I guess spending more time with his young son would be too obvious.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 24, 2020
Is Barron even living at the White House, these days? Any caring parent would’ve sent him off to be safe(r) with his relatives, and I’ve been assuming Melania did that (since her parents live in Maryland, IIRC) as soon as the advisors starting hinting, back in February…
“Trump rarely attends task force meetings that precede the briefings, & he typically doesn’t prepare before he steps in front of cameras … [even Fauci] complained the amount of time he must spend onstage each day has a ‘draining’ effect”
This is brutal: https://t.co/yRf4P9uzzj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 24, 2020
Lotsa pull-quotes to mock Norman Desmond in this one:
… Confined to the White House, the president is isolated from the supporters, visitors, travel and golf that once entertained him, according to more than a dozen administration officials and close advisers who spoke about Mr. Trump’s strange new life. He is tested weekly, as is Vice President Mike Pence, for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The economy — Mr. Trump’s main case for re-election — has imploded. News coverage of his handling of the coronavirus has been overwhelmingly negative as Democrats have condemned him for a lack of empathy, honesty and competence in the face of a pandemic. Even Republicans have criticized Mr. Trump’s briefings as long-winded and his rough handling of critics as unproductive.
His own internal polling shows him sliding in some swing states, a major reason he declared a temporary halt to the issuance of green cards to those outside the United States. The executive order — watered down with loopholes after an uproar from business groups — was aimed at pleasing his political base, people close to him said, and was the kind of move Mr. Trump makes when things feel out of control. Friends who have spoken to him said he seemed unsettled and worried about losing the election.
But the president’s primary focus, advisers said, is assessing how his performance on the virus is measured in the news media, and the extent to which history will blame him.…
The daily White House coronavirus task force briefing is the one portion of the day that Mr. Trump looks forward to, although even Republicans say that the two hours of political attacks, grievances and falsehoods by the president are hurting him politically.
Mr. Trump will hear none of it. Aides say he views them as prime-time shows that are the best substitute for the rallies he can no longer attend but craves.
Mr. Trump rarely attends the task force meetings that precede the briefings, and he typically does not prepare before he steps in front of the cameras. He is often seeing the final version of the day’s main talking points that aides have prepared for him for the first time although aides said he makes tweaks with a Sharpie just before he reads them live. He hastily plows through them, usually in a monotone, in order to get to the question-and-answer bullying session with reporters that he relishes.
The briefing’s critics, including Mr. Cuomo, have pointed out the obvious: With two hours of the president’s day dedicated to hosting what is still referred to as a prime-time news briefing, who is going to actually fix the pandemic?…
While many officials have been encouraged to work remotely and the Old Executive Office Building is empty, the West Wing’s tight quarters are still packed. Mr. Pence and his top aides, usually stationed across the street, are working exclusively from the White House, along with most of the senior aides, who dine from the takeout mess while the in-house dining room remains closed. Few aides wear masks except for Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, and some of his staff…
Can we call it a bunker, yet?
What a beautiful scene. It's like if in the midst of Watergate Richard Nixon asked Ron Popeil to come over and tell him what a great job he was doing. pic.twitter.com/atdKRqk24F
— Bass Pro Shoppe (@BobbyBigWheel) April 24, 2020
‘His own internal polling shows him sliding in some swing states, a major reason he declared a temporary halt to the issuance of green cards, people close to him said.’
(Couldn’t be clearer this is about stirring anti immigrant anger among Trump’s base and not about economics.)
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) April 24, 2020
ohhhhhh no no no no no bud you wanted the big house you quarantine in the big house https://t.co/sMfgiswXLP
— kilgore trout, compulsory consumer (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 23, 2020
Over 600 people die, on average, during his morning TV sessions https://t.co/ui8JgqKGGB
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) April 24, 2020