Donald Trump keeps setting new records. He campaigned against what he said were Barack Obama’s excessive executive orders yet in his first ten days has issued more executive orders than any previous president.
More importantly, in less than a week he sparked two international crises that make the United States look bad and the president look incompetent. First a fight with Mexico that prompted that country’s president to cancel a visit to Washington. Trying to play catch-up, Trump insisted it was called off by mutual consent; it wasn’t.
Now his “Muslim Ban” — he denies it’s a ban but Rudy Giuliani called it that and said Trump called it that when asking the former NYC mayor to draft plans to implement immigration suspension order — has provoked angry and tear-filled demonstrations around the country and globally. It targets countries which have not been responsible for any deaths of Americans by terrorism in over 15 years while exempting those that produced the 9/11/01 hijackers, protected Osama bin Laden and facilitated ISIS. Of course those countries just happen to also have Trump business interests. Coincidence?
His failure to mention anti-Semitism or the 6 million Jewish victims on the Nazis in his Holocaust Remembrance Day proclamation has been called by many a form of Holocaust denial. Trump has even managed to offend partisan loyalists like the Republican Jewish Coalition, which termed the statement “an unfortunate omission.”
These first 11 days of this administration make the president look incompetent, xenophobic, disorganized, uninformed and bigoted.
That may be an accurate depiction of this president, but it not what America, the world’s leading democracy, historically has stood for. Trump’s America would turn away the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and declare it a great victory against terrorism.