He can't help himself, not at his age. Donald Trump is a sociopath. He has an uncontrollable impulse to screw everybody. Facts, truth have no relevance to his modus operandi. His impulses are fueled by dishonesty, outright lies and an incredible talent for getting people to accept them.
His supporters, the Gullibillies? He might throw them a bone now and then but he'll tell them it's a Porterhouse steak with all the fixings and he knows they'll believe it. It's astonishing.
One way to help keep his con game running is chaos. He's a master of it. Chaos is Trump's default operating system. When the machine starts to sputter, scapegoat somebody and then fire their sorry ass out the door.
CBS News reports this morning of a major purge said to be looming. Targeted are Trump's chief of staff, his national security advisor and up to three cabinet secretaries. That would really spin up the revolving door at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
A shake-up that some at the White House are preemptively calling a purge is coming. It could take down a chief of staff, a national security adviser, and up to three Cabinet secretaries, reports CBS News correspondent Major Garrett. It all depends on President Trump's volatile mood and available, willing replacements.
"We're coming back and doing it more so than we've ever done before. We're setting records," Mr. Trump said Wednesday in St. Louis, touting what he called record-setting economic progress.
But the turnover of top aides at his White House has also made history. So far, in the 14 months of his presidency, more than 20 senior administration staffers have either been fired, resigned or reassigned.
The next to go could be National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, expected to be replaced by former Bush administration official and frequent Fox News analyst John Bolton. Bolton is a hawk on Iran and North Korea, like new Secretary of State nominee and current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.
The man brought in last summer to impose order in the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly, may also be on the way out, according to congressional and administration sources.
With Pompeo taking over at the State Department and Bolton expected to take over the NSA, the hawks - the real claw and fang crew - are moving in. Absent Kelly and McMaster that will only leave Def Sec Mattis to restrain Trump's puerile urges. Lots of people are likely to be screwed, some of them screwed out of their lives.
Trump seems to revel in his role as ScrewMeister. At a major fundraiser in Missouri yesterday Trump boasted to the crowd how he screwed with Justin Trudeau when they met to discuss trade. Trudeau assured Trump that the US actually has a balance of trade surplus with Canada. Trump told the crowd he had no idea but simply insisted that America was in a trade deficit. Facts don't matter when your goal is merely to screw everyone.
And then there's the small matter of this year's White House "Economic Report of the President" that Trump had the cameras gathered to record him signing with his customary, puerile flourish. Trump's own report, validated by his signature, confirmed that the US does indeed run a modest balance of trade surplus with Canada.
With Trump there are no "win-win" deals which makes facts inconsequential. He's not out for fairness. What he's after is to ensure that everyone else loses.