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The perfect cover letter for aspiring White House chiefs of staff

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11.12.2018

I awoke on Monday to find myself in complete agreement with President Trump.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony,” he tweeted, repeating that there is “No Smocking Gun.”

This is true! Though Trump appears to be in considerable legal trouble, no one investigating the president is believed to have found a smocking gun. Even if investigators had such a weapon, it is unclear what they would use it for — other than embroidering a Christmas gift for Trump.

The president, with this gob-smocking tweet, appears to be a bit distracted. This is understandable because he is parting with his second chief of staff in as many years and can’t seem to find a record-setting third. A 36-year-old staffer, Nick Ayers, turned down the job, and other likely candidates have said they aren’t interested in the post, which comes with fringe benefits of public humiliation and legal liability.

The problem, it would seem, is that Trump has fallen into that old Washington trap of looking for a chief of staff who is “qualified” or “competent,” when he really needs a chief of staff who is more like him.

The Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey reported this year that White House officials have been drafting tweets for Trump using........

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