Trump must be in the center of attention, always. Winning means being the center of attention. To keep his show on the road he has to bring people to him who hold him up no matter what he says or does. (Think of The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer. (As I think I have said before, President Trump is a nihilist — his is the judgment of power, not reason or morals. For now, Trump is doing what every hopeful millennialist would do to gain power. There is danger.
Trump, as President, knows exactly what he is doing. America is witnessing a very clever fellow. His grand plan is to consolidate power to himself. With that power he is sure to gain more power, power from his people and those who sympathize with the plan, want something for themselves. At the moment all think he is losing himself by denigrating Senator Mitch McConnell, in a play to gain the Senate, and Paul Ryan in a similar play to gain the House of Representatives. He is not, he is betting he can bring them to heal. He is in control of his world, his self-promotion. And, now comes the critical point for us, the electorate, the people, from the billionaires to the hoi polloi, the common people, all common people of whatever sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion or disability. Each one unique and of worth due understanding and compassion, justice.
Trump brags when making hurricane response of his cleverness in being aware of news ratings by announcing the pardon of the Sheriff Arpaio. That is a bit crude. However, I think bringing up Arpaio was a way to play to a large number of people for purposes of gaining more power. He is doing what he does because in his world, he knows how power can be created and gathered. Trump also went off on a tear on the goodness of having relations with Russia. Does Trump seek to become one of Putin’s oligarchs? That is a bit much, but there is a sign of something there, some sort of special relation between the two. That is my perception.
Trump is proving himself to be a disaster. He is not capable of being the president. He has personal and emotional flaws, which have become so severe and are becoming more so, that something has to be done.
The 25th Amendment may be invoked. I imagine Vice President Pence will be approached and asked to consider acting under the 25th Amendment. NYT https://www.nytimes.-com/2017/05/16/opinion/25th-amendment-trump.html?_r=0.
This will not happen until VP Pence decides to act. In the process, he will consult with Sec. State Tillerson and General Mattis. There will be others in the White House, that seems assured, but it is too early to speculate about who they may be and why they come forward. I also think this is a delicate matter. President Trump may be in a delusional state from time to time.
It would be best if these were understood to be not something the President should be criticized for. This is an unhealthy situation. It is not something over which one should attempt to pass judgment.
I hope you can let this go. President Trump reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, according to contemporaneous notes Comey took shortly after the president made the request in February. The New York Times In Washington, and beyond, talk of obstruction of justice. Politico Related: Comey reportedly considered the overture inappropriate and shielded it from line agents working on the Russia probe. The Washington Post More: Another day, another body blow to an administration already reeling. Politico Still More: Where are the White House tapes? Weekly Standard And: Here come the subpoenas. The Hill Meanwhile: The DOJ wants to find the leakers. Daily Beast —
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Trump has succeeded. He has made America Great again. He’s done it just as the state of Washington did it when state financed Safeco Field and Century Link Field – each a public-private partnership. The United States is joining with Trump in a public-private partnership for Trump. This does not bode well for us.
Something seems to be afoot. The President may take some sort of military action against Syria. Secretary of State Tillerson seems to agree something should be done. The danger is a military action in Syria will create an expanding area of crisis.
And as I watch the news, I sense people are becoming somber about these changes. There is a realization things are becoming serious and more so by the half hour.