TRUCE SHORTER THAN A SYRIAN CEASEFIRE…

February 3rd, 2017

David Graham, writing in The Obama-Trump Truce Is Already Over for The Atlantic, explains:

Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to build a rapport with Donald Trump during the presidential transition, and despite Trump’s public gratitude, the tradition seems moribund now.

Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals.” He has already broken his silence once, with a spokesman issuing a statement on protests last weekend over Trump’s immigration executive order. “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” the statement said, calling the demonstrations “exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”

But if Obama is willing to fire a broadside at his successor, Trump’s administration has shown its willingness to attack Obama in terms that are equally harsh, or even harsher. But if Obama is willing to fire a broadside at his successor, Trump’s administration has shown its willingness to attack Obama in terms that are equally harsh, or even harsher. In a statement on Wednesday about Iran conducting a ballistic-missile test, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn spent nearly as much ink blasting Obama’s policies as he did the Iranians

So, here’s why the ceasefire collapsed:

Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals.” He has already broken his silence once, with a spokesman issuing a statement on protests last weekend over Trump’s immigration executive order. “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” the statement said, calling the demonstrations “exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”

President Donald John Trump does not suffer insults, of any form, with kindness. He hits back. Hard, or, in what may his newest favorite phrase (and one I never ever want to hear him utter), favors a nuclear option.

An important question is going to be is who carries the bigger stick—Trump, with a 45 percent approval rating, or Obama, with a 59 percent rating?

Remember, with Trump, size always, always counts.

Leave a Reply

*
To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Anti-spam image