“100 Days of Noise From Donald Trump” Editorial, The New York Times, 28 April 2017

“He has shown no interest in reaching beyond the minority of Americans who elected him. What of creating vast numbers of jobs for those who helped elect him? The giant infrastructure program, which would indeed yield jobs, is nowhere to be seen. (...) Leveraging his office to expand his commercial empire is the only goal to which Americans can be confident this President will stay true”.

The sorry saga of health care reform attempts under this President bears all the Trumpian hallmarks: the dishonest campaign promise (“health care for everyone”); the clownish attempts to write a bill; the rivalrous White House confederation of Bannonite anarchists and glittering cosmopolites; the dearth of non-whites and non-males at the table; the absence of any strategy beyond “winning”. Unfortunately, this saga also reveals the capacity of Mr. Trump to do harm, through incompetence and indifference. Governing, so far, has turned out to be more than Mr. Trump can manage. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated”, he marveled. He expressed the same wonder at the complexity of North Korea. “I thought it would be easier,” Mr. Trump admitted. Any signs of learning on the job? Yes, he has backed off dangerous pledges like tearing up the Iran nuclear deal and accusing China of manipulating its currency. He replaced his first national security adviser --the cartoonish Michael Flynn-- with the formidable Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. Mr. Trump has continually fomented fear and bullied vulnerable groups, like unauthorized immigrants. He has shown no interest in reaching beyond the minority of Americans who elected him. And what of creating vast numbers of jobs for those who helped elect him? The giant infrastructure program, which would indeed yield jobs, is nowhere to be seen. In its place are proposed tax cuts to benefit mainly the wealthy and executive orders to deregulate energy businesses. Leveraging his office to expand his commercial empire is the only goal to which Americans can be confident this President will stay true.

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“100 Days of Noise From Donald Trump” Editorial, The New York Times, 28 April 2017

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