SEEING HISTORIC photos of #DDay the same day, June 6, that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, this year it’s all experienced through the prism of President Trump. The Russia probe brings powerful men in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as revelations continue to leak to the press.
The reporting we’re witnessing is extraordinary. The New York Times reporting by Michael Schmidt reveals that then-FBI Director Comey told Attorney General Sessions not to leave him alone with President Trump.
The next bombshell matters even more, as you Nixon-era political junkies understand.
The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.
Yet, I’m stuck on something else.
“We face many threats, but I stand here before you with a clear message: the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance and to Article 5 is unwavering.”
Those are the 27 words that Trump wouldn’t say during the NATO meeting, reported first by Politico’s Susan Glasser. What we learned from her about those words is a game-changer.
It’s not like anyone expected Secretary Mattis or National Security Adviser McMaster to control Trump. All we could possibly hope for is that these two experienced military men would inspire the President to keep his crazy in check.
What’s extraordinary about Trump taking out the 27 words is that Secretary Tillerson, Dina Powell and everyone else on his primary national security team was blind-sided by the President’s audible.
It’s like the little boy who wants to show everyone who’s boss, because he got to the White House without Mattis, McMaster, Tillerson, or Powell, and Donald J. Trump doesn’t want anyone to forget it.
He’s willing to torch historic relationships made over decades to exert his power.
On the fly foreign policy made by Donald Trump provided by the Miller-Bannon shop; going around Mattis and the brain trust that might avert a catastrophe.
Now all his people can do is wait for the 911 call.
No wonder the President can’t find a D.C. lawyer. From one minute to the next, it remains impossible to trust Donald Trump.
That’s nothing new.
Changing an important national security speech on the fly that could impact world events is, and it makes all of America less safe, and more isolated by the day.