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Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Cliff Sims (Tekijä)

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After standing at Donald Trump's side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.He soon found himself pulled into the President's inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world.Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written - because no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President's team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider could.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:KateSavage
Teoksen nimi:Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
Kirjailijat:Cliff Sims (Tekijä)
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2019), 384 pages
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In his book "Team of Vipers", Cliff Sims describes his 500 days working in the White House as a communications aide to the President. Some of his stories are of minor importance on a National scale, such as his being barred from the Alabama football team's White House visit, or his relationship with other staffers, or his dealings with Chief of Staff Kelly. Others give insights into what working in the Trump White House is like.

There's been high turnover in the White House, and like many others, he ultimately was forced out before long. But his book doesn't become a critique of the President, to whom he remains loyal. Instead, he is critical of many others on the White House staff (the Vipers). He describes himself as a hard worker and valued employee while he was there, but suspects that others, possibly because of jealousy over his closeness to the President while only being a junior aide, often criticized him to superiors. Toward the end of the book, just before he was fired, he mentions that then Chief of Staff Kelly said that in his 40 years as a leader, he'd never heard more complaints about any individual than he did about Mr. Sims.

Nonetheless, throughout the book, Mr. Sims remains loyal and supportive of the President. The revelations in the book, if any, are his apparent disdain of any staffers who didn't share his belief that it was their job to support the President's agenda, whether right or wrong, or were otherwise not up to the task. Individuals such as these included his initial boss, Sean Spicer, Trump's initial Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus, Special Adviser Steve Bannon, and replacement Chief-of-Staff General Kelly. These individuals, according to the author, were not completely and universally supportive of the President's agenda. Rather, they felt that the good of the Republican Party, the American people, or their own agenda were equally or more important. Loyalty to principle or ideology are important, but per Cliff Sims, personal loyalty to the President is primary.

I thought it was somewhat surprising that Mr. Sims' occasional descriptions of the President were not radically different from those in several books critical of Trump. One such book is "Unhinged", by former Trump loyalist Omarosa Manigault Newman. Other books, by independent and well known journalists with no ax to grind, include "Fear" by Bob Woodward, "Unbelievable", by journalist Katy Tur, and "Trump Revealed", by Michael Kranish. And then there was long-time Trump critic David Cay Johnston, who wrote "It's Even Worse Than You Think" and "The Making of Donald Trump". Whether these authors were pro-Trump, anti-Trump, or simply fact gatherers, all seem to portray Trump as someone who craves media attention, who brags about himself, does whatever is necessary to protect his image, embellishes the truth through lies or hyperbole, never admits errors or mistakes, and who fights and criticizes anyone or anything who criticizes him. He's filed lawsuits at the drop of a hat to protect his status and to intimidate opponents, punishes anyone who gets in his way, and seemingly trusts no one's advice other than his own. Supporters consider these characteristics as acceptable for someone who's tough and will fight to get things done. Opponents condemn these traits, and paint a near identical picture of Trump as being obsessed with his image, obsessed with wealth, egotistical, vindictive, a phony, a flagrant liar, and a bully.

Trump is always tough, a fighter, and as taught by his father years ago, someone who never gives in, will never apologize, and will try to crush any opponent. What is most memorable about Team of Vipers is the joylessness of working for this president and the acrid aftertaste it leaves.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
To my dying day, I will never understand how seemingly intelligent people can support Trump and his malignant agenda. The author of this book, Cliff Sims, is just such a person - and a man of faith besides. Sims is an enabler who contributed to the dysfunction within the White House and made excuses for the ignorant, nasty and vindictive behavior of the President. And for that he received no loyalty in return - no surprise there. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Jul 5, 2019 |
Not alot of meat; but some eyewitness material and some insight into T ( )
  unlikely | Apr 18, 2019 |
Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House by Cliff Sims is a book I picked up from the library. I am glad I didn't pay for it. I thought it would give some good insights into the craziness that goes on but I think I have learned more from the occasional whistle blower or leaker from the WH than stuff in this book.
The author's "jabs" at Trump are slight and often covered with some excuse. The first half of the book was all about defending him and why. It seems to be a book designed to lead the average liberal to buy this book. His jabs at Trump are made with cotton swabs. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Apr 8, 2019 |
Sims worked in the West Wing was because he was a Trump loyalist who was protected by Hope Hicks from rivals who were part of the "Deep State" or GOP. Once she was gone, he was in trouble. Sims had issues when General Kelly became the Chief of Staff because Kelly put serving the country above Trump. For Sims, being loyal to Trump and keeping him happy was the primary reason to work at the White House. He also put loyalty to Christians above other concerns such as the morality of supporting Trump after the Access Hollywood incident. Trump's Charlottesville remarks supporting white nationalists didn't bother him because he simply couldn't see anything racist in Trump.

There is plenty of havoc documented in this book for those looking into how deeply dysfunctional the White House staff was and the stories sound familiar to anyone who follows the news. There may also be a pinch of truth in his statements that journalists have a complicated relationship in covering Trump's administration and keeping sources viable. Still, I found myself wondering how reliable a narrator he really was for while he admits to being one of the vipers he also seemed to hold back on his contributions to the infighting. ( )
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After standing at Donald Trump's side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy.He soon found himself pulled into the President's inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. Sometimes all in the same conversation.As a result, Sims gained unprecedented access to the President, sitting in on private meetings with key Congressional officials, world leaders, and top White House advisors. He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world.Sims stood with the President in the eye of the storm raging around him, and now he tells the story that no one else has written - because no one else could. The story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the President's team. The story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.Team of Vipers tells the full story, as only a true insider could.

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