Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mr. Trump's Big Test

Mr. Trump's comments came during a press conference he held following his meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan

I now have responsibility, and I will have that responsibility and carry it very proudly." By uttering these words, Mr. Trump has put his credibility and that of his administration and country on the line. Bigly. Mr. Obama did so before, then, he turned his back and prided himself on that, to his dying shame. Now, Mr. Trump is priding himself on accepting the very responsibility Obama relinquished, and says his attitude on Assad and Syria has changed after watching the horrific images that came out of Idlib. He also noted that this change proves his flexibility. By doing this, he made his own character an issue. With such high stakes, failure to do something substantive would turn Trump and his administration into a running joke on an even grander scale than we have scene, and with much worse fallouts globally. The right move, on the other hand, will change the tone of how he is perceived and covered, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Trump has given himself a big test indeed. He’d better pass, else, that could be the coup de grĂ¢ce for his administration. 

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