The latest leak from within President Donald Trump's administration involves a problem that might be solved with fabric softener.
According to an anonymous aide at the White House, Trump thinks the hand towels on Air Force One are too rough, reports The Huffington Post. It was not divulged whether the alleged roughness is caused by ineffective laundering or rather by the quality of the towels themselves.
Nor does the official Air Force One website make specific mention of towels. However, it does summarize the luxurious amenities aboard the plane, noting that "the President and his travel companions enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including an extensive suite for the President that features a large office, lavatory, and conference room."
The towel controversy -- though probably not yet serious enough to warrant the term "Towelgate" -- is among a series of leaks that has come to resemble a flood since Trump took office.
Richard Nephew, a State Department official under former President Barack Obama, thinks the leaks are attempts by officials to let the public know that Trump is not taking their advice, so as to distance themselves from the results of the president's actions.
"This, I think, is about making it clear that these folks have tried to do the right thing and there is only so much they can do with a hostile administration," Nephew said.
Eliot Cohen, a former State Department official and a member of George W. Bush's National Security Council, says the number of leaks is unprecedented. "I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this," he declared. "I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president," he added. "This is what happens when you have a narcissist as president."
However, other former insiders contend that the quantity of leakage is nothing new. "There’s always leaks," said Ron Kaufman, who worked in the White House during the administration of George H. W. Bush. "Every president in history has said the press hates me and there’s too many leaks."
As for Republican National Committee member Randy Evans, he doesn't think that Trump’s staffers are questioning his fitness for the job. "Not yet, anyway," he tentatively added.