It has been obvious that Donald Trump has been struggling with things like the concept of government and separation of powers.
Some business practices can be successfully applied to governing, but some can’t. Becoming president doesn’t equate to being owner of a business – you become responsible for many organisations and businesses with many competing interests.
The new president’s allies say he has been surprised that government can’t be run like his business.
Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.
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.
The administration’s rocky opening days have been a setback for a president who, as a billionaire businessman, sold himself to voters as being uniquely qualified to fix what ailed the nation. Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity to describe the inner workings of the White House, that the transition from overseeing a family business to running the country has been tough on him.
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.
Did no one try to explain to him how being President worked? It’s far different to being president of a company. Perhaps someone tried and he wasn’t interested in listening. There was always a big dollop of naivety apparent with Trump.
For all his frustrations, Trump has reveled in the trappings of the presidency. He has taken a liking to the Oval Office, where he spends much of his time working. Following a recent gathering of business leaders, he brought the group into the storied room and showed them around.
But he has also sought refuge from the pressures of the presidency, frequently calling up old friends and sounding them out about golf.
So what happens if he gets too frustrated with the job? Will he bankrupt the country and start another one up?