Who can blame him? It really sounds like he’s had enough.
So the rumors are out there [again]: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is looking for the exit, and in at least one report, intends to be gone by the end of this summer.
Time will tell.
The latest Trump debacle would be his mealy-mouthed acquiescence to Vladimir Putin while in Helsinki.
After emerging from a 2-hour meeting in private, with no aides and no note takers to record what was being discussed, Trump stood before the world and threw our nation’s intelligence community under the bus.
He gave such slavish deference to Putin and Russia that no one would have been surprised if the next move was to televise Trump dropping trou and having “Russian Asset” tattooed on his backside.
Maybe it’s already there and we missed it.
During the press conference, Trump cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s findings about the 2016 election and Russian interference, and also said that Putin had been very strong in his denial, and that he didn’t see why it would be Russia.
He recited exactly what was fed to him.
After an emergency meeting with Congress, Trump attempted to walk back his statements, saying he meant to say he didn’t see why it WOULDN’T be Russia.
Even in that supposed walk back, however, he added (off script) that it could probably be other people, as well.
He is not going to openly accept that Russia attacked us.
In the meantime, John Kelly is furious, according to a report from Vanity Fair.
Kelly told Trump that his remarks might worsen the situation with Mueller, according to Vanity Fair, which reported that the chief of staff then called Republicans on Capitol Hill and told them they could publicly speak out against Trump's comments.
And quite a few did just that.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was wrong to draw a moral equivalence between Russia and the U.S., and insisted the intelligence community is correct in its assessment of Russian interference.
Senator John McCain, even in his weakened state, managed to burn a hole right through Trump’s despicable, spineless performance.
Yes. If you were disgusted by Barack Obama’s “Apology tour,” where he went around the world, apologizing for American “arrogance,” shortly after his election, but you’re twisting yourself into a pretzel to defend Trump playing prison wife to Vladimir Putin, you are not a patriot. You’re a hypocrite. In fact, your frame of mind dances precariously close to treasonous.
Still, out of all Trump’s many blunders, this one takes the cake.
Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller noted to Vanity Fair that a 24-hour turnaround is abnormal for Trump.
"Any of these other kerfuffels, if he had addressed it the next day, we wouldn’t have had that many days of things, like 'sh*thole countries,' " Miller said.
That’s because this one is such a blatant display of Putin’s ownership of Trump that the GOP is in panic mode, and it’s a situation that needed to be addressed, promptly. There’s no way to defend it. None.
That Kelly actually greenlighted condemnation of Trump’s performance, rather than organize a circling of the wagons is a reason to be hopeful.
What we watch for next is how they react if Trump continues to cater to Russia’s best interests, ahead of our own.