The President impetuously agreed to a summit meeting, with little if any consultation with experienced diplomats. That’s his style. That left officials scrambling to pick up the pieces. But what officials?
Trumptime: when every day seems to last a century of cataclysmic moments and then tomorrow is another century where you can’t remember what just happened.
The President is engaged in a worrisome escalation of his pet issues without any evidence that he has the ability or even the inclination to reverse course if need be.
All this volatility could be avoided if the current president simply did what we had come to expect from an office that has hard-won its integrity over centuries, namely to develop his policies in private, negotiate in private, manage his staff in private and pass his personal opinions in private.
He is audacious, just like the Manhattan billionaire. He is impetuous, just like the New Jersey casino operator. He is unscripted, just like the reality-television figure. He is impulsive, just like the resort developer who changed bargaining tactics to take advantage of his rivals’ weaknesses.
In a chaotic, yearlong presidency that never ceases to astound, this past week has been a turning point. But at least we can now see what shape Trump’s catastrophic game plan is taking.
Trump's White House is the madhouse that those who endorse his genius expected.