Karl Rove Questions Trump’s “Competence and Trustworthiness” - Warns He's Impeding His Own Progress

Former White House adviser Karl Rove has warned President Trump that he is “sabotaging his own agenda” with his Twitter storms and poor “self-discipline,” according to Newsmax.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, the veteran Republican strategist wrote: “Mr. Trump has figured out how to tweet his way around the mainstream media. Yet by disregarding basic fact-checking, he is deepening the already considerable doubts Americans have about his competence and trustworthiness.”

Rove cited as an example the president’s recent announcement that he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which sparked howls of protest from Democrats. While Rove did not disagree with the decision, he suggested that Trump acted too hastily. “Increasingly, it appears Mr. Trump lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president,” the op-ed stated. “His chronic impulsiveness is apparently unstoppable and clearly self-defeating. Mr. Trump may have mastered the modes of communication, but not the substance, thereby sabotaging his own agenda.” Rove called the president’s announcement speech “meandering, thin and dour,” according to The Hill.

The strategist, a member of former President George W. Bush’s White House staff who is also known for his commentary on Fox News, argued that Trump has been undermining himself on his proposed travel ban. Referring to Trump’s blocked executive orders that would have turned away immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries for three months, Rove wrote: “That 90-day timeline expired on Monday, and Mr. Trump insists that ‘extreme vetting’ is already taking place. So, why is his administration still seeking judicial approval to halt visas temporarily for these six countries? If what Mr. Trump tweeted is true, government lawyers and federal judges are wasting their time wrangling over a visa pause that’s no longer needed. The president’s new vetting standards are already in place, according to him.”

Rove added: “On May 8, a federal appeals court asked a Justice Department lawyer if the administration was drafting new vetting standards. He responded, ‘We’ve put our pens down.’ Mr. Trump seems to think the pens are down because the new vetting standards are written. Meantime, his lawyers say the government hasn’t started working on them.”

The Supreme Court is reviewing the administration’s appeal of lower federal court rulings that imposed temporary stays on the travel ban. U.S. District Court and Appeals Court judges determined that the executive orders violated the Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom by targeting Muslims. Throughout his campaign last year, Trump promised his supporters that he would stop Muslims from entering the United States as part of his anti-terrorism agenda. He also called for the surveillance of U.S. mosques and a database to track Muslim-Americans.

Rove claimed that Trump’s recent tweets about his executive orders, which he insisted on calling a “travel ban,” contradicted the arguments the administration’s lawyers are making to the Supreme Court. The legal team claims the proposed temporary immigration restrictions are not intended to single out Muslims, which the term “travel ban” may suggest.

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