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TRUMP PICKS A BAD TIME FOR A MELTDOWN
Well, that escalated quickly…
Your ears are probably still ringing from the high-decibel screaming that has dominated the past 22 hours. The freak-out has been so intense on both sides that you know there must be something there. But what, exactly?
First, we should understand that President Trump was not only within his constitutional authority to fire former FBI Director James Comey, but also that the arguments made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for Comey’s ouster make a persuasive case for the move.
But, the world will never know how many licks it would take to get to the center of that particular Tootsie Pop because the White House and the president managed to perform a face-plant of historic proportions.
We are told in multiple reports that an angry Trump had been stewing for many days over Comey and the limelight-loving FBI director’s recent comments about the ongoing investigation into Trump’s campaign for potential collusion with the Kremlin to poison Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
Certainly Trump’s social media activity of late is in keeping with this description from Politico “he would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.” Another source close to the president described the commander in chief as “increasingly isolated in recent days. Frustrated, avoiding major public appearances.”
If you believe in your heart that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia, this would all be evidence of a spiral of self-loathing and destructive behavior as it all came crashing down. Sounds good for a “Law & Order” episode, but maybe some in the press may be getting a little carried away.
It may just be that Trump is frustrated because even after stuffing a package of cuts to ObamaCare down the throats of House Republicans and an all-out media blitz to frame his first months in office as a success, the going is still pretty tough for America’s 45th president.
One thing that is not in doubt is that the managerial and leadership efforts on display in the past day were dreadful:
– The letter Trump sent undercutting his own rationale for firing Comey by mentioning the Russia probe.
– The comically bad timing of firing Comey the evening before Trump was to meet with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S.
– The lack of coherent message…