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White House Press Room Floods During DC Storm

I doubt most of you will be chagrined to hear this.

There was a sudden torrential rain in Washington, and the basement section of the White House press room flooded.

This is neither unusual nor surprising. Remember, the White House is, in the end, just another federal building.

I like how it is characterized as “White House basement” flooding. The reporters only know about the press room. I imagine the Situation Room is nice and dry. At least, I guess it is.

Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for Press Corps

Well, there’s no Christmas party for the White House press corps this year. President Trump has nixed it.

Every year, the press is invited to feast on White House delicacies, have cocktails, and then meet and get a photo with the first lady and the president. I’ve been to many of these parties – although the Obamas stopped inviting me because they didn’t like me, and I didn’t get an invite last year, probably by mistake – and I can assure you they are wonderful affairs. The lamb chops and the shrimp cocktail are the best you’ve ever tasted.

But who can blame Trump? The press corps invited a comedian who hates Trump to perform at its annual dinner last spring. And the coverage is relentlessly negative.

Why invite a group of people who hate you and who are biased in their work when they claim to be neutral to come party with you?

There’s plenty of grumbling about this, I’ve been told by others who are more connected to the other White House reporters. I’m sure you are all broken up about it and grieving for them . . . 

Inside the White House: Sarah Sanders Asks for Occasional Positive Reporting

This is a video I took Monday in the briefing room at the White House. Gives you a bit of an idea what it’s like to be in the room with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the reporters.

Here, she argues that the media are partially responsible for the divisions in the country and says just maybe they could occasionally say something nice about President Trump:

You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this President does is negative, despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the President is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected.  And he got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him, and wanted to see his policies enacted.

He’s delivered on that.  He’s delivered on the promises he’s made.  And, if anything, I think it is sad and divisive the way that every single thing that comes out of the media — 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouth is negative about this President, despite the fact that the economy is booming, despite the fact he said he would fix the trade deals.

He said he would defeat ISIS and he has.  The President has been delivering day in and day out.  And I think it would be nice if, every once and a while, we could focus on a few of the positive things the President has done, instead of just attacking him.

West Wing Rest Rooms to be Modernized for First Time Since Jimmy Carter

This urgent bulletin today from the White House. Among other repairs being done while President Trump is at his club in New Jersey on a working vacation . . .

The restrooms on the ground floor and second floor of the West Wing have not been modernized in approximately 40 years. The planned infrastructure improvements will address safety concerns and will include durable materials and finishes.

Now how did they ever expect to sell the place with 1970s era bathrooms? I mean, come on.

This being the Trump White House, my assumption is the restrooms will not be made “unisex” or otherwise transgender-friendly. I’m just saying. Although who knows, the bureaucracy works to the call of its own master.

And BTW, it’s heartbreaking to think of someone as post-modern and hip as Barack Obama peeing daily into a 40-year-old toilet.

Also this:

The East Room ceiling is cracking, creating a safety concern for the First Family, staff, and visitors to the White House. The cracks will be repaired and the entire ceiling will be re-painted in order to preserve and maintain this historic room.

Good. I guess the North Koreans and the Iranians would get a pretty good laugh if the ceiling to the East Room suddenly caved in during a press conference. Not to mention accusations of an intentional White House attack on the press corps.

White House Solution to Leakers: Fire Everybody

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. They’ll keep some “Key senior people,” in the White House communications office, which seems to be a very leaky ship after word emerged from a meeting of communications staff that White House aide Kelly Sadler had said Sen. John McCain’s vote on the CIA director didn’t matter because he was “dying anyway.”

And they’ll keep some others. But according to Politico, a lot of people are going to go. Even though it doesn’t seem that they’ve necessarily identified a leaker.

That’s because nobody has been fired yet, despite the plan to get rid of people. You’d frog march a known leaker right out the door. And some of those being removed are going to be reassigned and NOT FIRED, which suggests the White House is just machine-gun firing bullets, hoping to hit something.

Politico also reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly, who is steering the plan, recently said during a meeting of new hires that Sadler was merely making a factual statement about McCain dying.

Which doesn’t itself sound factual, since he wasn’t expected to die before the CIA confirmation vote. What’s more, if she was coldly stating the fact, that’s even worse than a joke, isn’t it?

Of course, the irony here is left unsaid: Whatever Politico reported about these internal White House deliberations was . . . leaked, since nobody is quoted on the record.

White House Communications Staffers Fret Amid Talk of “Purge”

Reports are circulating that we will see a major house cleaning at the White House to try to exterminate leakers on the White House communications staff.

How do we know? Probably the senior White House staffers who themselves leak all the time – and will do the firing – let reporters in on it.

I would expect something this afternoon or evening – this is the kind of thing you want to do but don’t need a lot of press for, so Friday evening is best.

People right now are at their desks like sitting ducks waiting for the Secret Service to come escort them out. Not a pretty sight.

According to Fox News:

Following a week marked by damaging leaks and intense media scrutiny, rattled White House communications staffers have been told in closed-door meetings that a major purge is likely coming soon

Junior communications staffers nervous, scared, and disheartened after hearing about the possible shakeup coming soon, sources told Fox News.

Some in the White House tell Fox News that they believe administration bigwigs like Conway are in fact some of the worst leakers, leading junior staffers in the communications department to feel the warnings of an impending purge are unfair.

The uncertainty and tension has led several junior staffers — and even some top staffers — in the communications department to look for an exit, according to White House sources. But finding good landing spots outside of the Trump White House has been difficult for some.

Conway Expects Firings Over White House Leak

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway Monday evening said she expects heads to roll as the result of leaks of a comment White House communications aide Kelly Sadler made during an internal meeting.

“I had several discussions with the president on this very topic today,” Conway said on Fox News, another way of saying that President Trump is furious.

Asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum if she expects personnel changes, Conway said “I do, actually. Yes, I do.”

Sadler is the one who made a wisecrack about John McCain dying.

It’s incredible that no one – correct me if I’m wrong – has been fired yet specifically for leaking. It’s as if a Walmart is being shoplifted every day and all the management has got is some overweight unarmed rent-a-cop snoozing on a stool in the back of the store.

Such a sad irony that a president who demands loyalty more than others gets so little of it.

White House Briefing Wednesday Again to be Off-Camera

Well, this is going to cause the MSM to go ballistic, given that yesterday’s briefing was also off camera. Once again, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be ringmaster. Ringmistress? No, that doesn’t sound right, best to stay with the sexist male version of the term. Looks like Sean Spicer is increasingly fading into the background. Remember,… Continue Reading

White House to Keep Visitor Logs Secret

The White House plans to keep logs of visitors to the White House complex secret, the Washington Examiner reported. In an announcement Friday, the White House cited national security risks and privacy concerns of visitors as the primary reason the Trump administration is breaking with President Obama’s policy of logging all visitors. The administration is… Continue Reading