Trump is losing his anti-Swamp advisors at a frightening rate.
First, it was Steve Bannon and now it’s Sebastian Gorka.
Some are beginning to ask if Trump is still in control of his own administration.
Upon his departure, Bannon declared, “The Trump Presidency we fought for, and won, is over.”
Gorka’s departure remains a bit murky (an unattributed White House statement said Gorka did not resign).
Regardless, in his now publicly published resignation letter he stated, “it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.”
“The individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months,” Gorka continued, pointing to Trump’s Afghanistan speech to back up his claim that “a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.”
More worrisome signs come from Trump saying one thing and the administration doing another.
Writing at the National Interest, American Conservative Editor at Large Dan McCarthy argues Trump may have lost control:
That is, if it still even is his administration: Trump would hardly be the first king to be deposed in everything but name by his own court.
The political realities within the administration itself might . . . lead to a situation in which in there are two Trump administrations—the president, and what he says, on one side; and the cabinet and most top White House personnel, and what they do, on the other.
One recent example of this is in regards to Trump’s stated policy banning transgender soldiers.
Defense Secretary James Mattis just announced the military would keep the current [Obama administration] policy in place pending the completion of a study by a self-appointed panel before providing his advice to Trump “concerning implementation of his policy direction.”
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