Michael Bloomberg slams 'recklessly emotional' Trump, calls his presidency terrible
The former New York City mayor, highlighted the abrupt resignation of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and the government's partial shutdown last week
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg slammed President Donald Trump's presidency and called it "terrible" in a scathing op-ed published this weekend. The philanthropist, in the article, argued that the Republican President's "recklessly emotional" approach to the job could end up spelling disaster for the country in the coming years.
The former New York City mayor, also mentioned last week's events in the White House, including the abrupt resignation of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and the government's partial shutdown over Trump's "obsession" with the border wall. Bloomberg also talked about the increasing concerns of stock market investors over the trade war between China and the United States.
The 76-year-old businessman said that the common denominator in all these issues was "Trump’s recklessly emotional and senselessly chaotic approach to the job." He added that "at the halfway mark of this terrible presidency, one has to wonder how much more the country can take."
Bloomberg, a staunch critic of Trump, has reportedly spent nearly $80 million to support causes which run contrary to Trump's agenda and to help Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. There are also reports that the billionaire has plans to run for the presidency in the 2020 elections.
Bloomberg's editorial titled "Trump Rings in the New Year in the Worst Possible Way" was released on Sunday his namesake news outlet, and argued that spiraling events of last week exemplify the "destructive effect" of Trump's presidency on a government which is competent.
The philanthropist called the departing Secretary of Defense Mattis one of the few people "protecting Trump from Trump", and said that considering he has resigned in protest of Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from Syria, it should be reason enough for Republicans in Congress to take a serious pause. The Republicans, so far, have been reluctant in challenging President Trump on nearly any issue.
The former mayor also slammed Trump's promise of building a border wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the US, and said that the fence "won't work but will waste billions of taxpayer money." He added in the editorial that if the wall were a good idea, shutting down the government over it "would be a dumb way to pursue it."
"The Democrats have just won control of the House of Representatives," Bloomberg wrote. "Does the president expect to override this reality by maneuvering to shut down the government? His penchant for ignoring reality — evident in so many other areas, including climate change — apparently extends to elections."