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Former Trump Aide On The 'Team of Vipers' That Is The White House

Though former White House aide Cliff Sims’ book, Team of Vipers, is yet to hit the stands, the juicer bits are already out. He lets rip into Kellyanne Conway, former Trump campaign manager and senior counsellor. On her infinite capacity for survival; even as an enabling cast of even more high profile aides, including John Kelly, Jim Mattis, Rex Tillerson, H R McMaster, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci, Hope Hicks, Rob Porter and Scott Pruitt have all either been ejected or exited voluntarily, he offers this nasty insight, and tangentially about the President too: Her agenda—which was her survival over all others, including the president—became more and more transparent. Once you figured that out, everything about her seemed so calculated; every statement, even a seemingly innocuous one, seemed poll-tested by a focus group that existed inside her mind. She seemed to be perennially cloaked in an invisible fur coat, casting an all-knowing smile, as if she’d collected 98 Dalmatians with only 3 more to go. I’m not sure the president ever fully understood that about Kellyanne. But what he clearly shared with her was a love of media attention. Unlike most human beings, Trump’s greatest fear wasn’t death or failure or loss. It was obscurity. If he was noticed, he mattered. And he didn’t care much if the attention was good or bad, as long as it wasn’t indifferent. Sims had to quit the Trump bandwagon after being passed over for a promotion and blocked from moving to the state department, and not obtaining a security clearance. But the stare on the camel's back seems to have been his caper of surreptitiously recording a meeting with the president, which he then allegedly replayed to others.