A piece over at Politico details that Trump is finding out that being president is a lot harder than it looks:
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.
He also doesn’t know anything about his position, and seems to be confused by the idea of checks and balances:
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.
And all these leaks from within the White House have infuriated Trump so much that he’s decided the best strategy is to spy on his own administration:
After Trump grew infuriated by disclosures of his confrontational phone calls with foreign leaders, an investigation was launched into the source of the leaks, according to one White House aide. National Security Council staffers have been instructed to cooperate with inquiries, including requests to inspect their electronic communications, said two sources familiar with the situation. It’s not clear whether the investigation is a formal proceeding, how far along it is or who is conducting it.
I always wondered why Trump proponents always cited his alleged business acumen (remember that time he lost $1 billion in a single year?) as a quality that would be a strength in running the country. The dynamics of how large companies and countries operate are entirely different. The CEO of a company is not a servant to the company’s lowest-ranking employees; his responsibility is with the company’s stakeholders. The top-down mentality of running a company is the exact opposite trait a president needs. It’s not merely that the president is a civil servant, but the president has to be able to trust voices from beneath in order to guide properly. Trump so distrusts the people around him he’s having them investigated.
Trump’s confused because he didn’t think he’d actually have to work. He thought if he wanted something a certain way, everyone around him would comply and give it to him. What he’s finding out is that he isn’t a monarch. So what does he do?
Why, he takes a vacation just ten days into his presidency, that’s what he does.
Trump has no stamina. He is, in a phrase, too low-energy.