Goodbye to all that
This week, we look at what the business press has to say about the firing of acting US attorney general Sally Yates, as well as at the importance of a strong transatlantic alliance.
Sally Yates, martyr
The Wall Street Journal says that Yates should have resigned rather than choosing to be "a progressive martyr", and that US president Donald Trump was right to fire her. The newspaper adds, however, that Trump’s advisers "are guilty of incompetence”. Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller were wrong not to wait until Trump’s attorney general nominee (Jeff Sessions) was in office, according to the newspaper. Bannon and Miller also failed to consult Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about their plan to suspend refugee admissions.
… In their triumphal disdain for Washington mores, Mr. Trump and his advisers are making too many rookie mistakes. They were right to fire Ms. Yates, but the mess has emboldened their opponents, and a smarter White House staff would have avoided putting the President in position where he had to.
Alliance under threat
The Financial Times says that, in view of President Trump’s actions, Europe needs to “take more responsibility” for its own security.
… Donald Trump’s “America first” instincts, his seemingly lukewarm commitment to Nato and his low opinion of the EU indicate that the president is challenging cardinal tenets of US foreign policy in ways that would have horrified all his predecessors since Harry Truman. It follows that Europe’s leaders must not flinch from asking themselves the most searching questions about how best to protect peace, prosperity and political pluralism on their continent. …