In the White House, the code name for President Donald Trump is “Ever Ready”, because he is reputed to be always ready to do combat with all and sundry – critics (especially the press); political adversaries, business rivals; and even his own friends not excluding members of his cabinet e.g. Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State; Jefferson Sessions, the Attorney-General plus a long list of foreign foes ranging from Kim Jong-Un the Supreme Leader of North Korea and Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA i.e. Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
One of the videos currently circulating on the internet portrays Trump vigorously lambasting the President of FIFA following the elimination of the American team from Russia 2018 after losing to a lowly rated team from Trinidad and Tobago.
“I blame FIFA, especially the President. The United States of America was forced to play against two countries at the same time – one from Trinidad and the other from Tobago. It is most unfair.”
Anyway, Donald Trump remains a fascinating character whether you hate him or loathe him. Even before breakfast, he had fired off several Tweet salvos against two Senators and a Congresswoman.
Against Senator Bob Corker, Republican Junior Senator from Tennessee, Trump said:
“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….”
“Corker dropped out of the race in Tennessee when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”
Corker fired back saying:
“Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff”
Trump had some final remarks:
“Isn’t it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn’t get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!”
He also took on Republican Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona, who on the floor of the Senate, announced that he would not run again for his seat, as a form of protest against the President’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behaviour. He criticised the Trump Administration in his retirement speech saying:
“…We have again forgotten who we are supposed to be.
There is a sickness in our system — and it is contagious.
How many more disgraceful public feuds with Gold Star families can we witness in silence before we ourselves are disgraced? How many more times will we see moral ambiguity in the face of shocking bigotry and shrug it off?
How many more childish insults do we need to see hurled at a hostile foreign power before we acknowledge the senseless danger of it? How much more damage to our democracy and to the institutions of American liberty do we need to witness in silence before we count ourselves as complicit in that damage?
Nine months of this administration is enough for us to stop pretending that this is somehow normal, and that we are on the verge of some sort of pivot to governing, to stability. Nine months is more than enough for us to say, loudly and clearly: Enough.
The outcome of this is in our hands. We can no longer remain silent, merely observing this train wreck, passively, as if waiting for someone else to do something. The longer we wait, the greater the damage, the harsher the judgment of history.
We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country.
I have been so worried about the state of our disunion that I recently wrote a book called “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.” I meant for the book to be a defense of principle at a time when principle is in a state of collapse. In it, I traced the transformation of my party from a party of ideas, to a party in thrall, to a charismatic figure peddling empty populist slogans. I tried to make the case for the sometimes excruciating work of arguing and compromise.
This was part of the reason I wanted to go to the Senate — because its institutional strictures require you to cross the aisle and do what is best for the country. Because what is best for the country is for neither party’s base to fully get what it wants, but rather for the factions that make up our parties to be compelled to talk until we have a policy solution to our problems. To listen to the rhetoric of the extremes of both parties, one could be forgiven for believing that we are each other’s enemies; that we are at war with ourselves.
But more is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing. As our political culture seems every day to plumb new depths of indecency, we must stand up and speak out. Especially those of us who hold elective office.
To that end, and to remove all considerations of what is normally considered to be safe politically, I have decided that my time in the Senate will end when my term ends in early January 2019. For the next 14 months, relieved of the strictures of politics, I will be guided only by the dictates of conscience.
It’s time we all say: Enough.”
Trump made a quick rebuttal to these statements:
“The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected. Now act so hurt & wounded!”
“The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!”
“Jeff Flake, with an 18% approval rating in Arizona, said “a lot of my colleagues have spoken out.” Really, they just gave me a standing O!”
Against Frederica Wilson, a Democratic congresswoman, after she criticized President Donald Trump over his remarks to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, Trump had this to say as a rejoinder:
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
“I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”
“Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote R!”
He was remarkable, cool and composed as he walked into the room full of XKPMG partners who are still awaiting their gratuity and pension – to discuss his new tax proposals/ reform. We are all set for the validation tests; the sensitivity tests; the scenario planning; computer modelling; financial modelling; risk analysis; stress test etc.
Donald Trump was as unpredictable as ever.
He launched into a jubilant self-recommendation and approval/advertisement.
“We are winning on all fronts. We have done more in the last nine months than all previous administrations. The jobs are coming back. The New York Stock Exchange Dow Jones Index hit an unprecedented 23,000. Even ISIS is on the run. We have regained control of Raqqa.
As for tax reform, it is a war and we are going to win it.”
Bashorun J.K. Randle