The Buck Stops Everywhere Else

Trump undermines his own travel ban and Justice Department.

 World leaders who stoop to attack municipal politicians in foreign cities look small, not that we can recall a precedent.
.. 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.
.. If Mr. Trump’s action is legal on the merits, he seems to be angry that his lawyers are trying to vindicate the rule of law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be justified if he resigned
.. If this pattern continues, Mr. Trump may find himself running an Administration with no one but his family and the Breitbart staff. People of talent and integrity won’t work for a boss who undermines them in public without thinking about the consequences. And whatever happened to the buck stops here?

.. In other words, in 140-character increments, Mr. Trump diminished his own standing by

  • causing a minor international incident,
  • demonstrated that the loyalty he demands of the people who work for him isn’t reciprocal,
  • set back his policy goals and wasted time that he could have devoted to health care, tax reform or “infrastructure week.”
Mark it all down as further evidence that the most effective opponent of the Trump Presidency is Donald J. Trump.