The Fish Rots from the Head Down

Fish RotsThe old adage, “The Fish Rots from the Head Down,” refers to failing organizations and how the blame of it should be on its “head” that is its leadership.

We have a clear example of this in the Presidency of the United States. The churn in the White House since Donald Trump assumed the presidency has been unprecedented. High turnover has become synonymous with President Trump’s White House.

He has lost a handful of Cabinet members, from Secretary of State to Secretary of Health and Human Services and head of the Veterans Administration. Others, due to misuse of federal funds and various questionable decisions and misdeeds, are on the bubble.

He had also lost two National Security Advisers, one Chief of Staff, one Press Secretary, and two Communications Directors. He fired the acting Attorney General (Sally Yates), his FBI Director (Comey) and the Deputy FBI Director (McCabe).

Advisors like Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon are gone. So are close advisors to the President, like White House staff secretary Rob Porter and Trump’s personal assistant John McEntee.

This churn of senior-level individuals in the Trump administration is just another sign of the chaos and instability that surrounds the man who sits in the Oval Office.

Yes, something about the Trump administration really stinks. But as they say, the fish rots from the head down.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “churn.”

5 thoughts on “The Fish Rots from the Head Down

  1. kginoregon April 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Seems like every week another cabinet member is fired. A member that just the week before had Trumps fullest confidence. What’s that all about? Is Trump crazy, impulsive, incompetent, not good at surrounding himself with really “the best people”? Well, yes to all of that, but I have a theory.

    The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a president who is unable to fulfill the duties of the office. To enact the 25th amendment the Vice President and a majority of the cabinet need to agree. Could Trump be avoiding his own removal by firing cabinet members as soon as they realize the full extent of his psychopathy?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 4, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Your theory has merit, but he is more likely replacing those who left with others who will take an oath of loyalty to him. Either way, it reduces the possibility of enacting the 25th Amendment.


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