Trump is ‘the least presidential president in American history,’ says ‘great’ speaker
A speech delivered by Donald Trump last week was the least presidential of his presidency and “the most disappointing,” a former Democratic presidential candidate and New York City mayor said Monday.
In a speech delivered at a Trump-branded hotel in Washington, D.C., on May 5, Trump said he has a great relationship with “the very people I call my friends.”
He described his administration as “the least political administration in American History” and said that his “greatest asset is the fact that he is not a politician.”
The speech was a return to form for Trump, who has been criticized for his rhetoric during his presidency, including his refusal to accept the results of the November presidential election and his insistence on staying on as president despite the election results.
Trump is the least political president in America History, says former Democrat presidential candidate Bill de Blasio.
Read moreThe speech has been viewed by many as a reflection of Trump’s frustrations with the country’s politics and his unwillingness to accept election results, but it also reflects his personal character and is likely to draw attention to his personal failings, De Blasio said.
De Blasio said that while Trump has been the least Presidential in American political history, he has the “greater personal qualities” and “great personality” of President Barack Obama, who served as the 45th president of the United States.
DeBlasio said he had spoken to people in his own party who “felt betrayed by the president” and that “it’s clear from his behavior” that he “does not understand how to govern.”
Trump is not being held accountable, DeBlasio added.
He has been accused of ignoring congressional and executive branch appointments to his cabinet.
Trump has been in the spotlight for months, particularly since his inauguration, with protests at his inauguration and his dismissal from the presidency.
In the speech, Trump praised his supporters and his administration.
He thanked the “very people” who have been with him through his transition and said he was “very proud” to be able to be the “first president to ever win the Electoral College.”
De Blasio, who ran against Trump for the Democratic nomination in New York’s Democratic primary in 2020, said the president’s speech “showed the kind of man he is.”
“There’s a lot of work to do, but there’s no question that the presidency is an office that requires great leadership and that it requires the kind and respect of being held in high esteem,” he said.
“And he has shown that he understands that, and he’s held himself to that.”
Trump has had a tumultuous first 100 days, which has included multiple resignations of his Cabinet and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who is expected to resign on Tuesday, and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
He also faced protests at the inauguration and at the Capitol building when he attempted to address the nation from the Oval Office.
De Blasio said Trump has done well as president because he is “a leader with great integrity” who is “not afraid to speak his mind” and is “very, very good at what he does.”
“I think we’re in the middle of a Trump presidency,” he added.
Deblasio said it is important for people to look past his personal qualities and to focus on the “big picture” of what Trump is trying to accomplish in the country.