Trump’s cabinet merry-go-round – another one bites the dust

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Trump’s cabinet merry-go-round – another one bites the dust


Exit: Kirstjen Nielsen has ‘resigned’ as Homeland Security Secretary. Photo: AP
Exit: Kirstjen Nielsen has ‘resigned’ as Homeland Security Secretary. Photo: AP

Another day, another member of the Trump administration leaves.

The latest departure is Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Summoned to the White House, Ms Nielsen reportedly didn’t have any intention of quitting – but Mr Trump wanted her out and so she “resigned”.

In her resignation letter, she says nothing of Mr Trump, writing: “It has been my great honour to lead the men and women of the department as its sixth Secretary.”

Ms Nielsen became an increasing indirect target of Mr Trump’s railing about the chaos at the Mexican border with the president promising to get “tougher”.

Nielsen’s sin, it appeared, was to inform the president federal laws and international protocols limited her ability to do whatever he demanded.

Mr Trump’s dismissal of Ms Nielsen raises the question of how he expects to do anything “tougher”. She has the legacy of enforcing his strict family separation policy. It’s difficult to imagine anyone coming in and being more stringent.

If anything, it shines a light on just how deluded Mr Trump is in relation to the operation of the federal government. At best, one can say the government moves methodically and can’t deal with his impetuous moves that zig, then zag, move forward and back just as quickly.

Mr Trump’s penchant for acting on impulse is part of the reason his administration is in such tatters a mere two years after he was sworn in.

Ms Nielsen’s departure marks at least the sixth time – not counting those who moved from one role to another – a cabinet secretary left the administration after being forced out, fired or resigning.

If the public has learned anything from Mr Trump’s first two years, it is that he doesn’t have patience, a necessary requirement when making sweeping changes to policy.

He is unlikely to change and that is why he is stuck with so many people holding “interim” and “acting” positions. If the current pace keeps up, Mr Trump will go into an election year with a skeleton crew and people unwilling to take the empty spots – and that’s not only bad for the president but for the country as well. (© Independent, London)

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Irish Independent

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