Michael Goodwin: There’s Still Clearly Some Rocky Relationships That the President Has With Members Of His Own Team

The White House on Tuesday downplayed talk of division among President Donald Trump's advisers after Secretary of State Tillerson and economic adviser Gary Cohn appeared to criticize Trump for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an interview on Fox News Sunday over the weekend, Tillerson said "the president speaks for himself" when asked about Trump's values. Cohn, who was standing near the president in Trump Tower this month when Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the demonstration that was sponsored by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, told the Financial Times in an interview that citizens standing up for freedom could never be equated with such groups. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that senior administration officials were not distancing themselves from the president despite the comments from Tillerson and Cohn. She said Trump's relationship with Tillerson was "very strong" and that Cohn was committed to working on tax reform.

Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist joined the Todd Starnes Show today to discuss his latest piece and if there could possibly be a crisis going on within President Trump's administration.

Michael Goodwin on the possibility of rocky waters within the White House: 

A lot of people in a lot of administrations disagree with the president on a lot of things but we rarely hear about it until they leave office. And here we had sitting members of an administration, top key members of an administration both letting friends know, giving interviews in which it was pretty clear that they didn't approve of the president's remarks, and this tells me that there's still something not right in the White House. Despite all the changes and General Kelly now being the Chief of Staff, there's still clearly some rocky relationships that the president has with members of his own team and I think that this turbulence really has to settle down at some point. You cannot have continual threats of resignations and firings and reports of discord because I think that really is destabilizing. I think it undercuts any momentum towards the president's agenda and I think it lays the ground work for more and more attacks on his administration and more questions about his temperament and judgment and the quality of his aides. So what we saw with Tillerson and Cohn, if it is the start of a new round of replacements and firings and resignations, I think the president is really going to find it very difficult to assemble a republican majority to get anything done.