REPORT: White House Staffers Distract Trump With Other Items Until He Forgets His Latest Crazy Ideas

According to interviews with multiple insiders, whenever Trump comes up with another insane idea, staffers often distract him with other items until he forgets about his original plan.

Politico reports:

Trump would impulsively want to fire someone like attorney general Jeff Sessions, create a new wide–ranging policy with far–flung implications like increasing tariffs on Chinese steel imports or end a decades–old deal like the North American Free Trade Agreement. Enraged with a TV segment or frustrated after a meandering meeting, the president would order it done immediately.

“You either had to just convince him something better was his idea or ignore what he said to do and hoped he forgot about it the next day,” said Barbara Res, a former executive in the Trump Organization.

Trump, several advisers and aides said, sometimes comes into the Oval Office worked into a lather from talking to friends or watching TV coverage in the morning. Sometimes, a side conversation with an aide like Stephen Miller on immigration or a TV host like Sean Hannity would set him off.

Trump has, on several occasions, walked down to the Oval Office in the morning and told aides he knew they didn’t like the tweets he’d sent that morning. “They’re not presidential, I know,” he said, with a mocking tone on the word “presidential,” according to one person familiar with his comments. Then, the next day, he’d wake up and send more tweets they didn’t like.

The full story is really something.

  • Thorn Spike

    Other items include naps, milk and cookies, finger paints, and diaper changing.

    • Comixbear

      They don’t change his diaper…that’s why he’s full of shit.

  • Tawreos

    It would have been nice if Putin had taken some time to teach this asshole something about the office he was being given before he gave him the office.

    • bambinoitaliano

      He was not chosen for his learning ability.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Another day I wake to be disappointed he’s not dead.

  • Bess Watts

    He is just such a friggin embarrassment. Everyday is a new low –

  • DaddyRay

    Just like a toddler at a day care center

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Every Republican who doesn’t speak out is complicit.

    • Daveed_WOW

      They are all on my permanent list.

  • Kevin Perez
  • bambinoitaliano
    • JCF

      Which Cabinet member is that in the lower right?

    • TheManicMechanic

      Needs a death metal soundtrack!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Dazzer

      They can’t count to 25 unless they use both hands and all three feet.

    • clay

      “Staffers / advisors and aides” isn’t the same as “Vice President and Cabinet”.

    • Someone noticed the other day (Jon Aravosis, I think) that a lot of Republicans seem to be slipping in comments that imply that the president isn’t all there. It’s subtle but it could be a test flag to see how that goes. The problem for Republicans is that the base still loves Trump and while supporting Trump might doom them in a general election (though thanks to gerrymandering, not that much), saying anything against them definitely dooms them in their next primary. They know what they need to do, but they are too afraid of losing their seats to do it.

      • Lizard

        I see the political logic but it’s still deeply depressing. “Sure, the president is a narcissistic sociopath with the emotional maturity of a toddler who has threatened the safety of the American people on multiple occasions now, but what about our seats?!”

      • JCF

        i.e., “My Job over the Country (or World)”

      • While gerrymandering has taken a huge toll out of DNC power, if the DNC would put up viable candidates in every district, they just might be voted in. If the GOP voters are fed up with what the GOP is doing, they might defect.

  • Gustav2

    If this was any other president, the behaviors to distract or completely change the focus of the president would be cause to have them fired.

    In this case it might be considered patriotic.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Hey, it worked with Reagan!

    • Dazzer

      They had to wake Reagan up before they could distract him.

      • Mickey Bitsko

        He slept while the world wept.

  • netxtown

    Can’t they just put one of those twirling dogs, goats and sheep contraptions over his crib?

    • Dazzer

      Why don’t they put real dogs, real sheep and real goats over his bed and just let them shit on him?

      • Mikey

        he’s really more of a piss type of guy.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • OdieDenCO

    stop it! let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out and let’s get this over with. the staffers are doing a disservice to America by dampening donny’s behavior. donny thinks he’s the greatest as does his base. let him prove to the base just how incompetent he actually is. the only exception to behavior modification being war.

    • olandp

      The problem with that plan is that his deplorable base will never believe he is incompetent. They will rejoice in his every immature action and will even support going to war for him. Of course they won’t go to war, because just like Don the Con they are cowards, but they will cheer others going.

      • OdieDenCO

        ah, but his deplorables are part of the American economy. donny’s is all about starting trade wars with anybody and everybody. his base is uneducated and unemployable in all but the most labor intensive jobs. the lessons learned when you are hungry tend to have a great impact on behavior.

      • clay

        True, the adivsors and aides should stop interfering so Turmp can prove to the [House and Cabinet] just how incompetent he actually is. The only exception to behavior modification being war.

      • The only agenda on the right these days is to piss off the left. So long as liberals loathe Trump, they will cheer for him. That’s what it’s come to.

