Trump is Shocked to Discover Running Govt is not Like Running His Business
His campaign pitch was that these politicians don’t know what they’re doing but he with his business acumen will streamline everything and make it simple. He would bring ‘good management’ to government.
It was never very logical but clearly those who voted for him bought it. I mean in what way is running a business like being President? It’s not clear why being a business executive makes you better prepared to be President than being a gardener or a plumber.
Now Trump himself is shocked to discover that being President is: nothing like running his business.
“Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government.”
“The new president’s allies say he has been surprised that government can’t be run like his business.”
In other words, the entire basis for his candidacy was an illusion as he now realizes.
“Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.”
Gee, who knew it was hard? I thought it was easy-peasy where all you needed was simplistic slogans and pat answers. Make America Great Again. America First. Good management.
“In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.”
“The administration’s rocky opening days have been a setback for a president who, as a billionaire businessman, sold himself to voters as being uniquely qualified to fix what ailed the nation. Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity to describe the inner workings of the White House, that the transition from overseeing a family business to running the country has been tough on him.”
“Trump often asks simple questions about policies, proposals and personnel. And, when discussions get bogged down in details, the president has been known to quickly change the subject — to “seem in control at all times,” one senior government official said — or direct questions about details to his chief strategist Steve Bannon, his son-in-law Jared Kushner or House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump has privately expressed disbelief over the ability of judges, bureaucrats or lawmakers to delay — or even stop — him from filling positions and implementing policies.”
Right-seeming in control at all times is what matters, not getting this stuff right. Who needs details? Why talk to people who know what they’re talking about?
Trump said during the campaign that he loves the poorly educated. Notice how he never wants to talk to anyone who might know the real answer? Like he asked Michael Flynn about the virtues of a strong/weak dollar. Flynn suggested he speak to an economist. But Trump didn’t do that.
Before his disastrous Muslim ban Trump chose not to speak with the lawyers who could have given him a way to do this that would have more legal muster. He chose not to speak to the agency heads. Ie, he likes people poorly educated about the subject matter at hand.
Part of his culture shock is discovering that the people in the federal bureaucracy don’t work for him-they work for the American government and the American people. Neither the judiciary or Congress in any sense work for him.
Even his own cabinet secretaries don’t work for him but for the public interest. Or that’s what they should be doing anyway. We will see if someone like Jeff Sessions in the future understands this fact.
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