Oval Office dramas are starving Trump’s agenda of oxygen

Oval Office dramas are starving Trump’s agenda of oxygen, by Cameron Stewart.

Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell put it simply: “We could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulation, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

It was a fair point given the Trump administration has delivered almost-daily doses of drama, transfixing the world and starving of oxygen the agenda that won him the US election.

By late yesterday, the White House was dealing with twin crises. The fallout over whether Trump disclosed classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dominated the day — until The New York Times reported early in the evening, local time, that the President had urged then-FBI director James Comey to drop the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House immediately denied the report, further aggravating the ugly battle between the US media and the White House. …

But the biggest problem for Trump is the perception of a White House in chaos, and that was compounded by yesterday’s claim that a memo written by Comey suggested Trump had attempted to close the FBI probe into Flynn.

I once had a chat to Cameron Stewart about global warming. He struck me as a none-too-bright softly-PC sort of chap.

The media determines what gets focused on and what gets oxygen. If Cameron and his buddies in the newsrooms decide to ignore something, it’s as if it didn’t exist for most people. The Internet is gradually changing that, but for now it is disingenuous for Cameron to argue that Trump is failing because his agenda isn’t getting oxygen — it is because Cameron and his ilk are not giving it oxygen, preferring to run fake news stories about Oval Office dramas.

Meanwhile America is destroying itself with this anti-Trump witch hunt. Add to that the Russo-phobia exaggerated for internal US politics, and who can blame people for seeing China as a more stable global leader?

hat-tip Stephen Neil