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Editorial 7-30
We expect more than a presidential bully
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During the first six months of the Trump administration, the President of the United States is developing a misguided agenda.
President Trump's top priorities thus far appear to be attacking America's attorney general, attacking the former White House chief of staff, attacking the former FBI director, and attacking anyone else who may wander into his field of vision with an opinion different than his own.
When President Trump isn't on the ambush, his newly appointed chief spokesman has been busy dropping F-bombs and berating White House officials on Twitter.
All this raises the point of exactly what does the Trump administration hope to accomplish for Americans? If the first six months are any indication, Trump has been channeling his energy toward slinging nasty insults, not crafting meaningful legislation.
Trump's presidency thus far can best be described as a carnival. He's been the chief hawker yelling at everyone within earshot and trying to get them to play games they can't win.
Particularly troubling has been the overall tone of his presidency, which is not the least bit uplifting. The one constant has been the ability of Trump and his surrogates to demean.
It's time for the White House to put aside its deep bag of cheap shots and concentrate on policies to better our country.
If President Trump wants to upgrade healthcare, that's a great place to start. If he wants to prevent certain people from serving in the military, that's fine too. If he wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, that's his priority as our top official. If he seeks to bolster infrastructure and slash federal regulations, these are all things within his authority to promote.
This newspaper isn't going to agree with everything he does, or tries to do, but that's not the point. The point is for our president to finally embark on a constructive agenda, one that's more becoming than 140 characters of venom.
The slogan Trump continually spouted on the campaign trail was to "Make America Great Again."
Judging by his actions, the president appears more consumed with launching personal attacks that in no way serve the best interests of Americans.