Updated 21/11/19 Humanosity says….Many predicted that President Trump would be different from candidate Trump mainly due to the staff in the White House- the adults in the room – keeping him in check. Yet it seems that with each resignation we are getting closer to seeing what the ‘real’ Trump presidency looks like….
When Trump entered the Oval Office many commentators expected that the somewhat chaotic style of his campaign would be replaced with something that was more, presidential. There was plenty of talk of the adults in the room, people who would tame then-candidate Trump.
Those hopes failed to materialise and many of the fears of Trump’s biggest critics have proved more apt. The list of issues needing Trump’s attention is long and seems to be getting longer.
There’s the trade war with China he started; the Iranian issue that he escalated; gun control legislation that he has avoided; infrastructure renewal. These are just a few of the pressing issues which are now awaiting Trump’s attention.
The seeming chaos that seems to define Trump’s White House operation is perhaps exactly what Trump has always wanted.
According to Politico
After four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors, the president is now finding the White House finally functions in a way that fits his personality. Trump doubters have largely been ousted, leaving supporters to cheer him on and execute his directives with fewer constraints than ever before.
The White House is being run in the same way he ran the Trump Organisation. Gone are the underlings that dared to constrain him, he’s now fully in command and world leaders are all on edge waiting on his next move.
Trump himself has told reporters “It’s very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions. They don’t have to work,”
During his first year in office, Trump went through the motions of listening to his advisers. Most of the time it seems they were busy trying to reign in his worst excesses and to save him from himself.
However with the departure of so many of his top aides and their replacement with people who are willing to let Trump be Trump we are now seeing the type of presidency that Trump always wanted.
“The Trump I’m seeing now, to me, is the same Donald Trump who has existed for the 50 of his last 73 years. This is very much in keeping with how he rolled in the business world. The only difference is now he is doing it on the global stage,” said Timothy O’Brien, author of “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald“ and executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.
The result of all of this is the seemingly fractured nature of White House policy. He no longer feels out of his depth on national security and foreign policy issues so is now applying his ‘gut instinct’ to the enormously consequential areas.
The consequences of Trump being given free rein are impacting on the rest of the world. You only have to look at the chaos that ensued from the green light he gave to Turkey to invade Northeastern Syria.
However, it’s not just the rest of the world that is at risk from an unchecked Trump. The risk he poses to his own presidency is now clearly on show with the impeachment process that Congress has started. Witness after witness is laying bare the haphazard and totally self-interested policy process that is the White House.
Perhaps the strongest indictment comes from General Kelly, his former chief of staff who has recently revealed what he told the president when he was stepping down.
“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that, because if you do, I believe you will be impeached. ” Kelly at a conference in Sea Island, Georgia.