Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently gave some thoughts on President Trump in an interview. He described Trump as “undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t like to read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says ‘This is what I believe’”. He went on to say that Trump gets upset when told what he wants to do is a against the law.
This just confirms what we already knew. He seems to believe that, with his gut instincts, neither facts nor the opinion of experts are that important. Sometimes he can be talked out of things but there is no guarantee.
After nearly two years in office, he still doesn’t seem to understand the difference between running his business and running a democracy. Those that report to him have pledged to follow the Constitution, not to do whatever he wants.
Despite all this, his administration has been running fairly smoothly. I give much of the credit to his Chief of Staff, General Kelly. Things were much more chaotic until he came on board. Remember Anthony Scaramucci? Hopefully Kelly’s replacement will be equally strong.
However, I don’t buy into the hysteria we often hear from Democrats. He is not a madman who will launch nuclear weapons. Nor will he become a dictator. We used to hear the same about President Obama from Republicans. There are too many checks and balances in our system of government for that to happen.
Ultimately, he is his own worst enemy. To put it in tennis terms, he is guilty of countless unforced errors. His actions will make his reelection more difficult and make the judgment of history harsher.