Two years passed since President Trump was elected into office. Trump’s administration was off to a rocky start and the chaos has still not subsided. CNN reported President Trump made inquiries into the legality of him firing Fed Chairman Jay Powell after the Fed raised its benchmark interest rate this week for the fourth time this year. The law allows the President to fire a Fed governor for a cause but it does not contain any guidelines for firing a chairman. Lately, Trump is regretting his choice of Powell for Fed chairman, blaming him for the downturn of markets.
President Trump is keen to surround himself with “yes” men and women who go along with his gut instinct way of doing things. At present, Mick Mulvaney is “acting” chief of staff, to be confirmed permanently once Trump is satisfied with his ability to follow orders.
Gary Cohn resigned in March when President Trump disregarded his economic advice and raised trade tariffs. H.R. McMaster was fired from national security adviser earlier this year. White House chief of staff John F. Kelly left this month.
Now that Mattis has resigned because of disagreements between him and the President, the White House is seemingly in disarray. There is no one left to talk sense into the President and stand by national security values. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) described this week as the most chaotic during a presidency unmatched in chaos. On Friday, he also stated, “The institutions of our government lack steady and experienced leadership. With all of these departures, it is about to get even more unsteady. The president is making decisions without counsel, without preparation, and even without communication between relevant departments and relevant agencies.”
Nikki Haley is leaving her position as U.N. ambassador this month. This month, Rex Tillerson, former secretary of state, said in an interview with CBS News: “So often, the president would say, ‘Here’s what I want to do, and here’s how I want to do it,’ and I would have to say to him, ‘Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.’” President Trump, intent on being his own impulsive person, cannot be contained nor taught.
Some are blaming the partial government shutdown on conservative firebrands like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh who motivated Trump to switch gears, not budge on funding for his border wall, and refuse to sign a short-term spending bill created by Congressmen to keep the government open. These are dangerous times when a sitting president is swayed by talk show hosts over a government shutdown which is no small matter. Last week, President Trump shut down his family charity to boot. He used said charity for personal and political gains and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood described it as having engaged in many illegal activities.
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