Well that didn’t take long. Donald Trump has been on the job just ten days and already he’s managed to alienate the majority of the country and prompted millions of American to take to the streets in protest against him. He has the lowest approval rating by far of any new president in U.S. history, and he’s currently at war with the other two branches of the government. So what’s he going to do next? Well, in another few days he’s heading out of town on vacation.
In a surreal admission, Donald Trump now says in a New York Times profile that he’s planning to head to his winter home in Mar-a-Lago in Florida on February 3rd. It’s not uncommon for presidents to take vacations, and some of them have been known for preferring to work from outside the White House whenever they can get away with doing so. But it’s unprecedented for a new president to head out of town on vacation after just two weeks on the job — particularly after having just set the nation ablaze with destabilizing controversy.
Nor is there any reason to expect Trump will do any real work while he’s on his Florida vacation. It appears White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who was recently added to the National Security Council in yet another unprecedented move, is now essentially running the White House. Many expected vice president Mike Pence to do the bulk of the work, particularly when it came to coordinating with Congress. But Pence appears to be shut out of the power structure, and based on its unilateral Muslim ban, the Trump administration doesn’t appear to have any interest in coordinating with Congress anyway.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report