Karl Rove, the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, just threw down major criticism of President Trump on Wednesday. Now it’s no secret he has never been a fan of Trump, especially during the Republican primary. Rove even made the comment in January of 2016 that if Trump was the Republican nominee Republicans would lose the White House. Additionally, Rove even said 10 days out from the general election Trump can’t win. He said in an op-ed written for the Wall Street Journal that Trump “lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president. His chronic impulsiveness is apparently unstoppable and clearly self-defeating.” Rove continued in the piece, “Mr. Trump may have mastered the modes of communication, but not the substance, thereby sabotaging his own agenda.”
Rove used a series of tweets that the president released on Monday as proof of his criticism. Trump appeared to undermine his Justice Department’s argument for an executive order banning citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. The president insisted in those tweets that the U.S. had already implemented “extreme vetting” on travelers from several countries, but Rove said that his words revealed a lack of understanding about his own administration’s work.
“On May 8, a federal appeals court asked a Justice Department lawyer if the administration was drafting new vetting standards. He responded: ‘We’ve put our pens down,'” Rove wrote. “Mr. Trump seems to think the pens are down because the new vetting standards are written. Meantime, his lawyers say the government hasn’t started working on them.”
Rove also took issue with the way President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. He applauded the decision to pull out but said that Trump failed to explain the decision in a way that brought the public on board. Rove called Trump’s announcement “meandering, thin and dour.”
“Mr. Trump has figured out how to tweet his way around the mainstream media,” he wrote. “Yet by disregarding basic fact checking, he is deepening the already considerable doubts Americans have about his competence and trustworthiness.”
For these reasons, Rove declared that Trump “lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president.” Do you agree or disagree?
Credit: The Hill