The Unravelling of a Presidency.

WARNING: Because this article contains actual unfiltered quotes from members of this Administration, it may not be safe to view at work.

 

Last night Trump’s signature campaign promise, repealing and replacing Obamacare, collapsed in a heap. A man Trump unnecessarily deeply insulted the honor of cast the deciding “no” vote with a thumbs down for emphasis. The healthcare reform effort involved star chamber like proceedings by a select committee of men that excluded even Republican women from the process. The Republicans are then shocked that two of their women in the Senate voted it all down. The fundamental problem is that the President, rather than exercise leadership, did not have his own plan, so he punted the project to Congress. With 7 years to develop a viable alternative, this President nor the Republican Congress, had NOTHING to offer the American people.

 

One of the few things Congress has been able to overwhelmingly pass is a bill to limit Trump’s power. An unprecedented bill to curtail Trump’s power to lift sanctions against Russia passed with near unanimous votes of 98–2 in the Senate and 419–3 in the House.  A more clear statement that Congress does not trust the President in regards to foreign policy, particularly in regards to Russia, is not possible.

 

Apparently seeking to distract from his other problems, President Trump without warning bizarrely tweets a major policy change banning transgenders from the military, overruling his Secretary of Defense who had sought time to study the issue. Trump’s tweets claim to have consulted his generals before doing so. The generals promptly disagree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff publicly repudiating the President, stating he didn’t hear anything of it until he heard it in the press. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs further defies the President by issuing a memo stating there will be “no modifications to the current policy” until the President issues more formal and clear guidance. Politicians blindsided by the spontaneous tweets, even many conservative ones, are responding with confusion and disagreement.

 

Internally, the administration is in chaos. A series of lies made by Trump and his people denying any campaign contacts with Russians have collapsed in a chain of his sons’ emails. The President engages in daily efforts to publicly humiliate his own Attorney General for having the audacity to comply with law and policy related to recusals.

 

Trump fires one Communications Director to improve the Administration’s messaging hiring a man who has to start by debasing himself for his prior negative comments about Trump. This replacement, Daniel ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci (the mobster styled nickname should have been a hint for Trump), on the job just a few days, calls a reporter and launches into a profanity laced tirade against other members of the Administration. Going after Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Scaramucci tells the reporter:

 

‘I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock

No word yet if Bannon denies the claim he sucks his own cock. Scaramucci then turned his profane contempt to Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus describing the President’s Chief of Staff as:

 

a ‘fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”

Scaramucci expressed frustration that Priebus “cock blocked” (his actual words) from previously getting in the Administration. Again, this from the guy who was hired to improve the Administration’s messaging.

 

Scaramucci wasn’t done. The real purpose of the call was to demand that the reporter disclose to him who leaked information about his security disclosure form. The reporter naturally declined. Scaramucci responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff.

 

Things have degenerated so far the Boy Scouts of America have had to issue a public apology for allowing this President to speak their Scouts. How much do you have to suck at being President for the Boy Scouts to be compelled to apologize for handing you a microphone?

 

A President daily publicly humiliating his own Attorney General, a Communications Director profanely attacking the President’s Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist and threatening to fire the entire White House Communications staff. My what a fun place to work this Administration must be. Generals contradicting the Commander in Chief’s claims and dragging their heels in obeying his orders. A Congress, controlled by his own party, sending a clear message Congress doesn’t trust this President by voting overwhelmingly to limit his power to un-sanction Russia. An investigation of campaign collusion with the Russians now implicates the President’s own sons. Even the Boy Scouts are apologizing for this man, when will his party and supporters start doing so?

 

There is one thing that is for sure. Neither Trump nor his supporters are in any position to talk about so much winning that they are tired of winning. It’s now become “so much whining you will be tired of the whining.”

 

This administration has not achieved a single significant policy goal. It has fallen apart, largely due not just to a lack of Presidential leadership, but to flat out poor leadership that has reduced the White House to a Peyton Place of petty squabbling and serious scandal.

 

This is an Administration in chaos and it is unravelling quickly. It will only get worse with the inevitable resignation of the Attorney General, and possibly the Secretary of State. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in yet another repudiation of the President from within his own party, has stated he won’t hold hearings on any person the President nominates to replace Sessions.

 

The business of this nation is not getting done, something that should greatly concern every American.

Comments

Autumn Cote Added Jul 29, 2017 - 8:59am
Please note, the second best way to draw more attention to your work is to comment on the work of others. I know this to be true because if you do, I'll do everything in my power to draw more attention to your articles.
 
PS - There is a lot I can do and would like to do on your behalf.
John G Added Jul 29, 2017 - 6:49pm
And those anti-Russia votes just go to show Congress is no better than Trump.
What a world.
Bill Kamps Added Jul 30, 2017 - 7:36am
Keith it is quite a circus.  Then again in a 60 minutes interview, he did liken himself to PT Barnum.  Little did we know,  what kind of circus he was going to lead. 
 
