GOP governor to Trump: 'The TV show’s over’

GOP governor to Trump: 'The TV show’s over’
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday said President Trump cannot run his administration like a television series.

“We’ve got to tell him that the TV show’s over and that he’s gotta move on now,” LePage said on Newsradio WGAN, as first reported by CNN.

LePage said Trump needed to reduce competition between administration officials and foster unity instead.


“I think he does promote some competition,” he said of Trump, the former host of NBC's "The Apprentice" competition reality show. "He brings that business aspect to it.”

“In [Trump’s] case, too much competition,” LePage added. "Everybody’s fighting to be that No. 1 person. You’re going to have a lot of slip-ups.

“If you allow too many people at the top, you break down the communications. Everything’s got to flow through your key people, and if it doesn’t do that, you’re going to have enormous problems.”

LePage knows what it's like to be a controversial politician. He's attracted attention and criticism for repeatedly making racially tinged remarks, saying in January that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then engaged in a feud with Trump, should have thanked the GOP for ending slavery.

In his Thursday radio appearance, LePage added Trump that could improve his administration’s stability by better utilizing Vice President Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

“[They’re] good people,” he said of both men. "If he goes through Pence, he’s going to have somebody that’s very qualified, he understands the Congress, [and] he understands how it works in Washington.”

“I really believe that [Trump’s] got the making of being a great president, but he’s got to have some structure in the White House,” added LePage, who backed Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump tried downplaying reports that say his administration is chaotic during a press conference early Thursday, describing it as a “fine-tuned machine” instead.

Trump’s administration has struggled with leaks to the media portraying the White House as unstable with its top officials at odds.

Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon have also tried promoting greater unity, telling The Hill in a joint phone call Wednesday that there's no friction between them.

“We are a completely united team dedicated to enacting [Trump’s] bold agenda to bring back jobs and keep this country safe,” Priebus said during the call.