Often, when comparing the current occupant of our Oval Office to his predecessor, Barack Obama, I inevitably receive a healthy dose of criticism arguing how my doing so “plays into the hands of Donald J. Trump” while normalizing his behavior.
Scott Pruitt should find himself in jeopardy of losing his job.
However, yesterday Mr. Trump called Mr. Pruitt, a “good man,” while refusing to comment on questions regarding questionable ethical behavior engaged in by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator. Mr. Trump added:
Ever since The Washington Post reported two days ago, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, in an attempt to interview Mr. Trump, told Trump’s legal team that Trump was being investigated, but that Mr. Mueller “does not consider him a criminal target at this point,” a parade of pundits and analysts have chimed in to provide Americans with an analysis of what this may mean for Mr. Trump.
The Presidential Personnel Office is responsible for the vetting and hiring of nearly 4000 government employees with 1200 requiring Senate approval. It is this office which ensures the government functions smoothly and properly under any administration.
With Mr. Trump being considered by many political pundits and media outlets as the most prolific liar as President in modern day politics, it is stunning to observe his supporters continuing to stand by his side.
Eight days ago, I wrote a column sharing how our “nation is divided.” Those seeking evidence for this claim need only to look to two recent events effecting Black Americans in our nation.
The first is the announcement by Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry, that no charges would be filed against two White police officers; Blane Salomoni and Howie Lake II , who killed a Black man, Alton Sterling, back in 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
As Mr. Trump continues to hinder our reputation as a nation around the globe, he also is destroying the reputation of the modern-day Church in the process. Those who attend church these days, cannot say they were not warned.
Just ten days after firing his ” Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Mr. Trump decided to remove one of the last remaining ‘adults’ in the room, by firing H.R. McMaster relieving him from his post as National Security Adviser. As with Tillerson, McMaster learned of his demise through a Tweet, Mr. Trump’s preferred method of terminating people these days. In that Tweet, he states:
After creating chaos earlier this morning by threatening to veto the proposed Senate and Congressional omnibus spending bill, adding an additional 1.3 trillion dollars to the previous 1.7 trillion added by the Republican tax reform law passed just over a month ago, Mr. Trump finally decided to sign the legislation, announcing his decision to a pool of reporters in the Diplomat Room of the White House this afternoon.
Today, John Dowd, one of several attorneys working on Mr. Trump’s legal team has resigned as was speculated by many. With reports of Trump’s disaffection with his legal team coupled with reports of his taking advice from more non-traditional individuals such as Fox News personality, Judge Jean Pirro. Fox news opinion personalities have urged Trump to simply “stop talking about the Russia investigation,” with more vocal personalities, such as Pirro telling Trump how he ought to proceed.
Our house is divided.
Despite Mr. Trump’s continued assault on Robert Mueller, and the investigation he is tasked with, one might be wondering where the Republican profiles in courage are these days. Why the near deafening silence, save the voices such as Senator Flake (R-AZ), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), or Lindsey Graham (R-SC), or the few others? Yes, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell publicly expressed his support for Mueller to complete his work, while criticizing Trump for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his “election,” yesterday, he believes it “not necessary” to protect Mueller legislatively.
Rick Tyler, a well known Republican strategist, appeared on Stephanie Ruhle’s show and made an assertion which appears to have shaken her and her entire panel to the core. Tyler’s assertion?
The political process of consolidating power occurs when an individual in power disbands legislative, judicial and executive authorities while placing that authority in one or two offices or office holders.
Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis in 1972, occurs when a group makes faulty decisions leading to a “deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgement.”
It has been four-hundred and eighteen days since Donald Trump has been sworn into office as President. Since that time, Americans have been treated to what is aptly described as a reality-show presidency with all of the trappings. Each day brings new revelations about Trump’s campaign and its possible and likely involvement with Russia in order to secure the highest office in the land. Each morning Americans are treated to a host of Tweets, now considered part of the Presidential record, sent out to whomever it is Trump is targeting on that particular day.
Yesterday, British Prime Minister Teresa May made clear that the nation of Russia was highly likely responsible, according to their evidence, for the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. She made clear – before the House of Commons – that the substance either came directly from Russia or was distributed to another actor by Russia, in order to administer the poison. Either way, the Prime Minister’s conclusion was that Russia was most likely responsible.
Ever since seventeen children were tragically killed and another sixteen injured last month in yet another school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the nation has been embroiled in a national debate which has been amplified by the survivors of that tragic event.