Aug 30, 2017

The swamp won

Corey Lewandowski boards Air Force One at Youngstown airport in Ohio on July 25 (AP's Carolyn Kaster)

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, is on the cover of the forthcoming N.Y. Times Magazine ... "The Bucks Start Here: How to Get Rich in Trump's Washington ... His presidency has changed the rules of influence in the nation's capital — and spawned a new breed of lobbyist," by Nick Confessore:

  • "One person offered Lewan­dowski $250,000 just to get the president to tweet about him."
  • Then, "the Trump guys [learned] the downsides of proximity to the president... [T]he Trump administration was being swallowed by its own chaos."
  • "[T]he traditional lobbying shops were doing just fine ... [D]espite Trump's campaign pledges, many of the agencies he now oversaw had proved more than friendly to the legions of longtime Beltway lobbyists..."
  • "In July, he founded a new firm, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors. ... He hadn't yet landed that White House job, but he was in the West Wing often, and he had a new Twitter avatar: a picture of himself standing on the stairs to Air Force One. ... Lewandowski had absorbed the swamp's most essential trait: adaptability."

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