During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in [Donald] Trump's tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.Who cares if Spicer is a dissembling disaster? He gets great ratings!
The president's response was swift and unequivocal. "I'm not firing Sean Spicer," he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. "That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in."
Trump even likened Spicer's daily news briefings to a daytime soap opera, noting proudly that his press secretary attracted nearly as many viewers.
That says as much about the kind of shallow, unserious person that Donald Trump is than just about anything else one could ever read about him.
The entire article is worth your time to read in its entirety, but I want to highlight one more passage:
Trump turns on the television almost as soon as he wakes, then checks in periodically throughout the day in the small dining room off the Oval Office, and continues late into the evening when he's back in his private residence. "Once he goes upstairs, there's no managing him," said one adviser.It's terrifying that the President of the United States needs to be "managed" in the first place—though we all knew that would be the case if Trump were elected. Even his campaign surrogates addressed this obvious concern by assuring us he'd surround himself with moderating influences. But apparently their magical powers of moderation are rendered inert by Trump simply walking up a flight of stairs.
"There's no managing him." No shit.