What started out as a fantastic whirlwind -- nay, tornado as I characterized it in a previous posting -- of unprecedented administrative achievements by U.S. President Trump during his first two plus weeks in office is suddenly shaken – nay, jolted – by an unprecedented scandal that has doubtless given his opponents and enemies an unexpected opportunity to attempt to dethrone the colorful and controversial Chief Executive.
That is so because the repercussions of the Flynn-Russian-connection story goes right to the core of the Trump political infrastructure even as he is (still) building it and it threatens its very survival. The issue, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer calls it, is ‘a matter of trust’. The picture as it appears today is that the now ex-National Security Adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn misled Vice President Pence by not telling the latter about his secret telephone calls in late December 2016 with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. and that destroyed his trustworthiness.
Spicer explained that that was the reason for the sudden exit from office by Flynn and not by the undisclosed nature or details of his communication with the Russian official which by and of itself is a matter of ongoing debate. The subject in question in the telephone call or calls were the sanctions imposed by then outgoing President Obama against Russia due to its alleged meddling in the November 2016 U.S. elections which Trump won
Indeed an issue of trust. If the Pence-Flynn lack of trust debacle is disturbing, what could even be more so is the speculation that the President knew about Flynn’s activities all along but did not share his knowledge with his Vice President. That means that just like Flynn not trusting Pence with a secret and Pence subsequently not trusting Flynn, one can argue that Trump himself did not trust Pence to begin with! If that is true, the situation indeed is very serious and Trump is done! Is it? Is he?
Again, if that were the case, consistent with the clamor of the left-inspired street protesters in recent times, the Democrats and all their allies will now have reason to try to make good their attempt to impeach the newly installed President. If enough Republicans are disgruntled by the troublesome issue, assuming it persists and not replaced with a bigger story in a new news cycle, that will be the beginning of the end of the Make America Great Again (MAGA) dream. I sincerely hope not.
And we have not even mentioned the other problems that challenge the Trump Presidency such as the provocative external gestures by Russia, Iran, Korea and China that are all happening at the same time. The way I see it, it’s like an orchestra of extreme madness playing through an incredible political nightmare for Trump. Ironically however, instead of feeling letdown and discouraged, given the President's unbelievable resilience and proven unique ability to overcome 'huuuge' obstacles, he will likely wake up from this imagined nightmare feeling reinvigorated and refreshed. Did I just hear somebody say "you can take that to the bank"?