In Trump’s world, everything is wonderful. It’s all going great, and he’s doing a really fantastic job, and you won’t believe what’s coming next. Trust me, it’s gonna be amazing.
But then there’s also this: He can’t believe how everyone’s out to get him. It’s unprecedented the way all you people are totally against his administration, and the way you’re screwing everything up. Getting in the way of every last thing, you’re completely mucking up all the good things he’s trying to do! Unbelievable.
It’s an extraordinary contrast in messaging. And it would be something of a tragedy if what he was saying were remotely true. Except yeah, no.
Trump has so far nominated 110 people for 559 positions, fewer nominations than each of the last four presidents, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. By comparison, Democrat Barack Obama had selected 252 nominees by early June 2009.
Thirty-six percent of Trump’s nominees have been confirmed, compared with 59 percent for Obama, the group’s data show, suggesting that Trump indeed has had fewer nominees confirmed.
But blaming the Democrats in this case ignores the reality that Trump’s fellow Republicans control the Senate, where nominations are confirmed.
Trump is getting out nominations at about 40% of the normal rate (between rounds at Mar-al-Lago). And maybe this would be understandable, or forgivable, in the first couple months while everyone was getting used to how government works. If maybe they’d only gotten off to a slow start.
But it’s now June. They’re running out of convenient excuses to explain why the government under Trump looks like Swiss cheese. Why, well beyond the first 100 days, virtually nothing has gotten done. Then again if there’s anything at all wrong here, you can guess who’s fault that is.
As part of a Monday morning tweetstorm, Trump wrote that Democrats “are taking forever” to confirm his nominees, including ambassadors. “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals,” he tweeted.
Democrats fired back. “If the president is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said only five would-be ambassadors are awaiting action out of dozens of slots to be filled…
Trump has said, for example, that he would nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to Britain but has yet to do so.
But don’t you worry. Trump’s administration is doing all sorts of unbelievable amazing things – or so he says. Or so he promises. And all you have to do to see the amazing results…is wait. About fourteen days.
President Donald Trump has a plan. It’ll be ready in two weeks.
From overhauling the tax code to releasing an infrastructure package to making decisions on Nafta and the Paris climate agreement, Trump has a common refrain: A big announcement is coming in just “two weeks.” It rarely does.
Bloomberg’s got him on this one.
On Feb. 9, Trump boasted that his administration was “way ahead of schedule” on a tax overhaul.
“We’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax and developing our aviation infrastructure,” Trump said while meeting with airline executives.
Eleven weeks elapsed before the White House released a one-page outline of the tax plan.
In an April 29 interview on “CBS This Morning” Trump said of his promised $1 trillion infrastructure construction program: “We’ve got the plan largely completed and we’ll be filing over the next two or three weeks — maybe sooner,” Trump said.
No legislation has been filed.
On and on it goes.
It’s been 15 weeks since Trump promised an aviation infrastructure proposal in two weeks. Trump sent a set of ”principles” for overhauling the U.S. air-traffic control system to Congress on Monday.
At an April 29 rally, Trump drew applause when he promised an imminent announcement on whether he’d keep the U.S. in a landmark global climate agreement.
“And I’ll be making a big decision on the Paris accord over the next two weeks,” Trump said in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
…Trump announced his decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement on June 1.
And on. Aaaand on.
On June 1, Trump said tax legislation was “moving along in Congress,” although no such bill has been filed…
“We’re going to make an announcement in two weeks,” Trump said in an April 5 interview with the New York Times, when asked his position on the Davis-Bacon law regulating wages on federally funded infrastructure projects. “It’s going to be good.’’
The Trump administration has made no announcement on the Davis-Bacon law.
In a March 15 interview on Fox News, Trump was asked about his March 4 tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower…
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” Trump said.
The White House has never produced evidence of illegal wiretapping by Obama…
“We are doing very well in the fight against ISIS,” Trump said May 21 during a meeting in Saudi Arabia with the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. “We’re going to be having a news conference in about two weeks to let everybody know how well we’re doing.”
Officials in the White House press office were unaware of plans for a news conference focused on the war against Islamic State militants.
Two weeks have passed. No news conference has been announced.
I don’t know how long Trump supporters can abide the suggestion of the business titan with the perennial appearance of the blustering incompetent. Politics is a strange game, and identity is somewhat a ‘trump’ card here. If people can sympathize with the poor uber-president up against dark Capitol forces, then maybe he can survive doing this for many months, or years.
But with his penchant for blaming and then firing others for what’s clearly his own laziness and stupidty, the bodies of the true believers are going to start stacking up. Comey for example is a Republican, and he’s about to testify on Thursday. Sessions may be on his way out the door, and you know he won’t be pleased. At some point, Trump being a raging buffoon could actually hurt him.