Podcasts: Can Generals Control Trump’s Playground After The Scaramucci Affair?

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Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at a dinner hosted by Donald Trump (Reuters)

I spoke with BBC outlets, Dublin’s NewsTalk, and London’s talkRADIO on Tuesday after the sudden dismissal of White House Communications Director, taking on the wider and more important question of whether retired Marine generals — new Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster — can rein in an out-of-control Donald Trump.

The discussions look at the White House chaos, its near-paralysis on domestic matters from healthcare to the budget, uncertainty over its foreign policy, and the ever-expanding Trump-Russia investigation.

Listen to BBC Radio 5 Live

President Trump said it was another great day in the White House. I’m thinking it’s more like another great day on the Titanic….

I don’t think a straw will break the camel’s back. I think it’s death by a 1000 political cuts….Chaos will build and build until Republicans peel away next year. Then you’ll see the man who says, “You’re Fired” — well, the question will be who points to him and says, “No, you’re fired.”

Listen to BBC Coventry

Donald Trump has been the biggest kid in the playground throwing things around. On the domestic front, Trump’s provocative statements have made it difficult to get any legislation through, including reform of healthcare. On foreign policy, he has disrupted relationships, such as with NATO, he has brought an increased crisis with North Korea. And of course there is the Trump-Russia investigation.

Listen to BBC Hereford

On Trump’s declaration of “No WH Chaos”:

This is like my child, after he has destroyed every plate in the kitchen, saying, “I helped you clean this up.”…

I have to be point-blank here. Trump is not the most intelligent person I have ever come across, but the real problem here is that he’s unstable.

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