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100 Days of Trump: Can President Trump lead and tweet at the same time?

Of all the new things – some people might call them “oddities” – Donald Trump brought to the presidency, none has generated more attention and comment than his ongoing Twitter habit.

Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times in the age of social media but Trump has demonstrated an uncanny ability to stir the public opinion pot in 140 characters or less. The topics vary according to the president’s mood with Trump at podiummany tweets expressing congratulations or thanks and others leaving little question as to Trump’s frustrated state of mind.

Such was the case this past weekend when Trump accused Obama of wiretapping his campaign headquarters in the days before the November 8 election via tweet.

While Trump’s tweets have certainly got people talking, some are suggesting the often out-of-the-blue nature of the communications shows a lack of foresight and leadership.

John Fund of National Review writes, “Regardless of who is right, wrong, or merely confused on the issue of Trump, Obama, and Russia, the president’s behavior is a recipe for exasperation and mistrust among his allies. ‘How in the world can we go out on a limb for a guy who won’t tell us in advance that it won’t be sawed off,’ one GOP congressman who was an early backer of Trump told me. ‘If you head a team, you have to lead it.’

“If Donald Trump is playing the role of a canny Columbo in checkmating his adversaries, it’s not obvious. With his impulsive tweeting, he more closely resembles a high-tech version of stumbling Inspector Clouseau.”

That’s a fairly harsh assessment of Trump but I think Fund has a point in this case. Even those who have followed the new president closely were somewhat blindsided by this latest episode. Some of us were already aware of reporting by Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review (concerning the FISA court proceedings initiated by the Obama Justice Department) so we had an inkling of what Trump was talking about.

The rest is confined to the very active mind of President Trump himself. He suggests the truth will come out eventually and he will be proven right. Based on what I’ve heard I’m guessing that’s correct. But in the meantime the media is ablaze with this controversy and even Trump’s supporters are left shrugging and saying, “I just don’t know.”

Trump’s tweeting habit came up numerous times during the campaign and was the subject of TV commercials and ridicule by Crooked Hillary herself. The fact Twitter is a relatively new communications medium excuses Trump from unfair comparisons to presidents of the distant past, but I still can’t imagine Ronald Reagan up in the quiet predawn hours taking digs at Jimmy Carter and Tip O’Neil.

It should be noted Trump’s first tweet on the Obama wiretapping scandal took place at 3:49 a.m. Saturday when the president typed, “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

In other words, while most of us were sound asleep enjoying the prospect of a few more hours of rest on a weekend day the president was awake and upset – and sharing his thoughts with the world.

Many have suggested Trump would only help himself by imposing some self-discipline on this subject. But there are other areas where conservatives and Republicans can use some additional insight on the president’s thoughts – and they’re not necessarily getting it.

Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner reports, “Conservative critics of President Trump argued relentlessly during his 16-month presidential bid that it was patently wrong to designate the once-registered Democrat a champion of their cause.

“Some of those same individuals felt the president validated their warnings when he stood before a joint session of Congress last week and asked lawmakers for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, promised to boost paid family-leave benefits and hinted at leaving federal benefits programs alone.”

I must admit, I was one of those who felt a tad queasy at Trump’s urging government to get more involved in our daily lives. More government almost always leads to bad outcomes. But I’m willing to listen.

“Trump's hour-long speech was an ode to the populist working-class supporters who helped put him in office, but included headache-inducing ideas for some ultra-conservative lawmakers who spent the last eight years haranguing his predecessor for expanding the scope of government,” Morrongiello added.

Those “ultra-conservative” referenced lawmakers are members of the House Freedom Caucus, the body responsible for sending John Boehner and his Merlot bottles back to Ohio. Their service to the Congress and the country has been invaluable and the Republican party owes them a debt of gratitude for demanding accountability from the GOP establishment on the promises the party always makes to the voters and then typically breaks once the Speaker’s gavel begins another session.

The Congress will be examining the Obamacare issue this week. The GOP appears to be deeply fractured on what to do about cleaning up the mess engendered by Obama’s signature legislative “accomplishment.” Republicans need some signal as to where Trump comes down on the issue.

