Trump is trying to hide his activities from his staff by refusing to show up for work in the Oval Office, where there are witnesses.
President Donald Trump is increasingly morphing the White House residence into a second Oval. It’s become the place where Trump feels most productive, where he avoids meddling by his staff and where he speed-dials his network of confidantes, GOP lawmakers, and TV pundits.
Maintaining a sanctuary to work and think has taken on greater importance for the president as he increasingly feels under siege by the Democratic impeachment inquiry. Frustrated by the whistleblower complaint and a parade of administration officials testifying on Capitol Hill, Trump is as wary as ever of the staffers around him and distrustful of the traditional White House infrastructure. Working from his private quarters gives him space away from what he perceives as prying eyes and guards against his omnipresent fear of leaks to the media.
Trump doesn’t want there to be witnesses to what he is doing. The “meddling” that Politico referred to is also called not allowing the president to engage in activities that are impeachable and illegal. Trump has isolated himself from his staff. He is trying to keep his actions secret from the media, and he is attempting to keep the American people in the dark.
Refusing to work in the White House to avoid witnesses is not normal presidential behavior.
Trump is a corrupt individual who has spent his adult life operating in secret.
Donald Trump is trying to hide from the presidency, but there is no hiding from the bright light and accountability that comes with the most powerful job in the world.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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