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The president of the United States is not a normal situation

ROGER CALDWELL | 1/11/2018, 10:49 a.m.
There is something dangerous when the president of the United States is playing games with an enemy nation, “My nuclear ...
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There is something dangerous when the president of the United States is playing games with an enemy nation, “My nuclear button is bigger than yours,” said Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard magazine. No one in his right mind should threaten another country with nuclear weapons, but our president has made a public statement to the country and world.

When the president of the United States wakes up in the morning, and without talking or consulting with any of his advisors, establishes a national policy with a tweet, that is a sign of a troubled and irrational mind. When hundreds of high-level administrators are running from stable, high-paying government jobs in the Trump administration, something is wrong.

When the high-level administrators are retaining lawyers after only seven months of working for Trump, something is wrong because many administrators are afraid they may end up in jail. This situation is unprecedented and not a normal situation.

The Trump administration is dysfunctional. Everyone in Trump’s inner circle has tried to hide Trump’s behavior from the citizens of the United States and the world, but the book by Michael Wolff exposes the truth about Trump, his family and the White House insanity.

When the president calls Steve Bannon, his campaign chairman and chief strategist, someone who has lost his mind, there is something wrong. At one time, Bannon was the creator of the Trump doctrine, and when he left the White House in August, he was seen as a reliable outside ally of the Trump administration.

“Now he looks like a turncoat out for revenge, fitting the profile of an alluring witness for special counsel Robert Mueller in his probe of potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia,” said David Cataness of the U.S. News & World Report. “Bannon is directly taking on Trump’s family, telling author Michael Wolff the chance Donald Trump Jr. didn’t walk from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting ‘up to his father’s office on the 26th floor’ is zero.”

In Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” he tells such a juicy story that no one knows what to believe, but it is already a best-seller, and it is flying off the shelves. It tells the inside story of the Trump White House, describing dysfunctionality and infighting within the campaign, and the first year of Trump’s presidency, complete with damning criticism of Trump within his inner circle. The book is based on 200 interviews with White House and campaign staffers, including Bannon.

According to Paul Farhi of The Washington Post, “Wolff portrays Trump and his closest aides as astonished by his electoral victory in 2016, and wholly unprepared for office. Top advisers and allies doubted the president’s intelligence and openly mocked him. In an on-the-record interview with Wolff, Bannon called a meeting between the Trump campaign top advisers and Russian representatives in mid-2016 “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

But Trump believes he is doing a great job as president of the United States. The Republicans passed the tax reform bill, the economy has grown more than 3 percent for a second consecutive quarter and the stock market is breaking records.

Nevertheless, there is something wrong and dangerous in this administration, and nothing is normal. When the president makes decisions based on the information he gets from Fox News, something is wrong, and it is a reflection of his irrational judgment and erratic mind.

We were lucky as a country to get through 2017, but in 2018, Trump’s inability to educate, read and take advice could cause a catastrophe of monumental proportions.