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This was written almost a month ago--could have been written today:

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Wednesday, the 1,000th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, went badly. That’s no surprise; most of the first 999 days went badly too. I have no idea if he’s going to wind up getting ousted from office, either as a result of the impeachment House Democrats are readying or the 2020 election. But things are getting worse for Trump — whether he realizes it or not.

Every once in a while, some event offers a clarifying reminder of the president’s poor judgment. On Wednesday, it was the release of a letter Trump wrote to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The letter itself was an embarrassment, in which Trump, soon after telling Erdogan on the phone that U.S. forces would move out of his way to enable Turkey’s invasion of Syria, tried to walk things back. Sort of. As Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman put it at the Monkey Cage, the president opted for “threatening rhetoric reminiscent of a Mafia boss” to “make loud threats that he may not be able to deliver on.” As soon as the letter was published, professional diplomats and historians said they had never seen something so amateurish from a U.S. president.

But what really underlined Trump’s problem for me wasn’t that he wrote an incompetent letter to follow up on what seems to have been an incompetent phone call. Or that his Syria policy, as my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Eli Lake notes, has resulted in chaos and death. Or that, on a crass political level, he’s managed to alienate his congressional allies just as he needs them most, with House Republicans voting overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn his decision.

No, what really got to me was that Trump distributed copies of this letter to congressional leaders when they showed up at the White House for a briefing. Think of it. Even if the letter had been perfectly normal, what Trump was handing them was an Oct. 9 request to Erdogan to halt his invasion — a request that Erdogan has, as we’ve seen, totally ignored. Trump was bragging about what he considered to be a sign of his own brilliance without realizing that it was instead evidence of abject failure.

Ray

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Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 389 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 09:21
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 84 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 10:00
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 75 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 12:29
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 74 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 19:31
They're not mine 67 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 21:35
Re: They're not mine. I'm still on Mueller Time 66 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 22:09
Read the articles 62 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:58
Re: Read the articles yourself 61 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 01:13
Re: Read the articles yourself 56 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:34
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 81 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 11:32
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 85 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:34
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 87 Archaic 14-Nov-19 12:13
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 77 OCaptain 14-Nov-19 12:31
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 79 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 15:46
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 71 OCaptain 14-Nov-19 16:13
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 75 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 19:02
Imagine the spectacle if Trump had been to Buck's house numerous times...? ;) 65 Racho 14-Nov-19 19:28
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 64 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 19:35
Please keep posting 65 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 21:40
Re: Please keep posting 68 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 22:18
Re: Please keep posting 63 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:40
Re: Please keep posting 65 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 23:21
Re: Please keep posting 63 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 23:37
Here's what I found 68 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 23:57
Re: Here's what I found 67 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:26
Re: Here's what I found 57 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:52
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 68 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 17:05
It's about Donald 78 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 18:00
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 87 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:39
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 68 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:42
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 61 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:45
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 66 Archaic 14-Nov-19 22:52
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 52 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:54
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 54 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:40
Keep watchin' 77 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 12:35
Re: Keep watchin' 62 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:43
Re: Keep watchin' 62 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:46
Re: Keep watchin' 67 Archaic 14-Nov-19 22:53
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 65 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 17:04
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 89 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:42
Checking 72 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 20:08
Re: Checking 74 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:46
Re: Checking 64 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:47
Re: Checking 69 Archaic 14-Nov-19 23:08
Re: Checking 59 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 00:04
Re: Checking 66 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:03
Re: Checking 56 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:44
Just reporting back 68 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:54
Re: Just reporting back 66 Archaic 14-Nov-19 23:09
Figures 61 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 00:08
Re: Figures 64 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:06
Re: Checking 54 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:45
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 71 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 23:17
Trial balloon 64 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 00:14
Re: Trial balloon 66 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 01:17
Re: Trial balloon 68 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:13
Re: Trial balloon 59 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 04:45
Re: Trial balloon 71 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 05:22
Giving me too much credit 59 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 06:58
Re: Giving me too much credit 60 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 11:01
Re: Trial balloon 74 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:09
Re: Trial balloon 58 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:48
Re: Trial balloon 110 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 12:09


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