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Trump attacks his own White House staff as ‘traitors and cowards’

Trump seems to have finally addressed the horrific joke that one of his aides made about Sen. John McCain. But it wasn’t by apologizing for it.

Last week, White House communications aide Kelly Sadler joked during a closed-door meeting that McCain is “dying anyway,” so his opinion on CIA nominee Gina Haspel is irrelevant.

For days, the White House has refused to apologize, and railed against the story as a “leak” that could not be confirmed.

But at Monday’s White House daily briefing, deputy press secretary Raj Shah officially confirmed that the “leak” was true, that Sadler had apologized for the remark, and that the matter was being handled “internally.”

Hours later, Trump lashed out in a nonsensical tweet, not at the hateful comment itself, but at the fact that it was leaked and whomever was responsible for doing so.

“The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible.” Trump tweeted.

But he immediately contradicted his “Fake News” claim in the same tweet.

“With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!” he added.

It’s no surprise that Trump won’t apologize, since he’s said much worse about McCain himself.

And his paranoid campaign to root out “traitors” from his own staff won’t make his White House any more attractive to job seekers.

Trump’s rage over “fake news” has had numerous targets over his time in office. Now his own inner circle is next up for the blame.

Trump pressured into calling Waffle House hero 3 weeks late

It took Trump three weeks to call James Shaw Jr., the hero who disarmed a shooter in a Nashville restaurant. And he still hasn’t offered any public praise for Shaw’s bravery.

It was three weeks ago Sunday that James Shaw Jr. stopped a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee. And it took that long for Trump to finally contact him.

On Monday afternoon, deputy press secretary Raj Shah opened the White House daily briefing by quickly noting that Trump called Shaw that morning to “commend” him. The 15-second mention contained no direct quotes from the call.

Later in the briefing, American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan pressed Shah for details.

“We all need more information about the conversation the president had by phone with James Shaw, Jr.,” Ryan said. “Why wasn’t it here at the White House?”

Shah stammered a response, but Ryan continued to press him about the lack of a White House invitation.

“Honestly, I don’t know if he was invited,” Shah finally said. “I just honestly don’t have more for you on that.”

Ryan had also questioned press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders two weeks ago about Trump’s snub of Shaw, and pointed out that Trump praised other heroes. Sanders promised a phone call and an invitation to the White House.

But today, Shah had no information about a White House visit, and very little to say about the phone call. And even now, three weeks after the tragedy, Trump still has yet to publicly praise Shaw.

The Waffle House shooting doesn’t fit the NRA’s “good guy with a gun” narrative. And James Shaw Jr.’s heroism doesn’t fit the racist worldview of Trump or his base.

By keeping his words of praise for Shaw private, Trump conveniently and disgracefully avoids offending his right-wing supporters.


Updated: May 14, 2018 — 10:56 pm

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