I’ve written already about how Donald J. Trump belongs to an exclusive club. He’s one of six men alive today who’ve held the office of president of the United States.


He’s now in the midst of a potentially catastrophic international crisis involving North Korea and its budding nuclear weapons program.


Has the president called any of the five men who preceded him? Has he sought their counsel, their advice, their wisdom in how to handle this situation, or himself?


You can stop laughing now.


The 45th president’s non-relationship with the 44th president is most puzzling and troubling, although it shouldn’t be too surprising. Barack Obama sought to provide a smooth transition. Trump and Obama met for the first time in the Oval Office shortly after Trump’s election. Trump said they got along well. “I like him and I think he likes me,” Trump said.


It went downhill from there.


The president thinks highly of himself. He has great internal faith in his ability to solve any problem, quell any crisis that comes his way. The men who preceded him all were “losers.”


Trump’s presidential isolation goes against tradition. Imagine that.


John F. Kennedy sought Dwight Eisenhower’s counsel during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Harry Truman faced crises in Europe after World War II, so he called Herbert Hoover for advice. Obama had to help Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake, so he enlisted George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to assist in that effort.


The norm has been that these men rely on each other to provide advice and counsel that only they are qualified to provide.


The president won’t change his ways. That’s a given more than 200 days into his administration. It merely speaks to the arrogance of a know-nothing who has at his disposal the collective wisdom of individuals who faced their own share of crises — and who might have something of extreme value to pass on.


Donald Trump won’t listen.


To borrow a word: Sad.


