When will the Trump administration stop shooting itself in the foot? The days are being numbered since Donald Trump took office — so are the number of missteps the administration has under its belt since “45” was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Not only has President Trump experienced defeat over his promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, he has been dealt a series of blows from those who have leaked information about how chaotic and disorganized the White House is right now. His administration has continued to be discredited by wayward statements from his agency appointees including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and his lone African-American appointee, Dr. Benjamin Carson. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl about his relationship with the Russians, his undisclosed tax returns and the appearance of nepotism related to the hiring of his children and the family members of other White House staffers.
If it were not for the fact that most news organizations act as if they are dependent on information from other media outlets to report the news, Trump’s “progress” to fulfill the promises he made to his voters would never see the light of day. For example, most Americans are familiar with Trump’s promise of bringing back jobs and growing the economy in his attempt to “Make America Great Again.” So why is he not being given some credit for an initiative he supports to reinstate apprenticeships for high school graduates who may never make it to college?
Trump recently met with the Chancellor of Germany to discuss the country’s successful apprenticeship program and he’s vowed to use their model to create 5 million paid opportunities for high school graduates and college students. Apprenticeship opportunities could make the difference for many of the high-tech jobs that need to be filled today.
And what about the commitment he has received from a growing number of corporations including Ford and Charter Communications who have made promises to Trump to create thousands of jobs to put Americans back to work?
As a businessman, Trump has looked his colleagues directly in the eyes for assurance that they will fulfill their commitments to produce job and training opportunities for those Americans who need them. Americans, particularly African Americans, need to sift through the noise to take better account of what the president is doing and be prepared to step into those jobs as opportunities arise. Clearly, all of what Trump says or does may not all be good, but it may not all be bad, either.