(CNN) Keep it to Donald Trump in order to reinvent the Cabinet meeting.
Donald Trump did something very different in his Cupboard meeting Monday.
First, he reviewed the various supposed successes of his first 143 days and made this outstanding claim: “Never has there already been a president…. with few conditions… who’s passed more legislation, whoms done more things than I got. ”
Um, okay. While Trump has signed several executive orders and actions — the most high profile of which, the so-called “travel ban” was, again, blocked by a courtroom on Monday
— what he hasn’t really performed is pass actual legislation via Congress. The health care bill can be tied up in Senate machinations. Taxes reform hasn’t moved an “. Funding for the border wall has not happened. And so on.
(Nota bene: You can’t state “never has” something happened then say “with few exceptions. inch Either it’s never happened or even it, well, has. )
But , that was not even close to the weirdest part of the Cupboard meeting!
As soon as Trump finished touting his administration’s accomplishments, he turned to several of their newly-minted Cabinet secretaries like Farming Secretary Sonny Perdue. Each of individuals Cabinet secretaries lavished praise upon Trump, which he accepted without having comment but with a broad smile.
At first, I thought Trump was just going to have the brand new members of the Cabinet spend a couple of minutes praising him. NOPE! It quickly became clear that Trump prepared to have every Cabinet member speak. So when I say “speak” what I actually mean is “praise Trump with regard to his accomplishments, his foresight, the being awesome. ”
You think I am exaggerating. We are not. Here’s what White House Key of Staff Reince Priebus said regarding Trump
: “We thank you for the chance and blessing to serve your own agenda. ”
I mean, WHAT?!?
The whole thing reminded me of a picture directly from the boardroom of “The Apprentice. ” A group of supplicants almost all desperately trying to hold on to their areas on the show by effusively praising Trump — each one trying to take it one step further than the last. And Trump in the center of it all, totally and completely satisfied with himself. (Reminder: Around that Cupboard table are hugely accomplished generals, billionaires and political people with lengthy track records of success. )
What those contestants knew will be the same thing Trump’s Cabinet has now noticed: Flattery will get you everywhere. Jesse Trump’s favorite topic of discussion is Donald Trump. The best way to discuss Donald Trump, if you want to keep doing work for Donald Trump, is to praise Jesse Trump. The more over-the-top, the better.
Chuck Schumer had been quick off the line to model Trump with this re-creation of the Cupboard meeting:
There are a tendency in Trump’s presidency in order to overlook or dismiss these smaller sized sorts of things. “Keep focused on the particular stuff that really matters, ” individuals tweet at me every day, all day long. (For liberals sending those twitter posts, it’s about Russia and Trump’s finances. For conservatives, it’s Trump’s many accomplishments that are being allegedly disregarded. )
Our contention is that things like this Cupboard meeting — while totally insignificant in terms of actual policy — are usually deeply revealing about who Trump is and how he views themself, the people who work for him as well as the world. And how he views all those things is this: With Trump in the center and everyone a talked emanating from his hub.