        • The_Wretched

          Other than the twin goals of christian hegemony and oligarch into aristocrat transformation.

    • grada3784

      Just remember that Claudius was followed by Nero.

    • JCF

      Needs Mein Kampf on the bedstand (I’m not joking).

    • I can’t imagine him with a newspaper….

      • prixator

        Well, if his name is on the front page…

  • TexasBoy

    “Mr. President…look…over here…”

  • Ernest Endevor

    Here’s an idea…

    • David Walker

      *sigh* Julie’s voice in the morning. Thank you, good sir.

  • Treant

    It’s time, I think, to take the throttle off. Screw distracting him, let the idiot do whatever stupid thing comes into his head as long as it doesn’t start a war directly. Let’s see how long the Republicans can stand it when 2 PM’s executive order directly contradicts the one issued at 11 AM.

  • tbj5

    Someone needs to jingle the keys harder to make him forget this healthcare EO nonsense.

    Because dementia in a sociopath is apparently where we are at now for our “President”.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I read this before leaving for work and was laughing about it (jiggling the keys) during the drive. Very funny but very true for anyone who’s been around a baby. The keys always get their attention no matter what they are doing.

    • MichaelJ

      For me the keys need to be jingled to prevent Trump from taking military action, particularly on the Korean peninsula.

  • Clive Johnson
    • Lars Littlefield

      Yup. Exactly.

      • Kenster999

        Except those guys were cool

  • TexasBoy

    Show him cliffhangers without the follow up episodes:

    Who shot JR?
    Will Fonzie really jump the shark?
    Did destroying her eggs really prevent the V from taking over earth?
    What happened in StarGate Universe?

    • Snarky

      I like the idea, but I don’t know if he can follow the complex plots of ’80s TV shows.

      I think his development stopped before he had an understanding of object permanence. Just have Kellyanne leave the room, and he freaks out. She returns and he’s happy again – having forgotten whatever he was complaining about.

  • Blake Mason

    Why haven’t they installed a permanent piece of ass intern to keep him distracted.

    • stuckinthewoods

      They haven’t needed to go there yet. For now it’s enough to hire White House staff with bouffants to impersonate his
      mother. “Donnie, come to Mommy, hush now, you can tease Mommy’s hair,
      then Mommy will tease your hair, it’ll be okay Donnie.”

    • clay

      Uhh, Hope Hicks? Hello?

  • ByronK

    They should call Confuse-A-Cat.

    • Bryan

      Incorporating, Amaze-A-Vole, Ltd! Stun-A-Stoat, Ltd!

  • -M-

    A) Not a surprise.

    B) So they confirm that he’s irrational, volatile, and easily distracted – and that they ignore his orders and try to trick him into making the decisions that they want because he’s an incompetent fool with no sense or self control who won’t listen to reason. Yet Congress and the Cabinet, complicit in every way, continue to pretend that he’s the President rather than removing him for his crimes or the fact that he’s obviously incapable of carrying out the duties of the office.

    • Nowhereman

      What’s scary is that the people jangling their keys aren’t any better than he is.

  • clay

    So, one more reason to get rid of Stephen Miller.

  • douglas


  • He’s always been like this. Always. And we all knew that. 60 million people voted for him anyway. WTF.

  • Lizard

    “If this guy doesn’t stop calling me ‘dotard’ I swear I’m gonna fire the nukes directly at his OOOOOOH SPARKLY!”

  • Ken M

    No need to cleverly distract him. Whenever he says anything, simply ask “excuse me, did you say something?”

  • Todd20036

    Remember when we had an adult in the WH? Remember when we could have had an adult female in the WH? Remember when the people who loved the president in the WH didn’t just love him to “make the libtards cry”?

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe they should take the extra step and see about getting him removed?

  • Elsewhere1010

    Distracting him shouldn’t be hard. Anything shiny should do the trick.

    • They should distract him with sex workers, dressed up to resemble rich society wives. Oh, wait those are the same thing, yeah?

  • JWC

    Yes America, this is your president . the man with his finger on the button. Hey Donny, look at the cute bunny Donny look

  • Nowhereman

    This is just not funny anymore. The worst part is having to wait for the republicans to do the right thing.

  • Why know which candidate didn’t need a baby sitter?

    And we knew this before Election Day. His campaign took away his cell phone a week before Election Day because they didn’t want him to tweet.

  • DoctorDJ

    Sounds just like my mother in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

    Except my dear departed mother couldn’t blow up the world.

  • JCF

    Like a dog, or a cat (not that I mean to insult dogs or cats!). But heck, if this is what it’s come to:

    “FIDO 2020! ‘Give me a snausage, and I won’t start WW3′”

  • TheManicMechanic

    Man-child with money and, now, too much power.

  • Brian Westley
  • andrew

    So we have a group of day care workers keeping the toddler happy and distracted so that he doesn’t blow up the world. I’m so relieved.