‘The Wheels Have Come Off’: The Trump Administration Plunges Into Full-Scale Crisis

Andy Ostroy
3 min readDec 21, 2018

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported Thursday that he’d received an ominous text from a “top House Republican who supports the president” and “is in a national security role up on Capitol Hill.” The text, in response to the sudden resignation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, warned “the wheels may be coming off” the Trump administration. May be?

Let’s be clear: Mattis’s departure isn’t a resignation. It is a blistering protest. A stinging public rebuke of the Unites States president — his Commander-in-Chief — by a four-star Marine Corps general who served his country admirably and honorably for fifty years.

It was without any shred of ambiguity Mattis finally telling Trump, ‘You’re a moron….and I’m outta here.’

There’s no doubt Mattis’s resignation letter was intended as a harsh slap to a president he believes is woefully ignorant of geopolitics and lacking the intelligence, temperament, discipline and strategic thinking required of the job. A president who’s consistently undermined America’s allies while emboldening its enemies.

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis said.

In his closing sentence Mattis made clear what he thought of Trump:

“I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.”

He did not mention his boss.

Mattis is now the third former general to jump off the Trumptanic, following former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and most recently White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. It is the latest in an unprecedented legion of senior-level departures which have included former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (who’s reportedly called Trump a “fucking moron”).

The proverbial shit is hitting the fan.

The investigation into Russian collusion by special counsel Robert Mueller is intensifying, creating a existential crisis for Trump in every aspect of his personal, political…

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Andy Ostroy

Director, producer, podcaster, writer, resistor, non-profit-supporter of women filmmakers