Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We Have An Angry Child For A President

"One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.

"This person said that a number of people close to him don’t like saying no – but that it has to be done.

“You can’t do it in front of everyone,” this person said. “He’s never going to admit he’s wrong in front of everyone. You have to pull him aside and tell him why he’s wrong, and then you can get him to go along with you. These people don’t know how to get him to do what they need him to do.”

Read the whole story at Politico

"President Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build.
"Trump turned on the television to see a jarring juxtaposition — massive demonstrations around the globe protesting his day-old presidency and footage of the sparser crowd at his inauguration, with large patches of white empty space on the Mall.

"As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his spacious new West Wing office, Trump grew increasingly and visibly enraged.

“...Over the objections of his aides and advisers — who urged him to focus on policy and the broader goals of his presidency — the new president issued a decree: He wanted a fiery public response, and he wanted it to come from his press secretary."

Read the whole story at the Washington Post

"The president is a 70-year-old child whose TV time must be closely monitored — because any news story that upsets his ego will trigger a temper tantrum followed by irrational demands that his indulgent, overwhelmed guardians will be helpless to refuse. Or so Donald Trump’s aides keep confiding to the nearest available reporter…."

Read the whole story at New York Magazine

The childishness isn’t a strategic plan. The lies are. They are deliberate. They are spoken and tweeted and broadcast at maximum volume.

Michael Tomasky on Trump's first 100 lies

Childish tyrannical leaders are not very common these days. One, though, comes to mind: North Korea, the scariest, most oppressed nation on the planet. Whose leader praised Trump last year.

Read about Trump's affinity with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at Reuters

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