But beyond Obamacare, should conservatives be concerned about Trump’s apparent lurch towards big government?

Short answer: yes, but we knew this would happen if Trump got the GOP nomination and succeeded in winning the presidency. He promised as such – and he keeps his promises. The old saying goes “take the good with the bad” and it certainly applies here.

At the same time if you asked ten different Republicans for their opinions on certain issues you might get ten different answers. Such is the case with some of Trump’s big government proposals. Everyone agrees the country needs a massive infrastructure upgrade, for example, but we’re not sure how to go about it without busting government budgets everywhere.

Ditto for Obamacare. Some believe in a complete free market solution; others would consider some government involvement and oversight; still others want to keep some of Obamacare’s more popular provisions.

This is where leadership enters the picture. As the head of the Republican party and the commander in chief of the United States, President Trump must provide direction for the Congress. Some things he proposes many of us will not like or favor. But as the country’s new “lead negotiator,” it’s up to Trump to start the discussions.

Conservatives are well-represented in Congress and in the end we must fight for our principles. But in contrast to the past eight years there will need to be some give from all sides if the ultimate goal is to be achieved. There is no perfection here and even if there were, we couldn’t reach it.

And through it all Trump must lead… hopefully it won’t be through a series tweets.

Is Reince Priebus already in hot water in the White House?

With all that’s happened in the past few days with President Donald Trump, his speech last week to Congress and his tweets, the media storm hovering over the White House staff appeared to have dissipated.

Even the media’s exaggerated fit over Kellyanne Conway having her feet on an Oval Office couch didn’t generate much lasting interest.

Then Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus didn’t make the trip down to Florida with the president last weekend and everyone’s restarting the “Is a staff shakeup in the works?” talk again.

In a story titled “Knives are out for Reince,” Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey of Politico report, “In interviews, over a dozen Trump aides, allies, and others close to the White House said that Priebus, the 44-year-old chief of staff, was becoming a singular target of criticism within the White House.

“They described a micro-manager who sprints from one West Wing meeting to another, inserting himself into conversations big and small and leaving many staffers feeling as if he’s trying to block their access to Trump. They vented about his determination to fill the administration with his political allies. And they expressed alarm at what they say are directionless morning staff meetings Priebus oversees that could otherwise be used to rigorously set the day’s agenda and counterbalance the president’s own unpredictability.”

In other words, these unnamed insider sources are basically saying everything that’s gone wrong (at least according to the media) is placed squarely at the diminutive feet of Reince Priebus the micromanager.

These “White House in turmoil” articles must generate serious clicks for Politico because the publication seems to come out with new ones every week. From the earliest days of his campaign Trump has always been an attention-grabber for news outlets and now the soap opera intrigue around the candidate extends to the president’s closest advisers.

The media is trying to turn the White House into a real life version of the long running comedy series “The Office” with Priebus playing the part of Michael Scott.

It’s a little strange how the same sort of action and mystery was completely absent from Obama’s White House. Heck, if you asked me today I could name only a couple of Barry O’s staffers…and I’d have to think hard if they were even still with him on Obama’s last day.

Why? Because no one really cared who Obama’s people were. It was enough to know they were up to no good because the man in the Oval Office wouldn’t settle for anything less than “fundamentally transforming America.”

Not so for Trump’s staff. To the press, you have the caricatures of the scheming and conniving alt-right loving obsessed populist in Steve Bannon; the hopelessly discredited, Trump product-pushing couch abuser Kellyanne Conway and the controlling establishment youngster Reince Priebus who is no doubt in over his head and literally sprints like a schoolboy from meeting to meeting in the hallowed halls of the White House.

I’m not saying there isn’t any truth in this Politico report on Priebus. It does look a little fishy that Trump’s chief of staff wasn’t in Florida for a major party fundraiser over the weekend. But name an office in America where everyone’s happy with the management and I’ll call you a dreamer.

For what it’s worth, Priebus is used to running a political party where the sole aim is to raise money and win elections. It’s not an easy job but the focus is narrow. Priebus is learning on the go as are all of Trump’s staff. Like with anything else, routines must be perfected and lines of authority established. Today is only Day 46 of the Trump administration.

