President Donald Trump has reached the midway point of his White House stay and the Financial Times editorial board has little to say about the Republican's progress.
In a scathing op-ed Thursday, FT explained the president has "blazed" a unique trail that is a little more reminicent of burning bridges as he passes them.
"Trump’s presidency has been a garish spectacle that could just as easily lead to his impeachment in the months ahead — or his resignation in exchange for immunity," FT predicted.
The board argued the leader has prompted a kind of "radical uncertainty," and nothing could be a greater example than the way Trump managed to tank the stock market with a series of tweets. CNN experts argued the reason the market could re-stabilize after Christmas was that the president was on a plane to Iraq and unable to tweet and cause more problems.
As Trump begins 2019, he'll face a Democratic Congress primed for holding corrupt officials accountable and the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"To paraphrase one of his predecessors," FT wrote, “'We ain’t seen nothing yet.'”
Timid Republicans have begun standing up to the president after a series of 90-degree policy decisions, including Trump's decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan. Steadiness and stability hasn't been the forte of the Trump administration and it isn't likely to change that behavioral pattern.
"Such is the drain on Mr. Trump’s allure that he is now finding it hard to recruit anyone to join his rapidly emptying administration," FT wrote. "The most important vacancy is for a new White House chief of staff, after the departure of John Kelly. But the president’s already weak legal team is running at a severely depleted level. Few law firms want to risk their reputations on a client who appears to be heading wilfully for the rocks."
The editorial board warned this will be the most "ominous challenge" as Democratic committee chairs ready their own investigations. It only adds to the 17 Russia investigations the Trumps are facing.
"The good news is that the US Constitution remains largely intact," FT closed. "The courts, the media, and the electorate have been doing their job. The bad news is that Mr Trump cuts an increasingly isolated and erratic figure. He is not the type to go quietly into the night."
At least, for now.