Two things need to stop

As most readers know, we are not great fans of the current president.

That said, a failed presidency hurts the whole country and, therefore, we want him to succeed. But, two things have to change before that can happen:

1. The reality TV approach to the presidency has to stop. Is anyone really surprised Omarosa Manigault Newman taped colleagues in the White House, including Chief of Staff John Kelley in the Situation Room? She simply is continuing to play the villain she portrayed on Donald Trump’s show “The Apprentice.”

It is time for President Trump to put down his phone, close his Twitter account and start acting like the leader of the free world. Insulting allies and kissing up to foes might make a great TV script but it will be disastrous for the country if it continues.

In short, someone needs to tell the president this is not a ratings game. Telling folks who wonder what his next move is going to be to “stay tuned” (as he did Friday night) makes us wonder if he knows the difference between reality and reality TV.

This is the presidency, not a World Wrestling Entertainment event staged for television.

2. We agree that the special counsel’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election needs to come to a speedy close. However, only one person can make that happen — Donald Trump.

Trump needs to sit down with Robert Mueller’s staff and answer any and all questions they pose to him. Trump’s lawyers say this could be a “perjury trap,” but remember nothing the president has said so far has been under oath.

As long as he tells the truth to the investigators now, he is in the clear as far as perjury. They probably already have witnesses who will corroborate honest answers. So what if his answers to the counsel contradict something he said previously — he wasn’t under oath then.

So, Trump can make the Russia probe end quickly — and he is the only one who can.

The president has the power to get rid of his two biggest problems — the continuous embarrassments of a White House as a reality TV show and the Russia investigation. We hope he steps up and does so.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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