Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.
So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us.
We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Senator John Mc Cain put it best in his farewell letter.
But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t. Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.
All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.
There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first.