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Who is leaking all the juicy political stuff from the Trump White House

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Asked on Quora.com, and a very interesting answer from Michael Feely:

The question:

Who is leaking all the juicy political stuff from the Trump White House (February 2017)?

Is it Reince Priebus?

Probably. But I bet he isn’t alone.

As was pointed out last Spring:

Interviews with current and former Trump associates reveal an executive who is fond of promoting rivalries among subordinates, wary of delegating major decisions, scornful of convention and fiercely insistent on a culture of loyalty around him.

I count roughly five different power centers in the Donald’s White House, which is pretty remarkable given the fact that it’s not even fully staffed yet.

  • Steve Bannon / Steve Miller : The outsider economic nationalist faction. Loyal to a particular vision of a right wing economic populist America, if not to the Donald particularly. Least likely to be responsible for any leaks to any organization other than Breitbart.
  • Reince Priebus : The Washington GOP faction. Loyal to the GOP as an organization. More than capable of leaking to various members of the press via various channels to undercut any of the other White House factions, as he cares whether the Party survives, not the Donald’s administration.
  • Jared / Ivanka / Don Jr. / Eric : The family faction. Loyal to the Donald above just about anything else, so unlikely to leak anything for the sake of damaging him – but more than likely to leak things to damage especially the Bannon faction and anyone else whose goals or ideology might undercut dear ol’ dad. Also less skilled at politics in general, and therefore likely as not to drop information by accident.
  • Mike Pence : The religious conservative faction. Could probably tolerate Bannon or Priebus, but would be very happy to see the Donald and family go down, both in the name of his personal ambition, and because the Donald isn’t going to bring much of his A game to the anti-gay, anti-woman policies Pence most wants to see happen.
  • The civil service : There are over 100 permanent White House staff, and some unknown number of junior West Wing staff – some of whom, for all I know might be holdovers from the Obama administration, given how unprepared the Trump administration was to take over. Any Obama holdovers would almost certainly be happy to make the current administration look as bad as possible. The permanent staff is supposed to be apolitical, but given that the Trump administration has blown away most of the norms of Washington politics, one or two of them might have decided to violate a few norms of their own.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 February 2017 at 5:03 pm

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