I am beginning to feel a little sorry for Donald Trump. He finds himself in a job that is way more difficult than he had imagined and for which he is utterly unprepared, unqualified, and incompetent. As a result, his first four months have been a seemingly unending string of jaw-dropping blunders and demoralizing failures. According to voices within the White House, he hates the job. I don’t blame him; it’s a job I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. He is in way over his head and has neither the intellectual capacity nor the personal temperament to do anything about it.
It is in this light that I have been pondering something he said to the Russians in his Oval Office meeting with them earlier this week:
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off … I’m not under investigation.”
He was talking to Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. I have reread it several times, slowly, trying to parse what he’s saying and why he would say it. I suggest you do the same. It is revelatory.
I am at a loss to think of any circumstance under which this would have been a appropriate thing for him to have said to them, especially in view of the fact that Comey was fired because (according to Trump himself) of the way he was leading the FBI’s investigation into suspicious contacts between agents of the Russian government and the Trump campaign in the months leading up to the election, an election that the Russians actively undermined his opponent’s campaign.
It’s as though he was saying, “It’s okay guys, I got this Comey investigation under control now.”
(This, by the way, is the same meeting in which the President revealed highly classified intelligence information about ISIS that came from an Israeli source apparently highly placed within ISIS, and given to the United States with the understanding that we would not share it with anybody else, not even our allies. This is an example of a jaw-dropping blunder.)
I am disinclined to see anything nefarious in Mr. Trump’s remarks about Comey (nor, for that matter, in his disclosure of sensitive American intelligence secrets). As I said at the outset, I think Donald Trump is simply in over his head and has no idea what damage he is causing. Couple this with his propensity for saying whatever pops into his head at the moment, unfettered by anything resembling self-control, and you find yourself in the same territory as the World War 2 saying, “Loose lips sink ships.”
I have recently taken to praying for President Trump. I am embarrassed to admit that I had not been doing this before. My prayer is three-fold: first, that God will grant our President the humility and self-awareness to see what he is out of his depth and needs help; second, that God will grant him the wisdom to surround himself with wise and experienced counselors; and third, that God will preserve him from making mistakes that cause irreparable harm to the people of America and to the people of the world.
[Note: Trump’s comments come from notes taken from inside the Oval Office and were read to the New York Times by a White House official and later confirmed by a second White House official. When asked about it, White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not dispute the account.]
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