Donald J. Trump could have prevented a lot of the hubbub surrounding his presidency. He chose to keep it roiling.
The president is now supposed to tell the nation Thursday whether he actually recorded conversations he had with former FBI director James Comey.
Few people close to the matter believe that Trump recorded them, yet he managed to tweet something right after he fired Comey that the former FBI boss had “better hope” there are no tapes.
The president once again has demonstrated the behavior of a juvenile delinquent. He and his White House staff have refused to answer the question: Did the president record conversations with Comey? Rather than answer the question, the president has played coy in a stupid and childish game of political chicken. So have his press spokespeople.
Suppose on Thursday that the president declares he was just kidding. He didn’t intend to threaten the release of tape recordings. He was trying to run a bluff on Comey and the media.
Will that end this discussion? Will it put to rest the idiotic notion that this guy disseminates public policy via social media? I doubt it seriously.
I suppose it’s fair to wonder whether the president’s penchant for social media petulance will ever enable him to win the trust of Americans and our nation’s allies. If he puts to rest the ridiculous report of audio recordings, then how can we believe anything that this guy says going forward?
Then again, if he has tapes stashed away, we’re talking about a serious game-changer.
I’m going to stick with the notion that Donald Trump will seek to wiggle away from that moronic tweet.