U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., described the President Donald Trump White House as chaotic and circus-like.
“I think it’s pretty obvious,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday, “when you are engaging the White House, as I do many, many times a week, that there’s just a lot of chaos and a lot of reality TV circus.”
The internal workings of the Trump White House has often been described as chaotic by insiders and journalists who cover it. Last week, that description came in a book by Washington Post veteran journalist Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House, and a New York Times op-ed by an unnamed White House insider dubbed “anonymous.”
According to the Woodward book, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown.” Kelly denied calling Trump an idiot but has not specifically denied the rest of the quote.
Similarly, anonymous wrote, “Meetings with [Trump] veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”
Sasse, a longtime critic of Trump who didn’t vote for him, tweeted last week that he regularly considers leaving the Republican Party. Sasse reiterated that point in his interview with Tapper, saying, “I probably think about it every morning ….”
“I conceive of myself as an independent conservative who caucuses with the Republicans. But, frankly, neither of these parties have a long-term vision for the future of the country,” Sasse said.
Both political parties need a “future focused vision,” Sasse argued, rather than “screaming at each other” and focused on opposing each others’ agenda.
While acknowledging that “the president has done some good things,” Sasse argued that Trump isn’t thinking about what is good for the country long term.
When asked about “anonymous,” Sasse said, “obviously, it’s an impulsive White House, right? I mean, there are a lot of really good people around the president. He has done a good job, frankly, in a lot of the people that he’s hired, but I think they’d like to be focused on a long-term agenda.
“I think Donald Trump, in the campaign of 2015-2016, was obviously right that Washington, D.C., doesn’t work and does need to be disrupted. But then the question is, the disruption toward what end?”
Among Trump critics, a frequent critique of Sasse is that says the right things but doesn’t do enough beyond talking. When asked about that, Sasse noted that a bill he co-authored on cyber-security recently got passed.
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Source: Christian Post