President Trump's Incoherent Administration
Earlier today, in the latest staff shakeup at the White House, President Trump announced via twitter that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be replacing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Barely a year into Trump’s presidency, more than a dozen high-level members of the administration have now left, including Tillerson, Communications Director Hope Hicks, and Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn. This most recent development is emblematic of rest of Trump’s presidency: erratic, disorganized, and a genuine threat to U.S. national security. Secretary Tillerson’s departure threatens to upend what little stability is left in American foreign policy, particularly when it comes to high-stakes issues like the Iran Nuclear Agreement and the crisis in North Korea.
Director Pompeo, a hardliner by foreign policy standards who is ideologically aligned with Trump, has supported the existence of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, defended the use of torture, promised to roll back the Iran deal, and stated that the U.S. will make “no concessions” to North Korea, despite the prospect of talks between Seoul, Pyongyang, and Washington in the coming weeks. A withdrawal from the Iran deal could mean fierce diplomatic consequences – both from Iran and our allies – heightening tensions on an already volatile issue. And in North Korea, Pompeo’s entrance could jeopardize the possibility of finding lasting peace in the region, provoking a North Korea that has already made violent overtures towards our allies in the region and nearby U.S. territories like Guam. Perhaps the most dangerous part of all of this is that we simply don’t know what this inconsistency will bring. We can be sure, however, that the consequences will reverberate throughout the globe.
Foreign policy can sometimes feel like a faraway issue here in Ohio – I get it. In all honesty, that’s probably a good thing! It means that your elected and appointed officials in Washington are doing their job, ensuring American safety and global stability. Trump’s erratic administration and whim-based foreign policy threatens to put an end to that sense of security, which is why you deserve elected officials who are willing to speak out against the dangerous precedent being set by Trump. Unsurprisingly, Jim Jordan has remained quiet on this issue.
These dangerous inconsistencies extend far beyond the State Department, too. Below is a list of some of the senior administration officials that have left since Trump took office in January of 2017:
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Personal Aide, John McEntee
Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council and Chief Economic Adviser
Hope Hicks, Communications Director
Rob Porter, White House Staff Secretary
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser
Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President
Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor
Anthony Scaramucci, Communications Director
Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff
Mike Dubke, White House Communications Director
James Comey, FBI Director
Mike Flynn, National Security Adviser
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services
The list speaks for itself. The only thing more dangerous than unqualified people in positions of power is when those same people are being tossed in and out at a moment’s notice, often without so much as a phone call. Sadly, these developments have become the norm in a Washington increasingly characterized by uncertainty and chaos.
Many had hoped that the Trump Administration would eventually find its rhythm, but things have only gotten worse since the early days of Trump’s presidency.
Congress has the power to sharply influence policy in Washington, and it should be using that power to hold the administration accountable. When I am elected, I will work to fulfill that duty.