Political aides close to President Donald Trump report he is growing increasingly annoyed and frustrated with the realities of governing the country.
Almost two dozen sources from the White House told Politico that Trump is vexed over the bureaucratic nature of his position, often expressing annoyance and surprise when faced with legal fights, congressional infighting and delays over his Cabinet nominations.
Trump reportedly often asks simple questions on policies and proposals, and quickly changes the subject when a discussion becomes too detail-heavy. One source alleges that this is a way to “seem in control at all times,” and to focus on topics he can understand.
The president will also commonly direct questions to chief strategist Steve Bannon, House Speaker Paul Ryan or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the sources claim. He also allegedly expressed surprise over the ability of judges and other politicians to delay or even stop him from implementing policy or filling positions.
As The New York Times reported, Trump signs executive orders without understanding their full implications. Trump was reportedly unaware of the ramifications of giving Bannon a seat on the National Security Council, saying he was not properly briefed on the details.
Trump appears to be losing control of his staff, according to Politico, and the White House is said to be filled with in-fighting. Trump is also reportedly particularly upset that his staff leaks information about his administration to the media, telling them “it reflects on me” and to “cut this s*** out.”
Staff members said Trump has a tendency to micromanage and to place blame onto aides to avoid taking responsibility. Overall, members of staff claim Trump has little familiarity with the workings of the White House, which leads to bad press and low morale in the workplace.
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, denied the allegations of a shaky transition and said Trump’s team is unified, cohesive and ready to fulfill Trump’s campaign promises.
“This team spent months in the foxhole together during the campaign,” said Spicer. “We moved into the White House as a unified team committed to enacting the president’s agenda.”
Other sources close to Trump acknowledge the president’s rough start, but still believe in his ability to effect change.
Christopher Ruddy, close friend to Trump and chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, wants people to give the president a chance, according to Politico. “Running the federal government is something new for him, for sure,” he said. “[But] I think if he’s demonstrated anything in his life, he is a very fast learner and adapts very quickly. The man is not to be underestimated.”
Sources: Politico, The New York Times / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr