Trump Losing to Media on Trust

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday, asked participants if the media or Trump “tell you the truth about important issues.” The survey said that 52% of voters trust the media, with only 37% saying they trusted Trump more. [USA Today]

THIS ONE is going to burn.

No one can convince me that President Donald J. Trump is the hard right conservative that Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller want him to be. What’s coming out of the White House on policy reveals instead just how weak Trump is.

Yet another directive, which is playing out at the Supreme Court level, is Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama’s protection for transgender kids. Giving the state the power to decide discrimination against young people who are in the throes of the most difficult transition of their lives.

What’s equally disturbing for people who follow foreign policy is the diminution of the State Department and the role of diplomacy. The last time this happened was in the George W. Bush era and everyone remembers what happened back then.

Newly appointed NSA for Trump, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, intends on reorganizing Trump’s foreign policy team, according to Peter Baker’s report. It won’t be as easy as he thinks.

One senior official supportive of Mr. Bannon’s position said it would not change under any reorganization. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said this week that Mr. McMaster would have full authority to organize his staff, but that any change in Mr. Bannon’s status would have to be approved by the president. [New York Times]