After nearly 2 years of investigation, including a phonied-up FISA order based on a phonied-up dossier paid for by his adversaries, Trump has yet to be directly implicated in Russian “collusion”.
That said, Trump has sometimes FAILED to surround himself with the best and brightest. His and his team’s vetting of some of his appointments demonstrated a significant political ineptitude. To not uncover Flynn’s close ties/connection as a lobbyist for Turkey is a case in point. While the only thing we know about Flynn is that he was too stupid to have his attorney present during questioning by the FBI, his Turkish connection appears not to have been illegal. As for Manafort, apparently Trump and his people were the only ones in Washington that didn’t realize he was a shady character - a fact well known throughout the halls of DC politics. However ignorant the appointment of these two individuals, it appears whatever wrongdoing committed by them did not implicate Trump. As for Cohen - well, you lay down with a dog and you can expect to find fleas on yourself. As for paying off hookers to keep quiet - I must ask, is their anyone on this board that doesn’t know Trump has been a womanizer his entire adult life? Do I care? No!!
But, there were at least two incredibly stupid and potentially fatal - at minimum, tremendously damaging to his presidency - personnel decisions Trump made at the outset of his term.
First, Trump needed to fire Comey on day one - while both Republicans and Democrats were furious with him - granted for different reasons - for his handling of the Clinton email case. Trump’s reading of the situation and his window of opportunity to flush Comey the swamp dweller was entirely incorrect.
Second, was Trump’s “good old boy” appointment as payback to Jeff Sessions for backing his candidacy. I know of no appointment more critical to a POTUS than that of AG. One is left to wonder/question just how much thought Trump and his people put into the Session’s appointment. At the time of his appointment Sessions had to know that he might recuse himself from any investigative oversight. Sessions didn’t even get his office seat warm when he effectively handed the Justice Dept over to Rob Rosenstein - a man up to his ass in conflicts of interest in several aspects of the Mueller probe. Rosenstein himself should be the subject of an investigation for obvious corruption within the DOJ and signing a FISA request based on a document known to be unveted.
Sadly, continued media assaults while all but ignoring obvious corruption within the DOJ, actions/statements by some members of Trump’s own party, coupled with Trump’s political missteps regarding key appointments and his often ignorant tweets/shot-from-the-hip public statements - all have served to weaken his presidency.
Most of Trump’s goals/policies are spot on - with all of the above and loss of the House, his ability to deliver at home and abroad (China/NK) has been diminished, IMHO.
No doubt, the next 2 years will consist of a very bumpy ride. Trump needs more than his base to win reelection. Will the voters stay with him or will too many grow weary of the turmoil. I hope they stay with him - understanding that slaying the dragons in the DC swamp is a messy process.