One Big Question

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.

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.
Politico, Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government

It’s an interesting article about Trump’s challenges in adjusting.

It also says,

Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend and the chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, said “Running the federal government is something new for him, for sure.” But, Ruddy added, “I think if he’s demonstrated anything in his life, he is a very fast learner and adapts very quickly. The man is not to be underestimated.”

That, of course, is one big question. How will he adapt to his new environment?


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12 Responses to One Big Question

  1. Ursula says:

    How will he adapt to his new environment? If at all, with difficulty.

    Considering that his vocabulary is limited, and that he is given to exaggeration on a massive scale with everything either being BAD, SAD, and whoever it’s addressed to not just being “biased”, oh no, TOTALLY BIASED, FAKE, more TOTAL and UTTER and what not, we need to cut the guy some slack.

    Even if Trump is a “fast learner” he is way out of his depth. There is no finesse, no diplomacy, not even an ounce of charm (the latter which Reagan traded on successfully); instead of soothing waters he stokes waves. And god help America and the rest of us once he has cottoned onto the fact that many think he is Bannon’s mouthpiece. That will go down badly with a man vain and used to being in charge. And that’s the point. Being in charge. What he says goes. He is not used to being questioned, not used to “so-called” judges who try and uphold the constitution. As far as Trump goes there is only one law and it’s his law.

    What is so SAD that not all his spoutings are BAD. Not at all. Who wouldn’t wish to keep the peace with Russia whilst pissing off China? 🙂 As an aside, Jean: Reminds me of my childhood when adults would talk in hushed voices about China as “die gelbe Gefahr” (the yellow threat).

    The Angel made an interesting observation yesterday. He has listened to many interviews with Trump, those recorded twenty years or so ago. And he reckons that the young(er), and in some good ways inspired, Trump was far more eloquent than the newly crowned President of the United States of America is now. Makes you think. Makes me think not so good things. BAD. SAD. What a DUMB DEAL.

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  2. nick says:

    This is the big question. Will he manage to adapt or will he grow increasingly frustrated and annoyed? And if the latter, will he actually resign? Or leave the work of governing to his staff and advisers? It’s hard to see him developing the infinite flexibility and patience that Obama developed, faced with the endless intransigence of the Republicans.

    • Jean says:

      I’m sure he will delegate the details. Apparently he has a short attention span and is easily riled, so the worry is he will get ticked off and do something dangerous.

  3. Rummuser says:

    I doubt that he will adjust. My prediction is that it is a matter of time before he snaps. He is used to having his way in his small empire and craves instant gratification. He can’t have it as POTUS. And at the age of 70 it will not be easy for him to change.
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    • Maria says:

      I’ve nothing to say about the latest POTUS that hasn’t been said better or more lucidly by others. Let’s just say I’m waiting and watching. There’s plenty of electoral drama going on here in India anyway, to keep us engaged.
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    • Jean says:

      As Maria says, we will have to wait and see.

  4. It takes a person with real desire to take on that job. I don’t believe Trump really wanted to win the election—it was a game to him, I think. He seems impatient, confused and overwhelmed. That’s why he needs an intelligent, professional team working with him. Has he chosen the right people? I don’t think so.
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    • Jean says:

      He loves the Oval Office and a lot of the perks. It’s just a matter of finding “good” people to delegate to. His foreign policies advisors seem to be tempering some of his pronouncements in that area, but he’s still trying to satisfy his base supporters. And apparently a lot of representatives are going along with him because they have to be careful of Trump’s loyal supporters too. I’ve read that senators are elected statewide, so they’re not so constrained.

      As usual, we will have to see. Fingers crossed.

  5. Cathy in NZ says:

    agree with many of the comments and your replied CM – sadly I find that on my f/b page a good % of posts are about this new chap on the block. Or the responses of gov’ts via inhabitants of another country… As four our newscasts they may have some stuff to do with NZ, then it flicks off to Trump et al….

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