When will the Trump administration stop shooting itself in the foot? The days are being numbered since Donald Trump took office in January, and so are the number of missteps the administration has under its belt since “45” was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Not only has President Trump experienced defeat over his promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, he has been dealt a series of blows from those who have leaked information about how chaotic and disorganized the White House is right now. His administration has continued to be discredited by wayward statements from his agency appointees including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and his lone African-American appointee Dr. Benjamin Carson. And, questions continue to swirl about his relationship with the Russians, his undisclosed tax returns and the appearance of nepotism related to the hiring of his children and the family members of other White House staffers.
If it were not for the fact that most news organizations act as if they are dependent on the reports from other news organizations to report the news, Trump’s progress to fulfill the promises he made to his voters would never see the light of day. For example, most Americans are familiar with Trump’s promise of bringing back jobs and growth in his attempt to “Make America Great Again.” So why is he not being given some credit for an initiative he supports to reinstate apprenticeships for high school graduates who may never make it to college? Trump met this week with the Chancellor of Germany to discuss the country’s successful apprenticeship program and he has promised to use their model to create five million paid apprenticeship opportunities for high school graduates and college students. Apprenticeship opportunities will make the difference for many of those high tech jobs that need to be filled today.
And what about the commitment he has received from a growing number of corporations including Ford and Charter Communications who have made promises to Trump to create thousands of jobs to put Americans back to work?
As a businessman, Trump has looked his colleagues directly in the eyes for assurance that they will fulfill their commitments to produce job and training opportunities for those Americans who need them. Americans, particularly African-Americans, need to weed through the noise to take account of what Trump is doing and be prepared to step into those jobs when the opportunities arise. Clearly, all of what Trump may say or do may not all be good, but it may not all be bad, either.