Tomorrow, President Trump starts a vacation at his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ. Washington is supposed to be in summer doldrums, but not this administration. The Trump administration, led by the man who vacations at places bearing his own name, is at war.
With whom, you ask? It might be easier to list those he’s not at war with, but I’ll take up the tedious task of listing the warring parties.
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2017
And Congress had made Trump be at war with the Russians, who are warring with him even if he doesn’t war back.
Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2017
Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
He’s always at war with them, but then he has an obsessive/compulsive need to be in the press, so it’s more a frenemy thing.
Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2017
Leaks. (Except when they are his leaks.)
The media will print any dang thing they get their hands on. They’ll expose secrets, embarrass foreign leaders, or jeopardize lives in the name of “journalism.” I use the scare-quotes because much of the stuff they’re printing isn’t news. It’s anonymous, hearsay stories from “people with knowledge of” events.
The Washington Post leaked calls to Mexican and Australian leaders. From Axios:
The calls remain classified, so the fact that the transcripts made it to the Post is a serious issue. Both documents include notes that the transcripts had been reviewed by Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr., the chief of staff for the National Security Council.
The White House.
He’s been accused of calling it a dump. He’s used passive-aggressive means to get senior staff to quit (instead of just firing them). He’s on his second chief of staff, second spokesperson, about to be his third communications chief, Lord-knows how many cycles of the National Security Council. And all before his first summer vacation.
Add to all that China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and the federal courts.
Trump is at war, and the best thing he’s done is bring in a general to fight it for him.
The best thing the president can do right now is take that 17-day vacation. He should play golf, eat steak, hang out with his grandkids, and stay away from Twitter. Even wars have lulls, and the country needs one.