President Donald Trump speaks in the rose garden of the White house in Washington after meeting with congressional leaders at the border to safety, as the government shutdown continues Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Vice President Mike Pence, house Minority whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana, and house Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from California, listen. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
All the agonizing hand-wringing by the media and the politicians, all the doom-and-gloom predictions turn out about the global instability, exaggerated.
President Trump change his policy on Syria.
The it became clear, over the weekend, and it says something about the White house that his harshest critics understand.
What was pitched initially as a immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria now, not for months, maybe years.
Now anyone who wants to criticize trump for a sharp style for snap decisions, for zig-zag on the policy, be my guest. It is not the most efficient way, a railway.
But here’s the thing: In many cases, Trump’s edict is not the end of the process. It is the beginning.
And it is a part of the way, he interferes with the government.
With traditional President, it is a time-consuming decision-making processes, meetings, memos, inter-service consultations. White house officials leaders in Congress, interest groups, and in foreign policy Affairs, the American allies to consult.
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And then careful roll-out plan is designed to market to advertise and sell the President’s decision.
The idea is that the buy-in from potential supporters, and neutralize potential opponents. But to present even more, it is that the POTUS’s decision as final, measured and carefully checked. For a President to change his mind after that, an embarrassment.
Trump is not about that.
He will announce that he will resign in NAFTA, but it creates enough pressure that he was able to hammer on a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. During the internal debate over the NAFTA countries said to Bob Woodward’s book, Trump: “The only way to blow a good piece in the air, the old offer.”
In my book “media madness,” I broke the story of how Reince Priebus, the President a decision memo on transgender troops in the military had given with four options. She spoke on the phone and a White house meeting was scheduled that in the morning. But Trump just the third picked up the heavy option, and tweeted his decision.
The trick is that Jim Mattis walked slowly to the thing, and a year and a half later, a transgender ban is still effective.
So, it was also the trump card, in order to remove the remaining 2,000 soldiers from Syria, which some conservative commentators, and Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, strongly opposed.
But John Bolton, the former Fox News contributor, who is now the national security adviser, set out “conditions for a pullout could leave that to the American armed forces there for months or even years,” as The New York Times.
Bolton, in Israel, told reporters that American troops would stay in Syria until the last remnants of ISIS will be defeated and Turkey and offers no guarantees that it will not attack Kurdish troops, supported by the U.S. President, of course, had announced that ISIS has been beaten.
“We do not believe that the Turks were to undertake military action that is not fully coordinated and agreed to by the United States, at a minimum, so that you are not a danger to our troops,” said Bolton, who allegedly led a behind-the-scenes effort to slow down, the trombone. The President said last month that he would pull the troops within 30 days.
Trump pushed back yesterday in a tweet, supported by Bolton:
“The Failure of the New York Times has knowingly written a very inaccurate story on my intentions on Syria. No different from my original statements, we leave at the right pace, while at the same time, to fight ISIS and do everything that is reasonable and necessary!…..”
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Even if the times story is to a certain degree, the process has changed significantly from the original presidential announcement of a month-long withdrawal.
It is not so, that this post-decision debates at no cost. The first Syria’s announcement alarmed the allies, and angered a lot of the Congress. And there is the trump card of the services of his Minister of defence costs, even though he and Mattis were for a separation headed anyway.
But to lose all the media chatter about trump, the “last adult in the room” turned out to be overheated. There are also other adults, including Mike Pompeo, to convince the helped the President in essence, the idea of an immediate exit traps.
Trump goes on Yogi Berra. With this President, it is not over till it’s over — and even then, it’s not over yet.
Footnote: In my article on Jill Abramson’s book about the New York Times, “I said,” that a reporter for the paper, Eric light blue, later, CNN stepped in and was one of the three journalists, which is triggered when the network retracted a story about Anthony Scaramucci. I have often used this term when people are forced out involuntarily. But for the record, light blue, and the other journalists joined as part of their agreement with the network.