Mark Meadows, Hair Füror’s Chief of Staff (worst job in the known universe), appeared on Petunia & Pals (to play to an audience of one) and declared:
“Spoke to the president this morning,” Meadows said. “He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.” He added that the president “will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress.”
Meadows added, “We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today, with his medical professionals making that determination later today.”
Of course, as is standard protocol when dealing with the Mango-Hued Shitgibbon, Meadows added the usual fawning:
“His treatment has been remarkable,” Meadows said. “His strength has been incredible.”
The White House is running as well as usual:
Meanwhile, we learn from Axios morning email thingie that the West Wing has mostly been left in the dark:
White House crises of competence and credibility grew during a botched weekend that left even White House aides dismayed and befuddled…
Frustration and anxiety built among White House staffers, who say they went days with no internal communication from Meadows about protocols and procedures — including whether they should show up to work — as COVID tore through the West Wing….
A senior White House official said it was “ridiculous” that there had been no proper internal communication from the chief or operations officials since COVID started rapidly infecting their colleagues: “A bunch of us are talking about it and just gonna make the calls on our own.”
- The White House finally emailed staff with guidance at 8:18 last night — about 15 minutes after Axios contacted the press shop for a story about the lack of guidance. A senior official insisted the guidance email was “pre-scheduled.”
Several staffers told Axios they were furious with Meadows for leaving much of the staff in the dark, at the same time the White House was sending mixed, incomplete and inaccurate messages to the public.
Which is odd because others in the same complex got immediate and sound advice:
- By contrast, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, emailed her staff on Saturday advising them to work from home and reminding them of CDC guidance.
- And the vice president’s chief, Marc Short, emailed his senior staff at 3 a.m. Friday with an update on the president’s situation and urged them to work from home. Short also had a conference call with his staff on Saturday to take questions and explain the protocol and situation.