Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told people around him that Trump isn’t up to the job of being president.
Mr. Kelly is leaving after a 17-month tenure that he described to the paper as a “bone-crushing hard job.” Mr. Kelly was known to tell aides that he had the “worst job in the world,” and frequently told people that Mr. Trump was not up to role of president, according to two former administration officials.
In the Los Angeles Times interview, Mr. Kelly conceded that Mr. Trump often pressed against the legal boundaries of his role, as the former secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, said recently.
The president would ask things like, “‘Why can’t we do it this way?’” Mr. Kelly said.
It is obvious to outsiders that Trump is not up to the job of being president, but to hear it from the people who worked closest with him sheds an entirely different light on the subject.
This fact was plain as day during the campaign. Trump is a person who doesn’t absorb and synthesize information. Trump lives in a fantasy world where he is always the smartest person in the room and his gut is always right.
Running the federal government is a huge undertaking for the best and brightest presidents. It takes great presidents years to learn how the government works and how best to exercise their power.
Trump has no clue and no interest in learning.
Donald Trump was never up to the job of being president, which is why the Russians worked so hard to get him elected. Trump‘s own outgoing chief of staff has said, and in 2020, the American people will finally be able to get the dead weight out of the Oval Office.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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