Two weeks ago as the Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames, Trump suggested they try extinguishing it with planes dumping water on it. Now, closer to home, he is taking on the International Association of Fire Fighters for endorsing Joe Biden, who recently entered the Democratic presidential primaries.
A tweet from Trump says it all: “I’ll never get the support of Dues Crazy union leadership, those people who rip-off their membership with ridiculously high dues, medical and other expenses while being paid a fortune.” In an earlier tweet he said: “But the members love Trump. They look at our record economy, tax & reg cuts, military etc. WIN!”
Trump’s rant on the unions, much like his denunciation of the media, is an ongoing attack, and one similar to his berating of Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO.
In addition to the increasingly volatile scrimmages with Democrats, Trump now has to deal with another member of his circle jumping ship. On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation with May 11 as his final day in office.
It was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian probe in the 2016 presidential election, and thereby entered Trump’s hit list. Mueller was hired shortly after James Comey was fired by Trump.
Rosenstein was in the spotlight when he discussed wearing a “wire” to record conversations with Trump with an aim toward invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. It is rather strange that a man who said he was willing to wear a wire could state in his letter of resignation praise for “the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations.” We are left to wonder about the content of those conversations, which, for the most part, are quite irregular.
Meanwhile, a storm is brewing between House Democrats and Attorney General William Barr as they seek his appearance before the committee about the Mueller Report. Barr and the Department of Justice have objected to the Thursday session, thus setting the stage for a subpoena to be issued.
“Administration witnesses—or any witnesses—have to come in and be examined as the committee sees fit, not as they see fit,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chair of the Judiciary Committee, told the press.
As usual flash points are erupting on several fronts as the Trump administration is once more in scramble mode.