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Trump–Not Blackmailed

February 17, 2017

On February 16, I remarked on “goofy statements by President Trump about Russia and Vladimir Putin” that have aroused speculation that the President is being blackmailed by Russian intelligence.

The President’s Thursday press conference pretty much laid that suspicion to rest. The President forcefully and convincingly declared that he had no businesses in Russia, no Russian contacts, and spoke to Putin twice and only when Putin called him.

That still leaves the criticism that President Trump’s expressed policy toward Russia is goofy.

That being the case, what is the reason?

On February 14, I have remarked upon the President’s mistaken assumption that government can be run like a business, or that foreign relations can be shaped by personal relations. And I have worried that his rush to meet with heads of state from Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom could lead to serious blunders.

The President’s inattention to managing a government, as opposed to running government like a business, is dangerous when we reflect uponn Watergate legislation that constrains the appointment process of political nominees in reporting and investigation requirements.  They can slow approval of key sub-cabinet appointments in the Departments of government by six to twelve months.

Most businessmen do not understand that the permanent bureaucracy works for the interests of the bureaucracy, and not the President’s men. And the longer the permanent bureaucrats are left to themselves, the greater is the decline of Presidential control of government.

In order to govern, a President must immediately appoint and move to install all the men necessary, in every key Department of every agency of government.

Secretary of State Tillerson’s first day of greeting “his” State Department officers seemed to establish a rapport between Tillerson and the Foreign Service. Anyone who believes that–especially Secretary Tillerson–needs to go into a training program led by former Reagan Administration appointees who had to wage war with these fine “officers.”

President Trump is now on travel to North Charleston, South Carolina to visit a Boeing manufacturing plant and from there to a political rally in Melbourne, Florida.

He should be in the White House reading policy reports and interviewing a range of former political appointees who are known for their knowledge, experience and combative commitment to conservative Presidents.

 

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