Usually a president has a team of advisors weighing in on his every decision, but President Trump’s embattled cabinet nominees are making it clear, that the United States is as close to a one-man White House as it has ever been. When White House physician Ronny Jackson was first nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, several news outlets reported White House staffers were surprised by the announcement. Today, Jackson’s confirmation hearing was postponed indefinitely and several outlets reported that whistleblowers told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that Jackson has exhibited questionable behavior — including excessive drinking, creating a "toxic" work environment and improperly dispensing medication. So did anyone vet him?
Many argue it’s all part of the pattern the Washington Post described a few weeks ago, of “Trump Calling His Own Shots.” Jim Braude was joined by New York Times reporter Farah Stockman, freelance journalist Joanna Weiss and the editor of The Boston Globe Ideas section, Dante Ramos.