Thursday July 26, 2018, was the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It’s a milestone that was somehow missed by the Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump. That snub was out of character for Trump who has made a point of congratulating numerous other governmental agencies, particularly in law enforcement and the military.
Of course, his recognition of other agencies was always just a gesture of pseudo-patriotism intended to make himself appear to be supportive of the heroes who sacrifice so much on behalf of their country.
I have no greater privilege than to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the incredible men and women @USNavy!#242NavyBday pic.twitter.com/qcdB4U8CqA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
Congratulations to the dedicated professionals of the USSS as they celebrate their 152nd anniversary. Thank you! ??https://t.co/mDhFzDm3ED pic.twitter.com/BcB3wLjILg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
Happy 241st birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! Thank you for your service!! pic.twitter.com/Lz2dhrXzo4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to the United States Air Force!! pic.twitter.com/5Gwi1M5R2t
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2016
Happy 226th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard. Thank you @USCG! #CoastGuardDay pic.twitter.com/hr4O8Xgq2R
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2016
HAPPY 241st BIRTHDAY to the @USArmy! THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/mXsxkfcstC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
He even congratulated himself on his electoral college victory (and popular vote loss) over Hillary Clinton:
This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
However, neglecting to celebrate the FBI’s anniversary might be more than just a lapse in memory or the fault of an inattentive aide. Trump is currently being investigated by the FBI, the Justice Department, and a special counsel, Robert Mueller, who was once the director of the FBI. Trump calls these investigations “witch hunts” despite having already produced dozen of indictments and five guilty pleas.
He has publicly insulted his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Chris Wray, all of whom he appointed. And even though he has occasionally differentiated the FBI rank and file from their leadership, perhaps he is still reluctant to give any of them any credit while the investigations are in progress.
In Trump’s mind it might be easier to malign the FBI if he is indicted, or otherwise implicated in criminal activity, if he hasn’t already praised them on their anniversary. So screw ’em. What doesn’t benefit Donald Trump isn’t deserving of recognition. That’s the Trump Way. And if the work of the men and women in the FBI is callously cast aside, too bad.
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