Ever since Donald Trump's inauguration in January, a considerable number of high-ranking and well-known public officials have either been fired or resigned from his administration, including press secretary Sean Spicer, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, Attorney General Sally Yates, former director of the FBI James Comey, chief of communications Anthony Scaramucci, and others. But some continue to stay. In order to understand why they remain in their positions, veteran journalist and co-founder of the media website Axios Mike Allen spoke with anonymous White House officials who revealed the disturbing reason they won't quit Trump.
Allen wrote that he spoke with "half a dozen senior administration officials" from the White House and noted their state of being as ranging from determined to continue working under Trump to simply abysmal. All of them agreed to speak with the Axios executive editor off the record.
The reasons they offered for staying were mostly predictable; some wanted to change the administration for better, while others believed Trump wasn't receiving a fair chance in news media. But the most disturbing reason was a quote that said, "You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill."
The rationale for remaining in the White House under this particular reason was that the president apparently needed conscientious and intelligent people around him or he would, according to the off-the-record officials Allen mentioned, commence a "trade war" with China, vamp up deportations or authorize a "government shutdown to force construction of a Southern wall."
Apart from apparently wanting to keep Trump in check, other reasons for staying in the White House were less controversial and more run-of-the-mill. One of the reasons given to Allen was that "Trump is not as evil as portrayed"; this supposedly gave the officials an inkling of hope to remain in their positions and perhaps change the more controversial and unstable views of Trump.
At the end, Allen offered some cogent advice for those on the inside. While the optimism of certain officials who purportedly want to change Trump and his administration for the better is uplifting, Allen noted that it was somewhat naive. Why, you may ask? The likelihood of a "catastrophic crisis," according to Allen, isn't a far-fetched fear but a highly realistic possibility under the Trump administration.
Ending his report, he offered some friendly advice for the White House officials who continue working in cahoots with Trump: "Rookies or boot-lickers are not what we need in those moments."