President Donald Trump has proclaimed himself a “president of the people,” one who is open and amenable to the average man’s wants and needs and not a bought politician beholden to the demands of the political establishment, special interest groups and the globalist elite.
It should therefore come as no surprise that Trump has instituted a sort of “open-door policy” for the Oval Office, permitting more than a dozen of his aides and assistants to have virtually unfettered access to speak with him, according to Politico.
The number of individuals granted the informal “walk-in privileges,” as they’ve come to be known, is a significant change from prior administrations, in which the chief of staff and a select few highly trusted advisers worked as “gatekeepers” to limit access to the president.
The lack of an obvious chain of command and the open access to the Oval Office for various mid- and low-level staffers has some elites in the media and political establishment concerned that no single person or select group will be able to restrict the information flowing in and out of the White House.
This sort of attitude was exemplified by a heavily opinionated piece in left-leaning Vanity Fair in which the open-door policy was criticized as being “bizarre,” “chaotic” and simply unheard of.
The writer fretted over who had easy access to Trump‘s Oval Office, whether that be chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner or others, and how the open access was so different from the strictly regimented control seen in former President Barack Obama’s White House.
But Newsmax noted that nobody should be surprised by this policy, as it is how Trump has always operated as a businessman. He even wrote about the open-door policy in his best-selling book “The Art of the Deal.”
“Most people are surprised by the way I work,” he wrote in the opening chapter. “I play it very loose … I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open … I prefer to come to work each day and just see what develops.”
Indeed, we are pleased that Trump has brought to the White House the policies and tactics he has used to become so successful. Trump’s flexibility and the increased flow of information into the Oval Office are a welcome change from the past when presidents were inflexibly guarded against receiving briefings and information that hadn’t been pre-screened by office “gatekeepers.”
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