Our Bawling Little 6 Year-Old Baby Boy President

By Michael D’Antonio
CNN (5/12/17)

Like most little boys, Donald Trump can be disarmingly honest, as when he once said, “When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.” The trouble is that the first grader is now President of the United States, and his temperament is on display for the world to see.

Unpredictable, impulsive and immature, Trump acts in a way that would be expected of a 6-year-old boy, but is terrifying in a man whose moods dictate decisions carried out by adults on behalf of the most powerful nation in the world.

Like a boy who plays with matches and sets the back yard on fire, Trump has been surprised by the effects of his actions. …

Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey offers a sterling example of the childish — and reckless — Trump style. When Comey broke with bureau tradition and spoke negatively about Trump’s rival in the election, though initially he was criticized by candidate Trump, he was later praised — and effusively. Over and over again, the soon-to-be-president described how Comey had done the right thing in criticizing Hillary Clinton. Comey remained in Trump’s good graces after he was inaugurated, and Trump’s team expressed confidence in him up until last week.
As CNN’s John King and Jeff Zeleny reported, the change in Trump’s feelings about Comey were evident to a friend who spoke with him last weekend and noticed the President was “white hot” over Comey’s recent testimony on Capitol Hill. Comey had said he felt “mildly nauseous” about the possibility of having affected the November election. This, and continued investigations into possible connections between Trump’s associates and Russians who meddled in the election, were causing a presidential temper tantrum.
Like many a 6-year-old, the stewing President chose to act on his feelings. Within days he had signed a letter dismissing the director. But instead of doing the adult thing and firing Comey face-to-face, Trump sent his former personal bodyguard Keith Schiller to deliver it to Comey’s office — while Comey was away in Los Angeles.
Schiller’s last star turn involved bullying newsman Jorge Ramos out of a Trump rally. Long a human security blanket for Trump, Schiller now hangs out at the White House. His appearance at FBI headquarters signaled that the buddies — Trump and Schiller — were in charge of this power play. …

Ex-FBI Official Mocks Trump: Give Him A Pacifier And A Rattle And Put Him In His Crib 

By Mary Papenfuss
HuffPost (5/12/17)

A former official at the CIA and FBI has alerted President Donald Trumpthat he has no idea what he’s up against trying to “intimidate” booted FBI Director James Comey and the agency itself.

“You’re threatening the FBI, who’s in the midst of an investigation of presidential aides?” Philip Mudd, a former counterterrorism official at the FBI and CIA, said Friday on CNN. “The FBI’s been around since 1908. The president of the United States has been around for three-and-a-half months.”

“If you think you’re going to intimidate the former FBI director and the dozens of people in the workforce who are conducting this investigation with the Department of Justice, you’ve got another think coming.”

Mudd, now a counterterrorism analyst for CNN, scoffed: “You can’t take this seriously. You feel like you’ve got to give the president of the United States a pacifier and a rattle and put him in the crib.”

He added: “Anyone outside the Beltway, any everyday American who looks at this and takes in a breath and says, ‘I’m worried,’ I say, ‘Don’t worry about it. This is a joke.’ Nobody in the investigation would take this seriously.”

Mudd was addressing in particular the president’s warning tweet Friday that Comey should “hope” Trump doesn’t have a tape of their January dinner meeting. Trump has said Comey assured him that he was not being investigated as part of the probe into links between the Kremlin and Trump campaign associates. Sources linked to Comey, however, said that what actually occurred at the dinner was that Trump asked Comey to take a “loyalty” pledge to the president, which Comey refused to do. …

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