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Kurtz: Trump burn more helpers – unless he is
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs on why the media really don’t know anything in relation to the tidal wave of speculation about who will be the President, the clearing of the next of the manage.
It is one of the most honest headlines that I’ve seen in a while:
“In trump’s world, nobody knows anything.”
Axios, the line suggested, on a piece of round-the-clock reporter Jonathan Swan, who was dealing with the tidal wave of speculation about who will be the President, the clearing of the next of the manage.
This, in my view, was a refreshing contrast to all the experts, we hear that H. R. McMaster, and John Kelly or David Shulkin, or Ryan Zinke was at the end of the day. It is not so, that this is not a fair journalistic activities—and not that I have not done similar stories like that in my career—but in this White house, it is like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
Here is what wrote to Swan: “We can tell you that the trump is determined, put on a heck of an act private in the last two days, if he really has all these elaborate plans, which are attributed to him.
“Here is everything we know really is: Trump is a change in the mood, and there is a long list of people that he is satiated for a while.”
“This is it. So far, as if you would go and who could replace them, seriously people are in the dark. Trump floats ideas all the time, and often nothing comes from them.”
In an interview, Swan, the, Trump said to me, operation is incredibly hard to cover, because he speaks to “the top-level of the White house, people in the President of the inner circle, and you don’t know what’s going on.
“Whether it rates, the surprise in North Korea, or staff, it is very difficult to confirm anything or to shoot final all. You know, you could be embarrassed to be in the next two hours, because your boss is so mercurial.”
Swan says he is trying to be “hyper-cautious” and, as a ball the artist himself, “I don’t want to say I am a bastion of glory. But there are only so many times you can write that H. R. McMaster, is leaving the White house; at some point the history will be correct. I got it from Donald J. Trump himself.
“People have read that story 15 times. What is the reader to think when he reads it for the 16?”
This is, of course, will not prevent journalists who try.
It is easy to dismiss all of this as a Palace-intrigue, and there is a media fixation on who is above and who is below. But in a very short time, Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn, quit the White house, Trump fired Rex Tillerson and nominated Mike Pompeo as his successor, and knocked CNBC, to replace Larry Kudlow Cohn as chief economic adviser.
And while it is true that the press sometimes gives short shrift to policy, which is inseparably connected with, who gives the President advice and to speak in his name. Tillerson has been kicked out, partly due to the disagreement over Iran, Korea, Russia and Jerusalem, and Cohn resigned in part because of the differences in the steel-and aluminum-rates.
With so much chatter, journalists are scrambling on several fronts.
The Washington Post reported flatly last night, the trombone “has decided to remove H. R. McMaster,” according to “five people with knowledge of his plans.”
CBS’s Major Garrett reported yesterday that “a” purge “to come” and that the chief of staff Kelly “can secretaries on the way out,” along with “up to three Cabinet.”
Fox chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports, from Wednesday night: “We do not know whether this will happen, but we said, it could be a bloodbath”, by Thursday or Friday. He said, they would include:
“H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, will be replaced by Ambassador John Bolton.
“Another possible change is in the offing, VA Secretary David Shulkin, will be replaced by Minister of energy, Rick Perry.
“Another possible departure, it is rumored that this can continue, John Kelly, may be replaced by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.”
At a photo op yesterday, the President was asked about upcoming personnel changes.
“Well, the story was very false,” Trump said. “I mean, you wrote a story about changes in personnel today, was very wrong.” He has not specified, what story he had in mind.
But if it is true that “in trump’s world, nobody knows anything,” all the shakeup stories should be taken with a lot of teaspoon of salt. icularly, since the President, once as a had-to-leave-stories, fake news, plain and simple, not out of his head.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.