Well, you can scratch “mandate of Heaven” from the Chosen One’s résumé. Thanks to his latest deft diplomatic maneuvering, President Trump has forfeited that accreditation in the opinion of someone who ought to know: Pat Robertson, the televangelist with a direct line to you-know-Who.
Trump was scolded—for his impulsive, potentially catastrophic plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria—pretty much across the board, by Republicans as well as Democrats. Even Marco Rubio. Even Lindsey Graham. The Kurds were none too pleased, either. So, the Pentagon and the White House lurched into familiar damage-control mode. But as usual, it was left to the president himself to assuage everyone’s fears with a simple tweet: “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”