Monday, February 6, 2017

Lede, buried

Drawing by xpapajus at drawception.

Paragraph 23 of the Thrush-Haberman Times story on the White House atmosphere: Emperor Trump is really pissed off with Bannon—"You took too long to tell me what I think!"

Namely, when Trump ordered that Bannon replace the two top national security advisers at meetings of the National Security Council, nobody informed him what he was ordering.
for the moment, Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.
Though not enough to demote the grisly eminence from his current spot in the minuet lineup. And it's not that Trump thinks this is an ill-advised plan—he's sticking with it (though he's decided it's OK for the CIA director to come to the meetings too; there is also some hope that Democrats will be able to stop the plan by insisting Bannon's presence on NSC must be subject to Senate confirmation). He just wants "to be looped in earlier" as the teaser copy puts it.

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