By Quin Hillyer at the Washington Examiner;

President Trump is out of control. It’s time for an intervention.

The intervention should come from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Their message to Trump should be blunt: Unless he starts acting presidential, stops undermining them, seriously curtails his tweeting, and learns and respects basic ethical guidelines, they will all resign together while warning the country that the president is temperamentally (and perhaps intellectually) unfit for office.

Kelly and Sessions, both big believers in Trump’s mission to heavily vet visitors from terrorist-haven nations, should be incensed that Trump’s tweets are undermining the carefully-prepared legal case designed to garner the Supreme Court’s approval of Trump’s so-called “travel ban.”

[Later in the column:] 

As for Tillerson, Mattis, and McMaster, they should still be fuming about Trump’s reported deletion, while in Europe, of a carefully-crafted speech line explicitly re-affirming United States commitment to NATO’s crucial Article 5, which says an attack on any one NATO nation will be met with a combined defense from all.

This isn’t just some technical point of diplomacy. This is a matter of freedom for millions of people and, worse, a potential trip-wire for World War III…..

[The full column is here.]


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