Wall Street Journal editorial board blasts ‘self-destructive’ Trump as his own ‘most effective opponent’
The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed President Trump as someone with "a propensity for self-destructive" behavior, saying his recent tweets could "damage his agenda and the powers of the Presidency."
Trump has been criticized for mocking London Mayor Sadiq Khan after his city was hit by a terror attack over the weekend, but Trump doubled down on Monday, calling comments by Khan a "pathetic disgrace."
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"In a humiliating coup de grace, the mayor's office put out a statement saying he 'has more important things to do than respond' to Mr. Trump's social-media insults. The U.S. Commander in Chief also has better uses of his time than making himself look foolish," the WSJ wrote.
Trump also spoke about his proposed "travel ban" and the Justice Department during Monday's Twitter storm. The WSJ editorial board slammed the comments as "reckless."
"These comments are reckless on multiple levels. The original blunderbuss order was rolled out on the Friday night of Mr. Trump's first week as President with zero public explanation and little internal vetting. White House staffers from the Steve Bannon wing preferred the stun-grenade approach, but Mr. Trump's legal team convinced him to sign a legally bulletproof revision in March because they preferred to win in court," the WSJ wrote.
The editorial board continued: "Had the White House done such legal due diligence in the first place, the travel ban might not have become a political bonfire."
The WSJ said that "Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be justified if he resigned" after the comments by Trump. "[Trump] may find himself running an Administration with no one but his family and the Breitbart staff if this behavior continues," the article continued.
"The most effective opponent of the Trump Presidency is Donald J. Trump," it concluded.
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