Is the White House an "adult day care center?"
The Trump regime has pushed back against Senator Bob Corker's comments by laughably asserting that, actually, Trump is the one babysitting his own cabinet. But Politico spoke to current and former officials who describe a different situation.
According to these officials, Trump's aids and cabinet members manage his most batshit impulses by distracting him until he forgets about it.
Trump would impulsively want to fire someone like Attorney General Jeff Sessions; create a new, wide–ranging policy with far–flung implications, like increasing tariffs on Chinese steel imports; or end a decades–old deal like the North American Free Trade Agreement. Enraged with a TV segment or frustrated after a meandering meeting, the president would order it done immediately.
Delaying the decision would give Priebus and others a chance to change his mind or bring in advisers to speak with Trump — and in some cases, to ensure Trump would drop the idea altogether and move on.
The tactic of letting Trump forget about his own ideas has reportedly worked some of the time, but not all of time.
For example, Politico reports that White House staffers tried to make Trump forget about abandoning the Paris climate agreement, but they were obviously unsuccessful. Aids also tried to make him forget about firing former FBI Director James Comey, but Trump left the White House and fired Comey from the fucking golf course.
We can only hope that Trump's staff can make him forget about it when he orders a preemptive attack on North Korea if he hasn't already. I keep expecting to read that story every day.