On Friday, April 8, the White House released a photograph of the man who plays at president sitting at a table in his exclusive Florida resort. He was surrounded by predominately financial advisors and assorted hangers-on while they watched the grown-ups back home in Washington launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian airfield from which Assad launched his chemical weapons.
The financial cost of those weapons is an estimated $1 million each although this year’s Navy budget shows they have estimated that replacements will cost $1.5 million each.
It’s hard to know if the raid was considered in anyway successful by President Business and his playmate, but we do know that just hours after that attack, Syrian military aircraft were once again taking off from the al-Shayrat airfield and conducting bombing raids on Khan Sheikhoun, the town devastated by Assad’s chemical attack.
Now, all good leaders should be open to taking advice, because nobody can be an expert in everything, but the quality of that advice is dependent on the quality of the knowledge of the people behind the information.
So, let’s take a look at who was sitting on those professional looking wedding reception chairs for hire in the definitely totally secure side room at a private holiday resort and consider who was invited to come and play politics.
At the table, from left to right:
- Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff for operations, former roles as partner in CT Strategie consulting group, deputy chief of staff under George W. Bush, and former vice president of Chiquita Brands International
- Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and senior adviser, real estate investor, and developer
- Steve Mnuchin, secretary of treasury, previously hedge fund manager at Goldman Sachs
- Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, previously registered Democrat, banker specializing in bankruptcy restructuring.
- President Trump, seated at the head of the table.
- Rex Tillerson, secretary of state, previous CEO of ExxonMobil
- H.R. McMaster, national security adviser, Serving Lieutenant General in the US Army
- Reince Priebus, chief of staff, former RNC Chairman
- Sean Spicer, press secretary, founder of Endeavor Global Strategies PR firm, communications director for RNC
- A military aide
- Stephen Bannon, chief strategist who was recently removed from his National Security Council post, previously worked for Goldman Sachs and founded Breitbart News
- Stephen Miller, senior adviser, previous – career political communications advisor
- Michael Anton, a senior national security official, recently worked as managing director of investing firm Black Rock
- Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, multiple roles in the Bush administration around culture and diplomacy, partner at Goldman Sachs
- Gary Cohn, chief economic adviser, former president and CEO of Goldman Sachs
It would not be unreasonable to wonder if perhaps half the old board from Goldman Sachs, several PR professionals, and your son-in-law may not have been the best advisory team on chemical weapons and the political intricacies of the Middle East.
Maybe they were the only people he had available for the photo-op because they were the close associates who surrounded him at his luxury private resort in Florida while the grown-ups stayed behind to try and clear up their mess.
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