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Time Describes Trump Administration As Chaotic

| by Jordan Smith

The cover story of Time's latest issue alleges that the administration of President Donald Trump is dysfunctional.

Time pointed out a series of setbacks suffered by Trump since taking office in January, including the resignation of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from his position as national security adviser and the leaking of classified information to the media.

Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has also been rejected by federal judges in four courts.

"It’s dysfunctional, as far as national security is concerned," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona told Time. "Who's in charge? Who's making policy? Who's making decisions? I don't know if anyone outside of the White House that knows."

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the administration's protocols for dealing with classified information after allegations were made that it was being shared in a public space at the Mar-a-Lago resort.

The magazine also noted how disorganized the resignation of Flynn had been. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, a close Trump aide, was on television saying the president had full confidence in Flynn just before the statement confirming his resignation was released.

Time reported that a lot of Republicans fear not being able to take advantage of their majorities in the House and Senate because nobody knows Trump's plans for legislation on tax reform or trade.

Stephen Miller, a Trump adviser, rejected these claims in media appearances Feb. 12.

"We have a president who has done more in three weeks than most presidents have done in an entire administration," Miller said.

He pointed to Trump's restarting of the construction of oil pipelines, removal of business regulations, moves to end Obamacare, and the termination of a Pacific free trade pact.

At a  press conference Feb. 16, Trump insisted there was "zero chaos" in the White House and maintained the administration "is running like a fine-tuned machine."

"I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess," Trump added, according to AFP.

The uncertainty has caused military figures to speak out.

"Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon, because we're a nation at war," Army Gen. Tony Thomas said, according to Time. "As a commander, I'm concerned our government be as stable as possible."

Sources: Time, AFP via Daily Mail / Photo credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Wikimedia Commons

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