In the current political climate of the United States, even the most meticulous analysts have had a hard time trying to determine a constant, defining theme of the Trump administration. In the words of former President George Walker Bush, Donald Trump can be described as a “flip-flopper,” a politician whose views, goals and convictions seem to be all over the place; however, a certain constancy has been emerging over the last couple of months.
From the failed Executive Orders on immigration to the clumsy attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has been on an erratic course of action that can only be described as an effort to undermine the legacy of former President Barack Obama. One example was the summary rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; a more recent example would be the series of measures undertaken against the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
The anti-DACA and anti-Obamacare measures enacted by President Trump should be alarming enough on their own because they are clear signs that this is a man who simply wishes to undo the accomplishments of the Obama administration, which is in no way an effective manner of leading the country, particularly at a time when there are more pressing issues at stake. When adding the issues of dropping out of the Paris Accord on climate change and attempting to undo the deal with Iran to contain nuclear proliferation, we may be looking at a potentially dangerous obsession rather than a Presidential plan.
In mid-October, this obsession took a strange personal turn as President Trump insinuated that former President Obama did not call the surviving families of military members killed during armed conflict. It so happened that Trump made this outlandish statement, which even extended to former President G.W. Bush, at a time when he should have been making phone calls to the families of four American special forces soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger. To add insult to injury, Trump reportedly even botched the phone call he made to the widow of US Army Sergeant La David Johnson, an African-American soldier from Miami.
The White House is now scrambling to handle press inquiries about Trump’s conduct when contacting the families of fallen service members. This is all beside the point as there are two pressing issues here. Firstly, the American public would like to know more about US special forces in Niger; second, it seems as if Trump’s burning desire to undermine Obama’s legacy has gone off the rails. Suggesting that the former President did not contact the families of brave military men and women killed in action indicates that Trump has an unhealthy obsession that may hinder the fulfillment of his Presidential duties.