Unless your weekend was spent on a distant or isolated island—one where people are still allowed to travel to the United States without the threat of being randomly exported to a country without a Donald Trump-brand golf course—it was hard to miss the spiral of bigotry, bungling, and plain old bastardry that surrounded Trump’s executive order on immigration. In a week of delivering on his worst promises, Trump has sparked a level of protest the nation hasn’t seen since the 1960s.
SHUFFLED THE CHAIR
But an immigration ban that conflated illegal use of nationality with unconstitutional basis on religion wasn’t Trump’s only work over the weekend. On Saturday, Trump signed a trio of new executive orders. Among them was one that shuffled the chairs in the National Security Council to give [Steve] Bannon a regular seat on the principals committee—the meetings of the most senior national security officials, including the secretaries of defense and state.
That memo also stated that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed relates to their “responsibilities and expertise.”
OUSTED THE HIGHEST GENERALS
So Trump ousted the nation’s highest ranking general to make room for the real life Pepe the frog.
NO NEED FOR GENERALS
It’s a structure that drew a few comments from someone with experience. Experience out, Nazis in—it’s the whole Trump transition in a nutshell. With Bannon to provide Trump’s policy, and Priebus there to nod instinctively to any suggestion, there’s really no need to have advice from the generals. After all, during the campaign Trump said that he knew more than all the generals. Now he’s going to prove it.
PLAN TO DEFEAT ISIS
Another order Trump signed on Saturday was to direct Mattis to create a “plan to defeat ISIS” within 30 days. But don’t expect to see an actual plan. After all, Trump has said frequently that he wouldn’t reveal anything about military strategy. At least, not until Bannon says he can.