AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, President Trump thinks Santa will drop an early present his way.
In a meeting that will take place later this week, Trump’s attorneys and Robert Mueller will discuss the ongoing criminal investigation. There is reporting that Trump believes Mueller’s work is almost done where he’s concerned. No one knows, but Trump’s lawyers have told their client what he wants to hear in order to keep him manageable.
Trump has the representation he deserves.
In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter….
[…] …The situation was complicated by the fact that the FBI had already become aware of contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, and was beginning to investigate further. Former CIA Director John Brennan has said he told the FBI about a pattern of contacts the CIA observed between members of the Trump team and Russians, and former FBI Director James Comey said the bureau then began investigating in July 2016.
This happened on the same day Trump dumped a foreign policy diatribe on the world. I realize he’s the president of the United States and that his leadership makes our country vulnerable, however, analyzing his “America First” nonsense is a waste of time. The speech meant nothing.
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— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) December 18, 2017
But in his speech announcing the strategy, Mr. Trump struck a much different tone. Instead of explaining the nature of these threats, he delivered a campaignlike address, with familiar calls to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and a heavy dose of self-congratulation for the bull market, the low jobless rate and tax cuts, which, he promised, were “days away.”
“America is in the game, and America is going to win,” he said, to an audience that included cabinet members and military officers.
The disconnect between the president’s speech and the analysis in his administration’s document attests to the broader challenge his national security advisers have faced, as they have struggled to develop an intellectual framework that encompasses Mr. Trump’s unpredictable, domestically driven and Twitter-fueled approach to foreign policy. The same confusion has confronted foreign governments trying to understand Mr. Trump’s conflicting signals.