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Is anyone surprised Trump is off to a rocky start?

by Greg Krehbiel on 15 February 2017

He has never held any elective office, and his government experience amounts to bribing people to do what he wants. He’s not a careful or disciplined speaker and says all kinds of crazy stuff. He charges ahead like a bull in a china shop. He doesn’t know how the system works, and he’s made enemies of the people who do. He has the media establishment against him, partly as a result of his own outlandish comments. And the country is addicted to harsh, mean-spirited, hyper-partisan political talk and action.

2017-02-15  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 12

  1. smitemouth
    15 February 2017 @ 10:30 am

    Some comedian on twitter wrote the effect that we’re finding out that Trump is less Hitler and more Colonel Klink.

    I am pretty sure I commented back in November or December that I thought his administration would be one of the more corrupt ones. He doesn’t understand ethical behavior and has never been ethical. Pretty unlikely for a leopard to change his spots at 70 years old.

  2. Derek
    15 February 2017 @ 9:34 pm

    Oh, like Obama was ethical? The guy who straight up lied 25+ times about Obamacare?

    Greg, I’m not sure there really is a “rocky” start here. He’s had a number of great EO’s, a number of great meetings with CEO’s about bringing back business, good meetings with May, Abe, Netanyahu; stock market is up. The only stumble I see is stopping green card holders/permanent residents in the initial rollout of the 7 country immigrant freeze, an EO btw that the majority of Americans support.

  3. smitemouth
    16 February 2017 @ 12:22 am

    Let’s see….

    Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Flynn. As ret. Gen. Paul D. Eaton allegedly says, “Once is a mistake. Twice is coincidence. Three times is a pattern. Three senior Trump advisers with ties to Trump have been let go. What did the President know and when did he know it?” That’s ok. Trump only hires the best people.

    And in the past week, there is a Russian spy ship 30 miles off the coast. Russian aircraft buzzed a USN destroyer. Russians have deployed cruise missiles in violation of treaties we have with them.

    So far Trump has done nothing. Why? If it was Obama, conservatives would be calling him a p*ssy and saying he lacks any real leadership. Instead, we are wondering if Putin really does have something on Trump.

    Trump knew about Flynn for at least 18 days. The guy whose punchline was “you’re fired” seemingly couldn’t say it in real life.

    I won’t even go into his security briefings out in the open at Mar-a-Lago, using cell phones to light up the classified documents, Trump senior staff using private email servers (Lock her up!), tweeting about Ivanka and Nordstroms during a security briefing, guests at Mar-a-Lago taking pictures with the guy holding the nuke launch codes. He’s acting more like he won class president at his prep school….no, make that elementary school, because he is usually acting like a child. At least he had better ratings than Arnold.

  4. William
    16 February 2017 @ 12:06 pm

    If we are going to talk about unethical behavior, the POTUS emeritus list is surely longer than Obama (let’s include Bush II, Clinton and Nixon…to name a few). Specific to Trump, SM already highlighted a few key issues, so no need to repeat them. At the very least they are highly problematic.

    It’s interesting how people typically only see what’s aligned with their interests. A blind man could see there’s trouble in paradise for the new POTUS and his administration. A current CNN poll indicated (53%) disapprove of how Trump is handling the job. Also, a recent Gallup poll found Trump to be the first president in the history of Gallup surveys with an initial job approval rating below 50%. Yet, we can only take that with a grain of salt because according to Trump, polls are unreliable…unless they favor him (and are unscientific), of course. 🙂

    That said, there have been some positive things since Trump’s inauguration. Derek highlights some of them and we should keep them in mind. It’s not all downhill.

    Like all presidents, Trump’s performance will likely be mixed…some good, some bad. For the good of citizens, let’s hope this start isn’t indicative of his full term and things will level off soon. Albeit he has serious flaws, it’s to all of our benefit if he and his administration succeeds (assuming they are acting in a lawful and constitutional manner).

  5. Derek
    16 February 2017 @ 12:49 pm

    That same Russian ship was cruising in the Gulf of Mexico when Obama was President. Russian jets also buzzed a destroyer more than once during Obama’s term as well, and of course he did nothing either. So as William says above, you see what you want to see.