And if there’s any truth to the whispers about Priebus being on the outs with the president, we’ll find out soon enough with an announcement from Trump himself.

Liberals now love George W. Bush, but make no mistake, he’s no Donald Trump

With all the talk of Donald Trump and the GOP’s apparent fondness for big government these days, no discussion would be complete without mentioning the squishiest of them all, George W. Bush.

The former president left office in 2009 with historically low approval ratings. Liberals hated him for Iraq and his traditional social conservatism; conservatives didn’t support his bailouts or his push for amnesty. Bush somehow managed to alienate three-quarters of the country. Not many were sad to see him go.

But now, thanks in part to the liberal media and Americans’ chronically short memories Bush 43 is making a comeback.

Aaron Goldstein wrote in National Review, “It wasn’t so long ago that liberals routinely claimed that Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said that he had had advance knowledge of 9/11, and compared him to Hitler.

“These developments remind me of Mark Twain’s apocryphal quote about his father: ‘When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.’ Could it be that liberals have finally grown up? In the case of George W. Bush, liberals are astounded at how much he’s learned in eight years.”

Goldstein does not appear to be a Trump fan and essentially makes the argument that liberals see Trump as so awful even George W. Bush looks good by comparison. Add the fact that Bush (during interviews last week) put in plugs for the Democrats’ Russian wild goose chase and defended the press and you’ve got all the elements of a liberal love-filled reconciliation with the previous Republican president. It’s the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” philosophy…or something like that.

Don’t be fooled; liberals will only love George W. Bush as long as he proves useful to them. As soon as the former president says anything they disagree with he’ll be back to his prior status as Hitler reincarnated in their minds.

As far as conservatives are concerned, they’re largely over Bush 43. With the thorough defeat  and rejection of Jeb Bush and all of the establishment candidates in last year’s primaries it’s clear the party base has moved on from the days of trusting the establishment to steer the ship.

The GOP establishment still has control of the congressional leadership, of course, but Trump has cleaned house on not only Obama’s administration but also Bush’s. It could easily be argued Trump ran just as much against Bush as he did the Clintons or Obama in 2016. Trump drew more than his share of contempt from the GOP blue-bloods for his refusal to toe the party line on the Bush neoconservative foreign policy legacy or “compassionate conservatism.”

To Trump, “compassion” means enforcing the immigration laws and saving jobs for Americans. That’s very un-Bush-like.

It’s a little ironic that George W. Bush refused to criticize Obama during his successor’s two terms in office but is now reemerging to dig at Trump. There’s no love lost there. If Trump succeeds it will only further highlight what a crushing disappointment Bush’s presidency was to many conservatives.

So let the liberal “love fest” for George W. Bush last as long as it will. After a few years of Trump nobody will give two cents for what the Republican old guard has to say.

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100 Days of Trump: Can President Trump lead and tweet at the sam

President Donald J. Trump has been tweeting since his candidacy began. Talking heads have been chastising him continuously. He did not change his ways and he won the Presidency. If I were a talking head or a so-called journalist I would just report on his activities and be quiet about his way of communicating with the public. He is successful in spite of all the negatives about him. God Save The Republic.

Trump's Tweets

Given the overt utter hostility of the establishment media (too far left to be called 'mainstream'), Twitter is President Trump's way of going over their heads and reaching the American people. Even though his tweets sometimes sound crazy, and the Establishment media never fails to characterize them as such, many of them are a stroke of genius, given what he's up against.

Last weekend's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping him are a prime example. Before then, the Marxist New York Times inadvertently disclosed the wiretapping in an effort to portray Trump as a National Security risk, but immediately swept under the rug the unconscionable methods the Obama administration used to obtain what very thin information they could get in support of that caricature. In a nation that has been numbed by eight years of one illegal or otherwise unconscionable act after another, President Trump had to resort to Twitter to shock the public into remembering that 44 years ago we impeached a president lesser but similar crimes. That put the Obamunists and their propaganda machine on the defensive (very necessary in this war), denying what they had previously admitted. Crazy like a fox, thank God!