President Trump has had a very good last couple of weeks, even if the media has chosen to continue focusing on what they view as the “negatives” of the Trump administration. The President has seen his EPA undermine many of the Obama administration’s draconian regulations, the Senate finally confirmed his Supreme Court pick, and the President himself made his predecessor look like a weak fool by choosing to punish Syria for using chemical weapons against their civilian population. Sadly, even with all of these victories the Trump White House has had some major problems internally as news of infighting between Trump’s two most important advisors leaked out to the media. It was a major unforced error and over the weekend Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner came together to “bury the hatchet” and to get themselves out of the media spotlight.
However, the media doesn’t give up that easily, and on Monday they were asking White House spokesman Sean Spicer to be forthcoming with all of the details about what kind of arguments the two men might be having.
Spicer declined and explained that President Trump has chosen to bring together a real team of rivals, in the tradition of Lincoln, so that he might get a wide range of perspectives on each issue. Spicer then made it clear that at the end of the day, after all the opinions are spoken, it is President Trump who is “the Decider.”
A lot of this is, frankly, overblown.
But number two is, the reason the president’s brought this team together is offer a diverse set of opinions. I don’t — he doesn’t want a monolithical kind of thought process going through the White House. He wants a diverse set of opinions.
That’s — he is the decider. He has people come in and give him a variety of options and plans. He went back and forth over that 72- hour period where he wanted additional options, additional, you know, explanations, and questions answered. That’s how he’s going to deal.
And — and, so, whether it’s this, health care, tax reform, trade, he’s got a divergent set of opinions (inaudible) here of experts. The idea isn’t to have one set of thought and policy flowing through there. It’s to give the president the best advice possible, but that once the president makes a decision, that the team is on board 100 percent, to make sure that we do what’s in the best interest of the country and fulfill the agenda that he’s laid out.
See the full press conference below: