The old adage in business is to surround yourself with those people who are strong where you are weak. That being said, Trump’s supreme strength is securing business deals. On that front he has continually won the game since assuming office. The military, foreign policy, NSA, FBI, those positions were supposed to be managed by the best of the best without micro-management. Trump gave each office their rein, some took it and ran, other’s seemed lost, and still other’s fell on their face.
Trump’s presumption that if a person is knowledgeable, educated, experienced, and acclaimed, then they also have integrity and are a valuable asset proved to be at fault. That presumption has proven to be his biggest weakness. Initially, that weakness was micro-managed by Steve Bannon, a powerhouse with seniority, maturity and insight. The baton was passed to Jared Kushner, and since then Trump has consistently been on the defensive.
While defensive moves are important, they don’t win the game. Not in chess, not on the battlefield, not in football.
Kushner himself has maintained a low profile, but it is his job to keep Trump on task and out of the feuding frenzy. It could be that Trump is less inclined to be managed by his son-in-law, or by someone who is merely 36, but this was his choice and he needs to abide by that choice.
The mainstream media, most specifically, Washington Post, NY Times and CNN, have taken up the position that they are more qualified and astute as to how this country should be run. They have presumably taken over the role of governing the United States, telling us what we want, how we want it and when we want it. As in now, this second.
Everyone; conservative, progressive, green, liberal, feel obliged to tell Trump and his appointees how to manage their duties and what they did ‘wrong’. I include myself in that fray of holier than thou. Karl Rove…”this is what Trump should have done…” Ann Coulter… “Trump isn’t the ruthless business man that we were promised…”
But he is! He is when negotiating business deals with ‘business men’. But the Swamp isn’t a Board Room, it is a corrupted greedy swamp filled with misanthropic narcissistic alligators. They don’t operate from a platform of logic or integrity or respect, they operate for exactly one purpose, getting re-elected so they can continue to live in the swamp. Trump presumed they were better than they are in truth.
They love to talk about how little they are paid but oddly seem to leave Washington with bank accounts crammed with millions and homes well into the millions. And of course their tax returns are a ‘private matter’.
So while Trump is negotiating more business deals, maybe a chill-pill is the order of the day for all of us.
I don’t agree with a lot of President Trump’s decisions of late, on the other hand, he is privy to information that I/we don’t have and it is safe to say that once a President is ‘briefed’, no matter their platform or policies or party, a shift takes place.
In that, Trump chose to focus on what he knows best – business. According to polls and the press on both sides of the spectrum, Jobs was the Number One agenda rated by The People for consideration – and Trump complied. Everything takes time. Patience. It took Obama 7 years to give us Obamacare – and it was and is a proverbial Mess.
The Wall? Tax Reform? New Healthcare? They were all a part of the Pill, but don’t forget, Jobs was first on the list of The People. As a computer generation we are ingrained with the demand that everything happen immediately. But in the real world, in business, that just ain’t so and never has been. So stop complaining, we wanted a savvy businessman, and that’s exactly what we got.
The Swamp? Vote them out.