Do Trump’s Words Really Matter?

UPDATE: The Washington Post has more on this angle of rhetoric vs. reality:

An emboldened President Trump is discovering that the policies he once described as easy fixes for the nation are a lot more complicated in reality — creating backlash among allies, frustrating supporters and threatening the pocketbooks of many farming communities that helped get him elected.

Freed from the caution of former advisers, Trump has spent recent weeks returning to the gut-level basics that got him elected: tough talk on China, a promise of an immigration crackdown and an isolationist approach to national security.

Of more concern, perhaps, is that Trump is increasingly pushing forward on his own:

Trump has cut senior advisers, including Kelly, out of some personnel and policy moves, such as the recent hirings of top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and national security adviser John Bolton. A senior White House official said neither of the men had been vetted before their selections were announced.

President Trump says a lot of stuff. He ad-libs about everything from Syria and China to border security and economic policies.

Last night, Anderson Cooper of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”  hosted an interesting segment about what happens in the White House when Trump veers off-script, and the mad scramble to come up with policies to fit Trump’s moody rhetoric:

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Only to Moderatus . . . 

    . . . but then, he hears voices from Kleenex boxes, too.

  2. Davie says:

    So really the question is:  Is Trump a loose cannon, or merely a loose ping-pong ball?

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    According to the Fox echo chamber, " Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he would “be taking strong action today” on the Mexico border, a day after he said that he wants to send the military to secure it until a wall is built. "

    Wednesday night, from the same Fox piece: " President Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday night to send the National Guard to the southern border immediately, "

    Next, it isn't just Trump and the timetable is a bit hazy:  "the signing would be done in conjunction with governors and that the administration hoped the deployment would begin "immediately." "

    “Immediately” is a bit of an exaggeration. Bloomburg says “Trump said he was directing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in coordination with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to come up with an “action plan” within 30 days.”

    Rep. Ted Lieu Retweeted CNN International, adding his comment

    doesn't actually send National Guard troops to the border. Because is using Title 32 authority–instead of federalizing the Guard under Title 10–this is a REQUEST for state Governors to send troops.

    California (I predict) will be a no. Texas (of course) will be a yes. Washington Monthly points out what happens in between:

    this could set up an interesting dilemma for New Mexico’s Susana Martinez and Arizona’s Doug Ducey—both of whom are Republican. They also both represent states with large Latino populations and governor’s elections on the ballot this November (Martinez is term-limited but Ducey is running for reelection).

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