• Trump Doubles Down on Pruitt • Managing Trump, v2.0 • Managing Trump, v3.0 • Trump Will Get to Reinvent the Ninth Circuit • GOP Candidates Have to Walk a Fine Line on Tariffs • Americans Are Taking to the Streets • Democrats Surging in Tennessee No member of Donald Trump's cabinet is currently more embattled than EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as he is enmeshed in all number of scandals, from burning through tens of thousands of dollars in first class travel, to renting a room at below-market rates from a lobbyist, to abusing the privileges that come with his extensive security detail, to punishing underlings who dared to question his behavior.There are many people, Republicans and Democrats, calling for his ouster.However, Donald Trump likes Pruitt, particularly his willingness to take any order (like, "fire the special prosecutor").Further, the President does not like to be told what to do. Trump (@real Donald Trump) April 8, 2018 It's a pretty remarkable tweet, even by Trumpian standards.So, Trump used his usual Saturday morning twitter storm, in part, to reiterate his support for the Administrator: While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA. Who knows how there could be a "record" for clean air and water, but even if that is possible, there is zero chance that Pruitt has set one.Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. As to security costs, Pruitt's bill for the year is going to top million; his predecessor Gina Mc Carthy spent less than 20% of that total.
Trump's obvious falsehoods and exaggerations, then, are distorting the truth quite a bit.
At the same time, however, they also serve to make one thing clear: While lies are par for the course for the President, he doesn't generally stick his neck out for people he's about to fire. Things can change rapidly in Trump World, of course, but at the moment we have to assume Chief of Staff John Kelly is far more likely to be shown the door right now (see below) than Pruitt is.
(Z) The first attempt to manage Donald Trump, with Reince Priebus as chief of staff, was a disaster.
Given the President's aggressive tendencies, and Priebus' status as a member of subphylum invertebrata, that arrangement was like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
And so, "Manage Trump, v1.0" was a pretty spectacular failure, and came to an end after just 192 days.
For v2.0, former Marine Corps general John Kelly was appointed to replace Priebus.