Doesn’t it feel like much longer than simply a month ago that Trump was elected president?
Do you know it was a month before Obama appointed his first cabinet position? Trump has his almost all in place. Remember when the MSM was criticizing him for not filling slots? How does that look today?
Outside of secretary of state, which he has talked to many and remains undecided, he has certainly moved with expedience to fill the positions; and dare I say with quality choices. A few will face some strong Democratic push back, but for most it will be a breeze to be confirmed.
Two who face intense questioning are:
The Labor Department choice, Andrew Puzder for minimum wage.
The Environmental Protection Agency choice Scott Pruitt. The anti Gore.
Thus far everything the experts said, and we all knew, has been the opposite.
The stock market was going to tank. It’s at new highs.
Guilani, Gingrich, Christie would be the first three in the cabinet. None are. Foreign leaders would not accept him. They have welcomed him.
Every aspect of what the experts thought has been confounded.
President Obama has been over taken by the Trump bandwagon. A question now is will he follow the Bush path and not criticize his successor or will he become a partisan? I am betting on the latter as his programs are reversed.
Remember, Mr President, it was you who adamantly said to John McCain that “elections have consequences”. You were right, they do.
Did you see his interview yesterday where he said he was surprised by ISIS? He was taken aback by the militants’ rise, he said, even though he was warned about them by former President George Bush.
Here’s a direct question and answer from the friendly CNN interview:
“Let me ask you if it’s possible in your position to be completely honest and say the rise of the Islamic State surprised you, it took you by surprise, it took the administration by surprise,” CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked.
“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama responded.
So his intelligence people failed him?
This goes along with his always blaming others for his failures.
In a “60 Minutes” interview in 2014, he also pointed a finger at the intelligence community for the rise in ISIS.
“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” The Islamist militants’ march across Iraq and Syria forced Obama to send U.S. forces back to the region after Americans had put “an end to the decade-long ground offensives there,” CNN noted.
Mr. President, the “buck stops” with you. This was your decision and your team. You own it.
Also, Mr. President, wasn’t it you who called ISIS the JV? Your direct quote: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland, versus jihadis who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Aren’t the Generals like Flynn and Kelly being appointed now by Trump the same ones who left your administration because you wouldn’t listen to them about the threat?
In fact here’s quoted testimony General Flynn gave to Congress a month after your JV comment.
The group “probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and the group’s ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria”. Since the departure of U.S. forces at the end of 2011, [Islamic State] has exploited the permissive security environment to increase its operations and presence in many locations and also has expanded into Syria and Lebanon to inflame tensions throughout the region.”
Sorry, maybe you weren’t listening, you own this.
So Harry Reid began saying good bye yesterday. He was the most divisive senate leader of my lifetime and I am delighted to say good riddance. His arrogance, lying on the senate floor and changes he forced through will now come back to haunt his party. And well it should.
Finally on the senate, look for Trump to meet and possibly appoint a Democratic senator or two to positions. Why? They will come from states with Republican Governors. That will allow them to appoint friendly replacements, increasing his majority and votes in that body.