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Phase one of the Trump presidency is ending. However unpredictable and unnerving it has been, the coming phase could be even more so.
The opening phase came to a close in a week in which the president displayed the same characteristics that got him to the White House in the first place: a reliance on gut and guile, disregard for the experts and a flair for the dramatic. Expect more of the same, perhaps much more.
Trump seemingly has decided to fly solo. Advice may come his way, but at this point, after 14 months in charge of the White House, he is making clear that he will operate independently. He is surrounding himself with advisers more likely to reinforce his own instincts rather than those who would attempt to nudge him gently in directions he prefers not to go. He will still bend at times but will feel freer to trust himself more than others.
The week brought the abrupt (although not unexpected) removal of national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who was replaced by John Bolton, a hawkish former ambassador to the United Nations. Following the humiliating firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the elevation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to fill his spot, the changes could fundamentally alter the character of Trump’s national security team at a time of momentous decisions looming about North Korea and Iran.
originally posted by: MostlyReading
Looks like old war mongerer McCain is disappointed that Trump opened up for talks with NK instead of bowing to the"obligations of international leadership" by starting another war.
You do realize, that just two weeks BEFORE NKOREA said they were open to talks, that they said to the US. "The world has accepted us as a Nuclear Power" So I am at a wait and see stance...Also it was not trump who came up with the Sanctions, he just signed them....As far as NKOREA all he was, and is, is a signature. It has zero to do with trump.
If trump would have had his way, we would have nuked em.....
Perhaps Senator John McCain, has offered the best rebuke to Trump:
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
McCaims statements dripped with American exceptionalism
originally posted by: Sillyolme
Season two will focus on Robert Muellers investigation and trumps defense. Peppered with sex scandals, staff changes, corruption, nepotism ...umm, come to think of it I think season two is really just a rerun of season one. With different commercials.
the ones with the skills, knowledge, and abilities will neutralize the ones with the ineptitude, naiveté
originally posted by: Painterz
He hasn't so much decided to fly solo, as everybody else has realised it's impossible to work with him and quit, or been fired for daring to have opinions that differ from the Glorious Leaders.
Also I think a lot of people now just won't touch him with a bargepole, because they have a sense of where this whole sorry mess is heading. And they don't want to get dragged down with him.