May 11, 2017
It gets curiouser and curiouser.
President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over something
he did months ago, which Trump praised at the time. Comey
was not informed of his firing by the president, but instead found
out about it when news broke on a TV screen behind him while
addressing agents in Los Angeles. President Trump denied the
firing had anything to do with the investigation into Russia’s
interference with the 2016 U.S. elections, but made sure to
reference the investigation in his statement. He did not reference
the supposed reason for the firing, however. The next day, he
met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office.
The U.S. media was blocked from attending the meeting, but a
photographer for the state-owned Russian media outlet Tass was
Press Secretary Sean Spicer was left to literally hide in the bushes
because he was not given ample warning of Comey’s ouster so
he wasn’t prepared to address it.
In other news, a reporter was arrested for “yelling questions” at
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
And the president wonders why the latest Quinnipiac University
poll, taken before the latest misstep, shows his disapproval
rating at 58%, with 51% strongly disapproving and 56% saying he lacks good leadership skills. (Fifty-seven percent trust the media over the president to tell the truth, by the way.)
Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications and author of Write It, Speak It: Writing a Speech They’ll APPLAUD! Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.