What Trump’s Twitter outbursts might reveal about White House morale

What Trump’s Twitter outbursts might reveal about White House morale

Gary Cohn's resignation as director of the National Economic Council appears to be driven, in part, by his unwillingness to support President Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci shared a relevant observation in an interview that aired Tuesday on the talk show “Dr. Phil.” According to Scaramucci, who also served as a campaign adviser to Trump, the president tends to fire off “less-than-strategic tweets” at times when he is facing criticism and does not feel adequately defended. Here's an excerpt from Scaramucci's interview: DR. PHIL: In that job, as the communications director, with the first president in history that just seems to kind of tweet at random — I mean, you have to wake up in the morning and wonder what he tweeted during the night, during those 11 days. I mean, you know, the thing I found about the president, though, is that, like, those less-than-strategic tweets, they were usually when he was taking incoming criticism. I think the president has good intentions, but I do think he goes off the rails sometimes. Maybe you could have an intervention with him, maybe bring you into the Oval Office and have an intervention with him. In an apparent illustration of Scaramucci's point, Trump tweeted on Tuesday that “the new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong!” Trump seemed to be responding to reports such as one over the weekend by The Washington Post that said that “inside the White House, aides over the past week have described an air of anxiety and volatility — with an uncontrollable commander in chief at its center.” In an interview on CNN on Sunday, The Post's Josh Dawsey, one of the reporters on the article, described “one of the things that's different about the story.” “Sometimes, when we're pursuing stories about problems in the White House — personnel churn, chaos, not following policy procedures — folks in the White House say to us, 'You know, you're being a little hyperbolic. “The White House has tremendous energy,” Trump said.

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Gary Cohn’s resignation as director of the National Economic Council appears to be driven, in part, by his unwillingness to support President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. And Cohn’s departure could be another sign that Trump is feeling unsupported, in general.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci shared a relevant observation in an interview that aired Tuesday on the talk show “Dr. Phil.” According to Scaramucci, who also served as a campaign adviser to Trump, the president tends to fire off “less-than-strategic tweets” at times when he is facing criticism and does not feel adequately defended.

Here’s an excerpt from Scaramucci’s interview:

DR. PHIL: In that job, as the communications director, with the first president in history that just seems to kind of tweet at random — I mean, you have to wake up in the morning and wonder what he tweeted during the night, during those 11 days.

SCARAMUCCI: Who said I was sleeping over those 11 days?

DR. PHIL: I mean did — seriously, did you wake up in the morning and go, “Oh, God, what now?”

SCARAMUCCI: A few times, yeah. I mean, you know, the thing I found about the president, though, is that, like, those less-than-strategic tweets, they were usually when he was taking incoming criticism. And I always found about the president that if he…

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