Spicer and Priebus were odd choices to begin with.  Spicer clearly in over his head, not knowing how to deal with the press, and the tweets simultaneously (admittedly not easy but possible), and getting into constant arguments with the press corps starting almost on day one, arguing about the size of the inauguration crowd.  Priebus was never really a supporter of Trump, not at all during the primaries, and then only distantly during the general election.  The only reason he "supported" Trump was that he was the GOP nomination, Preibus, Im sure, would have preferred any of the others.  Why Trump selected these guys, who knows.
 
The Mooch, is not Spicer, but hardly an improvement. Comm people generally are supposed to be a stabilizing force, polishing the administration's image, giving it that nice spin that makes everyone feel good. Tony is hardly that.
 
This administration continues to stumble around, not even necessarily forward.  The voters wanted someone not a politician, and they got that.  What they got is someone that doesnt even know how government works.
Keith Added Jul 30, 2017 - 8:21am
The President: "Grab em by the pussy."
 
His new Communications Director: "I am not trying to suck my own cock."
 
This is what has become of our nation.
George N Romey Added Jul 30, 2017 - 9:56am
One of the worries during the primary was that Trump had no plans other than some macro ideas such as bringing jobs back to America. Clearly his inability to plan, organize, lead, and prioritize is lacking. I'm assuming he thought he could just "wing in" and that his staff would fill in the gaps.  The guy even in business was a "gut type" of manager, seldom seen now in the world of big data and quants. Possibly that worked in Trump's line of business (remember he does not own most of the Trump buildings outright) and so called reality tv.
 
Trump is in over his head and it seems as though the situation only deteriorates.  
Keith Added Jul 30, 2017 - 12:37pm
George N Romey, his staff is a product of nepotism, cronyism, and slack jawed racists (e.g. Bannon).  With few exceptions his staff is as clueless as he is.  
 
Trump thinks Kushner, who supposedly goes to meetings with Russians without knowing what the meeting is about, is going to solve Middle East peace.  Kushner's only meaningful accomplishment in his entire life is marrying Trump's daughter.
 
His daughter just met with the UN Ambassador because her expertise in foreign relations basically consists of being a model.  
 
Rex Tillerson has no meaningful experience in foreign policy, and as Secretary of State his first act was to fire anyone within the Department who does have expertise and experience.  
 
In the meantime, Melania will bring her experience as an erotic naked model for lesbian themed porn to bear to advocate for women in the workplace.  
 
You can't make up dysfunctional stuff like this.  I just don't have that level of imagination. 
Bill Kamps Added Jul 30, 2017 - 12:56pm
Keith, normally we get the cronyism, but this time around we get the nepotism, and racists at no extra charge.  Normally we get people who attempt to finesse the rules of Washington for their own self interest, with Trump he simply refuses to comply with divestiture rules, and normal traditional disclosure of tax returns.
 
Tump not only doesnt know how government works, he doesnt care.  He thinks tweeting is the same as governing.  You cant just tweet defense policy.  Now he has everyone in the Pentagon scratching their heads about whether they should act on the tweet, or wait for more traditional channels of communication to see if there is a real change in policy, or the tweet was a temp brain fart.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 30, 2017 - 4:17pm
Thank you. I hope that "We The People" will have a comeback and blow that crap out of their positions - no matter how.
 
Europe supports you, at least our people.
John G Added Jul 31, 2017 - 1:42am
Trump is delivering the oligarchs everything they want. More war, more tax cuts, more attacks on social spending, more corporate welfare, more distractions from their looting. More tensions with Russia, China, Iran and Western Europe.
Capitalism loves instability and crisis.
They'll keep him I suspect.
Saint George Added Jul 31, 2017 - 3:58am
And those anti-Russia votes just go to show Congress is no better than Trump.
 
Are you a shill for the Russians?
Bill H. Added Jul 31, 2017 - 11:32am
Stay tuned for another episode of The Presidential Apprentice. Trump keeps changing the cast and searching for new ways to keep us on the edge of our seats. It's non-stop chaos and nail-biting conflict. One has to wonder if Trump and
Kim Jong-un are simply working together in the background to create new episodes.
 
 
 
 
 The Presidential Apprentice
John Minehan Added Jul 31, 2017 - 2:10pm
‘I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock
 
And all this time I thought Wall Street  lauded qualities like "agility" and "flexibility!"
Bill H. Added Jul 31, 2017 - 5:10pm
 
Adios, Mooch!
And the series continues.......................................
Keith Added Jul 31, 2017 - 7:17pm
https://medium.com/@KeithDB/the-game-of-thrones-administration-791d66af2613