- The Washington Times - Monday, March 27, 2017

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather says President Trump is off to the “worst start” of any president in American history.

The 85-year-old veteran broadcaster and outspoken critic of Mr. Trump warned in a Facebook post Monday morning that the country is in a “dangerous place.”

“A weak President running a weak, ragtag administration is a prescription for trouble,” he wrote. “Trouble internationally could come from enemies and other competitors who may see opportunities for advantage and overreach. Trouble internally could easily come from a worried, divided nation, and opportunistic ideologues and politicians who try to exploit the situation.”

Mr. Rather cited William Henry Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes and Abraham Lincoln as former presidents who faced a tough road in the beginning, but said none of them stacked up to Mr. Trump’s first months in office.

“We’re roughly two months into the Trump Presidency, and it is the worst start to a time in office I have ever seen,” he said. “I am not alone in this conclusion. Many Presidential scholars are saying it’s the worst start of any Presidency in the history of the country.”

Mr. Rather urged readers not to be pessimistic about America’s future under Mr. Trump and to “stand united” in their core principles.

“The core of our union — the union of our states and the union of our people as regards core principles — is holding,” he wrote. “We see the wisdom of our framer’s dividing power into different branches of government. The separation of powers is holding, but stresses that could lead to cracks are increasing. I worry of a growing national forgetfulness about one of the favorite saying of our forefathers and mothers… ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall.’ We forget it at our peril.”

Mr. Rather’s post was shared more than 10,000 times as of Monday afternoon.


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