The One Thing Trump Must Get Right

The One Thing Trump Must Get Right
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The other day, The New York Times ran one of their signature wrinkled-brow politics-masquerading-as-news pieces about Donald Trump.  The New York Times, in case Australian readers are innocent of this datum, does not like Mr. Trump. This particular column, about Trump's transition team, was half minatory, half I-told-you-so crowing. “Trump Lets Key Offices Gather Dust Amid ‘Slowest Transition in Decades,'” shouted the headline. The State Department: “hushed and virtually empty.” The Pentagon: woefully understaffed. Treasury, Health and Human Services: “many senior posts remain vacant.” Things are bad, Comrade, bad. “Seven weeks into the job,” Trump is “months behind where experts in both parties, even some inside his administration, say he should be.”

Experts, eh? According to the Times Trump's failures to fill many positions “has left critical power centers in his government devoid of leadership.” “There's no question this is the slowest transition in decades,” said one of those experts the Times drags in to second its opinions. It is a “flawed transition” that paints an “unmistakable picture” of “dysfunctional transition effort.”

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