'Wall Street Journal' DC bureau chief: Trump's need to punch back undercuts his success

'Wall Street Journal' DC bureau chief: Trump's need to punch back undercuts his success
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The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau chief, Gerald F. Seib, says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline House Democrats circulate memo rebutting GOP impeachment defense MORE’s need to punch back undermines his success.

“The president often deflects attention to the negative,” Seib wrote in a column Monday.

“He seems incapable of moving away from of his longstanding practice in the private sector of punching back at any and all who challenge him.”

Seib asked readers to imagine “a parallel universe” in which the president did not call "a onetime top female aid a 'dog,'” pull former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Brennan: Russian election interference 'changed the mind of at least one voter' Brennan responds to Trump tweet with advice for diplomats, intelligence agents and 'other courageous patriots' MORE’s security clearance, or blast out tweets attacking the FBI and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's probe last week.

“In that parallel universe,” Seib wrote, Trump’s successes would have gotten more attention. 

“In a conventional presidency, the White House in general, and the president in particular, would be far more inclined to ignore critics and stay away from feuds, particularly when there are good things to talk about instead,” Seib wrote.

Seib believes the administration has had a number of successes.

He cited a report on booming sales in stores and restaurants, the stock market's surge on Thursday — the largest one-day rise in the last four months, the Trump FDA's approval of a generic version of a lifesaving drug, and the resumption of trade talks with China, who Seib said responded to Trump's "tough actions."

Seib said that while Trump is likely to blame the media for negative coverage he should look at his own actions.

“In fact, Mr. Trump almost compels the press to cover stories that infuriate him by refusing to ignore them himself," he wrote.