Trump’s White House Bunker
Establishment Still Resents Trump’s November Victory
Only weeks after President Trump passed the 100 day mark of his administration, to the outside world the Trump White House looks like a fortified bunker under siege from multiple enemies. But throughout all the turmoil the naysayers and the critics continue to underestimate the man who sits in the Oval Office.
Trump struck back in a speech Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy. He portrayed himself as the victim of the most unfair treatment of any politician in history, but quickly showed his true colors by telling the graduates to never give up and always to fight on in the face of adversity. This is the Donald Trump who defied the odds and captured the Republican nomination and the White House last year.
Now the long knives of Washington are sharpened and ready to strike. The root of the problem rests in the fact that Trump won the November election. The Washington establishment in both political parties is still in shock over Trump’s victory. The establishment that refuses to grant Trump legitimacy is dedicated to his destruction.
Word came late Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“I have determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome,” Rosenstein said in a statement.
The appointment of a special counsel will be welcomed by some in Congress and is sure to prolong the investigation.
Trump took office determined to make good on his campaign promises. He remained loyal to the forgotten men and women who put him in the White House. His early executive orders, White House meetings, and especially his cabinet picks made good on a host of campaign declarations. He scored early with an outstanding selection for a Supreme Court vacancy who now sits as an associate justice on the Court.
Now the president is embroiled in a face-to-face conflict with former FBI Director James Comey. He is under fire for supposedly mishandling classified data in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
Congress is in full-throated outrage with demands for a special prosecutor or special commission to examine Russian influence in the 2016 elections and alleged Trump favoritism, along with the recent firing of Comey and the handling of classified data. The high-pitched rhetoric now echoes through Congress with flights of fancy over impeachment.
These controversies will be resolved after numerous Congressional hearings and investigations. Such proceedings are fraught with trouble for the president. The hostile mainstream media and the never Trumpers will join with Democrats to diminish investigations already in progress by the Justice Department and the intelligence committees of the House and Senate.
There is no escaping a number of Trump’s self-inflicted wounds. He often operates on his own with spontaneous decisions seemingly void of a thorough decision-making process guided by careful deliberations. This habit goes back to his announcement of a temporary travel ban in January and was reflected in the Comey firing earlier this month. His communications department is in disarray without proper warning of his decisions. His chief of staff looks weak and powerless.
Perhaps this is the product of a successful New York real estate operator presiding over a private company. Everyone from his top executives to his family answered only to him. There were no shareholders; there was no board of directors. The Trump organization was a coalition of one.
The President of the United States is a different kind of chief executive. Fulfilling the role requires a talent for coalition building and respect for the other branches of government. The Congress, with obligations to a wide variety of constituents and its own future, does not take orders from the president; the federal courts, filled with judges with lifetime appointments, do not take orders from anyone.
For Trump the coming weeks and months will be crucial. His current travails threaten his hopes for legislative progress on his agenda, most importantly health care, tax reform, trade, and border security. His very credibility may hinge on the outcome of Congressional hearings and investigations. But in the end there could be vindication for Trump’s young presidency and a clear path forward.
Through it all his critics should beware. While his overall approval rating remains below the historical norm for newly elected presidents, Trump retains the support of the grassroots voters who helped elect him. No one should underestimate Trump’s confidence and resolve. It is the secret of his success. He does it his way.
Source: Peter Griffin
License: Public Domain
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.