Inside the collapse of Trump’s D.C. policy shop

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  1. Robisan macrumors 6502

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    Lol! You'll never guess why it fell apart. No, really, it's a total shocker. Remember, Trump always keeps the best people around him and will always be advised by his team of experts.

    Inside the collapse of Trump’s D.C. policy shop

    The Trump campaign built a large policy shop in Washington that has now largely melted away because of neglect, mismanagement and promises of pay that were never honored. Many of the team’s former members say the campaign leadership never took the Washington office seriously and let it wither away after squeezing it dry.

    Donald Trump often brags about having experts and senior former officials advising him. Wednesday night in a forum on national security, he said, “We have admirals, we have generals, we have colonels. We have a lot of people that I respect.

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    Since April, advisers never named in campaign press releases have been working in an Alexandria-based office, writing policy memos, organizing briefings, managing surrogates and placing op-eds. They put in long hours before and during the Republican National Convention to help the campaign look like a professional operation.

    But in August, shortly after the convention, most of the policy shop’s most active staffers quit. Although they signed non-disclosure agreements, several of them told me on background that the Trump policy effort has been a mess from start to finish.

    “It’s a complete disaster,” one disgruntled former adviser told me. “They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.”

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    A lot of the policy office’s work seemed to be just for show. For example, it organized national security and economic advisory teams that are not actually advising the candidate on a regular basis. The national security advisory committee met with Trump only once. Some of its members who have gotten a lot of attention, such as Russia expert Carter Page, have never met with Trump one on one.

    “The national security advisory board was total nonsense. They had absolutely no say in anything,” one of the former advisers said. “Most of them are just names on paper.​
     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    A Trust Scam, smoke and mirrors, a real shocker. Three cheers for future Supreme Leader Trust! :oops:
     
  3. Jess13 Suspended

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    Josh Rogin’s an anti-Trump neocon. Side note: Where is @vrDrew to complain about copy/paste/copyright? Oh, that’s right, he only does that in threads that show Hillary negatively.
     
  4. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    I'm sorry, but I find news reports like this simply too depressing.

    Right now there is a not -insignificant chance Donald Trump might actually be the next President of this country. And anyone who saw more than a minute or two of his rambling, ignorant, dishonest nonsense at the Matt Lauer- hosted crapfest in New York ought to come away deeply concerned.

    The President of the United States doesn't have to be an expert on every issue that comes before him. No human being can be all-knowledgeable. That is why we legislate and provide a generous budget for experts to advise the President on a whole range of issues. Medicine; the law; military; diplomatic; transportation; environment - you name it, there is probably a Special Assistant to the President who is a highly qualified, acknowledged expert in that field.

    And part of being a smart Commander-In-Chief, part of being a smart leader of any description, is assembling, trusting, and respecting the opinions of those who have the knowledge that you yourself don't.

    Donald Trump has spent a lifetime scorning the counsel of people smarter than him. Executives at his airline. Financial experts at his casinos. And this is how he treats the people who are advising him on matters of great national and international importance, and presumably preparing him for a role where he could hold the future of humanity itself in his control.

    How many human lives; how much damage to the prestige and good name of the United States; to our allies; to the environment; our economy; the banking system; to international trade - will we have to endure before Donald Trump begins to understand that he doesn't know what he's talking about?
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Hey, he said he hires the best people. He never said anything about paying them. Remember, this is the man who said American workers make too much money.
     
  6. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    for sure. I thought if you did not pay someone they are not hired but volunteers. hey trump gets what he paid for.
     
  7. Robisan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I quoted seven paragraphs of a 26-paragraph article, with indicators (~~) to clearly show these were partial excepts. I think that falls within Fair Use amount and substantiality and Forum rules.

     
  8. Jess13, Sep 8, 2016
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    I wasn’t attacking you—because you didn’t do anything wrong. I was pointing out how @vrDrew hasn’t said a word to you about the amount you copy/pasted, because it is negative toward Trump not negative toward Hillary. I post fewer paragraphs/character count about Hillary, and vrDrew whines at me about MacRumors “violation” and copyright. So I’m just pointing out vrDrew’s hypocrisy, thanks for your help. :p
     
  9. DearthnVader macrumors 6502

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    Classic rant, I love it, lol.


    Electing Trump puts the status quo at risk, that's why people support him, and that's why he's still in the race.
     
  10. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    be careful what you wish for you may actually get it.
     
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    Considering that Trump is being bandied about as the solution to neocon government, I'm beginning to root for the neocons.
     
  13. TsMkLg068426 macrumors 65816

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    Funny how he whines about Hillary's wrongdoings such as E-mails and Benghazi while this guy Trump will not show his Tax Returns and here is one of the many reasons he just wants to cover up all frauds and employees who he screwed over. He talks about bringing back business to America, yeah not you running it Donald Drumpft. You wonder why there are no jobs well here is the reason we are looking at one of the corrupt people.


    Not saying Hillary is some sort of angel she is no better than Trump but as a politician she is the one not Donald Trump.


    Also I find it funny how Benghazi they talk about how many people Hillary killed while during Bush Jr. Republican era he let thousands of soldiers die for his imaginary WMDs and like Benghazi Bush also got warnings and threats regarding 9/11 but instead he decided to go to a pre-school to read books to kids. Sorry but this shows how Republicans are running a circus still can not forget how Republicans shut down the Government once Obama Care passed that sure helped the economy.
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    Lol I guess that doesn't include himself love how Trump says **** without thinking sounds like Turret Syndrome.
     
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  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    More like a charade.
     
  16. Robisan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    More like a grift.
     

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