President Trump’s Washington: The cliff-hanger that never ends
The above headline is from the Leftist "Boston Globe". It gave me a laugh. It's true that Trump stirs the waters every day. Most days when I get up of a morning in Australia I just google "Trump" to start my day off well. When I see what he has been doing while I was asleep (Australia is in a time zone nearly a day ahead of America) I am very often rewarded to read of some fresh outrage he has perpetrated on the Left. So the "Globe" journalist is right. Trump does keep upsetting the Left more or less daily. But exactly those things that bother the Left amuse me. It is great to see Leftist pretensions punctured
The thing that has got the Left on tenterhooks now is the famous letter in the NYT, allegedly from a Trump insider. Like Trump himself, I am not sure the writer actually exists. It could be Soviet style disinformation -- a story that sounds true but was all made up for propaganda purposes.
But if it is genuine I am not sure that it need bother anyone. I have read the article and what it describes is in fact rather normal. A President always has a lot of advisers to keep him on the strait and narrow. Public policy decisions can have huge implications and you need a range of professionals on hand to make sure that the consequences of the decision are what you really want. And there is no doubt that Trump needs such advice. He us NOT a policy wonk nor is he an experienced politician. What the excoriated article describes is pretty much what I would have expected. The only novelty is to have it all decribed so frankly
I gather that the more famous shows from British TV do get a run in America so I imagine that some people reading this will be familiar with the "Yes, Prime Minister" series. Margaret Thatcher regarded it as so true to life that she used to cancel cabinet meetings so all her ministers could watch it. And what it describes is precisely a Prime Minister's advisers trying to protect an inexperienced Prime Minister from foolish moves. It is, if you like, prophetic of Trump. Or, more likely, it was the inspiration behind the NYT article.
I have no idea how upset Trump really is about the article but I think he could well dismiss it as a good example of open government
Every week is remarkable. Practically every day is bizarre. So how to describe days that are even more remarkably and bizarrely unprecedented than the last?
Surreal barely hints at the mind-bending dramatic spectacle of Donald Trump’s Washington this week.
It’s as if the reality television show that has consumed the nation’s capital for 20 months is working its way toward a jaw-dropping season finale, but the tension is never relieved. It’s the cliffhanger that won’t end.
The latest installment features a modern-day whodunit wrapped around the core of a constitutional crisis in the executive branch. Trump himself, in a tweet Wednesday night, penned what could be the title page: TREASON?
A parade of top officials came forward Thursday to deny that they were the authors of a scathing, anonymous op-ed in The New York Times that essentially called the president a national security risk. The denials landed amid a frenzy of speculation about the identity of the author.
Who wrote the anonymous Times op-ed? Here are some prime suspects
Here’s a brief look at some of the highest-level officials in the administration who might have a motive or an inclination to write the letter.
“Our office is above such amateur acts,” said a spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence.
“It’s not mine,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters while traveling in India.
“It is laughable to think this could come from the secretary,” said a spokesman for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
etc, etc, etc
But even with a range of other issues in front of them, few could get away from the speculation about who wrote the Times column.
“It probably won’t take long for us to find out who wrote it,” said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. “The vice president — that was my first thought. . . . Could have been Coats, Pompeo. They denied they wrote it. By process of elimination, you come down to the butler.”