The world’s most powerful position can be its most lonely, frustrating, unrewarding and dangerous when US dark forces oppose the chief executive’s agenda, key parts thereof – or if the incumbent is perceived to be too independent.
The “mess” Trump said he inherited is America’s debauched system, its ruthlessness, its war on humanity at home and abroad, its deep state power, presidents either serving its interests or else.
They either go along with the system or face its harshness – able to weaken, delegitimize or oust them from office – by forced resignation, impeachment or more sinister means.
No wonder Trump gave family members key advisory positions, people he trusts, unsure about others.
A weekend Axios report said he’s mulling possible “sweeping” changes over disappointment with cabinet and staff members – a possible “huge reboot,” perhaps replacing chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House counsel Don McGahn, and press secretary Sean Spicer, according to unnamed administration sources.
“He’s frustrated and angry at everyone,” a confidant said. Friends confided with privately say many of his top aides aren’t aren’t working with him effectively.
According to one source, “(t)he advice he’s getting is to go big…he has nothing to lose. The question is how big and how bold,” along with who can he bring into the administration to improve things.
He feels ill-served by staff and some cabinet officials, according to Axios. Latter ones mentioned include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and HHS Secretary Tom Price.
A separate report said he’s displeased with HR McMaster because he’s lectured to without letting him ask questions and get answers he seeks.
An unnamed source said he accused McMaster of “undermining (his) policy…scream(ing)” at him during a phone discussion.
He appears suffering from “buyer’s remorse” over choosing McMaster, according to the source – perhaps the same feeling about others in his administration.
It’s not unusual except for happening so early, if the Axios report is accurate. Clearly, Trump is the most criticized US president since Nixon.
The earlier chief executive served a full term and was overwhelmingly reelected before his troubles began, trouncing George McGovern handily.
Trump’s been harried throughout his campaign and aftermath. Perhaps he’s got “buyer’s remorse” about wanting the nation’s top job, given all the trouble and aggravation it’s caused him.