This morning, Trump took to Twitter to publicly declare that he should have left three American students in a foreign regime’s jail because he was not satisfied with one family’s acknowledgement of his intervention.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
James Comey took to Twitter to deliver a subtle attack on a President who has only a tenuous grasp of subtlety himself.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow(1905-1998)
— James Comey (@Comey) November 19, 2017
Given Trump’s penchant for seeking praise and taking credit, it should come as little surprise that he would react with so much volatility when the father of one of the three UCLA players did not throw himself at Trump’s feet.
Whereas Obama was known for taking responsibility, Trump has not only diffused responsibility for his own administration’s misdoings, but taken credit for his predecessor’s accomplishments.
Comey was thrust into the national spotlight after he was fired from his post as FBI Director by Trump in May, 2017. The move was highly criticized and may even serve as the basis for an obstruction of justice charge in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possibly collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Despite having been fired, he nonetheless testified in front of Congress in June, 2017. There, the former FBI Director revealed that Trump had pressed him to end the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“I hope you can let this go,” the President told Mr. Comey, according to a memo that he wrote shortly after his meeting, reported NY Times.
Flynn, of course, has been a primary focus of the investigation as it changed hands from Comey to Mueller. He is widely expected to be charged by the special counselor.
If Trump wasn’t so obsessed with shameless self-promotion, he could learn an important lesson in leadership and basic human decency from the former FBI Director.