Students share their thoughts on President Donald Trump's first month in office
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 13:35
"Illegal" leaks, to be specific.
Mr. Trump has appeared rattled by the numerous reports of dysfunction and infighting emerging from the White House during his first month in office, a lot of them revolving around a power struggle between his chief of staff Reince Priebus and top strategist Stephen Bannon. The stock market continues to roar, as the post-election Trump rally hasn't really paused for more than a day or two since the election.
Then, earlier this month, the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, said he had been in frequent contact during the election campaign with Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to Mr Trump who was appointed as the President's national security adviser before being forced to resign last week over his links to Russia. That disclosure led to Flynn's resignation. During the presidential campaign, he repeatedly praised Russian strongman, uh, make that President, Vladimir Putin.
Students are just as divided on their opinion of Trump as the political organizations are, although some students admit they are less in informed than they maybe should be.
The most notable achievement of Trump's first month is that his administration is being investigated by numerous congressional committees for potential collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
In an interview and cover story in NY magazine, published this weekend, McCain elaborated on the anti-Russian campaign in the media.
Far from being a distant relative of the actual White House in Washington, D.C., Mar-a-Lago is actually a members-only resort that the president owns in Palm Beach, Florida. Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have called for the White House to preserve any records that could bear on the investigation.
Consider it simply stated: Our nation's spies don't believe that the chief executive, the commander in chief of the armed forces, can be trusted with sensitive information.
"Indeed, every day, major newspapers publish stories that technically violate the Espionage Act", she said. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. This law mainly covers classified information related to intelligence communication tools.
Here's where the timeline gets intriguing: The White House said in a December 29 conference call with reporters that Obama had informed Trump about the impending sanctions on December 28, one of the days when Flynn communicated with Kislyak, according to the Trump team. Governing is virtually non-existent in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. The first year in an administration is traditionally the time a president has the most success pushing and passing their wish list through Congress.
"Across administrations, the overwhelming majority of potentially unlawful government disclosures have not been prosecuted, or even seriously investigated, in the United States, for reasons both noble and base", he said.
"And I have great confidence in the national security team of this administration going forward".
Papandrea added that Trump's public railing against the leaks might be saber-rattling in order to deter future unwanted disclosures.
Unfortunately, Swalwell is one of the few Democrats willing to buck the grassroots, who have made impeachment the cornerstone of their anti-Trump agenda.