A quick tally

While I am all for giving our new President a chance, early indications are not very promising. Hopefully, he will learn from these lessons. If not, we will see more of his advisors apologizing for their boss, explaining he did not mean that or just offering their different opinion.

A quick tally will reveal the following record:

– He rolled out a travel ban without vetting it with Congress or leaders of departments who would oversee it. Not only was it ruled unconstitutional, it revealed chaos and incompetence, neither good traits.
– He has picked fights with Mexico, Iran, Australia, Germany, China, Sweden, France and the EU. Many of these are unforced errors.
– He has foolishly picked fights with the media and his intelligence departments.
– He has decided to invent problems with his tweets and lost precious time with his staff chasing their own tail. These are almost entirely unforced errors.
– He had to fire (or accept the resignation of) a key advisor in Michael Flynn and watch one of his cabinet nominees remove himself from consideration due to a few problematic actions that should have been discovered beforehand.

I do like a few of the cabinet members (McMaster, Mattis and Kelly, Tillerson), while a couple are poor choices (Sessions, Pruitt, DeVos, Perry)  and Bannon is just a god-awful pick in my opinion. It should be noted that Pence, Mattis, Tillerson, and Kelly each have tried to assuage world leaders that their boss really did not mean what he said and have actually openly disagreed with his pre- and post-election rhetoric.

He has been busy with executive orders that don’t do a whole lot, other than let him beat on his chest. I don’t mind reviewing regulations, which we should do routinely, but arbitrary guidelines are more symbolic. And, I like that he has met with business leaders about jobs, but his good actions are being dwarfed by these other things, not to mention his Russia problem, which may be his Waterloo.

So, my quick tally of what has transpired gives me pause. I feel in five short weeks, the world is a less safe place because of this President. And, that is not a comfortable feeling, I am hopeful the saner heads will prevail on his decision-making and tempernent.

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21 thoughts on “A quick tally

  1. Keith, it seems Trump is doubling down on all his actions, fighting the investigation in to the Russian hack, seems to have a firm agenda on stopping the press, no respect for the first amendment, still lying, still campaigning, still promoting “bad hombres” in his own cabinet the likes of Session, Miller, and Bannon, (in fact they seem to be in charge of the white house) and still behaving like a lunatic. He is out of chances. He has to be go.

    • Holly, I won’t argue with your conclusion. There are more layers of the Russian onion to peel away, but his and his people’s actions are looking like a cover-up. He may be asked to leave before the year is out, if any of this is true. Any investigation must include his tax returns as there are bound to be questions answered therein. Keith

      • Unless his tax returns are subpoenaed we will never see them. One would think his refusal from the start to release those would preclude his nomination in the minds of most thinking people. Thanks Keith.

      • Holly, agreed. There were and are still so many red flags with this man. His adamance to avoid scrutiny begs many more questions. Keith

  2. You are more generous than I am, Keith, as I have seen no redeeming qualities, nor hope that there will be any in the future. But still, what worries me the most at this point is Bannon. While it is easy to see Trump as in over his head (he never expected to actually win the election) and bumbling around trying to find footing, Bannon, I believe, has a very clear notion of what he intends to accomplish, and it is not what we, most of us at least, want for our nation, our future. I still have a strange feeling that Bannon, realizing Trump’s ineptitude, has taken control and is calling many of the shots at this point.

  3. Note to Readers: It was announced yesterday that DT’s Secretary of the Navy nominee, Philip Bilden withdrew due to difficulty in unwinding his business ties. This follow on the similar withdrawal for Vince Viola, the Secretary of Army nominee. These withdrawals are not uncommon, but the reason over business conflicts shows a greater sense of business ethics than exhibited by the President, who has been far too cavalier with his business conflicts, which may still exist.

  4. Dear Keith,

    Thanks for a great post. As you already know, I am now part of the resistance with all that goes with it. I will not normalize DT and his enablers.

    I just published a blog about how DT does not plan to roll out his promised infrastructure bill until 2018. How’s that for not following up on a major promise?

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Gronda, that means his GOP friends in Congress won’t buy into it. It is the same interference that held Obama up on this issue. To me, this is needed and job accretive. This may have been his best jobs effort. So, the priorities are to build a wall, restrict immigration and repeal the ACA, the latter two of which would be job destructive. Keith

  5. Brings me to the saying. When people show you who they are believe them. It’s my country and you know how I feel about 45. Yet I knows a failure is a failure for all of us. You’re so right the world has become a scary place and we need to back track and fix the broken parts.

    • Kim, to your point, his five biographers and ghostwriter for his biggest bestseller all said what you are seeing on the campaign is who Donald Trump is. To believe he would change after all these many years of exploiting people was a pipe dream. So, any hope he will change now, is similarly a pipe dream, with one key hope. He realizes governance is hard and relies on those who do it better than he does. He admitted today, no one knew how hard health care is. Well, many people know how hard it is, but you. Then he again added that the ACA is a disaster. To me, his first comment shows his second comment is less valid. Keith

  6. As an old moderate who was a Republican in ancient times, I too felt obliged to keep an open mind and give Trump a chance. Apart from a *few* of his cabinet picks (like Mattis for DoD), Trump’s presidency has been one outrage after another. Now my mind is only open to ways that the sane and decent people of America (including disillusioned Trump voters) can avoid a descent into covert fascism behind a democratic facade. I list pros and cons of some ways I have seen in my latest post:

            https://mellowcurmudgeon.com/2017/02/23/make-america-american-again/

    • I describe myself similarly, a fiscally conservative and socially progressive. It was interesting that George W Bush called DT on the carpet saying we need to know more about Russia, we need an active press to keep leaders in check and we need humane immigration. He added that if we retrench, we will be less able to fight terrorism. This is the most statesman-like comment from him in years and is dead on accurate.

      I read your post and will comment shortly. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Note to Readers: Let me know how the speech is tonight. I have this thing about being lied to, but when it is continual, it makes my blood pressure rise. I will read all about it tomorrow and see it on reputable news stations. If you watch, count the number of times he says things are a “disaster” and uses his favorite phrase “believe me.” When he uses that phrase, what he said just before it or after it is most likely untrue.

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