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Former Bush 43 Chief of Staff Doubts Trump Has a Truth-Teller

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 11:16 AM

The former chief of staff to President George W. Bush questions whether the current president has a staff member who's unafraid to contradict him.

"It's important for the people around the president to find the courage to speak truth to power, even if the president doesn't want to hear it or doesn't welcome it," Bush's former chief of staff Andy Card said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday. "So I think it's important for them to speak truth to power, and I think President Trump is coming to recognize that's very important, especially with this international crisis where there is one on virtually every continent right now there's something going on that's a challenge to the president."

He added that Trump "has to listen to H.R. McMaster, he's gotta pay attention to Jim Mattis when it comes to these challenges. He's gotta have a better relationship with the Secretary of State. He's gotta invite people to speak truth to him so he can better understand the consequences of his decisions rather than just the policy of his decisions.

"Policies are actually easy to dream up, it's the consequence of the policy that's most important to understand so that you modify it when you implement it," Card said.

Chris Whipple, producer of CBS' "60 Minutes" and author of "The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, "what I learned talking to all 17 living White House chiefs before Priebus is that every president has learned, sometimes the hard way, that you cannot govern effectively without empowering a White House chief of staff to execute your agenda and listen to him or her when they tell you what you don't want to hear."

He went on to say that "There's no indication that Trump wants a person like that in the Oval office. There's no indication that he wants to listen to hard truths. He obviously prefers his own facts, as we all know. And that way lies disaster. These guys are the difference — often the difference between success and disaster in every presidency."

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