If there was any doubt President Donald Trump treats the presidency like a business, doubt no more. The leader of the free world just openly admitted that he's keeping White House press secretary Sean Spicer around for the sake of high ratings.
Trump reportedly spilled the beans about Spicer — who manages to stick his foot in his mouth time and time again — during a luncheon at the White House in March.
"During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.
The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. 'I’m not firing Sean Spicer,' he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. 'That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.'
Trump even likened Spicer’s daily news briefings to a daytime soap opera, noting proudly that his press secretary attracted nearly as many viewers."
Eek. Trump's statement illuminates a much, much larger issue: How he views one of the most important jobs in the world. To the president, being president is about the viewership and ratings. Take this soundbite from the same interview, in which he drew comparisons between 9/11 media coverage and an appearance on "Face the Nation":
"It had 9.2 million people. It's the highest they've ever had. On any, on air, (CBS "Face the Nation" host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It's the highest for "Face the Nation" or as I call it, "Deface the Nation." It's the highest for "Deface the Nation" since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It's a tremendous advantage."
Most interestingly, the White House Correspondent of the Associated Press recently asked Trump about the differences between running a businesses and running the country, and he said, word for word,
"Well in business, you don't necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people. So if you're talking about health care — you have health care in business but you're trying to just negotiate a good price on health care, et cetera, et cetera. You're providing health. This is (unintelligible). Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don't involve heart."
Based on what he said last month, this sounds like a giant sack of bull. What's new?
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