At Last, Trump Finds His Groove

by Cinzia Croce

After six long months, the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine for the Trump Administration. Just a couple of weeks ago — in what seemed the darkest hour — the president’s opponents were celebrating finding the “smoking gun”: the meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. But as soon as it was revealed that one of the attendees had worked for the U.S. government during the Obama administration, all the headlines about the meeting magically disappeared.  Without missing a beat, the president’s critics were back to being horrified at the chaos enveloping the White House.

Incoming Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, wasted no time publicly identifying the source of the administration’s problems. During an interview on CNN, he said: “There are people inside the administration who think it is their job to save America from this president.”  Reince, most certainly, is among the people Scaramucci was referring to. I believe that his task was to fill the White House with GOP establishment loyalists and keep Trump in check while Mueller worked to put pressure on the president to resign by going after his family and business empire. I also believe that the persistent leaking was not due to “turf battles” but rather a carefully orchestrated plan to create an atmosphere of chaos, incompetence, and turmoil around the White House, hoping that the GOP base would give up on Trump and say “We tried the outsider, but now it’s time to go back to experienced hands.” It didn’t work. The GOP establishment is on his way out and soon the White House will be ‘running like a fine-tuned machine’.

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Next, the president needs extricate himself from the trap he fell into at the Justice Department. In my article, I called for a graceful exit for Jeff Sessions and the opening at DHS is perfect. Hopefully, Sessions will take the offer and tell his former colleagues in the Senate — who have threatened to block a replacement — to back off.  If the Attorney General refuses to go along, it could be very embarrassing for him. Sessions did not just recuse himself from the Russia investigation. He recused himself “from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States. “  As I read it, it means that Sessions cannot be involved in any investigation involving the Clinton campaign. The House Judiciary has sent a letter to the Attorney General requesting a special counsel to investigate, among other matters, the DNC hacking, alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign, collusion between the Clinton campaign and Ukraine, and the GPS Fusion dossier. If I am wrong, Sessions will fulfill the request. If I am correct, even his most vociferous supporters will agree that he needs to be replaced.

The president has shown a great deal of discipline and fortitude in letting GOP establishment snakes into the White House, allowing Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell take the lead and fail on the Obamacare repeal. Trump went to Washington to teach Republicans how to win, and for a moment I feared they were teaching him how to lose — but now things are finally looking up.

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