On Monday, President Trump held his first cabinet meeting. He began with a completely false personal assessment of the first nearly five months of his Presidency, which included this whopper of a lie:
"Never has there been a president....with few exceptions...who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than I have."I can only assume that President Trump doesn't know what the term "legislation" actually means. He apparently thinks it includes the numerous executive orders he's issued, most of which are nothing more than press releases.
But then the cabinet meeting got even more bizarre. After the President's opening, he prompted each cabinet member to give obviously prepared speeches on how great President Trump is and how fortunate they are to work for such a great man. The New York Times reports on the spectacle:
The cabinet is made up of many successful generals, business men and women and government officials. It is appalling that almost all of them were willing to set aside their pride and integrity, to grovel at the feet of President Trump, kissing his ring.
There were a few exceptions, the most notable being General Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense, who deviated from the scripted praise of Trump to say it is an "honor to represent the men and women of the Department of Defense, and we are grateful for the sacrifices our people are making in order to strengthen our military so our diplomats always negotiate from a position of strength."
Trump, who sat next to Mattis, was clearly not pleased.