Editorial: Rather than shake the D.C. establishment, Trump brings chaos

Posted June 6

A CBC Editorial: Tuesday, June 6, 2017; Editorial # 8169
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

President Donald Trump shouldn’t be concerned about leaks to news reporters painting a portrait of disarray in his still-young administration.

All he needs to do is read his own Tweets, watch the evening news, read the headlines in a newspaper or talk to his staff.

“Trump criticizes his Justice Dept. for revising travel ban,” reports the New York Times. “Trump says it’s a travel ‘ban.’ His staff insists it wasn’t,” The Washington Post says.

This is no “fake news” – it’s governmental chaos. It is no way to run a nation. It needs to stop.

This wasn’t how things were supposed to be. When he was campaigning, then-candidate Trump promised something very different and many Trump voters backed him to get an outsider in office and bring change to Washington.

Sure, there might be some rough edges. So what if a few feathers got ruffled. Trump was a “winner” and a “deal-maker.” He promised to build respect for the nation, produce jobs for the middle class, put a stop to the squabbling in the nation’s capital and make sure everyone would get health insurance (or at least no one who had it would lose it).

Almost five months into his presidency and Trump is an embarrassment to himself, his family and the country. The nation is smaller in the world’s eye. Sadly, there is no sign of relief.

Just this weekend after the terrible tragedy in London, instead of offering words of sympathy and support to the mourning city and Great Britain (the United States’ most steadfast ally after the 9-11 attacks), Trump took to Twitter to unfairly belittle the Muslim mayor of London and spread unconfirmed and inaccurate information he picked up in “The Drudge Report.”

And in his first public comment about the attack Trump himself disseminated unconfirmed information from an unofficial source: The Drudge Report.

This is no way to run a country – particularly the only nation on the planet in a position to calm global jitters and build effective coalitions to address the threats of terrorism, climate change and the economic uncertainty faced by families all over the world – including the United States.

Although it’s totally against his nature, President Trump needs to acknowledge that things are seriously off track. The country needs a “re-set,” and it needs to come from the top.

There’s no magic to getting an administration back on track – just a bit of humility and willingness to do the right things.

For President Trump, those things include:

  • Get the family out of the government. They are causing more distraction than action.
  • Release the income tax returns. Americans need to be assured that their interests come first in the administration, not those of the Trump business empire.
  • Stop Tweeting, stop contradicting White House spokespeople. If the communications staff can’t get the word out, fire them and find some folks who can. The world become less safe and presidential stature is diminished with each posting of 140 letters of gibberish.
  • Clean house in the administration. No one is perfect and there are bad hires. Good managers recognize their mistakes and correct them. Get rid of the bad apples now.

These concerns are not about Democrats and Republicans or conservatives and liberals. They are simply about good government.

President Trump, governing by tantrum is not leadership. It is childish and it needs to stop. We need a grown-up in the Oval Office. Now.


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  • Teddy Fowler Jun 6, 2:34 p.m.
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    Such a negative view on the world... and mostly incorrect too... Supreme Court justice affirmed... Keystone pipeline... reducing regulations... getting rid of Paris Accord.... Limiting aliens from entering the US illegally...withdrawing from TPP... etc.....

  • Carl Keehn Jun 6, 1:21 p.m.
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    If any person or agency is responsible for Benghazi, it's Congress for refusing to properly fund security needs for the Embassy. Repeated investigations were unable to tie the failure to Clinton. President Trump, however was responsible for the tragic waste of American life in Yemen.

    What promises has President Trump kept? Carrier is continuing to lay off workers in Indiana, even after the generous gift of $7 Million dollars. The decision at Ford was made long before, in spite of then Candidate Trump taking credit for it. In fact, recently the job market has been cooling.

    I will give President Trump credit for something. He has done more to alienate our allies. Instead of Make America Great again, he needs to change his slogan to Make America Alone Again.

  • Sean Creasy Jun 6, 12:34 p.m.
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    I will hold him accountable when he has completed his first year of service in his job. In the meantime I must point out how the last administration handled it's affairs over it's 8 year tenure... So far no one on the left has even tried to give Trump a chance and started screaming for his impeachment before he even took office.

  • Ralph Savary Jun 6, 11:40 a.m.
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    And what campaign promises has he kept Robert? Enlighten us.

  • Chris Perdue Jun 6, 10:26 a.m.
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    You mean like the prior administration blaming everything on Bush for eight years?

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 6, 9:46 a.m.
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    well for one thing he has not let Americans die like Obama and Hillary did in Benghazi. Another is he is keeping his campaign promises.

  • Carl Keehn Jun 6, 9:40 a.m.
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    And what, pray tell; has he actually done?

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Jun 6, 9:25 a.m.
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    My opinion is that as part of the MSM you no longer report news you create it just like CNN. Conservatives and classic liberals see right through you and are going elsewhere to get any facts pertaining to politics . Soon you will be left with nothing but a bunch of adult children Evergreen college grads reading your "news." Too bad for you because I'm sure this town would readily embrace a non biased local news outlet and your viewership would probably double.

  • Zeke Reynolds Jun 6, 8:43 a.m.
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    Sean Creasy, the election is over. Obama has been gone for months and Clinton was never even in office. That is all in the past.

    Today, Trump has a job and he's not doing it. Hold him accountable for it.

  • Sean Creasy Jun 6, 8:38 a.m.
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    So do you think Obama did a far better job to promote our country in the eyes of the world by apologizing to Japan for World War 2? Or bowing to the middle eastern leaders for the media and world to see? How bout that wonderful healthcare system he forced Congress to sign off on by holding the national budget hostage until it was passed? And don't even get me started about Hillary's e-mail scandal where the Director of the FBI boldly stated to the Congressional panel that "she did send classified e-mails but we are not going to pursue charges against her".. Why do you think that was? He was told too that's why!!!