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THE BUZZ: A perfect storm hits Washington

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:01 am

“Embattled White House lurches from crisis to crisis” says the headline over the Associated Press story The News-Sentinel ran on Page 1 Wednesday. That's how bad a week President Trump had.

No sooner had the furor subsided a little over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey than we learned Trump may have disclosed some classified national security information in a meeting with the Russians. Then quickly on the heels of that, we heard about a Comey memo suggesting Trump may have asked that the FBI back off the investigation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The week ended with former FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed as a special counsel to conduct yet another investigation into potential Trump-Russian connections, and rumblings about a Watergate-scale crisis. It was easy to get the impression that the president was just one more stumble away from getting kicked out of office.

What in the world is going on? Possibly one of two things:

1. Trump is bringing this all on himself. He is out of his depth as president, too impetuous to do the right thing and too thin-skinned to take action when his staff dares to criticize him, however constructively.

2. The Washington establishment hates Trump with every fiber of its being and will seize on anything, however small, to get rid of him or at least render him powerless.

The possibility is that both are true. Trump cannot change who he is. The establishment will not change its mission. It's the perfect storm, destroying anything that gets caught in it, like, oh, an agenda for the people that voters thought Washington might concentrate on.

Sorry about that.

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