intense investigation on how immigrants are creating maniacal doppelgängers to bring down the government and it would be lauded as common sense by his base.

    • Play it Again says:

      I’m kinda laughing at her expression, though. It’s that face you make when you’re expected to kiss that icky older relative, the one who lives with 30 cats and always smells like cheap cigars, sardines, and cat piss, but you have to be polite.

    • Ewe says:


      Surely someone is trolling him.

  3. Shappalled says:

    The anti big government crowd will be pleased.

  4. Ms says:

    Sure. The dumpster is already on fire. The more he talks the stupider he looks and the more the GOP can be shamed for letting this farce continue.

    • Megan says:

      It seems more likely outside advisers are telling him no one with a shred of sanity will take the job as comms dir or COS.

  5. lightpurple says:

    Her Most Exalted Majesty, the Most Corrupt Princess Nagini of the Most Sacred Horcruxed Vagina will help. Princess Nagini can do everything all at once.

  6. isadora says:

    Yes let the Orange Ass do it by himself!!

    If it blows up in his face he can’t blame it on anyone else but himself. But i’m guessing he’s sure going to try to somehow pin it on Hillary, Obama and God knows who else….

  7. Anniefannie says:

    There’s a compelling story in New York mag about people in the coms office vying for the Director position and the PR campaigns their launching against each other to get it. It’s all so pernicious and shamelessly crass it could only happen in Trumpland.
    I’m at work so can’t link but google New York, Hope Hicks job……way worth it!

  8. Eric says:

    Emperor Zero can add that he can be his own attorney. He’s in effect doing it now by letting Dowd and Cobb, the only two lawyers with Washington experience (and the ones who cautioned EZ about saying too much/letting Mueller do his job) slip away. He’s currently left with Jay Sekulow (a “personality”) and input from Krasowitz, who went ballistic on someone for mocking him.

    Mueller definitely won’t mind if you decide to represent yourself when the river runs dry. Please pretty please put some of it on TV!

  9. Rapunzel says:

    Well, he’s not doing anything as president, so I guess being chief of staff and communications director would give him something to do.

    He needs more briefings to ignore, right?

    • Addie says:

      He’s got stacks of time on his hands since he’s watching TV most of the working day, and no doubt he watches beyond those hours too.

      The Trump presidency reminds me of ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ where a group of people are desperately trying to keep the illusion of someone still alive. So here we have staffers/GOP aka venal sycophants with no judgement keeping this irrelevant dotty old man upright.

  10. Chaine says:

    Can we talk about how gross and wrong it is for the BOSS in a WORKPLACE to KISS an employee? Even if it is her last day and she’s leaving forever? So wrong. This is what sexual harassment lawsuits are made of.

    • Angela82 says:

      I work for a Federal agency and if my Director tried any more than a handshake I would be at HR’s office in ten seconds flat. Just ridiculous and disgusting.

  11. angie0717 says:

    Take a bow America, this is the man u elected to be your president. Heartbreaking.

  12. boredblond says:

    Who would miss hope hicks? A communications person who never spoke publicly or did anything but reportedly “soothe” the man who referred to her as a “great piece of tail” in a meeting..evidently, that was her qualification for a high profile job.

  13. EscapedConvent says:

    This is hilarious AF. Yes, let the Emperor Who Has No Clothes do it all himself. His daily tweet spasms would be a scream to read. There’s hardly anyone left working there anyway.

    The only thing that will change is the Orange Menace 👺 won’t get to say “Ya fired” almost everyday. He loves that so much. He’s really going to miss it. SAD!

    P.S. And I like how “freewheeling style” in his case is code for “utter chaos.”

  14. Jay says:

    Please do! after all, “only the best people,” right? :)

  15. Sansa says:

    Do you think any sane person wants the job? Especially as he is going down and will spiral to insanity? And ditto for a lawyer.

  16. Reef says:

    Sure, why not? I’m sure he’ll be successful. This dude has been failing upwards his whole life.

  17. Ruyana says:

    I’m sure his massive ego says he can do it all himself, but the truth is that he is far too lazy. Last I read he is down to TWO HOURS of actual “work” a day. He loves to give long rambling self-praising incoherent speeches. He loves to get his picture taken and he loves to be on television. He enjoys Air Force One and Marine One and dipping into the U.S. Treasury. Other than that he’s just a bug smear on the windshield of our country.

  18. jwoolman says:

    Oh, yes, Donald. Be your own chief of staff. That’s sure to work out well. Just like your free-wheeling style as a businessman.

    Hey, Free-wheeler: How many bankruptcies? How many millions did your dad need to pump into you after failures? When exactly did US banks stop loaning you money? How profitable are your businesses, actually, other than as fronts for money laundering? A little mousie told me a lot of them aren’t actually running a profit. Your kids have been doing any deal-making for years because they feel you’re past it. Of course, so are they…. How much do you owe the Bank of China, that shady branch of Deutsche Bank, and rich Russians? What will happen when you default, unless you get those sanctions lifted?

  19. Kayleigh says:

    Does he kiss the men when they are removed/leave their position? Or just her? Gross.

  20. Llvanslyke says:

    But this is what dictators do. They reduce or eliminate staff. It’s scary, whatever the reason.

  21. themummy says:

    When he decides to do it all himself, that kind of makes him a dictator, so no. That is a bad, bad idea.

  22. why? says:

    The Dotard must have gotten very tired of people saying that he is afraid of Putin because he had “aides”(Jared and Ivanka) tell Kristen W and another reporter that he was tough on Putin(the Dotard was extremely upset when Putin ran those videos threatening to shoot missiles at the US that he called other countries and told them that they needed take action against Putin and asking Putin if he wanted an arms war). The press needs to stop letting people like Kristen W normalize the Dotard. She did the same thing before the Dotard dropped the bombs on Syria, trying to convince us that the Dotard was human because he saw photos of kids suffering. There is no way that the Dotard said what Kristen W is reporting that he said to Putin. If this story was true, wouldn’t it had leaked out when it happened? When people were calling out the Dotard for congratulating Putin, wouldn’t this nonsense about the Dotard being tough on Putin have leaked then? This just goes to show just how the press helps to normalize the Dotard. They aren’t asking the right questions when they hear stories like the Dotard supposedly being tough on Putin.

    • jwoolman says:

      Even the expulsion of 60 consulate staff is unlikely to be a real slap at Putin. Trump just has to look the other way as replacements show up. Apparently that may be exactly how it will unfold, if the story is true that Russian tv news is reporting White House sources have told the Russian government that they can quietly send replacements.

  23. Truthie says:

    I feel like this is a cross between the Beverly-Hillbillies-in-DC and the Apprentice. Complete with a daughter, Daisy Mae, and several Jethro’s instead of just one. The cabinet is filled with Milburn Drysdale types. Sarah Huckabee can be humorless Miss Jane Hathaway. Whee Doggy, ain’t that town sumpin?

  24. Shannon says:

    Yeah, I’m all for this actually. Let the crazy shine right through without filters. I’m here for this.

  25. Lyla says:

    He should hire John Baron