Archive for February 7th, 2017

“[T]he deeper story of his White House is best told at night”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

New York Times: Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles. By Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman. (The former headline read “After 2 Weeks, Trump’s Bungles Have Aides Rethinking Strategy”.)

“Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.

Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.”

Link via MetaFiter: The Trump Roundup.