As Donald Trump’s presidency continues to collapse under the weight of the increasingly explosive scandal involving his campaign’s ties to Russia, the president is leaving the country for Paris.
In a tweet, Trump said he was “getting rdy to leave for France,” and not a moment too soon.
Getting rdy to leave for France @ the invitation of President Macron to celebrate & honor Bastille Day and 100yrs since U.S. entry into WWI.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
While most Americans are grateful the president has spent so much of his time in recent weeks far, far away, he’s leaving behind a massive disaster that will likely get worse while he’s away.
Trump’s trip to Paris was scheduled well in advance, but it comes as new explosive developments in the ongoing Russia scandal continue to be revealed each day – most recently, the news that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Call it what you’d like: treason, collusion or, at the very least, an unlawful campaign contribution from a foreign actor during a campaign – it’s still a disaster that threatens to bring down the entire Trump presidency.
Trump is also running from what appear to be the early stages of an effort to impeach him. Just today, Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California formally introduced the first articles of impeachment – HR 438 – on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Though Democratic leaders in Congress have tried to quiet any talk of impeachment this early in Trump’s presidency, it’s likely they are just a few unhinged tweets and bombshell Russia revelations away from joining the effort to remove Trump from office.
Trump may be far away, but the stench of scandal and controversy that has plagued his presidency since day one will follow him to France, and the situation in Washington will be just as dire for him when he returns.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.