Trump’s Comey Firing: Bad Politics, Bad Management

Displaying contempt for public opinion has consequences.

As John Podhoretz observed last night, President Donald Trump had every reason to dismiss FBI Director James Comey. Contrary to the passionate response from Trump’s more reflexive detractors, nothing about the FBI director’s firing exceeded presidential authority, violated the Constitution, or was even unwarranted. But the way in which the White House went about dismissing Comey creates an impression that something untoward has happened here. Trump’s sloppy preparation, miscalculations, disregard for public opinion, and utter lack of any coherent communications strategy have robbed the president of the benefit of the doubt.

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Trump’s Comey Firing: Bad Politics, Bad Management

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