The media contrasts Trump’s problems with Barack Obama’s unity—a deep state champion President and his deep state cabinet.
Maybe Donald Trump is struggling with a deep state cabinet or maybe the deep-state-run media wants to undermine the President’s credibility with his base by pretending that is the case. Whatever is going on, it is no surprise that President Barack Obama didn’t have the same problem. Obama was a champion of the deep state and the Democrat Party. Trump is a populist President who is more opposed than supported by his own party.
The Hill reports, “Message dissonance between Trump and his Cabinet sows confusion.”
Two of President Trump’s senior cabinet members dropped jaws in the past week with comments that appeared to suggest a clear break with the president.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News host Chris Wallace that “the president speaks for himself” when it comes to America’s values.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told unidentified troops overseas in a video shared on social media to “hold the line” until America “gets back to understanding and respecting each other.”
Then later, Mattis appeared to explicitly contradict the president on the viability of diplomacy in the ongoing crisis with North Korea.
The remarks came on the heels of reports that the National Economic Council head, Gary Cohn, had drafted a resignation letter in response to the president’s controversial comments about a recent white supremacist rally that led to the death of a counterprotester in Charlottesville, Va.
The drumbeat of headlines raised speculation that Trump’s inner circle is weighing abandoning him after he condemned the violence as coming from “both sides” of the rally.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has also drawn notice for months by appearing to contradict the president on myriad issues, from U.S. support for a two-state solution in Israel to the belief that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Critics say the dissonance between Trump’s statements and those of his Cabinet is making it difficult for allies to interpret America’s policies overseas by raising a fundamental question: Does the president speak for the United States?
At the very least, the apparent daylight between the president and his senior advisors represents a stark contrast to the previous administration, which marched in lockstep on matters of public messaging.
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