Ruppersberger: I pledged to work with the Trump Administration wherever and whenever I can. I attended his inauguration (and helped 200 of my constituents do the same) with hopes of working together on issues like infrastructure, national security and tax reform. “If Trump succeeds,” I said, “America succeeds.” Unfortunately, I have been very disappointed. The constant turnover and drama inside the Oval Office is hurting America’s credibility. Our country is not reality television. I am perhaps most concerned by President Trump’s attacks on his own federal agencies, particularly our law enforcement and intelligence agencies including the Department of Justice, FBI and National Security Agency. We must allow the special prosecutor to pursue justice based on facts and facts alone. Now more than ever, we need qualified and consistent leadership at the State Department. By all accounts, morale at the Department is at an all-time low – and for good reason. Its budget has been slashed. Veteran ambassadors are leaving. Key ambassadorships remain vacant. Meanwhile, we are living in some of the most dangerous times we have ever seen, facing threats from North Korea, Russia, Iran, China, extremists and cyber terrorists. As Defense Secretary Mattis once said, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” The President needs more advisors who speak truth to power, can manage and deftly navigate policy. And, if he wants the rest of the world to take the United States seriously, he must stop Tweeting and start leading.