President Donald Trump isn’t happy about insubordinate public comments by chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, yet he isn’t planning to do anything about them, Politico reports.
But the underwhelming crowd at last week’s rally in Phoenix, organized by longtime aide George Gigicos? That’s another story.
Bloomberg News reports that Trump, miffed about the optics of empty seats in the Phoenix Convention Center, “later had his top security aide, Keith Schiller, inform Gigicos that he’d never manage a Trump rally again, according to three people familiar with the matter.”
The president’s contrasting responses reveal, once again, the structure of his unorthodox political value system. This is your regular reminder that he cares about crowd size more than almost anything else.
By conventional standards, the remarks by Cohn and Tillerson were more embarrassing to the president than an unfilled rally venue. Addressing Trump’s initial failure to single out white supremacists for criticism after the deadly demonstration in Charlottesville earlier this month, Cohn told the Financial Times on Friday that “this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups.”
On the same subject, Tillerson said Sunday on Fox News that “the president speaks for himself” and added, “I’ve made my own comment as to our values.”
Meanwhile, the attendance in Phoenix that so infuriated Trump still clocked in at about 10,000 people, according to the city. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. But the audience apparently failed to meet the…
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