    As for all the Russian connection hubbub, all of the intelligence agencies have come out and said there is nothing there, but the Dems are desperate to try and pull something out of their ass to attack Trump, even if it’s a false narrative – it’s the one thing they’re good at.

    BTW, Trump’s favorability rating just went up to 55%, so the public knows the left’s BS.

  6. William
    16 February 2017 @ 1:52 pm

    QUOTE: BTW, Trump’s favorable rating just went up to 55%, so the public knows the left’s BS.

    Umm Derek, are you sure you want to quote favorable rates as a defense for your point? During his final week in office Obama had a favorable rating ranging 59% – 62% (which was fairly close to Reagan at 63%). So, the public didn’t recognize the left’s BS just a month or so ago?

    BTW, post election/pre-inauguration Trump’s favorable rates were about 42%. Other recent president-elect favorable ratings were 58% or higher. As well, a 2% increase isn’t a very significant uptick. Who knows, it could be possible people are thinking…”we are stuck with the buffoon, so let’s make the best of it”.

    As for seeing what you wanna see…I know you threw that stone at SM…but I suspect you might be living in a glass house on that point, my friend. Just sayin’ 😉

  7. William
    16 February 2017 @ 3:55 pm

    QUOTE: As well, a 2% increase isn’t a very significant uptick.

    CORRECTION…this wasn’t correct. Reading too quickly, I referenced and put the wrong information here.

    That said, Derek, can you please provide your source for the 55% approval rating. I know Trump said that during his press conference. Yet, I hope you can understand why one might question that (after recently being caught providing inaccurate alternative facts). According to what I’ve seen on Gallop…his approval rating seems to have actually dropped to 41% as of the end of last week.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

  8. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    16 February 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    It was a headline on drudge today.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_feb16

  9. William
    16 February 2017 @ 5:43 pm

    Interesting! Seems there is a vast difference is recent major polls (Pew Research, Gallop and Rasmussen)…with approval ratings ranging from 39% – 55% (Rasmussen being the outlier). Of course, Trump only ascribes credibility to the highest one…all others are “fake news”. Once again we have conflicting input from two confirmed liars (media and Trump)….hmmm…which one to believe??? 😉

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319913-poll-trumps-approval-rating-drops-to-39-percent

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2222970-rasmussen-reports-poll-majority-of-voters-approve-of-trump-job-performance/

  10. smitemouth
    16 February 2017 @ 6:48 pm

    Yeah, but Trump is supposed to be a “tough guy”. Instead, he seems to be Putin’s little b*tch. You guys would be bitching for the same thing done (or in this case not done) by Obama.

    Also, it’s not correct to say that there was a problem with the “rollout” of his executive order. No, USCIS was following the executive order by preventing people with green cards from entering. The problem was with the executive order itself. He should have competent people helping him write these executive orders.

    And, all the intelligence agencies have not said “there is nothing there”. That is wishful thinking by Trump knob gobblers.

  11. William
    16 February 2017 @ 7:57 pm

    If anyone doubts a “rocky start” after today’s press conference, they aren’t living in the United States…they are living in a state of denial!

    Case in point, Trump says he won the election by the biggest electoral win since Reagan. A reporter refutes his statement with “facts” and what is his retort???…”well, I’m only going on what they told me”. Huh??? OMG! What must those watching outside of this country think??? If this was a one-time occurrence, you could almost give him a pass but unfortunately this is an established pattern.

    I agree with the news headline…today was an amazing moment in history (and that’s not a compliment)!

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/politics/donald-trump-press-conference-amazing-day-in-history/index.html

  12. William
    22 February 2017 @ 2:58 pm

    Rasmussen, reliable media according to Trump, released an updated poll. The report cites a drop in favorability since being referenced during Trump’s press conference last week. Yet, what’s most interesting is their trend data. It seems the favorable trend has vacillated but slowly declined…while the disapproval trend has also vacillated but slowly increased.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/trump_approval_index_history

    That said, I must give kudos relative to Trump’s public address yesterday. He stayed on script and appeared rather presidential. Hopefully, this method of communicating will be sustained as he continues to execute his agenda.

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