WASHINGTON DC – In recent weeks President Trump’s White House has had to parse what the POTUS really means when he says what he says. “Would” means “wouldn’t;” “no” means “maybe;” “Putin” means “putting” or “pudding,” depending on in which of his properties the president happens to be staying, and who is in the room at the time. Light was shed on the presidential communications strategy this week by Hope Hicks, retired Communications Director. “The president speaks in the tradition of former vice president Dick Cheney,” said Hicks.
Citing Mr. Trump’s love of obscure moments in history, she spoke of the president’s frequent reference to “The Cheney Exchange.” “The president reminds Sarah Huckabee Sanders that her job is to set the record straight when it comes to tweets, press conference quotes, and Mr. Trump’s code-talk,” said Ms. Hicks. In mid-June, 2004, then Vice-President Cheney told Democratic Senator and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy to “Go f&*# yourself.” Mr. Cheney’s spokesman, Kevin Kellems, said at the time: “Reserving the right to revise and extend my remarks, that doesn’t sound like language the vice president would use.”
“Huckabee Sanders’ job,” said Hicks, “is to say what the president would say if he were saying what he should say instead of what he is actually saying.” Although he was reticent to comment for this article, Senator Leahy made it clear to The Winooski that he isn’t afraid to be around the president, no matter what he is saying.
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