In all my years watching and participating in politics, I have never seen a president act so irresponsibly or incompetent as our current beloved leader. And, I have seen the likes of JFK, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, etc. This side-show we call our presidency has gotten completely out of control, and it is the fault of one person – donald trump.
Rather than taking expensive vacations that we pay for at his private club in Florida, maybe he should actually start filling the government positions that would help him govern. Leadership is actually leading and making sure the proper people are in place to ensure things work.
This came to light yesterday at JFK airport. At about 6 am, the TSA checkpoint was not fully manned. They still opened the “prescreened” area. However, no one was there to check the passengers as they went through the checkpoint. Eleven passengers passed through without proper screening. Three men were reported to have set off the metal detector. No one stopped them.
To make matters worse, it took TSA 2 hours before they told the police about. The police checked the terminals, but the passengers all had already boarded their fights. The three men who activated the metal detector were identified from video. They were eventually screened – after they landed at their destination in California.
At first glance it would appear that the screeners at JFK are to blame for this incident. And they were. But, it goes a little deeper than that. The head of the TSA left the agency on the day trump took office. He has yet to be replaced. As a matter of fact, no one has even been named to replace him.
This is not an isolated problem either. The government has a total of 549 positions that need Senate approval to be filled. As of yesterday, 515 of those positions have not even had a nominee named. That means a whopping 34 positions have had nominees named. So far only about 14 of them are still waiting for approval.
As you can see, it is not the Democrats who are holding up trump from filling the government, trump is holding up trump from filling the government. You also have to remember, those are just the positions that require Senate approval. There are still hundreds of staff positions that haven’t been filled at the White House.
I am still hearing reports that the West Wing feels like a ghost town rather than a functioning government. There are not enough people to do the job of actually governing. Again, who is to blame? Donald Trump!
Instead of filling vital positions for the government, trump is instead trying to figure out how to keep Muslims out of the country. He is trying to figure out how to deport 11 million people. He is spreading fake reports about terrorist attacks in Sweden. And, he is sucking up to Putin.
This incompetence is showing in the nervousness of our allies. Over the weekend, Mike Pence assured our NATO Allies that America was steadfast in its support of NATO. Then on Saturday, trump said again that NATO was obsolete.
Yesterday, Pence tried again to reassure our allies about our “strong support for NATO.” Is it any wonder that one of the questions he received from a foreign reporter “are we supposed to believe you? What keeps trump from tweeting something in the next few hours that contradict with these comments or at a new conference in a day or two? Who are we to believe, you or trump?”
He was even asked if our country was going to maintain our freedom of the press. Why would our allies even think that? Maybe because of trump’s attacks on the media including calling it “the enemy of the American People.” Maybe it is because European countries know that losing freedom of the press is the first steps in creating a dictatorship like happened in Germany, Italy, and Russia.
Secretary of Defense, Mattis, had to tell the world yesterday that the U.S. “was not in Iraq to take the oil”. This was necessitated as Mattis was on his way to Iraq and he needed to calm Iraqi government fears about our intentions. Especially in light of trump saying over and over that “we should take the oil”.
We were told that Rex Tillerson was going to be a “great Secretary of State”. Yet, he and his under-secretary have been locked out of meetings with foreign leaders, especially Netanyahu. How can he be a “great Secretary of State” if he is not included in meetings with the same foreign leaders he is supposed to represent us to?
We have seen a tremendous rise in hate crimes since trump’s inauguration. Bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers have risen off the charts. Vandalism of Mosques have risen dramatically as well. Yet, the administration has said nothing about any of that.
Even when a Jewish reporter said he had no doubts that trump was not anti-Semitic but asked what he would do to stop these attacks, trump told him to sit down and accused him of asking a “bad question”. Then he went on a rant about how he was not anti-Semitic. We still have not heard him denounce these attacks. I guess he doesn’t want to upset his most ardent white supremacist supporters.
We have what we in the service would call a “skeleton crew” trying to run a government and a leader who doesn’t seem too interested in filling the crew out. We have a leader who has tried to consolidate all power inside a very small clique of power brokers inside the White House.
Our dear beloved leader has done nothing to “bring us together” since he took office. Rather, he has done everything he can to divide us even more. That is also a strategy of dictatorship. If you can divide the country, you will know who your opponents are and can then better target them.
I’m sorry, but this president, at least in his first month in office, has been a total disaster. He has no vision for America. He has no foreign policy, except 20 second sound bites that vary depending on who he is talking to. He has no plans to help the American People except huge tax cuts for the rich. So far, he has only shown a desire to “take over” and become our first king of dictator.
We have a White House that leaks like a sieve. Why? Is it because they don’t trust trump either? Is it possible that they understand the damage trump is doing to our country especially with our most ardent allies? Are they leaking because they see how incompetent trump really is and want to avoid more damage by letting the American People know what bad is coming?
Then we have trump saying the “leaks are true but the stories are fake news”. What? Only trump can claim that the information a story is based on is true but the story itself is false.
Leaks are inevitable in a free government. But, there have been more leaks in the first month of trump’s presidency than most Presidents have seen in their entire term. What does that say about trump?
I am sure that this will upset trump supporters. But, as the new dictionaries start rolling off the presses, if you look up the definition of incompetence, you will see the picture of donald trump.
Our great leader, who claims to be very successful, still has 515 vacancies in his administration and hasn’t even bothered to nominate anyone to fill any of them. Although he is very quick to fire anyone who says anything not loving about him, like he did over the weekend to a senior NSC member who criticized him in a speech. All signs of incompetence.
And, the shirts keep marching along!