Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in US politics right now that it simply didn’t register.
Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump’s White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by now. But we’re over a year into the Trump presidency and it’s only getting more chaotic. There’s a desperate quality to it that hasn’t been there before and people are beginning to wonder if the administration is even minimally functional.
An astounding number of people have now left — a nearly 34 percent turnover rate in the first year. It’s unknown how many people have left the government since Trump took over, but the number is also quite likely high. And that’s not even counting the number of vacancies that Trump and the Republicans just aren’t bothering to fill in the first place.
From the moment Trump reluctantly let his good pal Michael Flynn go just three weeks into his presidency, it’s been a series of resignations, firings, hirings and overwhelming disorganization. Apparently, the great businessman Donald Trump isn’t a very good judge of talent. Nor can he manage his way out of a paper bag.
This week alone we learned that his most trusted aide, communications director Hope Hicks, is resigning — a move that was apparently something that had been in works for some time but just happened to come on the heels of her embarrassing involvement with the accused domestic abuser Rob Porter, both on a personal and professional level. But it is…