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EDITORIAL: The Trump Administration is sinking


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By Editorial Board



The Trump administration is laughably out of control, barely held together by one pair of tiny hands.

Jokes aside, the six-month-old administration is looking increasingly like a long-running television series with hardly any of the original cast members.

Sean Spicer resigned Friday as White House press secretary after President Donald Trump appointed New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director, a post vacated by Michael Dubke in May, according to The New York Times.

Trump’s personal attorney of nearly 20 years Marc Kasowitz was outed by Trump, also on Friday, preceded by a resignation from Kasowitz’s spokesman Mark Corallo, according to CBS.

All of which comes after Trump expressed regret for hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview with The New York Times last week because Sessions recused himself from the FBI’s Russia probe.

Sessions, the brave soul, has chosen to hang on for the time being.

Also in the same interview, Trump told reporters if 
Special Counsel for the FBI 
Robert Mueller looked into his finances as part of the investigation, he would consider it a violation of Mueller’s charge.

Bloomberg later confirmed that Mueller is indeed investigating Trump’s financial records and business transactions as they relate to Russia.

Meanwhile, although this is old news in Trumpland, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out two weeks ago the entire email chain of his contact with a Russian attorney who promised him “dirt” on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. met with these Russian contacts in June 2016, though no information was actually given about the former secretary of state, according to CNN.

However, the eighth person to attend the meeting — a roundup that included Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort — was identified late last week as Irakly Kaveladze and revealed to have ties to Soviet intelligence, attracting the interest of Mueller, according to The Guardian.

All of this leads Philip Bobbitt, a leading professor of law at Columbia University, to predict that Trump will resign “as a consequence of his family member’s being prosecuted,” according to The Independent.

“Resignation, as remote as it seems right now, might well be a choice the president would make to save his children from prison, and himself from future prosecution,” Bobbitt wrote in the Evening Standard.

The Editorial Board would like to stress two things.

The first is that we don’t want the president to resign. We have no desire for a President Pence.

Instead, we would rather Trump transform his leadership style from one of demanding loyalty without returning the favor to one of humility and collaboration.

Instead of contradicting the statements and policy proposals from his staff and Cabinet, as he’s done many times, he should ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.

The second is that this situation has nothing to do with the politics of Trump’s policies. Our rebuke of the Trump administration is solely because of his inability to govern and to lead, regardless of what he believes.

But given the pressure of the constitutional crisis created by his son and the impending FBI investigation, we doubt the president will heed our warning.

As the Editorial Board and many other sources have noted previously, impeachment is entirely unlikely for a variety of legal and political reasons.

But if this train wreck of administrative leadership continues, a self-imploding White House may very well become part of our nation’s 
history.

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