Republican Charlie Dent is a former US congressman from Pennsylvania who served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies from 2015 until 2018. He is currently a CNN political commentator and a senior policy adviser at DLA Piper, a global law firm. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN.
(CNN)Just when I thought politics could not get any stranger, I turned on the television this weekend. After a week punctuated by daily presidential absurdities — from insulting the Danish prime minister, to escalating the trade war with China, to attacking the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell — an organization I thought would stand in strong opposition to President Donald Trump caved under the weight of his power.