Thursday, May 18, 2017

Frustration grips White House seeing foreign trip as escape | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Frustration grips White House seeing foreign trip as escape | McClatchy Washington Bureau: An increasingly closed off White House continued to reel from multiple crises Wednesday, leaving staffers exhausted and frustrated as foreign policy experts wondered whether President Donald Trump should cancel his first foreign trip, fearing it could end in disaster.

The mood was particularly dour among staffers preparing for that trip, writing press releases, readying talking points or crafting the speech Trump is to give to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia. They continued to speak to and brief reporters about the trip but didn’t have much to say about the swirling controversies involving Russia. At least one staffer looked visibly weary.

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