Opinion Donald Trump's problem is friendly fire

18:52  19 may  2017
18:52  19 may  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Unlike the majority of stories that have dominated the news for the past few months — stories that have often given Republican voters rationale to distrust journalists — the allegation that Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russia is obviously real. The New York Times’ contention that James Comey has memos documenting obstruction of justice is less clear cut, but also genuinely troublesome if true. So the appointment of a special counsel Robert Mueller is a welcome development.

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What has also become increasingly obvious is that though many of the president’s troubles are a matter of incompetence rather than nefariousness, he brings much of it on himself.

In his press conference, Gen. H.R. McMaster assured us that everything Trump shared with Russia was “wholly appropriate.” The president, he asserted, didn’t even know the source of the intelligence enough to reveal the source or put anyone in danger — which, yesterday, we were told was the central problem with divulging this information. But if Trump is, as the New York Times claims, boasting "about some of Israel’s most sensitive information to the Russians," partners with both the Iranians and Syrians, it’s something worth worrying about. And if Trump is talking to the FBI director about dropping a Flynn investigation, he clearly is inept at this job.

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It’s entirely plausible to imagine that a braggart president would reveal things he shouldn’t or fail to comprehend the magnitude of classified information. Because we also learned, according to McMaster, that his sharing was done on the fly. Which betrays a carelessness and recklessness that has been the prevailing feature of all Trump crises — most of them self-inflicted.

Of course, it’s fair to ask why Comey held onto damaging information about the president and didn’t divulge it. Why didn’t he share this incriminating evidence with his deputy Andrew McCabe, who swore under oath that there were no obstruction of the Russian investigation? It’s certainly fair to ask why the Times would publish a thin story without even seeing memos. Until we read them, understand the context, and hear from Comey under oath, it’s difficult to tell if, "I hope you can let this go," is truly obstruction.

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If he fires Bannon, Trump should prepare for war. Despite all that, Kushner is a rising force in the White House, and that’ s a problem for two reasons. First, he’ s also no conservative, as he and Ivanka frequently leak to friendly media.

That said, the fact is that Trump picked a fight with the FBI director. He probably brought up an ongoing investigation with Comey. After firing him, he publicly threatened to expose him with “tapes” — that might or might not exist. These are not the actions of a competent president.

Meanwhile, all his dramas have completely hampered (whatever is left of) the GOP agenda and the promises of his presidency.

People have demanded that Republicans leaders try and “impose boundaries” on the president. Of course, the GOP should demand oversight, and in instances where Trump may have undermined national security, they should demand answers. But what is Bob Corker supposed to do, insist that the president of the United States read his homework before meeting with foreign leaders and dignitaries? This is about as realistic as demanding Barack Obama stop handing terror-supporting theocrats in Iran pallets of cash.

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So impeach and remove Trump, they say. Well, I’m sure Democrats are eager to get back to merely accusing Republicans of perpetrating genocide against minorities, children, the elderly and so on. But, as tempting as the Pence Era sounds, getting 67 Senators to remove a president is probably going to be impossible, even if the House changes hands.

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Firing Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Don McGahn, and Sean Spicer, however, would be a short-term pain killer when what’ s needed is full-on surgery. And in this case, the disease is the White House’ s propensity to generate negative news, nearly all of it self-inflicted by Donald Trump .

Others say Republicans should “abandon” Trump for the good of the country. This is much like the simplistic “binary choice” that Trump’s fans used to float before the election. It would make sense only if Trump was a king. He’s not. A blanket rejection of everything a president supports — even conservative policies — would be self-defeating position that would do nothing to make the United States safer or rein in Trump. In fact, it would likely drive the president to act on his own more often.

If Trump wasn’t the way he is, of course, it would be a lot easier for Republicans and his own staff to help him. Think of how this presidency looks like without the daily missives on Twitter, for instance. So, yes, liberal hysteria and the intelligence community’s crusade (despite all the pooh-poohing by Democrats and media types, allowing the intelligence community to bring down elected governments through leaks isn’t exactly a sign of a healthy republic) contributes to this untenable situation. But Trump’s own incompetence and hubris has plenty to make it nearly possible. If he doesn’t stop being his worst enemy, his presidency is doomed.

David Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and senior editor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi

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