Prototype U.S.-Mexico border walls stand in San Diego in October 2017. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)
Opinion writer

Every time he opens his mouth, he debases the office. “President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. ‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’ Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday.”

Michael Wolff didn’t denigrate Trump’s intelligence enough, it seems. Trump said: “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” Did he confuse the two Koreas?

He brings disrepute on Davos! “Steve Mnuchin Denies That Davos is a ‘Hangout for Globalists’ Ahead of Trump Visit.” Thunk. Just ordinary folks in Mnuchin’s circle, I suppose.

Not to diminish the GOP’s chances, but this looks like a party that knows it cannot win. “Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) has decided against challenging North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this November, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and leaving the GOP without a top-tier candidate against Heitkamp — a first-term Democratic senator seeking reelection in a state Trump won by 36 points in 2016.”

Each day brings new reasons to discount his “genius” intellect every day. “Trump has demonstrated that he continues to have no functional grasp of policy, including the putative positions of his administration. He demonstrated this Thursday with regards to the FISA Amendments Act, which Congress is preparing to reauthorize before it expires. … The implication, made before and reinforced Thursday, that the president can be induced to swing his stance on key policy fights based on a single segment on cable news has potentially wide-reaching implications for American policy—including for lobbyists, special interests, or foreign countries seeking to influence the government.” Shorter: He’s unfit for office.

Let’s not disparage the value of humans quite so fast, okay? “You should replace humans by algorithms whenever possible, and this is really happening. Even when the algorithms don’t do very well, humans do so poorly and are so noisy that just by removing the noise you can do better than people. And the other is that when you can’t do it you try to have humans simulate the algorithm. And that idea, by enforcing regularity and processes and discipline on judgment and on choice, you improve and you reduce the noise and you improve performance because noise is so poisonous.” No, no. A thousand times no.

Congress is learning to downplay — or ignore altogether — what Trump says. “Congress moved Thursday toward renewing a critical intelligence program despite a morning of confusion prompted by President Donald Trump’s tweets, in which he appeared to support significant changes that his administration had worked for months to rebuff.”