In this excellent piece at TPM, Allegra Kirkland lays out why the extraordinary volume of leaks coming from the Trump White House is seen as unprecedented — and what is behind the deluge. (Read her full piece here.) Excerpt:
Either oblivious to or uninterested in the traditional channels through which executive decisions are made, Trump is blazing ahead with huge policy changes like the travel ban, reportedly without consulting officials essential to the successful rollout of those policies.
Trump “basically ran against the establishment and the establishment works for him now and they’re not all contented employees,” Keller said by way of explanation. “I think they feel less of the initial loyalty they’d feel to a new president because he’s basically told the world he doesn’t think much of them.”