For Trump, the Burden May Be Proving This Is Not the Moment His Critics Predicted ,
Trump confronted a decisive moment that will test whether those critics were right or whether they misjudged him. In the angry and frenzied aftermath of the American drone strike that killed Iran’s top general,
“The moment we all feared is likely upon us,” Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn. and vocal critic of Trump, wrote on Twitter over the weekend “An unstable President in way over his head , President Trump has made clear what we will do in response if they do,
That our response will be decisive and vigorous.” “It may be that there’s a little noise here in the interim,
That the Iranians make the choice to respond,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” as he made the rounds of all five major television news talk shows. “I hope that they don’t .
But the ripple effects from the drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite security and intelligence forces, were playing out in rapid succession on Sunday. Iraq’s parliament voted to expel U.S.
Forces from the country for violating its sovereignty. Iran declared that it was abandoning some constraints on its nuclear program. And the U.S. military halted operations against the Islamic State to focus on protecting itself from Iranian retaliation.
The result is a situation as volatile as it has been at any point in many years that will challenge an instinctive, combative and relatively inexperienced commander in chief to navigate his way through a complicated,
Dangerous period without making the kind of mistake he has accused his predecessors of making. And he faces enormous skepticism from the critics who have long warned that he was too erratic to face moments ,