Following his successful first foreign trip, Trump last week stayed true to a major campaign promise by withdrawing from the international climate accord. Almost as important as his Americans First logic — Pittsburgh vs Paris — was the fact that his White House was at its best in backing up the boss.
Able and knowledgeable surrogates, especially EPA chief Scott Pruitt, were ready to go from the start, and outside advocacy groups were teed up to offer instant supporting comments via email.
The solid performance stood in stark contrast to the way the White House fumbled the firing of former FBI boss James Comey. Then, caught off guard by the vehement blowback because it foolishly assumed Democrats would applaud the move, it spent most of the first 24 hours hunkering down during the barrage, trying to figure out what to say and do.
Of course, there could be no such delusions about how Dems would respond to the announcement on the climate pact, which has acquired a cult following on the left. The armageddon-like reactions, which included predictions of human extinction for Trump’s sin, made Chicken Little look like an optimist.