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Eliana Johnson politico with this headline Trump's slow motion staff shakeup stunting twenty nine thousand nine planning, including talk earlier today of the president's choice at the moment to be the next attorney general we talked to her about all of these issues earlier today. You know, it's so interesting. A week after there was Jan? Anticipation about who the president was gonna fire who he was going to bring on and from attorney general Jeff Sessions, which he moved to day which moved after Sessions's resignation the day after the matron all other positions that we've been hearing about and he hasn't moved anything and the result. I think it's sort of an administration in a holding pattern not really able to pivot from the first two years of even race into the second two years of the administration because there's a tremendous sense of uncertainty about what the shape of the president's cabinet. Well, look like, and what hit legis what what the president's legislative priorities will be is there a reluctance among some more stab Republicans to join the Trump White House. I think that's right. And certainly there what in two thousand sixteen when people started to go in. But now Republicans who might have gone in. No what they're getting into. And I think that's contribute. It and a reluctance to join the administration. I think adding to that to that and to the general state bound this issue, the president's reluctance to fire people, and he's happy to humiliate them on Twitter or to talk behind their backs. But he's somebody who actually doesn't like firing people. And so what we've got is just know more of the same and very little man in at personnel, which is perfectly natural at the two year point and admit in an administration, and based on your reporting is the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell involved in any of these negotiations potentially candidates who the president may look at from the house of the Senate. In defense of taking Senator adopt the table, he is that publicly and privately. Does not want the president to tap any Republican senators for cabinet positions and the president at tapping a session. Beginning of the administration, and then that Alabama Senate and then refuting at Trump refusing to listen to the president's advice to bring some Democrats into his that would have put some Democratic Senate seats in play. And and so now McConnell who has secured. The majority in the Senate come January doesn't want any more open Senate seats that he'll have to contend with before twenty twenty and what is the timeline for some of these replacements. What are you hearing? Look, you know, we were hearing that the president was going to make moves in the weeks following at the midterms hate following the midterms. It's now been over a month since the new terms. Any? I haven't done anything. And I think that the storyline about big moves coming to the cabinet and then with sort of the cabinet shakeup at never was shows. What a perilous speculate about personal personnel moves in the Trump administration, and which the president duds lake troll this process and turn it into a reality TV show and many a couple of the cabinet members. And senior advisor he's criticized much he opened the he doesn't care for them had negative relationship with him. Then he just sort of called them like wounded might be something that he liked to do. And you never know when he's going to make a move. We're talking with Johnson a political one final point because you quote historian, Doug Brinkley. What's the sense inside the White House? He says it's kind of like are you in or are you out for those who may want to stay? But don't know if they have a job, it creates a real sense of uncertainty. And I think an inability to plan. For the next two years coming down the pike where there will be a new climate Democrats controlling the house. They did bring on a new White House count from Monday. And I think that will help in that regard. But with the Muller record coming to plan for that not knowing who will be around and who won't and you know, I think any management expert looking at this not particularly good management. And finally, let me follow up on the reports from politico and elsewhere that Bill Barr who served as attorney General George Hw Bush administration is being considered for the job now by President Trump. What are you hearing? And we know that to be true. That was nice story today at the former attorney general Bill Barr now partner at cooked one analysis, and he has had extensive conversations with the White House counsel and others in the White House after initially waving them off. And thank you for that. They look at other candidates, but bar is interesting because he's somebody who is broadly acceptable to White House. Advisors as well. As two Senate Republican, he's not Trump loyalist or somebody who had doubt to take out Robert Mueller. The question is would Trump becomes Trump is somebody who wants an attorney general to act like his personal attorney and to pledge loyalty to him. So I think at Pratt. The only thing standing between bar in that job would be at the president getting comfortable with him year reporting at politico dot com. Thanks very much for being with us. Thank you. And before we let you go tonight. It is the holiday season in Washington and around the country at the White House to Hanukkah celebrations. With the president today, I'm thrilled to commemorate the."