Ex-Bush official: Team Trump ‘incompetence’ is ‘unprecedented’


Republican strategist Steve Schmidt has blasted the Trump administration, pointing to an “unprecedented” level of “incompetence” during President Trump’s first few weeks in office.

“None of this is normal,” Schmidt, a top official in former President George W. Bush’s White House, told The Washington Post for a story published Monday.

“The incompetence, the sloppiness and the leaking is unprecedented,” he said.

Schmidt has been critical of Trump in the past, including criticizing how Trump operated his campaign.

{mosads}According to the Post, Schmidt pointed to controversies that occurred in the beginning of Trump’s presidency, including false White House statements and the president’s order temporarily barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

His comments came amid intense speculation about a staff shakeup, according to the Post.

On Monday night, the president’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned amid reports that he misled senior White House officials about his conversations with Russia.

His future in the White House had come under speculation since reports surfaced last week that he talked about sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador before Trump was sworn in.

Flynn blamed his resignation late Monday on the “fast pace of events” that led him to “inadvertently” give Vice President Pence and others “incomplete information” about his phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

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