Trump’s ‘Team Of Vipers’

PUBLISHED: 10:21 PM 25 Jan 2019

Trump’s ‘Team Of Vipers’ Exposed: Kelly Undermined President From Beginning

In a tell all book, Former West Wing communications official Cliff Sims explains how President Trump was thwarted and trashed by his own staff members.

Cliff Sims' new book exposes the 'team of vipers' that surround the president.

In a stunning book, Former West Wing communications official Cliff Sims has exposed the White House staff members who actively worked to undermine the very tasks President Trump was sent to Washington to accomplish.

Among those involved were former White House chief of staff John Kelly and counselor KellyAnne Conway.

Kelly was overheard speaking with former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, deliberately destabilizing President Trump’s strategy on Syria.

The book, Team of Vipers: My Extraordinary 500 Days in the Trump White House, describes how Sims overheard Kelly and Hagin discussing how to stop Trump from withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria.

Sims describes it vividly:

“In the afternoon of Thursday, March 29, I was sitting in the back hall­ way of the West Wing, outside Jared’s office, waiting to fill him in on my impending move to the NEC. The President was in Richfield, Ohio, announc­ing plans to “rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure,” so in his absence, the West Wing was uncharacteristically quiet.

“But since he was flying straight from Ohio to Mar­-a­-Lago for a long Easter weekend, most of the staff had stayed behind, including General Kelly and Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin.

“The back hallway of the West Wing is a roughly twenty­-five­-yard straight shot from the Oval on one end to the Vice President’s suite on the other. Work­ing your way down the hallway from the Oval, on the left side was the Pres­ident’s private dining room, Jared’s office, then the Chief’s suite. On the right side were the Roosevelt Room; the scheduler, Michael Haidet; and Hagin.

“This was the most prime real estate in the entire building. In an environment where proximity to the President was power, this was the inner sanctum. The hallway was lined with the usual combination of historical paintings, an­tique cabinetry, and famous busts and sculptures.

“The ceiling was slightly curved, like the top of the number zero. While the upper press office, where I worked, was the bustling center of activity, not to mention accessible to the media, this place was almost serene.

“About fifteen feet down the hallway from where I was sitting, I could hear the TV inside the Chief’s suite airing coverage from Trump’s Ohio event, which was set to begin any minute. Hagin sauntered out of his office and across the hall, where he found Kelly standing in front of the TV with a couple of other close aides. Though I hadn’t intended to, I overheard their entire, un­ guarded conversation.”

At that point, Sims explained he heard them criticizing the president’s style of rolling out major announcements, and that Kelly said Trump “better not” announce a U.S. withdrawal from Syria:

“I talked to the President on the plane and he swore to me that he wouldn’t announce anything about Syria,” Kelly said, in an exasperated tone. I knew immediately what he was talking about. The President had for some time been privately expressing a desire to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

“I wasn’t involved in the national security decision­-making process, but his inclination to pull out was well known throughout the building. Top military officials were urg­ing him to keep a couple of thousand troops in the country to clear out the last remnants of the so-called Islamic State.

“To that point he had begrudg­ingly acquiesced, but his patience was running thin. Kelly clearly was expect­ing him to say something about the topic anyway.

“We won’t know until he walks offstage,” Hagin replied with a resigned chuckle. This was a common sentiment among staffers who bristled at Trump’s tendency to go off script during his remarks. It also happened to be what made him interesting to watch—no one knew what he would say, not even the staff.

“He d— well better know not to screw us on this,” Kelly growled.

“I was taken aback by this brief but revealing exchange, which seemed to encapsu­late Kelly’s view of his job and of the President himself: which was that Trump was a missile of chaos and Kelly was the general trying to keep him in the silo. Many reporters over the years reported that this was Kelly’s view of the job—to various denials from the White House—but we all knew it was true.”

Later in the year, President Trump announced the withdrawal, fulfilling a campaign promise, and John Kelly issued his resignation.

However, that wasn’t the only problem. Kelly and others seemed to make it their mission to undermine everything the president planned.

“There’s noth­ing patriotic about being a part of “the resistance” inside the building. Imagine the arrogance of saying, “I know sixty­ three million of my fellow Ameri­cans voted for this guy, but I’m going to sabotage him anyway because I know better.”

Breitbart reported, “This is hardly the only excerpt regarding Kelly in Sims’ explosive book, which has already seen stories come out about how Sims recounts the creation in a secret meeting with Trump of an enemies list of people Trump could not trust and a separate list of those he could trust.

Sims, unlike many others who have left the White House and gone on to attack the president in books or public comments, remains loyal to Trump and is trying to out leakers–or sleeper cells, as they are called–in the West Wing.

“One alleged leaker exposed in another excerpt in Sims’ book is White House counselor KellyAnne Conway, who, Sims recounts in an excerpt published by Vanity Fair, asked him to write a statement on her computer saying she was not disloyal or leaking–while he watched messages appear on her screen between her and media figures in which she allegedly trashed the president, his family, and his administration.

“The other Kelly excerpt in Sims’ forthcoming book recounts Kelly’s first day as White House chief of staff, and a speech he gave to the entire staff of the White House, including the broader campus which includes hundreds of officials who do not work regularly in the West Wing.”

“Kelly assembled all of the staff working in the EEOB to deliver his introductory remarks. He stood at a podium at the intersection of two large hallways, black­-and-­white-­checkered floors stretching the length of a city block. Several hundred staffers crowded around him. Some of us from the West Wing walked across the driveway as well, curious to hear what he would say,” Sims wrote.

“Nice to meet you, I’m from Boston,” he said right off the bat. I smirked and nodded my head. We were from dramatically different places, but I was proud of where I came from, too. I felt like it said something about who I was. Kelly clearly felt the same way about his blue­-collar roots. I liked that about him right away.

“But then things got a little weird.

“The primary theme of his speech was that he planned to approach his new job by serving the country, then the President, in that order, and that we should do the same. At first blush, this didn’t seem like a particularly profound state­ment, much less a controversial one.

“But the more he spoke, the more he seemed to really be hammering on this construct: country, then President, country, then President. And the more I let it soak in, the more I thought that what Kelly was saying—country first, POTUS second—was, at best, a bit curious, and at worst, potentially hostile.

“We believed that the way we served our country was by serving the Pres­ident. Kelly, on the other hand, seemed to be intimating that those two goals might be at odds, perhaps even mutually exclusive at times.

“And you know what? Maybe they would be. But if they ever were, the honorable response would be to resign. Maybe we were being paranoid after being in the Trump bunker for so long, but Kelly seemed to be saying that, in such a scenario, it might be necessary to subvert the President’s wishes in service of some amor­phous higher calling.

“Most of us had met his arrival with optimism after enduring six months of staff upheaval. Now I was watching some of the President’s most ardent supporters shuffling back to their offices, hanging their heads in concern.

“What a letdown,” one of them said. “He comes across like he doesn’t even like the President, much less want to work for him.”

It is abundantly clear to anyone with a grain of intelligence that the President has been set upon but not only the entire leftist media and political juggernaut in the nation, but also by the people who are supposed to be helping him carry out the will of the people.

Many people simply pray for the president, that God will protect him from the evil slander and hate that surrounds him.