According to author Michael Wolff, life and work inside the Trump White House is rife with inexperience and chaos. Those close to the president don't feel he is capable of executing his responsibilities, and they never truly did.
Wolff likens the scene to a situation comedy:
The nature of the comedy, it was soon clear, was that here was a group of ambitious men and women who had reached the pinnacle of power, a high-ranking White House appointment — with the punchline that Donald Trump was president. Their estimable accomplishment of getting to the West Wing risked at any moment becoming farce.
Everybody in the West Wing tried, with some panic, to explain [Trump], and, sheepishly, their own reason for being here. He's intuitive, he gets it, he has a mind-meld with his base. But there was palpable relief, of an Emperor's New Clothes sort, when longtime Trump staffer Sam Nunberg — fired by Trump during the campaign but credited with knowing him better than anyone else — came back into the fold and said, widely, "He's just a fucking fool."
Nunberg was not remotely alone in his sentiment toward Trump, and by the end of the first year - having been through numerous firings, a stint with Anthony Scaramucci, leak after leak to the news, many rambling presidential interviews, and an advancing Mueller investigation - everyone around the president believed him unfit for office, according to Wolff.
Donald Trump's small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country's future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.