Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” who he talks with consistently about foreign policy, Trump responded, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” “I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are,” Trump said. “But my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.”
If man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client, a presidential candidate who is his own foreign policy advisor has no business ever getting within a country mile of the Oval Office.
This is a perfect example of how Trump the Bombastic Showman serves to distract from Trump the Dangerous Candidate. It’s easy to laugh at the patent absurdity of Trump’s statement—”I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things”—while ignoring the chilling implications.
A president is not an island. A president cannot rely exclusively on himself and his instincts.
Trump is famously a person who doesn’t like to be told no. That is a terrifying quality in a president.
The office of the presidency confers too much power to be inhabited by a person who prefers to be his own advisor.
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