The week that ended on Friday March 8 was a very rough one for President Donald J. Trump, so rough in fact, that even some of his most staunch supporters feel he may not be able to survive another one like it.
Those were the words of Fox News analyst and former judge Andrew Napolitano, who recapped Trump’s horrendous week for the Washington Times.
In the piece, Napolitano described how Trump failed to reach a nuclear disarmament deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and saw his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, accuse him of crimes during congressional testimony.
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On top of that, Napolitano wrote in his column, the House of Representatives moved to block Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border, and The New York Times reported that Trump had overruled intelligence agencies to demand his son-in-law obtain a security clearance, despite concerns.
And that is all to say nothing about Democrats launching a widespread investigation into Trump, his family and his business dealings, which resulted in document requests from 81 individuals, entities and agencies close to the president ― including his two sons.
For his part, Trump claimed that Cohen’s explosive allegations actually interfered with his negotiations in Hanoi and were the proximate cause of their failure. Napolitano implied that the president might be right, concluding in his piece that of President Trump is to survive all of the forces that are now arrayed against him, determined to see him fail, he must “do more” than his usual tactics, and mount a sober and mature defense.
“The president has serious and powerful tormentors whom he cannot overcome by mockery alone,” Napolitano concluded, suggesting he would need to respond with more than his usual choice of “acerbic tweets,” because many of his current tormentors can legally cause him real harm.
“He needs to address these issues soberly, directly and maturely,” Napolitano wrote. “Can President Trump survive all this? Yes—but not if he has another week like the last one.”