Damage control is his first priority after his disastrous impromptu Trump Tower press conference of 10 days ago. If he were a king, many would have started thinking about ending the monarchy.
Deflecting blame, distancing himself from the ultra-Right in the form of dumping Steve Bannon (and if needed others), was another attempt in that direction, given that he doesn’t do apologies. In paying respect to Bannon, he did throw in a swipe at Hillary Clinton — how absurd.
While it is important that he’d stop saying terrible things, for the well-to-do there is a greater priority even. He needs to achieve or he will be dumped, as I pointed out before.
The wealthy might tolerate his messy leadership style as a side effect of making the rich richer again. But if he continues not to perform (no Obama care replacement, no tax cuts) the affluent will chuck him.
The only reason he’s still president is that the prosperous are still hoping and waiting to see if their watchdog, the new White House chief of staff, retired four-star Marine General John F. Kelly, can both contain the mess but more importantly have Trump repair his relationships on the Hill to get his economic “reforms” done.
The news of his political demise is therefore greatly exaggerated.
If he succeeds to make the Donald great again and all the rich richer again, Trump will stay on, no matter what he says or tweets in his free time. If he doesn’t deliver, an pretext to impeach him is easily found.
Meanwhile, we, the People, have the privilege to continue fighting his outrageousness. While doing that, no one should forget that his noise is mainly a distraction, to divert attention from his laziness, his illiteracy, his broken promises but most importantly from his executive orders by which he, day after day, tries to scale back eight years of Obama and anything else sensible and protective (of workers, environment). So, until he’s tossed out, don’t hide in your armchair.
This is my 50th TOI blog post on Trump, some of the best still to come.