President Trump came to Washington DC to drain the swamp, but his figurative ship has had plenty of leaky holes to be repaired during this endeavor as well.
This has been a leak-prone White House, no doubt, as Trump’s brand of bombastic policy-making and direct diplomacy has rubbed many of the Washington fat cats the wrong way. They see him as a threat to their cushy and comfortable way of life, as he continues to slash and burn the federal budget in search of sensational savings.
This focus on self-preservation, combined with the “resistance” flu that continues to spread around the nation’s capital, has caused more than a few White House officials to turn tail, attempting to make a name for themselves by exposing what they see as catastrophes on The Beltway.
One former White House insider isn’t so much trying to make a name for themselves are they are prepared to rake in beaucoup bucks on a book deal, but a name may be made still.
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A new article alleges that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ chief speechwriter Guy Snodgrass is the “Anonymous” official who wrote a book blasting President Donald Trump.
The New Republic piece from former Bill Clinton speechwriter David Kusnetalleges Snodgrass is the anonymous senior official based on an analysis of his writing style compared to his memoir Holding the Line from Snodgrass in October.
“Reading Snodgrass’s Pentagon memoir, Holding the Line, the clues to Anonymous’s identity are apparent. As in A Warning, the sentences and paragraphs are pithy and punchy. Every chapter in both books begins with an inspiring but not cliched quotation from an historic figure. Many passages in both books are remarkably similar: the ordeal of conducting a Pentagon briefing for Trump; national security staffers exchanging appalled asides about Trump’s conduct of foreign policy via Twitter; and the arguments for why American alliances strengthen national security and immigration policy shouldn’t be based on building a border wall. In particular, both books stress that, when briefed about international alliances, Trump derails discussions by griping about how allies are stiffing the United States, from allegedly miserly NATO contributions to ostensibly one-sided trade policies.”
Snodgrass has refused to deny the accusation, almost confirming his authorship with his non-answer.
This @newrepublic piece posits that former Mattis aide Guy Snodgrass is "Anonymous." I sent the article to Snodgrass, who texted back, "Fun." When I pressed him on whether it was true, he replied, "No comment at this time." https://t.co/yHDClvhjRw
— Dan Spinelli (@danspinelli902) November 25, 2019
Snodgrass’ boss, General James Mattis, was no fan of President Trump himself, lending even more credibility to the possibility that the New Republic’s reporting is correct.
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