Never before have so many disgusting lies been uttered in one room in a short few hours’ time. The scene: Trump’s first full cabinet meeting. The first lie … a yuge lie indeed … came from Trump himself as he opened the meeting saying, “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions, the case of FDR – he had a major Depression to handle – who’s passed more legislation who’s done more things than what we’ve done.” I wonder if the boys and girls in the meeting actually believed that, or if they merely played along? I’m not sure how anybody could have believed him when he has not managed to pass a single major piece of legislation yet, nor is he likely to any time soon.
But the boys and girls who serve as secretaries, directors and senior staff pandered to his ego and praised him as if he were somebody he is not. For Trump, the first part of the meeting, while the press was in attendance, it was a stage, an opportunity for him to preen, an opportunity of which he took full advantage.
He said he wanted to go around the table and have everyone introduce themselves, as if the whole world isn’t already familiar with the contingent of clowns. “I’m going to start with our vice-president. Where is our vice-president?” Trump asked, swiveling his head to look for Mike Pence before spotting him seated in the vice-president’s assigned seat, directly across from the president. “There he is,” Trump said jovially to titters from the others. “We’ll start with Mike and then we’ll just go around, your name, your position,” Trump instructed, like a teacher on the first day of school.
And this is where it goes from ridiculous to bizarre …
Vice President Mike Pence: “This is just the greatest privilege of my life.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “It is so great to be here.”
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley: “It’s a new day at the United Nations. I think the international community knows we’re back.”
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: “My hat’s off to you.”
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao: “I want to thank you for getting this country moving again.”
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda.”
Secretary of Labour Alexander Costa: “I am privileged to be here. Deeply honored.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price: “What an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership. I can’t thank you enough for the privileges you’ve given me and the leadership that you’ve shown.”
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: “A lot of us just got back from Mississippi. They love you there.”
Are you feeling ill yet? As soon as the adulation was over, Trump dismissed the press from the room. As I said, it was a stage, an opportunity for all the world to see just how much he is adored and praised by his minions. Typically, in another administration, this group would be referred to as the “brain trust”, but I cannot bring myself to use that term here, for there seems to be very little in the way of ‘brains’.
The most interesting thing is that at least some of the people who claimed to be so enamoured of Trump have had serious and ongoing disputes with him. Jeff Sessions, for example, reportedly tendered his resignation a few weeks ago. Trump declined to accept it, but nonetheless it indicates that there is conflict there. And just a few days ago, Trump informed Reince Priebus that he had only until July 4th to “clean up the White House” or else lose his job. Which leads me to believe that this whole little show put on for the press was scripted. I strongly suspect that these people were told to praise the Idiot-in-Chief effusively, else they might find themselves in the same unemployment line as former FBI Director James Comey. I would not be surprised to find that Steve Bannon, who was sitting directly behind Trump during the meeting, gave each person a piece of paper with what they were to say written upon it. That they went along shows us just how unreliable, untrustworthy, what a bunch of wusses and liars these people running our country are.
Christopher Lu, who served as Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary under President Obama, tweeted, “I ran 16 Cabinet meetings during Obama’s 1st term. Our Cabinet was never told to sing Obama’s praises. He wanted candid advice not adulation.” Well, that is the difference between a president and a thin-skinned clown. Trump’s own tweet read, “Finally held our first full @Cabinet meeting today. With this great team, we can restore American prosperity and bring real change to D.C.” The ‘man’ is wearing rose-coloured glasses, apparently.
This is not one of the world’s most earth-shattering news items, but it is telling, I think, of what we have in the Oval Office. We have a ‘man’ who places far more importance on being praised than on doing the job for which he was hired. He is far more attuned to what his paid pansies say, whether they are sincere or not, than to what We The People think. He is still nothing more than an actor playing a role, and doing so very badly. His minions who praised him ad nauseam traded their collective consciences for their jobs. When his ship sinks, they will all be on it and we will say, “Good Riddance”.