Why does a
President Trump lay himself open to mockery? Simply because his
behavior is not only unlike a dignified president but his policy tweets
are quite outrageous. From 'my nuclear button is bigger than yours'
addressed to Kim Jong-un to arming teachers to defend schools against
mass shooters -- he is quite off the wall.
Two weeks after the Florida shooting (following which Mr. Trump wanted to arm teachers), a teacher in Georgia has behaved like this column warned earlier. Jesse Randall Davidson, a social science teacher, at Dalton High School barricaded the class door locking out his students in the hallway. When the headmaster tried to enter with a pass key, Davidson responded with gunfire.
Dalton is a suburb 90 miles northwest of Atlanta. Mr. Davidson who has been employed at the school for almost 14 years is also the announcer for the school football team making him in all likelihood a formerly popular figure. Fortunately, no one was hurt and Mr. Davidson, who the Principal said was making "nonsensical noises" during the exchange, is now in custody.
Meanwhile, Jared Kushner's interim top-secret security clearance has been downgraded while the investigation for his full clearance continues. The major problem of course is his business, and interests susceptible to leverage by foreign governments. And not to be too flip, he looks like an Ensign Crusher on Star Trek with similar political maturity. Will he be able to do such a high level job without a top-security clearance? It really isn't even a question.
The number of staffers coming and going in this railroad junction of a White House is unprecedented and symptomatic of chaotic leadership. Run by a self proclaimed 'stable genius' who this week spelled 'dying' as 'dieing' before he was corrected in a tweet rant on the actor Alec Baldwin, the place is about as stable as the 'genius'. His latest proclamation slapping punitive import tariffs (25% on steel and 10% on aluminum) could start a trade war.
Putin's speech also carried a blunt warning to Washington against contemplating the use of tactical battlefield nuclear weapons. He said a nuclear attack on any of Moscow's allies would result in an immediate response. Observers thought he was referring to Syria although Tehran might be tempted into closer ties.
Much to chew on in Washington and certainly gristle in the Trump nightly cheeseburger. Most probably the intelligence agencies have been aware of these weapons but Mr. Putin has now drawn a line in no uncertain terms. Perhaps it was the Russian deaths in Syria from U.S. bombing but U.S. impunity seems to be coming to an end.