In the first half of January, Americans saw President Donald Trump at his best.
Trump ordered a Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Iranian terror leader Qassem Soleimani in response to Iranian proxies who rushed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and killed a U.S. contractor serving in Iraq. It was an appropriate response.
In the second half of January, voters will get a look at the other Trump — the president who allowed his image to be tainted by grifters and kiss-ups who you wouldn’t trust to park your car.
In the Ukraine story, the fish rots from the head, as was revealed in the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which the president released in September. It was far from a “perfect” conversation, as Trump maintains.
The loose transcript established that Trump suggested that a vulnerable national security ally in need of military aid (which Trump held up) do opposition research on Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who was on the payroll of a Ukraine energy company as the then-veep was supposed to be checking corruption in the Eastern European nation.
You can read that sentence again. It’s complicated. But you don’t need a chart and list of characters to understand that Trump opened the door to people who didn’t belong in the room.