Weekend off

He’s off to Florida for the weekend leaving the peasants to pick up the smashed crockery.

President Trump left the White House for Florida on Friday after a head-spinning series of moves on national security, trade, the budget and his legal team that left the capital reeling, sent the stock market into another dive and left his own advisers nervous of what comes next.

The decisions attested to a president riled up by cable news and increasingly unbound. Mr. Trump appeared heedless of his staff, unconcerned about Washington decorum, confident of his instincts and determined to set the agenda himself, even if that agenda looked like a White House in disarray.

Inside the West Wing, aides described an atmosphere of bewildered resignation as they grappled with the all-too-familiar task of predicting and reacting in real time to the shifting moods of the president.

In other words, he’s getting even worse, and we’re stuck with him. Let’s hope we survive the next three years and if we don’t, it’s been fun.

He had a tantrum about how nobody will buy him his Big Border Wall and threatened to veto the spending bill, thus shutting down the government again. Yes that’s what presidents do: threaten to damage the country and many of the people in it when they can’t force Congress to buy them a trillion-dollar toy.

Then he called a press conference and had a crazy tantrum there.

What followed was a bizarre spectacle that was part-signing ceremony and part venting session as Mr. Trump presented his audiences with his dilemma in real time. He raged against the bill’s contents and the process that yielded it.

“Nobody more disappointed than me,” Mr. Trump said in a verdict from a president who has called himself a master dealmaker.

In short the Times is frantically signaling us: “He’s crazy, he’s gone COMPLETELY OVER THE EDGE, prepare for THE END.”

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