Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How the ultimate D.C. insider penetrated Trump's White House

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JS: Portman, Ryan, Peibus are fooling themselves if they think Pres Trump doesn't know where they are and what they want.They will cooperate or be evicted.

'Of course, the approach may not be coming from Trump directly. “These are all Reince hires,” the source said, referring to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. “I don’t think Trump has any idea who these people are. These are literally all the people he ran against.” 

Donald Trump railed against Establishment Washington in his presidential campaign. But now that he’s in the White House, it’s actually a pretty good time to be a Washington insider.

Just ask Sen. Rob Portman.

There’s no more archetypal Washington operator than the Ohio Republican, a former House member, U.S. trade representative, Office of Management and Budget head and lower-level White House staffer. And now he’s got a direct line to the Trump White House on national and home-state priorities, as the administration has been quietly stocked with aides and advisers with longstanding ties to Republican Party leadership.
“It’s good. As you know, I’ve got a lot of Portman team members down there,” Portman said in an interview in his Washington office after decisively winning reelection last year. “We’ve got a lot of friends.”

He’s not the only one. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, not to mention uber-lobbyists like former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, all count close relationships within the Trump administration.

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