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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Not fit for office

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Increasing numbers of people in the Trump administration, in the Republican Party, in America are clearly feeling embarrassed and disappointed about the doings of the President. The recent publication of a book has further exposed the hollowness which defines the Trump personality. He has hit out at the book and its author. He has tried to have sales of the book blocked.

Not so long ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to be distancing himself from Trump over the latter's behaviour. It underscored the difficulty America's top diplomat is surely going through explaining to the world that American foreign policy is in place, that the US continues to play a leading role across the globe. Such difficulties have also impeded Defence Secretary James Mattis' efforts to present a coherent American policy before other nations.

Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation into possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign goes on apace. Trump increasingly looks like a President who is not rational and is therefore not in full control of himself, a fact borne out by his behaviour. America is in deep trouble. Republicans have been talking about the erratic nature of the President, who in his turn has made it a point to go after anyone he does not like with a vehemence that borders on psychological disorder. He recently asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions if charges against a supporter of his could not be dropped. And then he pardoned the supporter, to the shock of people across the country.

Only weeks ago, he publicly expressed his disappointment in Sessions. Much of his original White House staff has left him and some of them have come under his criticism. The media, of course, remain a thorn in Trump's side. Newspapers and television which keep him under scrutiny continue to be labelled as fake news by him.

The other day, fresh questions were raised about Trump's fitness for office --- and this is something that was predicted before the November 2016 election --- when he publicly described journalists as sick people who do not love their country. That was demagoguery at its height. America's sadness is that it has a President who is clearly not for the office..

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