Sen. Bob Corker's "adult day-care" tweet was an apt description of the uninhibited and difficult working environment inside the Trump White House, according to numerous White House staff and others interviewed by the Washington Post .
Some Trump aides spend a significant part of their time devising ways to rein in and control the impetuous president, angling to avoid outbursts that might work against him, according to interviews with 18 aides, confidants and outside advisers, most of whom insisted on anonymity to speak candidly.
The White House previously rebutted such claims, dispatching Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to quell any notion of instability:
“I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions,” Kelly told reporters. “So, again, I was not sent in to — or brought in to — control him.”
However, from his apparent need for constant praise, to controlling his information flow in order to soothe him or avoid conflict, the president's aides and other staff have faced a steep learning curve.
Trump is hardly the first president whose aides have arranged themselves around him and his management style — part of a natural effort, one senior White House official said, to help ensure the president’s success.
Trump essentially requires a 24/7 baby sitter.
But Trump’s penchant for Twitter feuds, name-calling and temperamental outbursts presents a unique challenge.One defining feature of managing Trump is frequent praise, which can leave his team in what seems to be a state of perpetual compliments. The White House pushes out news releases overflowing with top officials heaping flattery on Trump; in one particularly memorable Cabinet meeting this year, each member went around the room lavishing the president with accolades.