New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Friday that Kanye’s Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump did not go over well with White House staff, who were left feeling “hugely embarrassed” for the “speechless and confused” president.
“This was very much a Jared Kushner show,” said Haberman. “Kushner brought Kanye West in to talk about prison reform and job opportunities for inmates after they get out of prison and then this lunch was put on the president’s calendar.”
“You can see Jared Kushner there looking very happy, his wife Ivanka Trump not looking quite as happy,” Haberman added. “That represented the split that you saw within the White House.”
“I heard from other West Wing aides who were hugely embarrassed that that had happened, thought that was not a good look, that this is not a rock concert,” she said.
“The main sentiment I have heard,” Haberman said, “is why have we taken what was a pretty good week for the president with Kavanaugh, which is something that Republican candidates heading into the midterms would probably rather be talking about, and why are we now doing ‘Kanye Week’?”
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‘Busy Testifying’: Twitter Wonders Why So Many Trump Administration Officials Are MIA at His Joint Press Conference
Support for President Donald Trump is dwindling, but no where was it more evident Wednesday than during his joint press conference with the President of Italy.
As ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl noted, in the audience the “seats usually occupied by senior White House or staff” were “empty,” while the Italian side was full.
This is unusual — As President Trump holds his joint press conference with the Italian President, several of the seats usually occupied by senior White House or staff are empty. Italian side is full. pic.twitter.com/nYJ8JHHK5k
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 16, 2019
Many across social media wondered where Trump’s top-level associates were, especially Ivanka and Jared, among others.
Take a look at some of the responses:
Hiding from subpoenas
— Jefferson (@jeffersonalle) October 16, 2019
— Susan Foster (@independent603) October 16, 2019
Too busy shredding. https://t.co/SkIgpIhZ94
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 16, 2019
Wow. His own staff is embarrassed to be there. No Javanka? People hiding now. https://t.co/PAJ7sq8LhB
— @HuckFinnPeru (@paul_sarria) October 16, 2019
They are all consulting lawyers- obvs https://t.co/YXMaxmvheA
— jim manley (@jamespmanley) October 16, 2019
They are cleaning out their desks https://t.co/TmtwTKia7O
— Debra Richmond (@DebraRichmond18) October 16, 2019
Because they are all speaking with their attorneys in hopes of staying out of jail. https://t.co/WjyiAJ8Chj
— Poppy (@McnaughtJ) October 16, 2019
There in their offices writing up their resignations https://t.co/ujXuVd9byD
— Political Polls (@PoIiticalPolls) October 16, 2019
They are all out interviewing attorneys. https://t.co/dWsVinflyV
— Yes yes yes (@No_No_No_Yes) October 16, 2019
If he is shooting for isolationism….
he is succeeding on a grand scale https://t.co/penO3XO0ej
— Tammie 🕊 (@tlccourville) October 16, 2019
On the phone with their lawyers. https://t.co/pX3lApnpyW
— Whit Stillman (@WhitStillman) October 16, 2019
The White House Spelled ‘United States’ Wrong. It Went Uncorrected for Over Three Hours.
The Trump White House Friday morning touted the news that the gross domestic product (GDP), a chief economic indicator, came in strong at 4.1% growth. Supplementing a statement made by President Trump outside the West Wing an hour earlier, the White House Communications Team, under the new direction of former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, posted a graphic to Twitter.
In it, they spelled “United States” wrong. It reads, “United Sates.”
It remained up for well over three hours.
Here’s a screenshot:
Naturally, the mocking was extreme:
Also Obama’s White House could spell “United States.”
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 27, 2018
HOW IS THIS STILL UP OH MY GOD
— Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) July 27, 2018
Where are the United Sates?
— paul cambridge (@anotherredrebel) July 27, 2018
Others made clear that regardless of spelling, 4.1% growth is not as amazing as Trump would ike Americans to believe:
If you include Obama’s leadership, this growth would rank 5th.
– 5.1% Q2 2014
– 4.9% Q3 2014
– 4.7% Q4 2011
– 4.5% Q4 2009
– 4.1 % Q2 2018
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) July 27, 2018
UPDATE: 3:32 PM ET –
It stayed up for nearly 4 hours. It was just deleted.
Dysfunctional White House So Scared of Leaks Daily Staff Meetings Have Now Been Canceled
Amid constant leaks that keep spilling out of the Trump Administration, the White House is limiting the number of its daily meetings, reports The New York Times.
The change results from a White House staff member, Kelly Sadler, making poor comments about Sen. John McCain.
The daily meeting brought together nearly 30 communication staff members. The meeting has not taken place over the past week. One source told the New York Times that the team has met in smaller groups.
When asked about the change, deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters, said she would not comment on “internal matters.”
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