The pettiness and incompetence of the Trump administration starts at the top and was on full display this past week. Instead of getting down to promoting the GOP’s health care overhaul, the president spent valuable time and capital defending his refusal to release his tax returns and his ill-fated executive order, reports The New York Times.

“It’s a pattern with him — he sometimes counterpunches so hard he hits himself,” Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary for George W. Bush, told the Times.

But perhaps the most self-inflicted damage came from “his insistence that President Barack Obama had authorized surveillance on his 2016 campaign, a claim that continued unabated despite rebukes from Republicans, denials by the congressional intelligence committees and complaints from the British government,” write Davis and Haberman.

Read more at The New York Times


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