It certainly was another wild week in Washington, and what better way to cap off the madness than by making a last minute de-nomination of the possible Director of National Intelligence?
The Trump administration is getting a bit of a reputation as a tough place to work these days, and why not? The President comes from the high stakes, fast-paced world of high-end real estate, where excellence only gets you so far, and the first sign of mediocrity will have you on the train back to New Jersey faster than you can fold a slice of Times Square pizza pie.
So, it only comes as a little surprise that the Commander in Chief would have so much turnover in his first two years in office. After all, he’s got to be at tough boss if he’s going to be a successful president, but this time around the mainstream media may have been a factor.
The president blamed the media for raising concerns about the nomination.
“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” he wrote on Twitter.
The process had already proven difficult.
“We need somebody strong that can really rein it in, because as I think you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok,” he told reporters as he left the White House.
The president’s nomination has to be confirmed by the Senate, but members of both parties signaled opposition to the nomination.
Trump said he urged Ratcliffe not to go forward.
“Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people,” Trump said. “John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country.”
And while the infotainment industry has already sieved upon this opportunity to purport further alleged disfunction on Pennsylvania Avenue, the rest of us can see the forest for the trees. President Trump is simply going to demand the best, no matter what, and John Ratcliffe was close but no cigar.
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