Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wall Street Journal: A President’s Credibility


Every day seems to bring more and more questions regarding the presidency of Donald Trump. So far, there have been no answers. There is apathy among Trump’s followers and a Republican Congress that are not taking action because they finally have one of their own, a white guy, in the White House.

As Dan Rather wrote in his latest post: “The plot thickens. The drum beats increase. The pressure mounts. And a question I never thought I would ever hear asked again with such urgency and stakes looms large: ‘What did the President know, and when did he know it?’”

Here are the first five paragraphs of the Wall Street Journal article:

If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had found out that [Barack] Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.

Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.

News And Guts noted that one of its followers noted, "When the Wall St. Journal publishes something like this, the wheels have come off the bus."


Today’s lead editorial in the conservative Wall Street Journal is surprising – not so much for what it says about Trump as for the fact the Wall Street Journal’s stolid editorial board, backed by Rupert Murdoch and America's business establishment, says it.

The editorial says Trump's repeated lack of "respect for the truth" puts him in jeopardy of being viewed as "a fake President,” and continues: "Two months into his presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump's approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn't show more respect for the truth, most Americans may conclude he's a fake President. This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump's Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead, the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director."

The editorial also slams Trump for refusing to back off his administration's unsubstantiated allegations that President Obama wiretapped Trump. "He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence," writes the editorial board. "Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims."

Translated: America’s Republican business establishment is finally seeing the light: Trump has to go.

Trump’s falsehoods are 
eroding public trust, at home and abroad.
By Jessica Estepa 




Here is the WSJ article: A President’s Credibility







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