In a week that should begin with President Trump directing his attention to finalizing all the nominations for the new Administration and addressing issues of the running of the country his tweet attacks on former President Barack Obama are now creating new distractions for the White House.

Friday night tweet attack

In a series of tweets late Friday night and early Saturday morning President Donald Trump accused the Obama White House of tapping Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Despite the denial of members of the Obama Administration, Donald Trump then demanded that Congress formally investigate the allegations.

It should be stated that the President provided no proof of his claims and even fellow Republicans such as Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse have declared they have no knowledge of any details that may back the allegations.

While Senior White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer described the claims as “unsettling” as quoted by the Guardian, he too was unable to provide any details or proof for the Press.


These claims may have a basis in fact, but it seems that they are aimed more at distracting public and press attention away from the investigations into Russian connections with the Trump team during the election campaign which led to the recent resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and then to the decision by Attorney General #Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into these matters.

In fact, reports over the weekend, from ABC and the Independent to name only two sources, state that President Trump was furious over the Attorney General’s decision. To quote the Independent President Donald Trump reportedly went into a "ballistic" rant at his senior staff over Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepping aside from investigations into Russia's interference in the presidential election.

If the President has proof of these claims then he should produce them and forward them to the appropriate agencies for investigation. If they are based on fact then the investigations should go the full course. This of course also applies to the allegations of Russian interference in the presidential campaign in favour of Donald Trump.

The public has the right to know the truth about all these matters, but in the meantime the White House has a number of issues that must take priority and not be subject to further distractions.


The first matters to finalize are the executive orders signed in the first week of the Presidency. The first of these is the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Despite assurances that such a plan is in the offing, Democrats have been asking to see these plans and according to the New York Times at least one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, has been unable to find any trace of such a plan.

Other orders to be addressed are that of the Mexican border wall and the signature of the new order on Moslem immigration to replace the original order not blocked by the courts.

Despite repeated announcements that this was to be signed, this has still not occurred.

The other vital issue waiting to be finalized is that of the nominations to the vacant positions in the new Administration.

Last week saw confirmations of the Secretaries of Housing, the Interior and Energy, but according to Sunday’s New York Times, less than three dozen of the more than a thousand positions have been filled.

What now?

It would be fair to ask, where does the White House intend doing in the near future?

Last Tuesday’s speech by Donald Trump in Congress saw a lull in the stormy beginning of the Presidency and three days without tweets. Yet the week was still dominated by the investigation onto the Russian interference and the role of Jeff Sessions in the investigations which he resolved by his recusal.

Now the public can only wait and wonder whether or not there will be even more distractions from the Oval Office and if they will concentrate on its presumed agenda. The ball is in Donald Trump’s court.