Famed Watergate Icon Raves: Trump a “Pragmatist” Staff Built to Provide “Options”

Color me surprised. I would have never expected for liberal hero and famed Watergate reporter, Bob Woodward, to be heard “praising” Trump.

Okay, maybe “praising” is too aggressive of a word to be using here. Woodward may not have been praising Trump, but he was crediting the President for being willing to listen to many different voices on any given topic, and that’s as close as GOP presidents can hope to get with liberals.

Woodward was a guest on Fox News SUNDAY where he discussed President Trump’s White House staff and the possibility that some formerly key players may now be on their way out. Woodward explained that anyone who enters the Trump orbit has to understand that just because the President agrees with you on some things, doesn’t mean he’s going to agree with you on everything. It also means that while you may be the “flavor of the week” now, you may be an outcast at some point down the road. This message should be well known to the currently embattled Steve Bannon who has been credited as the architect of the Trump presidential victory, but now seems to barely be clinging to his job in the White House.

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Chris Wallace: Now, Bob, if you believe the reports of papers like your “Washington Post,” he’s down, conceivably out. What’s going on?

Bob Woodward: You — you can believe that. I mean that’s true. But you — there is ascendancy and then there is crashing and you will see stories about so-and-so’s winning and then two weeks later they’re fired. The question here is, who is Trump? And Trump is a pragmatist, just like those policy changes. We knew for a long time he was going to have a two track strategy on Russia, reach out to Putin, but also be tough on a number of things.

In terms of his staff, as best I can tell, he’ll — it’s a menu for him. I’ll take this one. I’ll take that one. And I’m not going to have dessert. I’m not going to have Bannon. I’m not going to have — and so it’s — it’s — I would not reach any sweeping conclusions.

The real question is, as an executive, is this going to work for him, because you’re going to get stories like in my newspaper, which is quite well done, that there is a battle going on and the battle and the discussion should be about the policy, not the personalities.

Chris Wallace: But I don’t have to tell you, personnel is policy.

Bob Woodward: It is, but — but Trump is clearly that, you know, we know from the campaign, three campaign managers, he’s ruthless. You come and you go. And the people who are wise about him realize that they may be here now, but maybe not tomorrow.

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