— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 31, 2017
Apart from doing our best to prevent such a dreadful eventuality, what’s on the agenda for the day?
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) July 30, 2017
Thing about nadirs is that they're only identifiable in retrospect … https://t.co/b9OEcfjFDg
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) July 30, 2017
President Trump is trying to take command of his floundering administration by enlisting a retired four-star Marine general as his White House chief of staff, empowering a no-nonsense disciplinarian to transform a dysfunctional West Wing into the “fine-tuned machine” the president has bragged of running but which has not yet materialized.
John F. Kelly will be sworn in Monday at the nadir of Trump’s presidency, with historically low approval ratings, a stalled legislative agenda and an escalating Russia investigation that casts a dark cloud…
But no matter how decisive his leadership, Kelly alone cannot turn Trump’s vision into reality. Warring internal factions that have stirred chaos, stoked suspicions and freelanced policies for six straight months may not easily submit to Kelly’s rule. And the president — whose rash impulses routinely have sabotaged the best efforts of his senior aides — has shown no willingness to be tamed.
“Kelly is an incredibly disciplined person who could bring order to the process if the animals in the zoo behave,” said John E. McLaughlin, a former acting director of the CIA who served in seven administrations. “The danger he has is that Trump will be Trump.”…
I love reading about all of the "geniuses" who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don't exist. #Fake News! MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
"I would like everyone to know that my campaign was actually full of fucking idiots" https://t.co/fsOfsaC0YH
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) July 29, 2017
Not that he isn’t trying to keep future gaffes out of the press. Because FUTILITY!
Trump Org. has a new NDA: Employees must agree to keep secret any info they learn about anyone in the Trump family. https://t.co/Eie2ljgI5F
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 31, 2017