Assessing the Trump effect Published 6.8.2017
The actions and policies of the president of the US have an oversized effect on world political and economic conditions, which merely states the obvious. Unlike his recent predecessors, Trump entered office with few concrete positions and plans. He’d made campaign promises, but the specifics of and how those promises were to be implemented was unknown. A sharp break from Obama’s policies was certain, and to the extent that anything has been accomplished, that is the case.
Prior to the main assessment, the events of today (June 8, 2017) must be acknowledged. Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey testified in a Congressional hearing about his firing and his interactions with Trump. Comey called Trump a liar no less than five times
. It is unusual for so stark a term to be used in political discourse, but in the age of Trump, both political correctness and civility are passé
The Comey hearing, despite Trump’s personal lawyers assertions
, is the beginning not the end. Some think that even if Trump wasn’t being investigated when Comey was fired, which Comey repeatedly affirmed, he still can be
, Here is a live blog
of the hearing written by lawyers. Although most analysis of the hearing simply reflects the writer’s bias (including this one), it is clear this story has legs and will continue to distract Trump and his administration. The other takeaway from the hearing is that General Michael Flynn is in real legal jeopardy. Read the rest.