A lot of people, even those who are not reflexively anti-Trump, have taken issue with this:
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
As far as I’m concerned, my feathers remain unruffled.
Firstly, I think his point is a good one. Whereas the FBI tying itself in knots in Washington D.C. and the blunder of the branch in Florida might seem unrelated, they might not be. When the top levels of an organisation prove themselves to be corrupt, self-serving, and incompetent it usually cascades down through the whole hierarchy. If it’s been going on long enough, and in this case it has, even the lowest ranks are affected. You can see this in any military for example, but also in businesses. There is a reason why the CEO gets hauled in for questioning when a bunch of engineers fiddle emissions tests, bankers launder cartel money, or drillers blow out an oil well. The reasoning is that these events only occur in a culture which as been allowed to develop on the CEO’s watch, and this is absolutely correct. Whenever I have seen poor standards, incompetence, and repeated mistakes made at the lowest levels of an organisation it is rarely an isolated incident, and almost always reflects the culture imposed by the management hierarchy which, in many cases, went right to the top. Now Trump is a businessman and understands this, which is why he’s probably not surprised that an organisation whose chiefs busied themselves trying to swing the election for Hillary Clinton failed to respond to numerous red flags raised in a branch office. The two are symptoms of the same rotten culture, and Trump is right to point this out.
Secondly, people are complaining about the timing of Trump’s comments. Well, that’s probably a feature, not a bug. The reason Trump got elected was because people saw he didn’t care about tact, nuance, and subtlety. They saw a blunt instrument who appeared to be on their side and liked it. If there was any other Republican in the White House he’d have been grovelling to the liberal mob from the moment the echoes of the shots died away, responding to every criticism by making promises he has no business making. That Trump can be relied upon not to do this is precisely the reason he was elected. Now it would be nice if the Republicans could have proposed someone who could stand up to the Democrats and media without being a complete asshole, but no such candidate was forthcoming and American political culture has ensured it probably never will. So we’ve got Trump and I reckon that on balance your average Republican voter would rather see their president upset a few liberals with poorly-timed remarks which appear self-serving than cave to their enemies’ demands as his predecessors did time and again.