[Ed. – This president thing is turning out to be harder than it looked.]
For the second time this week, the Washington Post delivers a tick-tock on Joe Biden’s policymaking that paints him as … well, Trumpian. First, the paper’s reporting team tried to make the argument that Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal decision “restored the foreign policymaking process” involving key advisers. They simultaneously reported that Biden ignored all his advisers despite the “process” and made the policy with his gut, having decided in 2009 that the US should get out of Afghanistan.
How did that restored policymaking process work on the refugee-cap decision? About the same way, the Post reports this morning — “the wheels fell off“:
President Biden overruled his top foreign policy and national security aides, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, when he kept in place the Trump administration’s record low cap on the number of refugees admitted to the United States. … a decision that was reversed after a public outcry.