By claiming that he is too smart for presidential daily briefings during an interview with Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump showed that he intends to violate his oath office. Trump’s refusal to protect and defend the United States gave the Electoral College more than enough reason to reject his candidacy.
Transcript of Trump’s reason for not attending daily presidential briefings:
Article 2 Sec 1 of the Constitution requires that the president-elect take the following oath of office before assuming office, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Trump is signaling that he intends to violate his oath of office by not protecting and defending the United States. The idea that a man with no national security experience is going to skip the presidential daily briefing and allow the people around him to keep him informed is a dangerous threat to the security of the country. Especially when the president-elect is surrounding himself with individuals who have close ties to a hostile foreign actor towards the United States of America.
The President-elect isn’t trying to hide it. He is going to be a disinterested and part-time occupant of the Oval Office. Others are clearly going to be doing the governing. The voters elected Donald Trump, not his staff or whoever he feels like listening to on any given day. Trump himself has a duty to protect and defend the United States of America.
If the president-elect makes it known that he has no interest in fulfilling the responsibilities of the office, the Electoral College can choose a candidate who will take the oath seriously and do the job for the American people.
Trump is giving the Electoral College ample reason to reject him, and if they are paying attention, at minimum Trump’s answer should raise serious concerns and cause for pause among the electors.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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