Trump’s D.C. Policy Shop Implodes Due to Neglect and Nonpayment

by Kerry Eleveld –


Perhaps it should come as no surprise from a candidate who consults himself and knows more than the generals do that Donald Trump’s policy shop was a house of cards. But whatever once existed as a conduit for imparting actual information to Trump has apparently collapsed on itself in the wake of the GOP convention. Josh Rogin reports:

The last straw for some came in early August, when the Washington policy shop held two marathon work sessions designed to plan out how to get Trump ready for the policy portions of the upcoming presidential debates. The Washington policy team came up with detailed plans about who would brief Trump on specific policy topics over the course of several weeks.

But after [Rick] Dearborn worked his staff overtime to get the recommendations, the campaign leadership decided to go in a different direction. “The New York office realized that their candidate would not be receptive to that level of intense preparation,” one former adviser said.

Not receptive to that level of intense preparation? Perhaps they should have let Trump know that he wouldn’t be able to use a teleprompter during the debates. Anyway, true to form, Trump also stiffed the policy team, which apparently didn’t help with morale.

Shortly after the convention, most of the policy shop’s most active staffers quit. Although they signed non-disclosure agreements, several of them told me on background that the Trump policy effort has been a mess from start to finish.

“It’s a complete disaster,” one disgruntled former adviser told me. “They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.”

“Use and abuse” … sound familiar? Why any of those folks thought Trump would treat them differently than the trail of fleeced business owners that’s followed him his entire career is a mystery. It’s literally a case of “All that work … for nothing.”


Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos