Mr. Trump’s new hobby: los­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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