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President Trump cooks up a soufflé of dysfunction

Dana Milbank on

The White House as adult day-care center is an attractive metaphor, though incomplete.

It suggests those managing the patient are professionals.

Though this is true of Kelly, many others seem as unbalanced and inexpert as the patient.

Hence the "soft opening" metaphor: The kitchen and wait staff have just discovered their celebrity chef is barking mad and doesn't know how to cook, but they can't do anything about it because they're having trouble enough figuring out how the dishwasher works.

Consider the menu at Restaurant Trump this week:

The president's nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has to be returned to the kitchen after The Post and CBS News' "60 Minutes" report he helped pass legislation making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to act against big drug companies (which Trump complains are "getting away with murder").

Trump was apparently unaware of this.

The president cooks up an utter falsehood when he proclaims "President Obama and other presidents, most of them, didn't make calls" to the families of fallen U.S. troops. He then politicizes the death of Kelly's son.

The president serves up a denunciation of some of his fellow Republicans for "not getting the job done," saying they "should be ashamed of themselves."

The most worrisome dish coming from Trump's kitchen, though, is his new specialty: hostage taking.

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