February 21, 2019

YOU'RE IGNORING HIS GLORIOUS 6G WIN!:

Trump's Presidency Is Getting Weaker (Jonathan Bernstein, February 21, 2019, Bloomberg)

First: "Although President Donald Trump tweeted that he had ordered his administration to cut off disaster aid to wildfire victims in California, federal officials confirmed on Wednesday that they never received any such directive." Political scientist Brendan Nyhan gets it right: "Weakest president in contemporary times. 'Ordered' likely means he said something to a staff member who ignored him." 

Second: "Bowing to bipartisan concerns in Congress, President Trump retreated Tuesday from his plan to create an independent 'space force' in the Pentagon, proposing instead to consolidate the military's space operations and personnel in the Air Force." Kevin Drum at Mother Jones explains: "So now it's just a branch of the Air Force, which is more-or-less what it already is since the Air Force Space Command already exists. It's just going to get a little bigger now."

In both cases, it's as if Trump had carefully read Richard Neustadt's classic study of presidential power and then chosen to do the exact opposite of what it advises.

Posted by at February 21, 2019 5:52 PM

  

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