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Trump’s Revolving Door

The US President wants an inner circle of loyal retainers; any doubt on this score leads to summary dismissal.

United States (US) President Donald Trump’s summary dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on 13 March in a tweet was not just a way of humiliating and publicly disparaging Tillerson, but also of displaying his utter contempt for the very office of secretary of state. What followed, on repeated imploring from Trump, was the firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of the former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe. This, when McCabe had already stepped down after being repeatedly condemned by the White House, and was using his accrued leave so that he would be eligible to retire upon reaching the age of 50. That second firing seemed like petty vindictiveness for not being loyal. But it also indicated disquiet over the investigation being carried out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Mueller has issued a writ ordering the examination of records of the Trump Organization, Trump’s real estate and branding business empire, relating to its ties with Russian financial investors. He has also reportedly sent a list of questions to the White House that is likely to be followed by an interrogation of the President himself.

Journalist Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, released in January, has already brought out the fact that most of Trump’s closest aides had, within a couple of months in the White House, come to consider their boss as not only incompetent, uninformed, and ill-equipped to be President, but also narcissistic and mentally unstable. Surely Trump was aware of this. What followed was a series of dismissals of persons who were a part of the President’s inner circle. For the public at large, however, what is more pertinent is the fact that neo-fascist politics, bankrolled by a section of the “billionaire class,” managed to put an ultranationalist, racist, sexist, billionaire financial–capitalist into the top slot of the executive of the US. One cannot say that something like this was not on the cards, given the secular increase in inequality in the distribution of income and wealth in the US over the last four decades to a present, historically unprecedented, all-time high.

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Updated On : 29th Mar, 2018


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