Although the president has ensured, via his incompetence, that we will always have a “palace intrigue” scandal to worry about when it comes to his administration, there remain other pressing issues, including the recent death of four American service members in Niger. No amount of tweets will do away with the seriousness of the situation associated with those deaths.
The president, after facing criticism for not doing so sooner, called the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of those killed in Niger after going out on a mission based on faulty intelligence.
Trump, being the incompetent leader that he is, offered comments to Sgt Johnson that were so poorly thought out that she broke down in tears, and actor Tom Hanks is now among those who have voiced their disgust with the president because of this screwed up call and his belligerent response to the controversy over it.
Hanks, acknowledging that he doesn’t have an insider view of the issue, commented:
‘I’m only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like it’s one of the biggest cock-ups on the planet Earth, if you ask me. This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who’s going to come out on top of the news story. I think it’s very sad.’
It’s not healthy for the nation’s entertainment industry to have a better grasp on the leadership required of the president than the president himself.
Trump, in responding to the criticism over his language on the call, hasn’t attempted to reach out to the fallen soldier’s family and make amends. Instead, he has taken to incessantly criticizing a certain Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who was the first to voice her disgust with the president’s language. As recently as Sunday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that “Wacky Congressman Wilson” is “the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems.”
Rep. Wilson was with the late Sgt Johnson’s family when the president made the call.
Hanks’ comments came on the occasion of his receipt of the National Archives Foundation’s “Records of Achievement Award.”
He didn’t stop at pointing out the grave issue inherent in the controversy over the president’s call to Sgt. Johnson’s widow. He also had a suggestion as to what people could do about the problems associated with Trump’s presidency, saying:
‘People are upset about what’s going on today. They’re furious, they’re frustrated, they’re worked up. If you’re concerned about what’s going on today, read history and figure out what to do because it’s all right there.’
Hanks isn’t the first member of the entertainment industry to speak out against the president, and he certainly won’t be the last.
It remains a wonder that Trump can not even accomplish the basic leadership task of placing a condolences call without messing it up.
Speaking to Sgt. Johnson’s widow, the president said that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts.”
How could he have thought it was a good idea to say that?
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