Donald Trump isn’t as good deal maker as he has tried to advertise back in the day….
His sidewalk act has been to push HARD….
But if you check back since he got his day job?
No Trade deals….
A government shutdown for what?
North Korea STILL has a bomb
No Iran deal…
Obamacare is alive and well…
People keep showing up at the border…
No Census question….
Over the past month and a half, President Trump has set in motion plans to strike Iran, ordered nationwide immigration raids, threatened punitive and imminent tariffs on Mexico and said he would fight to get a citizenship question on the census that was rejected by the Supreme Court.
Each time, he launched extensive planning, created angst even among his own officials and some supporters and devoted significant government resources to preparation.
And each time, he ultimately pulled the plug.
Trump’s renewed push for a 2020 Census citizenship question is the latest example of something he launched and then just as quickly scrapped…
It’s a hell of a way to do business.
Any of these last-minute about-faces could possibly be justified, by themselves. There was bipartisan praise for Trump’s restraint on Iran, even as Trump’s explanation didn’t exactly make sense. (He said he called it off at the last minute after asking for a loss-of-life assessment, which should have been available at the start of the process.) The immigration raids were delayed amid concerns by some and hopes of a bipartisan deal but appear to be on again in the next few days (for now!). The Mexico tariffs were called off after Mexico agreed to help stem the flow of immigrants headed northward, but Trump gave it (and the U.S. government) only about 10 days to figure things out. A deal was reached with less than two days to go.
The totality of all of these things, though, suggests a president who is perfectly willing to set the government in motion on something that he either doesn’t intend to follow through on or can’t make up his mind about….