Sep 1, 2017

Trump meets crisis with anger

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WashPost's Phil Rucker and Ashley Parker report on Trump's way of handling a summer of crisis:

  • "The president continues to call business friends and outside advisers, including former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, from his personal phone when [Chief of Staff John] Kelly is not around."
  • "Trump chafes at some of the retired [Kelly's] moves to restrict access to him since he took the job almost a month ago ... They run counter to Trump's love of spontaneity and brashness."
  • "Trump lashed out at George Gigicos, one of his original campaign staff members, for what the president considered unflattering television camera angles at the Phoenix rally."
  • "But Trump sometimes defies — and even resents — the new structure. He has been especially sensitive to the way Kelly's rigid structure is portrayed in the media and strives to disabuse people of the notion that he is being managed."

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