After the kind of year (plus) that we’ve witnessed so far from the Trump administration, it really is kind of a wonder that nobody, up until now, has just come out and asked them what the hell is wrong with just giving straight answers.
That’s a reasonable thing to expect — or at least, it would be during any other presidency. In fact, even in the least transparent administrations this country has ever had, no president has been able to consistently lie to the public with the frequency or amplitude that Trump has been allowed to.
So when Raj Shah opened Monday’s press briefing for questions, the Associated Press’ Zeke Miller didn’t waste even one second on pointless questions and got right to the one that everyone wants to be answered:
On Thursday, White House officials were up on this stage, and the said the president would sign the omnibus legislation; on Friday, he warned that he would veto it, ultimately signed it. Ten days ago, Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] said that H.R. McMaster had the president’s confidence and support, wouldn’t be leaving; last Thursday it was announced that he would be leaving the White House, and about two and half weeks ago the president expressed confidence in his attorneys, and then there was a bit of a shake-up there last week. So can you talk to, speak to the White House’s credibility? Why should we in this room, and more importantly, the American people, trust anything this administration is telling them?”
What can you even say to that? Well, Raj tried, with a few platitudes about fluctuating information, and the president’s communications team attempting to disseminate “the best information available at the time.” But that doesn’t really answer the real question — Why should we trust them? It’s clear that there is always more going on behind the scenes than anyone inside the White House is letting on, and Trump’s public face team says whatever they’re told to say, of course.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be nothing more than a rhetorical question until there is a paradigm shift in the way this White House operates, because all they know is lies and subterfuge.
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