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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? 247 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 09:21
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 43 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 10:00
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 35 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 12:29
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In?: Bloomberg BS 32 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 19:31
They're not mine 24 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 21:35
Re: They're not mine. I'm still on Mueller Time 26 Barbelo 14-Nov-19 22:09
Read the articles 22 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:58
Re: Read the articles yourself 23 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 01:13
Re: Read the articles yourself 17 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:34
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 38 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 11:32
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 26 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:34
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 46 Archaic 14-Nov-19 12:13
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 40 OCaptain 14-Nov-19 12:31
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 41 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 15:46
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 33 OCaptain 14-Nov-19 16:13
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 37 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 19:02
Imagine the spectacle if Trump had been to Buck's house numerous times...? ;) 25 Racho 14-Nov-19 19:28
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 24 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 19:35
Please keep posting 23 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 21:40
Re: Please keep posting 30 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 22:18
Re: Please keep posting 24 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:40
Re: Please keep posting 25 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 23:21
Re: Please keep posting 24 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 23:37
Here's what I found 26 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 23:57
Re: Here's what I found 27 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:26
Re: Here's what I found 18 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:52
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 29 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 17:05
It's about Donald 29 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 18:00
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 27 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:39
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 28 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:42
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 21 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:45
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 27 Archaic 14-Nov-19 22:52
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 14 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:54
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 15 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:40
Keep watchin' 34 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 12:35
Re: Keep watchin' 26 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:43
Re: Keep watchin' 22 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:46
Re: Keep watchin' 28 Archaic 14-Nov-19 22:53
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 28 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 17:04
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 29 thirdpal 14-Nov-19 18:42
Checking 29 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 20:08
Re: Checking 33 Archaic 14-Nov-19 21:46
Re: Checking 25 WhoWeird 14-Nov-19 22:47
Re: Checking 30 Archaic 14-Nov-19 23:08
Re: Checking 20 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 00:04
Re: Checking 25 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:03
Re: Checking 13 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:44
Just reporting back 27 drrayeye 14-Nov-19 22:54
Re: Just reporting back 29 Archaic 14-Nov-19 23:09
Figures 20 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 00:08
Re: Figures 25 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:06
Re: Checking 13 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 11:45
Re: Does Trump Realize the Trouble He’s In? 31 ldennyjr 14-Nov-19 23:17
Trial balloon 24 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 00:14
Re: Trial balloon 26 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 01:17
Re: Trial balloon 30 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:13
Re: Trial balloon 21 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 04:45
Re: Trial balloon 28 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 05:22
Giving me too much credit 21 drrayeye 15-Nov-19 06:58
Re: Giving me too much credit 22 Barbelo 15-Nov-19 11:01
Re: Trial balloon 30 Archaic 15-Nov-19 02:09
Re: Trial balloon 18 WhoWeird 15-Nov-19 10:48
Re: Trial balloon 28 OCaptain 15-Nov-19 12:09


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