Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job,

    saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things

    about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others. He then said, “I need

    loyalty.” I replied, “You will always get honesty from me.” He paused and then

    said, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty.” I paused, and then said, “You will get

    that from me.” As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is

    possible we understood the phrase “honest loyalty” differently, but I decided it

    wouldn’t be productive to push it further. The term – honest loyalty – had helped

    end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he

    should expect.


This is a fairly easy read, and I recommend anyone following #whiterabbit read it.

posted by veen: 321 days ago