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White House Press Office Is the Good Ship Leaky Shop

White House Press Office Is the Good Ship Leaky Shop
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks July 23, 2018, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 24 July 2018 03:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s axiomatic that the Donald Trump White House is leakier than a submarine with a screen door. There have been repeated calls for adult supervision to cut down on the constant leaking that spreads discord among the staff and undermines the president’s administration.

But one has to wonder who is going to supervise the so-called adults? When Chief of Staff John Kelly — one of the storied “adults” — is grimacing like his stomach is going hand-to-hand with a bad burrito while the president lectures Germany on its NATO responsibilities, one has to wonder.

Besides, why is it crazy talk to point out that Germany’s dependence on Russia for its natural gas supply gives Putin dangerous leverage — while it’s completely reasonable to contend that Trump is Putin’s puppet?

The latest adult to join the staff is former Fox News honcho Bill Shine, who the Washington Examiner tell us will fill the role of deputy chief of staff for communication. There is a certain bizarre symmetry to Shine’s appointment.

Shine replaces Hope Hicks who left in the wake of revelations that her boyfriend, who also worked in the White House, was an alleged sex harasser of the worst kind: Domestic abuse. The reason Shine is available for the White House press office job is that he was forced to resign at Fox after being accused of mishandling sexual assault allegations.

Shine’s marching orders are to plug the leaky communication shop and ensure it is “in the best position possible to help Republican candidates ahead of the midterms and the president during his reelection bid.”

Stopping leaks doesn’t mean the revolving door on the White House personnel door will cease spinning at warp speed.

The former foxy is expected to “shake up” the operation, which usually means showing people the door. My first suggestion would be the dishonest and untrustworthy staff member who leaked the “McCain is dying” comment that was an unnecessary internally-generated controversy earlier this year.

Shine’s hiring is not without controversy of its own. The Daily Beast reports Trump supporter and noted conservative Larry Klayman opposed the move saying, “I don’t want to see the ghost of Roger Ailes running the White House communications operation.”

Let’s hope the controversy dies down and that Shine has an uneventful and successful tenure.

Trump needs a top-notch messaging operation for both the November election and his re-election campaign. It is high time he started assembling it.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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