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Author Ronald Kessler: Trump Thrives on Palace Intrigue

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By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 04:11 PM

The continuous "chaos" that supposedly reins among President Donald Trump's advisers is actually the commander-in-chief's ingenious way of working – and it's very successful, veteran investigative journalist Ron Kessler told Newsmax TV.

"One thing that's misunderstood is what seems to be the chaos in the White House," Kessler told host Bill Tucker on Thursday's "America Talks Live."

"The way Donald Trump operates is that he has these advisers around him; they all have different opinions and, in the end, he makes a decision. It sounds as if they're all fighting with each other, but that is the way he's always operated."

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Case in point is Mar-a-Lago, the stunning oceanfront estate built in the 1920s by financier E.F. Hutton and his wife, Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and which Trump made into a private country club in the 1980s, Kessler said.

"When Trump decided to turn Mar-a-Lago into a club, and there was a lot of opposition from the local town council, the question was, is this something that's viable?" Kessler told Tucker.

"He consulted with different lawyers, he consulted with different real-estate friends, and, over a period of a month, Paul Rampell, his lawyer, convinced him that this would work.

"So, there's a lot of back and forth. . . . That's the way he comes to decisions. He doesn't have one chief of staff. Everything goes through him. . . . He wants to have this chaos and, in the end, he makes a decision."

Kessler said the proclivity of the press "to focus on this adviser or that adviser because that makes a good story, but, in the end, that's not important.

"The important thing is Donald Trump. He is, as he says, the chief strategist, and I think most of us would operate the same way if we were in the White House."

Kessler — a former The Washington Post reporter and author of "The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents," said Americans have also underestimated the impact Trump's executive orders.

"On the one hand, it would be good to have a healthcare bill, tax reform, but, on the other hand, just getting rid of all these regulations and sending a message to businesses that we are not going to demonize you," he said.

"It's already having a tremendous impact. You see it with the stock market, and long-term, the economy is going to improve, and you're going to get more jobs as a result.

"It's hard to measure, but I think that in some ways is even more important than the legislation."

He said Trump's start out of gate is not unlike that of Ronald Reagan's first few months in the White House.

"Previous presidents such as Reagan did not have big legislative accomplishments in the first 100 days," Kessler said.

"So, there's been a lot of optimism about how he would change everything because he has a Republican Congress. But that didn't take account of these holdouts."

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The continuous "chaos" that supposedly reins among President Donald Trump's advisers is actually the commander-in-chief's ingenious way of working — and it's very successful, veteran investigative journalist Ron Kessler, told Newsmax TV.
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