Mr. Trump’s new hobby: losing
Regarding the Feb. 15 front-page article “Pence is above the fray, but is he out of the loop?”
If Vice President Pence is out, I fear to ask who is in: a senior policy adviser who didn’t like his high school, a chief strategist who once proclaimed himself a Leninist or a counselor with an affinity for “alternative facts”?
The administration bungled relations with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, overextended executive reach in its immigrant travel ban and failed to adequately anticipate and respond to a North Korean missile test. The prospect of the next 30 days is alarming with the absence of a functioning inner circle: Will there be a new immigration ban and an increase in U.S. ground forces in Syria? Will a national security adviser be named who does not engage in unethical behavior with Russians?
For someone who ran on a career of winning, President Trump is making a hobby of losing. This is not entirely his fault; following his inner circle is akin to watching a toddler eat buttercream frosting — funny until it gets on the (banned) Persian rug.
Yes, “Saturday Night Live” is entertaining again, but we need to get the people’s house in order.
Kevin J. Consedine, Alexandria