Dino Manalis Added Aug 12, 2017 - 9:09am
Trump should take his job much more seriously and stop joking about everything, he's our president, not an entertainer!  In many ways, Trump is still campaigning, the election is over, it's time to unite the country and members of Congress with bipartisanship to achieve meaningful results.  Lead and govern seriously!
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 5:48pm
No President in  modern history has had such poor relations with his predecessors.  No President in modern history has had a greater need to call on their experience than this one.
Mike Haluska Added Aug 12, 2017 - 8:15pm
Blogger - why would President Trump want to seek "advice and counsel" from the morons who created this mess in the first place?  
"Progressives" . . . proud graduates of the "Neville Chamberlain School of Appeasing Psychopathic Dictators"!!!!  
Bill H. Added Aug 13, 2017 - 11:22am
Trump's effort to quell the situation in Virginia yesterday will certainly backfire. His words reflected an avoidance to directly condemn the very groups that he damn well knows supported his election. The "speech" was obviously written by one of his staff (most likely Steve Bannon), and worded carefully as to not alienate many of the hate groups that supported him. Here is a comment on his remarks directly from a white supremacist web site: 
 “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. … No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” — Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website promoting the Charlottesville demonstration as part of its Summer of Hate edition.
Trump's rhetoric throughout the campaign, at his rallies, in his tweets, and during many of his speeches constantly emphasizes his actual desire to create and sustain violence and discord not only with the people of the United States, but the world over. Sadly it appears that many of his supporters seem to enjoy the violence and discord also.
George N Romey Added Aug 13, 2017 - 5:20pm
Sadly other than maybe Bush Sr, Trump wont get good advise & its doubtful he'd listen anyway.  I think were off to war. NK leader needs to save face with 25 million starving people so he shoots missle at Japan or Guam-probably missing by miles. Then Trump bombs the hell out of NK. NK attacks SK. China, Russia and maybe even Iran join the fray, the UK and Japan with us. We know where this then goes.
Bill H. Added Aug 13, 2017 - 7:41pm
As a side "bonus", it looks like he is out to stir up another civil war right here in the US.
Stay tuned for another exciting adventure of "The Presidential Apprentice".
opher goodwin Added Aug 14, 2017 - 7:49am
Not listening to his impartial advisors, bringing in a bunch of people who think just like him and back up his prejudice and ignorance, going at things like a bull in a china shop, ignoring the wisdom of people who have been doing the job for decades, not having an ounce of diplomacy, being a bully and a lout, using division to bolster his own standing, not believing anything experts tell him, is a recipe for disaster.
I think he is causing such division and hatred in his own country that it is on the brink of major social unrest. He is also in danger of creating a major war that could escalate out of control.
His arrogance and greed are not pleasant attributes and not conducive to good outcomes. A leader should have a far better skill set.
Mike Haluska Added Aug 14, 2017 - 9:30am
John G - regarding your comment:
"They are Democrats and Republicans. Not progressives.
Get it through your skull Haluska."
I never said "Progressives" were exclusive to the Democratic Party, although that's where they have their widest influence and presence.  Do a head count if you don't believe me. 
Mike Haluska Added Aug 14, 2017 - 9:45am
Bill H - your statement:
"His words reflected an avoidance to directly condemn the very groups that he damn well knows supported his election."
is just more hate and vitriol of which you hypocritically condemn others.  It makes no difference to morons like you whether President Trump condemns ALL TERRORIST ACTIONS - if he specifically called out one group, you jerks would claim that President Trump is absolving the rest of the bunch.
President Obama made it national policy for his administration to never say, print or think the term "Radical Islamic Terrrorist" - why didn't you side with candidate Trump at the time and condemn President Obama for "protecting Islamic Terrorists"?  President Obama would even call ISIS by their name - substituting a less Arab-Offensive "ISIL"!!!
You and your "Progressive" friends can sit around and circle-jerk yourselves off mentally with this diatribe, but that is as far as it goes influentially.  Nobody outside NYC and LA is buying it.  So, as far as I am concerned keep insulting and alienating those of us who live in the "fly over" part of the country!  You know, those 1100 out of 1230 counties in the US that supported and still support President Trump.  Your group's conceited, elitist, narcissistic attitude does wonders for our voter turnout.  
The 2018 election will be the death knell of the "Progressive" Democratic Party as Republicans gain unstoppable majorities in all 3 Federal Branches, State Governors, State Legislatures and Local Legislatures.  You think your 22% national participation rate is bad - your "Progressives" will be on the "Endangered Political Species List" soon.    
Mike Haluska Added Aug 14, 2017 - 9:57am
Dennis - your concern:
"As a grandfather of sons who might be called into another useless and needless conflict, I am worried."
is valid when namby-pamby politician/appeasers hold office.  The US and other nations have been playing "appeasement diplomacy" for DECADES with North Korea and all that has happened is that they gone from a contained conventional warfare threat to an international nuclear threat. 
If your grandchildren were being threatened by a schoolyard bully, would you advise them to keep giving him their lunch money and run away whenever a conflict may occur?  It is NO DIFFERENT with North Korea - America has been afraid that confronting the bully will result in "war".  History shows WITHOUT EXCEPTION that the exact opposite always occurs.  Too bad you can't ask Neville Chamberlain about negotiating with Hitler rather than confronting him with overwhelming military power before his military gained strength.
Mike Haluska Added Aug 15, 2017 - 9:51am
High Plains - your statement:
"Has the president called any of the five men who preceded him? Has he sought their counsel, their advice, their wisdom in how to handle this situation, or himself?"
has been resolved in reality.  The Fat Kid in North Korea has agreed to halt his hostilities WITHOUT demanding any financial compensation . . . like he always got in the past from the previous Presidents you mentioned!
Negotiate from strength - not weakness!  Never give into the bully!
"You give a mouse a cookie, pretty soon he wants a glass of milk"
Mike Haluska Added Aug 15, 2017 - 9:53am
p.s to the above:
Iran wouldn't be on a path to nuclear weapons if Obama hadn't bent over to those religious nutjobs. 
Keith Added Aug 15, 2017 - 10:33am
Quote:  "The Fat Kid in North Korea has agreed to halt his hostilities."
No such thing has remotely happened.
Mike Haluska Added Aug 15, 2017 - 2:50pm
Keith - please come and play with the rest of us in Reality Park.  We have no intention of visiting your warped little universe of denial.