From our Gastonia, NC Correspondent
We’re not even a month into the Trump administration, and already the fur is flying. The hinted-at ties to Russia that didn’t quite gain traction in the press or the public consciousness before the election are becoming more and more troublesome, and the orange-haired one simply can’t wean himself from his Twitter habit, providing endless fodder for late-night pundits and Sunday morning commentators. If you solely look at Twitter, we appear to have left our country in the hands of a thin-skinned adolescent who’s obsessed with how unfairly he’s being treated.
Grow up, Donald. You’re the president, now. You ran for this office, and you knew (or should have been told) that with the title comes one of the brightest spotlights in the world. Remember the criticisms of Obama’s excessive vacation time and the snickering about his sneaking out for smokes?
One lesson Trump is slow to learn is one that I picked up in my mid-20s, and I’m not even a billionaire: Don’t hire your friends to work for you. If there’s a friendship involved, it’s going to be tougher than usual for you to be objective about them and their performance. The Billionaire Club that Trump is putting together as a cabinet is going to bite him in the end, and the lack of practical experience some of the cabinet members have is going to hurt their departments.
Michael Flynn was a flawed candidate from the start, and Trump used a good deal of his political capital backing Flynn for the national security adviser job. Now Flynn’s Russian chickens have come home to roost, and the more the intelligence agencies look into the morass, the more it’s looking like Flynn wasn’t the only one talking to Moscow. This could very easily go from a situation where a job or two are being lost to one where impeachment proceedings are under way. I hope not, because I think Trump can do a lot of good for this country, but it looks like the sharks are circling.