WASHINGTON, March 17, 2017—There seems to be no end to the unforced errors—big and small—coming from the White House. Call it carelessness or sheer incompetence, but the White House staff appears to struggle with even the smallest tasks, from having trouble finding the light switches back in February to emailing a link to an article criticizing Trump’s budget Friday, simply because the title sounds flattering.
The White House’s daily email Friday contained a link to Alexandra Petri’s article, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why” in the Washington Post. Despite the piece being an obvious parody to anyone who reads past the first sentence, it appears that none of the staffers responsible for the “1600 Daily” got past the headline.
“Some people are complaining that the budget proffered by the Trump administration, despite its wonderful macho-sounding name, is too vague and makes all sorts of cuts to needed programs in favor of increasing military spending by leaps and bounds,” starts Petri. “These people are wimps.”
The opinion piece itself is hilarious and is well worth the read.
“All schoolchildren will be taught by an F-35 wearing a Make America Great Again hat,” writes Petri at one point.
This is clearly just an oversight, especially since Friday’s White House email shared a grand total of two news articles (including Ms. Petri’s). Who has time for all that reading when all hands on deck are searching for evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower?
But seriously, in the grand scheme of things mistakenly sharing an unflattering article is not a big deal. However, this administration continues to make all kinds of mistakes, large and small, that could have been avoided with a little diligence and discipline. It speaks to a general lack of professionalism, of failing to check sources and failing to establish a minimum protocol where sources, information, and staff are thoroughly vetted.
This lack of attention to detail manifests itself in small occurrences like Friday’s email, but it is also on display in situations like the appointment of Michael Flynn and Sebastian Gorka. It is also on display when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer quotes a Fox News pundit to accuse British intelligence of spying on Trump Tower and when Kellyanne Conway promotes Ivanka Trump products on television from the White House press briefing room.
Does the person responsible for the White House’s daily email see a favorable-sounding headline in the Washington Post, which Donald Trump calls “fake news,” and just posts it to hundreds of thousands of emails without even reading the first paragraph?
Further, knowing that the Washington Post has not been exactly friendly to the Trump camp in the past, wouldn’t someone at least cursorily look over the article before sharing it with the White House’s extensive mailing list?
Every day it appears that this administration is winging it and nobody really knows “what the hell is going on.”
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