Fecteau: Chaos in The White House

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Matt Fecteau, GoLocalProv Guest MINDSETTERâ„¢

Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox recently commented via Tweeter President Donald Trump’s White House is like Survivor with low ratings. I respectfully disagree with Mr. Fox. While Trump’s approval ratings are in the toilet, it would have the highest ratings on the airways. Everyone would be on the edge of their seat asking: who is next?

Take the latest contestant, I mean administration official, to bite the dust, former White House communications director Mr. Anthony Scaramucci. Mr. Scaramucci just had the job for eleven days, and yet still managed to get fired. In a recent New Yorker interview, he described outgoing White Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a “f****ing paranoid schizophrenic” and spoke of White House Chief Strategist Mr. Steve Bannon in even more vulgar terms (if you can believe it!). A real winner if I ever saw one. This interview clearly had a lot to do with Mr. Scaramucci’s ouster.

As for the other members of Trump’s administration, there are a number of individuals that may resign or may be fired. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been criticized by Trump via Twitter, and Trump has hinted he may fire him subsequently. It was reported U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was considering resigning because of Trump’s unprofessionalism towards Mr. Sessions. It was also reported, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was disgusted over Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban which makes his future questionable. As for the newly appointed Chief of Staff, John T. Kelly, he is upset with the way Donald Trump fired former FBI director James Comey – not sure how long Mr. Kelly will last.

The Trump White House had the most shake-ups of any modern-day president. Already, a number of White House officials parted ways with the White House such as Chief of Staff Reince Prebius, press secretary Sean Spicer, FBI director James Comey, and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. This comes at a time when Mr. Trump is continually bogged down by a number of investigations into his ties to Russia.

This is a completely cancerous state of affairs for our government. Instead of working on getting legislation through Congress or working to make our government conducive for every American, these scandals have held up and at times, complete thwarted any progress. All the while, Mr. Trump loves to blame – via Tweeter of course – the Democrats, and claim there is no turmoil in the White House. In other words, he is completely delusional, and perhaps, as Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed said, crazy.

As for the rest of us, we are not just in the audience, but contestants as well in this very real reality television. Everything Trump says and does impacts all of us. It is very entertaining watching “Survivor White House” but as Mr. Fox says as well, it is also remarkably “sad.” This is our government, and it is in chaos because we have an individual, elected to office, who loves attention and demands absolute loyalty over everything else. This is our president, and this is the individual who represents the free world, a reality television star obsessed with ratings; did we really expect anything less?

 

Matt Fecteau ([email protected]) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island was a Democratic candidate for office in 2014 and 2016. He is a former White House national security intern and Iraq War veteran. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewFecteau

  • Gina Raimondo 

    RI Governor 

    "Rhode Island is making strong progress to provide our people with the education and job training they need to be successful and to expand access to affordable, quality health care to virtually everyone in our state. 

    President Trump's budget betrays Rhode Islanders by giving huge tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans while drastically reducing federal funding for vital programs that create jobs, raise wages, and protect low-income Americans. 

    Even as we analyze President Trump's budget in the coming days to determine its specific impacts on Rhode Island, I appreciate the members of Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation for their leadership and advocacy, and I join them in calling on their colleagues in Washington, D.C. to stop the Trump administration from making massive cuts to health care, public schools, affordable housing, and other programs that Rhode Islanders rely upon."

     
  • Jim Langevin 

    U.S. Congressman

    “In March, President Trump released a budget outline that I strongly condemned for its drastic cuts to programs that help everyday Americans. Unfortunately, the President’s full budget proposal continues these harmful policies by gutting programs that invest in our economy, create jobs and provide crucial assistance to families across the country. 

    This proposal slashes funding for education, food assistance and health care for low-income seniors, children and people with disabilities. It makes cuts to worker training, environmental protection, and investments in medical research and advanced manufacturing. These are not mere luxuries, but programs that make meaningful differences in the lives of Rhode Islanders. 

    Congress must reject this cynical and misguided budget. Instead, we should work together in a bipartisan manner, as we did on the recently passed 2017 funding bill, to find a balanced approach to funding priorities that will support families, promote economic growth and provide for our national security.”  

     
  • David Cicilline

    U.S. Congressman

    “If a budget is a statement of your priorities and values, then Donald Trump’s budget shows he doesn’t understand the challenges facing honest, hardworking Rhode Islanders. This is a budget written by the wealthiest Americans for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans. But it’s a setback for the middle class. It makes life harder for anyone who’s trying to punch a ticket to the middle class.”

    Donald Trump has already proposed a huge tax cut for billionaires. But the budget he released today says everyone else is on their own. This budget eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars for job creation. It zeroes out funding for workforce training and good-paying manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island. And it makes it even harder for young people to succeed by cutting teacher training, eliminating afterschool funding, and making it harder to pay off student loans.”

    This budget does nothing to address Rhode Island’s crumbling infrastructure. It eliminates the TIGER grant program, which is critical to supporting local infrastructure projects like the new commuter rail station in Pawtucket. And it cuts funding for public transit by $928 million.”

    And most worrisome of all, this budget makes our towns and cities less safe. It actually cuts funding for firefighters. It cuts billions from the EPA and other resources to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. And it slashes $978 million from the Army Corps of Engineers – meaning Rhode Island will be less prepared for hurricanes and have fewer resources to protect the quality of our waterways.”

    Plain and simple, this is not a budget that any Member of Congress should be comfortable supporting. Along with my colleagues in the House Democratic Leadership, I will do everything I can to reverse these devastating cuts and shape a budget that invests in the future of our country and puts honest, hardworking families first.”

     
  • Sheldon Whitehouse 

    U.S. Senator

    “This budget is reckless, plain and simple. The President proposes massive cuts to Medicaid, breaking yet another campaign promise. He seeks to decimate the federal government’s central command in the battle against the opioid crisis affecting communities from Burrillville to Westerly. He pursues tens of billions of dollars in cuts to student loans and loan forgiveness programs.

    His plan would slash funding for research into life-saving cures; lay waste to endowments that support Rhode Island’s world-class cultural institutions; hamstring the EPA so big polluters can poison our air and water; and weaken NOAA, sapping critical resources for coastal economies like Rhode Island’s. The list goes on.

    These senseless, irresponsible choices serve one purpose: to pave the way for tax cuts for the very wealthiest.  The good news is that this extremist proposal will go nowhere in the Senate. I look forward to moving past this political stunt of a budget and working on one the American people will support.”

     
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