Over the course of the last two weeks, the Trump Administration has been at the forefront of yet another slew of controversies. The firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9th set the media ablaze, drawing more attention to the alleged Russian interference with the 2016 election.
Comey, who was terminated unexpectedly, was leading a criminal investigation into whether President Trump’s advisors colluded with the Russian government to influence American voters to give their support to Trump on election day. This immediately sparked an array of speculation from both Democrats and Republicans.
“I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing,” Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said on Twitter. “I just can’t do it.”
President Trump, on the other hand, explained that he fired Comey because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation. He also said that he received recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to remove Comey from his position.
“I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” Mr. Rosenstein wrote in another letter that was released by the White House, “and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”
In the days following Comey’s departure, news headlines around the country were focused on the theory that Trump asked Comey to pull back on his investigation into General Flynn’s connections with Russia. When he refused, Trump fired him. This suggestion gave critics even more ammo to use against the President.
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse for Trump, reports came out the following week suggesting the President revealed classified information to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster defended President Trump’s conversations with Russian officials as “wholly appropriate.” But nevertheless, the media had a field day at the expense of the President.
Trump allegedly shared information about an ISIS threat involving the use of laptops on planes. The Post report quoted unnamed officials saying Trump revealed the city where an intelligence partner detected the threat.
With some reports saying the source of the intelligence came from Israel, Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, responded in a statement:
“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump.”
President Trump is hoping to leave these troubled two weeks behind him as he heads overseas for his first foreign trip as Commander-in-Chief. He has planned to stop at Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican as well as meetings with two European leaders.
Trump’s advisors have said he wanted to visit these places in an attempt to unify the world’s three major religions and bring attention to the fact that we all have one common enemy: terrorism.
The biggest objective of this trip will be to build bridges with the leaders that he will be meeting with.
“President Trump understands that America First does not mean America alone, to the contrary,” McMaster said. “Prioritizing American interests means strengthening alliances and partnerships that help us extend our influence and improve the security of the American people.”