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Better Lines Of Communication Needed From White House To Congress (Trump Defeat Will Help)

August 31, 2020

There is an absolutely must-read news story on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in today’s New York Times.  It is one of those larger type reads which usually lands in the Sunday edition.  Over two full pages, which included nuggets like the following.

Robert Mnuchin’s wife, Adriana, has reminded people that she is not Steven’s biological mother. (The couple married when he was a toddler.) She reluctantly attended Steven’s 2017 wedding to the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton. Ms. Mnuchin pretended her arm was injured in order to avoid having to shake hands with Mr. Trump, according to her grandson Zan Mnuchin Rozen.

But what I found really troubling was the following portion.

That afternoon, Mr. Mnuchin joined Mr. Trump and his coronavirus task force at the White House. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered grim news: The virus was spreading in the United States at an exponential rate.

“There’s big trouble coming,” Mr. Mnuchin said to Mr. Kudlow as they left the room.

“I’m afraid you’re right,” Mr. Kudlow agreed.

The next day, Mr. Trump spoke about the virus on Capitol Hill. “Just stay calm,” he urged. “It will go away.”

Mr. Mnuchin, however, had shifted into crisis mode.

He spoke with Ms. Pelosi that afternoon to talk about an economic rescue plan. Mr. Mnuchin was pretty much the only member of the administration on speaking terms with the House speaker. (They had developed a working relationship while negotiating an increase in the national debt ceiling last year.) They discussed bailouts for the airline and hotel industries…

It is bizarre behavior for Donald Trump to label the female Speaker of the House as “a sick woman” with “mental problems.”   It is truly concerning that the third most powerful person in the United States government is relegated to such a status within the Trump White House that at a time of national crisis there was only one person “on speaking terms” with Nancy Pelosi.

We simply must have more collegial and sound relationships among the various parts of the government.  This is yet one more example of how far astray we are under Trump from a working and properly functioning government.

One more prime example as to why the voters need to correct the issue by removing Trump from the Oval Office.

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