The United States is “waking
up to walking catastrophe” of President Donald Trump after his first
major legislative push to overhaul the US healthcare system ended in
failure, says former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
from his most ardent supporters, most of America is now waking up to
the walking catastrophe who is now our president,” Reich said in a
Twitter post on Saturday.
The former labor secretary further
called Trump “incompetent” and “a liar,” adding the president “may well
be a traitor” over his possible links to Russia.
Reich, who headed
the Labor Department under former president Bill Clinton and is now a
professor at Berkeley University, pointed to three failures of the Trump
administration to back up his claims.
He said the president was
incompetent as he failed to secure the support of enough lawmakers to
replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
Reich was labor secretary under former president Bill Clinton, and also
served in the administrations of Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. (file
photo)In a humiliating setback for the new
president, his proposed healthcare legislation was pulled off the House
floor on Friday after Republican leaders failed to achieve a consensus
on the bill.
Trump blamed Democrats and said he wanted to move on,
but many characterized the defeat as a clear indication that the
billionaire businessman who proclaims to be the dealmaker in chief is
beginning to see his limitations.
Repealing former president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law was one of Trump’s key campaign pledges.
was not just a bad week for Trump,” Reich said. “It also was an
‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ week. Trump’s braggadocio has now been revealed
as a total sham.”
Reich doubled down on the claim that Trump was a
“liar” over his “trumped-up charge” that Obama had him wiretapped
during the election.
It was rather Trump who was “the subject of
an FBI investigation into possible collusion with Russian operatives to
win the 2016 presidential campaign,” he stressed.