Tuesday 21 August 2018

Trump's troubling chaotic Presidency

Donald Trump. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Editorial

Editorial

In every way unimaginable, the US Presidency of Donald Trump is living down to and beyond worst expectations since his election to that great office last year in what are deeply questionable circumstances. His election remains under investigation, the outcome of which may yet prove fatally damaging to his Presidency if not to the office he holds - damaging to a extent greater than even the President himself has set about achieving through his prodigious use of Twitter to communicate with the world.

His reference last Friday to the former FBI director James B Comey on Twitter as a "weak and untruthful slime ball" represents the latest depths to which the President has descended to defend his chaotic Presidency, and follows a diatribe of abuse, mostly on social media, some of it bordering on the racist, other of it wilfully seeking to inflict damage to the great institutions of the United States in a manner which has become shameful, if not a downright disgrace.

Mr Comey was formally dismissed by President Trump last May shortly after the FBI had opened an investigation into the role and influence of Russia, primarily through State-sponsored misuse of social media, in his election defeat of Hillary Clinton, an investigation which thankfully remains on course despite repeated attempts by the President and his supporters to undermine it.

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