Members of Trump’s Inner Circle Want to Keep Him Out of Spotlight: Ex-Aide

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Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former aide to Donald Trump, said on Wednesday that members of the former president’s inner circle want to keep him out of the spotlight.

Griffin served as the White House director of strategic communications in 2020, among her many communication roles during the Trump presidency. She is currently a CNN political contributor and co-host of The View. Griffin said in a November post on X, formerly Twitter, that it is “terrifying to think” Trump may be president again.

Appearing on CNN This Morning on Wednesday, Griffin said that two senior advisers to Trump’s 2024 campaign for president, Suzie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, “know when to reel him in.”

“I don’t want to overstate this notion he has a sophisticated team around him,” she said of Trump. “Beyond the two individuals, it’s probably a mishmash of folks that have been clinging to him since 2016 or those that kinda stayed after January 6th,” Griffin said referring to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Hyatt Hotel on December 13, 2023, in Coralville, Iowa. Inset, former Trump aide Alyssa Farah Griffin at The 92nd Street Y, New York on October 30, 2023, in New York City. Griffin said on January 3, 2024, that members of Trump’s inner circle want to keep him out of the spotlight.
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“Those two individuals know that keeping Trump out of the public eye, more or less, is actually the best thing they can do. Donald Trump is not out giving huge rallies in the way that he was at this time in 2020. We’re going to see that tick up. He’s not on Twitter. He’s not giving big sit down interviews, he’s not on mainstream media in a regular pace.

“So I think the public is kinda forgetting the chaos and the crazy of Trump. I think that’s reflected in some of the poll numbers that we’re seeing in how much he’s surpassing his challengers. The more that people see him, the more they’re gonna remember.”

Trump is the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. According to a The Economist/YouGov poll conducted between December 31 and January 2, a majority of voters would choose Trump over his fellow GOP candidates.

The former president received 63 percent of voter support in the national poll, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was next with 14 percent, former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley got 8 percent, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy had 5 percent.

However, when Trump is up against Democratic incumbent Joe Biden, Americans surveyed in the poll were split, with both Trump and Biden receiving 44 percent of voter support. The poll surveyed 1,521 U.S. adults and had a margin of error of 3.3 percent (adjusted for weighting) and 3 percent (registered voters).

Despite saying that Trump’s inner circle is attempting to keep him out of the spotlight, Griffin added that no one has enough power over Trump to prevent him from doing “crazy things.”

“The best operative in the world cannot stop Donald Trump, they cannot convince him to not be his own worst enemy, they can’t convince him to not say and do crazy things,” Griffin said. “So, we’re gonna start seeing more of that, I guess, in the first quarter of this year.”

One move that garnered a lot of attention is when Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during a town hall in early December that he would only be a dictator for one day. Hannity asked Trump: “Under no circumstances, you are promising America tonight, you would never abuse power as retribution against anybody?”

“Except for day one,” Trump said. “I want to close the border and I want to drill, drill, drill.”

Trump added, “I love this guy,” referring to Hannity, “he says, ‘you’re not going to be a dictator are you?’ I said no, no, no, other than day one. We’re closing the border and we’re drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I’m not a dictator.”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s campaign and Griffin’s representatives via email for comment.