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The White House is trying to regroup, but Trump keeps making things worse

President Donald Trump’s unhinged tweets and constant off-the-cuff remarks are dooming his own White House, which is now scaling back press briefings and referring all Russia investigation inquiries to an outside lawyer, according to the Associated Press.

Even in the wake of a new strategy, the White House always appears to be a step, maybe two, behind the president.

The AP reported:

The sun was still rising Monday when Trump upended best-laid plans with a blitz of provocative statements delivered via Twitter. He assailed his own Justice Department for its legal strategy to defend his travel ban, potentially creating new headaches as his administration seeks the Supreme Court’s backing for the order. And he renewed his criticism of the mayor of London, a city recovering from a weekend vehicle-and-knife attack that left seven people dead.

Following weeks of reports that have left more questions than answers about the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian ties, the White House is attempting to pull itself together.

“To the extent that there is a process for making decisions and communicating them, he seems to ignore it more often than not,” Alex Conant, a top adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid told the AP.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, even suggested in a series of tweets that Trump should be mindful of how he delivers his messages.

But Kellyanne Conway seemed to disagree during her appearance on the “Today Show” on Monday, saying that the media has an “obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president.”

Last month Mike Dubke resigned as Trump’s communication director — his last day was on Friday — but there hasn’t been a replacement as of yet. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that press secretary Sean Spicer would make fewer appearances at the podium, as he has taken on larger duties, according to the AP.

“There are a lot of demands on his schedule, particularly given the fact that there’s not a communications director,” Sanders said.

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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