Checks on un­bal­anced pres­i­dency

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - LORD HENRY

In the last few months I have read two books on Don­ald Trump, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff and Bob Wood­ward’s Fear. The Fifth Risk is my third book on his pres­i­dency and as I get deeper into the sub­ject, my sense of un­ease grows.

This is quite sim­ply a dan­ger­ous and dys­func­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion and whether we like it or not it has global im­pli­ca­tions.

One of the most dis­turb­ing as­pects to the story is the con­tempt and dis­re­gard he has for how the US Gov­ern­ment func­tions.

From the be­gin­ning the ev­i­dence was there, as il­lus­trated by the lack of sup­port Trump of­fered Chris Christie, the head of his Tran­si­tion Team.

He was re­moved be­cause of Jared Kush­ner, the Pres­i­dent’s son-in-law.

Christie pros­e­cuted his fa­ther for il­le­gal cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, tax eva­sion and wit­ness tam­per­ing. In this White House, fam­ily comes first, even if their qual­i­fi­ca­tions are du­bi­ous. Thank God the Repub­li­cans lost Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner con­trol of the House. Fi­nally there is a brake on un­hinged

Trump.

Most re­fresh­ing of all, the new in­take in­cludes young rad­i­cal women, among them two Mus­lims and a na­tive

Amer­i­can.

No way was this the “tremen­dous suc­cess” that Trump claimed. What is par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing is that at the mo­ment un­em­ploy­ment is low and the econ­omy is boom­ing.

In these cir­cum­stances you would ex­pect the Repub­li­cans to have put in a more ro­bust per­for­mance.

This means other fac­tors were at play – a re­jec­tion of his in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage, wild ex­ag­ger­a­tions and down­right lies..

Do not un­der­es­ti­mate him. His bel­li­cose be­hav­iour at his most re­cent press con­fer­ence showed he is not shy of a fight. His fir­ing of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral may her­ald his at­tempt to shut down the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But the House has the power to is­sue sub­poe­nas and un­cover the truth. A rough ride ahead.

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