Trump’s fleeting loyalty
In the peripatetic White House of President Donald Trump, no one knows which way the wind will blow. One minute you’re in and Trump’s best friend, and the next you’re out like “fake news.”
Former FBI director James Comey and newly-dismissed White House press secretary Sean Spicer know all about losing that loving feeling from Trump. But it was a surprise to many, probably to Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself, when Sessions became Trump’s latest punching bag. Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump in 2016 but memories and loyalty are fleeting to Trump.
There’s buzz that Trump and his advisers are strongly considering firing Sessions. If Trump cans Sessions, his most ardent supporter, he will officially be running a tyrannical presidency oblivious to any accountability and one vulnerable to a massive downfall.
In a New York Times interview last week, Trump assailed Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation — now being conducted by independent counsel Robert Mueller. Why didn’t Trump express this anger months ago during Sessions’ confirmation hearing? Or when Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation?
Presumably, Trump is angered by the fact that Mueller’s investigation is heating up due to the sloppiness of his campaign staff — most notably his son Don Trump Jr. who met with a slew of Russians promising dirt on Hillary.
Trump expressed his displeasure with Sessons on Twitter: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Trump wasn’t nearly done. In a Rose Garden press conference Tuesday, Trump continued his verbal thrashing of Sessions. When asked by a reporter if he would fire Sessions, Trump responded: “We’ll see what happens.”
“I’m disappointed in the attorney general,” he added. “If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have picked somebody else.
“It’s a bad thing not just for the president, but also for the presidency,” Trump said. “I think it’s unfair to the presidency.” Then he added he wanted Sessions “to be much tougher on leaks in the intelligence agencies that are leaking like they never have before…You can’t let that happen.”
The Washington Post and other news outlets reported Sessions plans to announce several criminal investigations into the leaks of intelligence to the media. Either Sessions is running scared or simply trying to placate our brutish President with a bone. The attorney general said he won’t resign but Trump is clearly trying to humiliate Sessions out of office.
Making matters worse, the Republican controlled Congress can’t do what Republicans have promised to do for seven years and what Trump won the election on — repealing Obamacare.
House Republicans passed a bill but Senate Republicans are standing down the challenge. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, with a slim 52-seat majority, can’t muster the 50 votes he needs to pass a repeal bill or anything in between.
And what is Trump doing to help? He’s berating GOP Senators on Twitter of course.
Not the best way to get the people you need in Congress to help you do “so much winning” that you promised to voters during the campaign.
It’s hard to understand what Trump is trying to achieve as president. But what’s clear is Trump demands loyalty but gives it to none.
How much longer are supporters going to enjoy Trump’s theatre of the absurd?