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The calm before the storm? What is it, how long will it last?

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Message Michael Payne

The media is scrambling to try to find out what Trump really meant when he made this cryptic statement; "Maybe this is the calm before the storm." When asked to explain, he smiled and said, "You'll see."

What now? What does he mean by this ominous sounding remark?

Well, most likely the answer is that he means that a war with North Korea is getting close because he followed up with, "We have the world's great military in this room." That's in line with his recent tweet in which he hinted at military action against North Korea, saying, "Only one thing will work on the secretive communist state."

We never know what this highly reactionary and very volatile individual is going to do. That statement about a coming storm alarmed the members of the media and, no doubt, many millions of Americans. I guess we will find out if he was, once again, bluffing or if he is determined to launch a military attack that would be disastrous for the entire world.

On the other hand, this comment could have been about Russiagate, the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in our election process; and possible collusion between Russia, Putin and individuals in the Trump administration, or even Trump himself.

Watching as this investigative scenario plays out one thing stands out. Mr. Trump continues his verbal wars, fighting constantly with almost everyone around him, some of those in his cabinet, and various elements of the media.

But guess which country and leader are never, ever insulted, strongly admonished or subjected to any vicious verbal attack? If you guessed it is Russia and Putin then you are correct in that Trump never says anything derogatory about either.

However, he knows full well that the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war and that, very recently, they engaged in highly dangerous military confrontations in Eastern Syria. Any other U.S. president would be condemning Russia and Putin, and demanding that they leave Syria.

But not this president who remains completely silent, not saying a peep about any relationship he might with Russia. This is very strange and may be an indication that he has been compromised in some way by Putin; that Putin has some kind of damning evidence that, if leaked out, would destroy Trump's presidency.

It may be that Trump believes that Mueller & Co. have unearthed clear evidence of collusion in which he is involved and he is signaling that he is going to fire Mueller and bring this entire investigation to an abrupt end. If he does Washington will be engulfed in a tremendous firestorm.

What else could this be? This calm may be the period before Trump is ready to initiate yet one more startling firing or forced resignations of someone in high authority in his administration. Now who might his latest target be? How about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who seems to be at odds with Trump on U.S. foreign policy and who, in a strategy meeting, supposedly called Trump a moron?

Then again Trump's mysterious statement could be nothing more than another diversionary tactic or playing mind games with the media. While the members of the media were tying themselves in knots, trying to figure out exactly what he meant by his cryptic statement, he was probably ecstatic at how he, once again, threw out some red meat and they immediately took the bait.

No one really knows what he meant and, quite possibly, we never will because he was doing what he does best; keeping everyone off balance trying to figure out his next moves. But think about this: it's possible that he may have, unwittingly, described a storm that is growing in strength and gathering momentum just off America's horizon, not yet visible to us; something that may happen, that he could not begin to imagine.

What kind of storm? Well, as we have seen with the frightening hurricanes that have caused great destruction in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, meteorologists don't really know the exact path hurricanes will take, if and when they hit the mainland of some country. Sometimes they remain on the predicted path and hit populated areas or they suddenly veer in a different direction and go out to sea.

The storm that I'm describing in this analogy is the latent but massive power that the people of America possess, coupled with a great degree of growing anger, frustration and feelings of hopelessness. This could be called a "societal storm" by which Americans have finally arrived at a point where they have totally exhausted their patience and can take no more.

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