Another book offering an unfiltered look at the Trump administration is sure to get under the President’s skin next week.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston’s forthcoming “It’s Even Worse Than You Think What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America” shines a light on the explosive activities taking place behind the scenes as the Trump administration attempts to dismantle the government from the inside out.
While the tome doesn’t offer the salacious palace intrigue exposed in Michael Wolff’s explosive “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” it does offer insight into what the Trump administration has been able to accomplish while the President spends his time watching Fox News.
Trump’s war on “job-killing regulations” includes the quiet August 2017 removal of data on workplace deaths, and the Labor Department also moved to revoke a rule requiring most employers with more than 10 workers to keep a record of serious wok-related injuries and illnesses.
Johnston points out several ways in which Trump is pushing the envelope of decency and ethics by barely distancing himself from his business empire and constantly staying at his namesake properties.
“The Trump presidency is about Trump. Period. Full stop,” he writes.
“Trump is the first president to pose numerous questions about whether he is receiving income from foreign governments, which the Framers of the Constitution felt was inherently corrupting.”
It’s not only worker safety and emoluments that are under assault from the Trump team, the overall economy that the President loves to tout on Twitter has some gaping holes in it, according to Johnston.
Since Trump took office, the net balance of trade between Mexico and the United States increased in Mexico’s favor by more than a third, despite promises of renegotiating better trade deals.
And agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency are no longer out to aid Americans and curb pollution, but instead are set on helping corporations earn higher profits.
“The spigot sustaining complex corporate anti-pollution prosecutions is being turned off,” Johnston writes.
Johnston was thrust onto the national stage last year when he reported part of trump’s 2005 tax return.
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But he’s known Trump for decades, first covering his casino days in Atlantic City while working as a reporter in Philadelphia and later writing the 2016 “The Making of Donald Trump.”
Johnston describes Trump’s “sad need for attention and public adoration,” which he claims fuels “his fundamental character, narcissism.”
The waves created by Wolff’s unflattering portrayal of a chaotic White House have increased interest in Johnston’s tome, which is due out Jan. 16.
“We’ve definitely seen increased interest," Cary Goldstein, vice president and executive director of publicity and senior editor at S&S, told Publisher’s Weekly. “In some ways Johnston’s book is a complement to Wolff’s,” he said. “The White House is a mess, yes, but that’s more or less the very thesis of ‘It’s Even Worse Than You Think,’ that Trump’s circus antics have distracted us from focusing on the very real policies and perversions of governing that could adversely affect us for decades, even as they benefit the president and his friends. Two insidious sides of the proverbial coin.”
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