I have learned that upon publishing something like this, I am bound to be disappointed in less than twenty-four hours, but I do think it is worth noting the President has seemingly found his footing, as have the White House staff in general.
The leaking has slowed, the bad press days have slowed, and the White House has now gone more than a week without serious self-inflicted wounds. This is a Presidency that looks sustainable. I realize that will not mollify and might actually even anger severe Trump critics on the left and right who maintain their “Never Trump” position. But as someone who has written several times that the behavior of the White House staff and President were not sustainable, this past week has been a breath of fresh air.
The President and his staff have been preparing a budget roll out, a joint address to Congress, and a number of other domestic and international matters without much controversy beyond the usual partisan rumblings. The relationship with the press is still contentious and I still maintain that the President knows he can easily distract the press from covering other stories by attacking them.
All and all, though, the nervous White House staffers who, for several weeks, roamed the halls of the West Wing in a constant state of shell shock seem now more relaxed. There are still wrinkles. There is still turbulence. But it all seems manageable.
President Trump has found his stride, found his groove, and found his pacing. The result is a President suddenly on sure footing as he heads to Capitol Hill tonight to address congress and the nation.
Of course, having written all of this I’m bound to regret it within 24 hours. We’ll see.