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Inside the collapse of Trumpís D.C. policy shop
Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 09/09/2016 7:17:34 AM PDT by reaganaut1

The Trump campaign built a large policy shop in Washington that has now largely melted away because of neglect, mismanagement and promises of pay that were never honored. Many of the team’s former members say the campaign leadership never took the Washington office seriously and let it wither away after squeezing it dry.

Donald Trump often brags about having experts and senior former officials advising him. Wednesday night in a forum on national security, he said, “We have admirals, we have generals, we have colonels. We have a lot of people that I respect.” It’s true that Trump is getting high-level policy advice on a regular basis from senior experts such as Rudy Giuliani and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn. But Trump has never acknowledged the policy shop based in Washington that has been doing huge amounts of grunt work for months without recognition or compensation.

Since April, advisers never named in campaign press releases have been working in an Alexandria-based office, writing policy memos, organizing briefings, managing surrogates and placing op-eds. They put in long hours before and during the Republican National Convention to help the campaign look like a professional operation.

But in August, 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.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: concerntroll; hitpiece; trump; trumpcampaign; washingtonpost
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1 posted on 09/09/2016 7:17:34 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Wow, Trump policy effort a “disaster.” Really? This policy effort managed to come up with the best policy positions time after time, and on immigration, national defense, etc. they have clobbered Cankles.

I’d hate to see a “success.”


2 posted on 09/09/2016 7:19:33 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually" (Hendrix))
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To: reaganaut1

Your once a day Washington Post hit piece.

Yeah, Trump is in such trouble his campaign is allegedly in a shambles.

Then why he is tied with Hillary in the polls?


3 posted on 09/09/2016 7:19:42 AM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: reaganaut1

If the comPost is concerned, then everything is just fine.


4 posted on 09/09/2016 7:20:00 AM PDT by bigbob (The Hillary indictment will have to come from us.)
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To: reaganaut1

Anonymous sources. How professional.


5 posted on 09/09/2016 7:20:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: reaganaut1

“The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.”

Translation: whores for money


6 posted on 09/09/2016 7:21:10 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws maintain the status quo now.)
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To: reaganaut1

Ok, here’s a little inside baseball: I have been a member of this “shop” from a distance and submitted a memo on transition, at Rick Dearborn’s request via Sen. Sessions, on Reagan’s transition.

I did it free, never expected or wanted pay. I told them at the outset I did NOT want a job.


7 posted on 09/09/2016 7:21:41 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually" (Hendrix))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Why would Trump waste time & resources on anything in DC ?

Sounds like a smart move to let it die off.


8 posted on 09/09/2016 7:21:56 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: LS

I thought the disaster was that it has disbanded and no one was ever paid for their work, not that they did a bad job.


9 posted on 09/09/2016 7:22:18 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The amount of flak Trump is receiving this week speaks to only one truth: Over the target.


10 posted on 09/09/2016 7:22:23 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

No names - Washington Post concern troll worries about collapse of Trump’s policy shop.

Remember, they have 24 reporters assigned to take Trump apart.

They have none to vet Hillary. Things are looking up!


11 posted on 09/09/2016 7:22:25 AM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: LS

To these idiots, Clinton’s policy shop is not a disaster.

LOL


12 posted on 09/09/2016 7:22:30 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (He wins & we do, our nation does, the world does. It's morning in America again. You are living it!)
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To: Mouton

What’s your job?


13 posted on 09/09/2016 7:23:08 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: reaganaut1

A hit piece no doubt coordinated with the GOPe who are being left out of foreign policy discussions with Trump. Another reason to vote for the man!


14 posted on 09/09/2016 7:24:19 AM PDT by dowcaet (.)
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To: babble-on

Unless they had a contract, there is no guarantee of pay. You want to be paid? Sign a contract. Otherwise as far as I am concerned you’re a volunteer.


15 posted on 09/09/2016 7:25:17 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually" (Hendrix))
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To: babble-on

BTW, have you noticed any weaknesses in Trump’s policies?


16 posted on 09/09/2016 7:26:29 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually" (Hendrix))
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To: DoughtyOne

I love it how they use anonymous quotes to impugn Trump.

Hey Josh, you hack POS journalist - can’t you get attribution for your story?

At any rate, m.o of your newspaper is to find anything and print it in the hope it sticks.

National Enquirer is a far more professional operation than the Washington Post.


17 posted on 09/09/2016 7:26:38 AM PDT by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever))
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To: reaganaut1

So how do you feel about this?


18 posted on 09/09/2016 7:26:54 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Illiarily is a congenital pathological lying narcissistic criminal, who hates America & our families)
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To: reaganaut1

The Ministry of Propaganda is very worried.
Their campaign for the wicked witch of Chappaqua isn’t working like they thought it would.


19 posted on 09/09/2016 7:27:03 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam , Know Peace)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Of WaPo is just envious that Trump is about to stomp all over Hillary because Trump’s unconventional campaign is so unlike Hillary’s campaign.


20 posted on 09/09/2016 7:28:48 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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