President Trump, who has long believed that he is his own best adviser and spokesman, was forced to test that idea on Friday when few of his allies seemed willing to publicly share in his evident satisfaction with the tumultuous events that have buffeted the White House in the past few days.
Despite a drop in the markets, growing fallout over his abrupt decision to pull troops from the Middle East and the ensuing resignation of his defense secretary, not to mention a looming government shutdown, the president seemed nothing but sanguine.
“We have had a very busy two or three days,” Mr. Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon. “It’s been very positive. There are things that haven’t happened in our government for a long time.”
That part, at least, is true.
Facing alarm over his decision to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan, Mr. Trump bragged on Twitter that he had personally “done more damage” to the Islamic State than other recent presidents. As several of his senior aides dashed to Capitol Hill hoping to find a last-minute deal to avert a partial government shutdown over Mr. Trump’s $5 billion demand for border wall funding — an eventuality he promised to take responsibility for just a week ago — the president walled himself off at the White House and blamed the Democrats.