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Working For Donald Trump Makes You A Fool Or A Liar

May 13, 2017

Before Donald Trump was elected Sean Spicer had a solid reputation.  In spite of what Kelly Ann Conway has become she too was once respected by both sides of the aisle prior to latching onto Trump.  The same can be said for a host of others, including the current Assistant Attorney General.

Whether they want to admit it or not, or Trump partisans want to recognize it, there is a choice one makes when deciding to work in the Trump Administration.  Are you willing to be a liar or a fool in order to be part of the the dysfunctional team? 

President Trump has never shown any reluctance to sacrifice a surrogate to serve a short-term political need, so he apparently did not think twice this week about exposing a series of staff members to ridicule as he repeatedly shifted his explanation for firing James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director.

But his career-long habit of viewing his public protectors as somewhat disposable, on vivid display after Mr. Comey’s sudden ouster, has not exactly been an incentive to step into the firing line on his behalf.

For his part, the president’s mood, according to people close to him, alternates between grim frustration with Washington and his news coverage, and a belief that his own political capital is regenerative. Mr. Trump saw that running against strong headwinds in the campaign worked for him, and he has frequently reverted to that playbook.

On Friday, Mr. Trump unleashed a barrage of bellicose Twitter posts on the Comey firing, but the first had a whisper of contrition, a backhanded admission that he had sent his team out to defend him with flawed, inaccurate and easily debunked information.

“Trump is putting a lot on the backs of his spokespeople, while simultaneously cutting their legs out from underneath them,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist and a former adviser to Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida. “There is nothing more discouraging or embarrassing for a spokesman than to have your boss contradict you. In political communications, you’re only as good as your credibility.

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