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‘House of 3Ds’

Published : Thursday, 11 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 273

Shahriar Feroze

Shahriar Feroze

Following Nikki Haley's resignation last Tuesday, the White House has manifestly turned into a house of dismissals, denial and deceit. The catchphrase for Mr Trump since he assumed office has been either 'you are hired' or 'you are fired'. And the US ambassador to the UN, now former, is the latest victim of Mr Trump's 'hiring and firing' charade.

Haley, who has been one of Trump's most trusted advisers, would not confirm to any news agency when asked about her resignation until a couple of days ago. And it is the same lady who reportedly said early this year, "Every day I feel like I put body armour on". It's difficult to define what type of 'armour' she used to put on for defending US interests at the UN , but the armour markedly failed to protect and also promote US interests worldwide . Most importantly, like many before, she failed to please Mr Trump.

If my readers carefully observe, each and every of these Oval Office dismissals in less than a couple of years are thinly -- veiled with self denials and dictatorial deceits. Some of the victims took a bold stance against Trumpian rule from the very beginning; some were staunch loyalists of the president while some were utterly confused about their roles in his government. Rather, they were deliberately kept confused.

Beginning with James Comey, the list of unexpected and premeditated departures from the Oval Office has continued to rise rapidly. Not that the dismissed staffs were not doing their jobs properly or unfaithful to the country and the president -- they appeared markedly unfit to merge with the newly introduced corporate culture inside the White House.    
In fact, if this writer's intuition is correct, dismissing of all the staffs, as of now, were based on the strengths of ego, whims, and gossips circulated by the president's closest quarters. Some were shown the door politely while some were not -- that's the only difference.
I am sure the popular American TV series House of Cards can yet produce more masala-mixed episodes based on the firing experiences of the Trumpian victims. At times his dismissing of staffs reminds of vanished palace politics. Had he been in the place of Sirajuddoula during the Battle of Plassey, I am sure he would have fired Mir Zafar and his accomplices for all the wrong reasons. 

However, the fact that how a reality show host -- cum -- businessman can dangerously smash the traditional norms of the White House is a capricious tale of an unwarranted transformation that the American government is currently experiencing. The billion dollar questions here: is Mr Trump the beginning of the end of US government system? And, for how long would he rule before turning the White House into a business corporate house?

The point, however, if there are too many reshuffling, hiring and firing taking place within the bureaucratic system of a major superpower -- it gets distracted and diverted from its goals. US bureaucrats, diplomats, and technocrats to his close associates -- almost none today feel safe any longer within the house of 3Ds. Despite the unprecedented nature of the Oval Office and its employees right now -- I am honestly surprised -- no matter how much we criticise Mr Trump from outside America -- no countrywide uprising is yet fomenting there. It's missing because he has cleverly managed on some key issues to keep the public mum.

Checkout and verify for yourselves.The unemployment percentage has significantly dropped in the US, and today it's the lowest in the past five decades. Job openings have increased. Except for wages, most indicators show the U.S. economy is performing as strongly as at any time since the mid-2000s -- and possibly even since the late 1990s.

As far as his popularity ratings are concerned, several reliable pollsters suggest Mr Trump's approval rating has been remarkably consistent over the first 20 months of his presidency, moving between about 37 per cent and 42 per cent , though now that has nosedived.  Even with the most recent bad polling numbers, his average approval rating sits at 40.0 per cent, right in his sweet spot.

However, let's not make the objective of this piece complex with economical and financial issues. Even this writer had to go to a greater length to understand why the Americans are tolerating trump. But one fact has become clear -- the US economy is not in jeopardy, it's doing well.

A businessman is running America today, and he would run the country in terms of 'profit and losses'. And the '3 Ds', are his secret weapons. From a personal standpoint, Mr Trump is hell-bent to introduce a new world order meant only for the 'Americans' -- not for the rest of the world. He wants the American people to think like him, view the world from his lenses while causing pointless suspense every now and then.

It is difficult to predict how far he would run to realise his 'Make America great' motto, but for the next couple of years more twists are in the offing. Following the spree of every hiring and firing at the Oval Office it becomes clearer -- the USA today has become a one-man-show state. Up until the next US general elections there will be many more incidents of hiring and firing, but Mr Trump is up to a grand design being a shock to the system. He is practically gambling with the future of The White House.

If this writer is not mistaken, Nikki Haley was most probably the 37th victim to have fallen in the Trump-firing-line, and all of the dismissals are shrouded in a mystery of typical Trumpian denial and deceit. It's perhaps the best of times for all the Oval Office victims to unite and collectively write a book under the banner -- "How to please and annoy Donald Trump". Also a soap opera humouredly titled "All the president's victims" would do well.

The writer is the Assistant Editor, The Daily Observer

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