So far…I’ve resisted using this space as a sounding board for the — shall we say — strangeness coming out of the White House.
That ends now.
What in the blue hell is going on??!!
We are not long past 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency and what we’ve seen are a laundry list of executive orders, a massive fight between the parties on several issues, bombshell firings, a press secretary hiding in the bushes and more Trump tweets than we care to see.
Oh..and let’s not forget — very little actual governing.
The recent dismissal of James Comey as director of the FBI sent shock waves through Washington. So much so that even members of the president’s own party were left scratching their heads. The White House isn’t even on the same page about it. The president’s communications staff told the press that the firing came on a recommendation from the Justice Department. Yet, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, President Trump said — recommendation or no — he was going to fire Comey anyway.
Which is it?
It’s because Comey didn’t throw himself on the sword for the president during a congressional hearing. President Trump says Comey told him three times that the president was not under investigation for Russian connections. One of those times was reportedly during a dinner..when the question was asked of Comey directly. That’s seen as inappropriate contact on an investigative matter.
It so far stands to reason that if you dare cross this president..bad things will come to you — even if you happen to be the guy (Comey) who was in charge of the probe into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, a tweet from Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman during the Obama Administration may be a harbinger of things to come.
As my wife says…using improper English for emphasis: “It only gets ‘gooder’ from here.”
And the president’s cabinet is feeling a lot of the backlash. Case in point: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ attempt to deliver the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach.
The image of the building below has long been a hallmark of a strong and stable republic.
If we are not careful..the image we will present to the world, thanks to the doings of one man, will forever tarnish that perception. It’s not what America needs in a very uncertain world.