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Madness


Fernando Mendez | 1/11/2018, 3:34 p.m.
Madness

Journalist Peggy Noonan who served in the Reagan administration said “the craziness of the White House will make you crazy,” by way of commenting on Trump’s erratic behavior as portrayed by the media. Due to the publication of a recent book by Michael Wolff 2018 is not going to be a better year for Donald Trump. We have seen the long list of people leaving this administration in its first year. Now we have a better idea as to the reasons many of them have left and the defensive posture of those who remain.

We think that one very visible and outspoken member of the administration who had to leave because he could no longer stand the kind of stress he was under is Sean Spicer. It was embarrassing on a daily basis to go up to the podium in front of the White House press and defend the idiocy of this administration, to justify the latest tweet from Donal Trump, to explain the firing of the FBI director, the lack of legislative achievements, and dozens of issues that he had to answer without knowing what to say. Neither Spicer nor other members of the administration have been able to explain why the president denigrated the media and the leadership in this country while lavishing praise on Putin on the Philippines dictator that was killing his own people and on white supremacists.

If Trump has been harshly criticized by the media it’s because he has caused their animosity by accusing the press of publishing fake news and of lying. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who replaced Spicer at the podium had this to say about “Fire and Fury,” the book by Wolff and the disparaging statements attributed to Bannon condemning Trump Jr. as unpatriotic for talking to the Russians: “Furious, disgusted, that would probably fit when you make such outrageous claims.” And Trump had similar reactions to Bannon, who had been one of his closest advisers and claimed to have helped Trump win the presidency.

Trump tweeted: “Steve Bannon has nothing to me or my Presidency. When he was fired he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” That illustrates the way Trump deals with people who left his government. He said that George Papadopoulos, indicted by the FBI for lying was said to be a low staffer who served coffee. But at some point Trump had said he was one of his advisers on foreign policy. What political experts are saying is that the book lays out what many people at the top of government are saying inside the White House, a sense that there is no coherent policy, domestic or foreign, and that Trump governs through his cell phone. And the fact that he has used social media to dictate foreign policy is clearly documented. He undermined his own Secretary of State in reference to North Korea and has increased the tension in the region by insulting Kim Jong-un via tweeter. The media reaction to the latest revelations is that if the depiction of the white House in turmoil is true and madness reigns, Donald Trump will certainly face impeachment in 2019. Stay tuned.

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