As a girl, Sarah Huckabee Sanders watched her father, Southern Baptist pastor-turned-GOP-governor Mike Huckabee, sidelined constantly. Arkansas Democrats literally nailed his office door shut. In the years after, she saw conservative Christians — like her family, like most everyone she knew — ridiculed in American pop culture. As a young woman, she moved to Washington for a government job, and noticed right away that people in the nation’s capital care more about your job than who you are. “Certainly not like where I’m from,” she says. And now, she is President Trump's press secretary. Since assuming the position in July, Sanders has triggered discussions about, among other things, the place of religious conservative women in power politics (she’s the first mom in that job, and just the third woman), and whether her presence helps or hurts the evangelical witness.
“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling” (Pt 2)
Speculation about #JohnKelly’s future increased after Politico reported that Kelly’s deputy #KirstjenNielsen is likely to be named #HomelandSecurity Secretary, the theory among some Republicans is that Kelly wanted to give her a soft landing before his departure.
One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense #JamesMattis discussed what they would do in the event #Trump ordered a #nuclear#firststrike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend #TomBarrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.
While Kelly can’t control Trump’s #tweets, he's doing his best to physically sequester the president, much to Trump’s frustration. One major #GOP donor said access to Trump has been cut off, and his outside calls to the #WhiteHouse switchboard aren’t put through to the #OvalOffice. Kelly has plans to prevent Trump from mingling with guests at #MaraLago later this month. And, according to two sources, #KeithSchiller quit last month after Kelly told Schiller he needed permission to speak to the president and wanted written reports of their conversations.
The White House denies these accounts. “The President’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive,” an official said.
#WestWing aides have also worried about Trump’s public appearances, one Trump adviser said. The adviser said aides were relieved when Trump declined to agree to appear on the season premiere of #60Minutes last month. “He’s lost a step. They don’t want him doing adversarial TV interviews,” the adviser explained. Instead, Trump sat down for friendly conversations with #SeanHannity and #MikeHuckabee, whose daughter is Trump’s press secretary. (The White House official says the 60 Minutes interview is being rescheduled.)
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*GAUNTLET* @ChipHinkleman I'M FEUDING WITH THIS FOOL THANK THINKS HE CAN USE HUMOR TO MAKE #MikeHuckabee's RACISM MORE PALATABLE
Trump Talks About His Greatest Asset on Mike Huckabee's New Show on TBN
#President#DonaldTrump sat down with #MikeHuckabee for the premiere #episode of his new show "Huckabee," which will air Saturday night. In the #interview, the president talks about one of his greatest #assets, first lady #MelaniaTrump.
One of your greatest assets is the first lady, Huckabee says in the interview for his new show for the Trinity Broadcasting Network, praising her for her #empathy and for #connecting personally with #people. "It's true" #Trump responds.
Huckabee then asks if her soaring approval #ratings bother Trump. "She is very #popular" Trump agrees and continues, "She's a very #private#person. And honestly, she loved her other life. Her other life was a good life, before I decided to do this"
The president adds that she doesn't need popularity. "But she does like to help people. And she sees how important it is. … And she's taken tremendous abuse. But the good news is the people understand her"
The #firstlady was recently criticised for wearing five-inch #stilettos when she boarded a #plane to #Texas after #HurricaneHarvey caused devastation in that #state, with the #mainstreammedia claiming that she was out of touch. However, when they arrived in Texas, she was wearing #sneakers not #heels.
"She's a very good person" Trump adds.