KARL ROVE: MR. TRUMP LACKS THE FOCUS OR SELF-DISCIPLINE TO DO THE BASIC WORK REQUIRED OF A PRESIDEN

Karl Rove, the former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, slammed President Trump in an op-ed titled, “Political Death by 1,000 Tweets,” published in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

In his op-ed, Mr. Rove slammed President Trump’s use of tweets to explain the minutiae of public policy.

Mr. Trump has figured out how to tweet his way around the mainstream media. Yet by disregarding basic fact checking, he is deepening the already considerable doubts Americans have about his competence and trustworthiness,” Mr. Rove wrote.

The former Bush adviser also took issue with how President Trump announced American withdrawal from the Paris treaty, not necessarily with the decision to exit the treaty. “The president led off by saying the agreement “disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.” Why question the motives of international partners? The U.S. needs their cooperation on other issues, such as the fight against Islamic State.”

Ironically, President Trump’s “America First” policy is just President Bush’s unilateralist foreign policy on steroids.

On the run up to the war in Iraq, President Bush expressed similar sentiments in his quest to depose former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. While the war in Iraq was purely a Bushian venture, the President’s foreign policy team was strong enough to create a so-called coalition of the willing, a mostly token international coalition (there are exceptions) to give Bush’s war a veneer of multilateralism.

The key difference between President Donald Trump and President George W. Bush is that the latter’s foreign team was relatively more competent than the former’s. President Trump may be the worse President in U.S. history but President George W. Bush is not that far above him. President Bush only looks better because President Trump is so bad.

Mr. Rove, both lacking in self-awareness and the ability to perceive irony, ends his missive by bashing both President Trump’s character and competence,” Increasingly it appears Mr. Trump lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president. His chronic impulsiveness is apparently unstoppable and clearly self-defeating. Mr. Trump may have mastered the modes of communication, but not the substance, thereby sabotaging his own agenda.” As they say in France, President George W. Bush’s least favorite country, touché.

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