Donald Trump’s administration has beat a hasty retreat from the mountains of “Get over it” to the deserts of “Never mind.”
Saturday night, two days after Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced that the administration would host the Group of Seven summit at the president’s Trump National Doral resort, the eponymous hotelier abruptly reversed that decision and said he would find a new site. Although he blamed “both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility,” most reports indicate that the president was shocked by the hostility among fellow Republicans.
Republican frustration with Trump’s moves is nothing new, however. And in his tenure at the head of the party, the president has learned that Republicans are unlikely to back up these complaints with any action; his GOP allies tend to get over it. In the past, Trump has therefore simply ignored criticism.
Not so much recently. This is the season of the Trump administration’s flip-flops.
The spree began on October 6, when Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and indicated that American troops would leave northern Syria, paving the way for a long-desired Turkish invasion. Once Turkey took his clear cue and invaded, though, Trump became enraged and threatened to destroy the Turkish economy.