The White House has backed down again. It has announced that it will not shut down the government in October if Trump doesn’t get the money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border,“Build that wall,” Trump said at the Aug. 22 rally in Phoenix. “The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”
However, the predicted job growth this August showed up short to the tune of tens of thousands. The cataclysm that was Hurricane Harvey will have us doing cleanup for years. And a second hurricane, Irma, is growing stronger off the coast of the Caribbean. These are just a few of the many reasons Republicans in Congress have told Trump to focus on other parts of his agenda, and postpone his holy war regarding the the border wall for now.
Others are telling Trump what to do a lot, these days. The Oval Office has become his prison. Anyone wanting to pay him a visit must clear it with Chief of Staff John Kelly. Defense Secretary James Mattis openly contradicted him on North Korea earlier in the week. Roger Stone, former campaign adviser, noted the trend. “Kelly is trying to treat Donald Trump like a mushroom. Keeping him in the dark, and feeding him sh*t”.
Although Trump managed to hide his frustrations about it long enough to tweet out his support for Kelly this morning, he received perhaps the harshest personal blow of his presidency, in the form of the news that his closest personal aide will be deserting him. President Donald Trump’s longtime aide and current director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller has told people he intends to leave the White House, three sources familiar with the decision told CNN.
Schiller has been a constant presence at Trump’s side for nearly two decades and was among a handful of aides from Trump’s previous life as a businessman to follow Trump onto the campaign trail and into the White House.
While Trump’s other personal bodyguards left when the Secret Service took over as Trump’s protective detail, the 6’4 Schiller remained at Trump’s side. He continued on in his capacity as a bodyguard and personal aide. During the campaign, it was Schiller who often had the best sense of Trump’s mood and needs during the campaign. By all appearances, Trump is heavily dependent on him. Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to believe it, commenting curtly that the story was “not true”.
One source said Schiller has also grown frustrated with the new system installed by White House chief of staff John Kelly aimed at restricting access to the President.
As Trump continues to grapple with Kelly’s more isolating measures, just two close aides who worked for Trump at the Trump Organization will remain at Trump’s side: Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, and Dan Scavino, the social media director.
If it were nearly any other person, one might be tempted toward pity. Donald Trump, after all, is no geopolitical chessmaster, attempting world domination Illuminati-style at the head of some terrifying conspiracy, like either George Bush probably was. He’s a banal and limited man, who was given a bunch of money and a carte blanche at the beginning of life, and told to cut loose. He belonged in a professional wrestling ring, or on a reality TV show. It’s been a sad thing, to watch him ruin himself. Eric Trump told reporters this week that the treatment of his father, might cause him to commit suicide.
However, we must harden our hearts nonetheless. So long as Donald Trump remains in the White House, his unpredictability and savage bursts of temper make him a clear and present danger, to every living being on this planet. He’s the one who’s got the nuclear codes. Until such a time as he decides to tap out, write this off as a mistake, and go home to Trump Tower, he will have to be kept in check.
John McCain made the following statement on the matter before heading home to start his brain cancer treatment.
“Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct,” McCain wrote in a powerful op-ed in The Washington Post. “We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power.” Those are not the words of a ringing vote of confidence.
When the day comes when Trump is impeached, and we’ve got someone in the Oval Office who isn’t causing the type of climate that led to the Charlottesville tragedy, we can start to rebuild, and turn our eyes skyward again. Until then, it’s going to be game on.