On February 18, 2017, Donald Trump simultaneously made a throw at reassuring his supporters and a swipe at the media in regard to the state of affairs in the White House.
Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2017
However, at even the most remote distance, all it takes is a quick look to find the deepening and widening cracks.
The fact that Trump made a false claim about a terror attack in Sweden during a political rally in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, prompting the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. to contact the U.S. State Department requesting clarification is merely the tip of the iceberg. Despite Trump’s claim that he is in the process of fixing the mess he inherited from President Obama inside of his first 30 days in office, the turnover rate has been alarmingly high within the ranks of his administration.
For example, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was left with no choice but to resign his post after multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials revealed to the media that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak involved talk of lifting Russian sanctions put in place by President Obama and took place before Trump was officially sworn in as President. Though, on February 19, White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus denied that anyone involved in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian officials were in cahoots, Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has filed a resolution of inquiry against President Trump, with Russian influence in the election being a principal point of contention therein. The Senate Intelligence Committee led by chairman Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, and Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, have sent letters to more than a dozen agencies, organizations and individuals asking that evidence of communications related to the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election be preserved.
It also was revealed on February 19, 2017 that The Trump Organization’s special counsel, Michael Cohen, personally hand-delivered a sealed proposal to achieve peace between Russia and Ukraine and reverse sanctions against Russia to Michael Flynn’s office.
In addition to Flynn’s resignation, three other prominent members of the Trump administration have been canned inside of his first 30 days as President. Late in January, acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, who served as Deputy Attorney General under President Obama, was discharged for refusing to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries. On February 19, two others were cut. Senior National Security Council adviser Craig Deare was removed from his post and returned to his previous job at the the National Defense University for criticizing Trump’s Latin American policies and Shermichael Singleton, a senior adviser in the Department of Housing and Urban Development was sacked for penning an op-ed for The Hill demanding that conservatives “stand up to Trump.”
It certainly doesn’t help that a growing number of Trump voters are regretting their choice. No doubt, that’s because a number of them realized that they voted against both their health care and their overtime pay, whereas others have grown sick to their back teeth of him whinging about imaginary voter fraud.
No wonder Republican Senator John McCain mentioned to the press on February 14:
“It’s a dysfunctional White House. … Nobody knows who’s in charge and nobody knows who’s setting policies.”
But who can be surprised, given Trump’s track record of running his own private enterprises into the ground? With that in mind, people who wanted a “President who ran America like a business” should in the future be more careful what they wish for, as this dynamic unmitigated disaster is what they got. Hell, is it too easy to forget what happened under Herbert Clark Hoover and George Walker Bush?
It’s also no wonder that there is growing speculation that Trump’s days are numbered and that Vice President Michael Richard Pence may succeed him. However, given the damn shambles that Trump has made of the office of President of the United States, if Vice President Pence were to assume the Presidency before 2020, voters could possibly hold him guilty by association. Between that and his policy positions being completely out of step with a little more than half of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research center, particularly regarding LGBT rights, he will inevitably prove to be as popular as President Gerald Rudolph Ford.
And to be sure, Donald Trump did not inherit a mess. He MADE one.