Checks on unbalanced presidency
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
Most refreshing of all, the new intake includes young radical women, among them two Muslims and a native
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.