TRUMP IS FRUSTRATED BY THE LIMITATIONS OF BEING PRESIDENT, SURPRISED BY CHECKS AND BALANCES

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.

Some interesting tidbits here:

1) Trump seemed surprised that courts, congress and bureaucrats can slow down and stymie his agenda.

2) Trump is having a very hard time soaking in policy minutiae and specifics. After a certain point, he changes the subject of these discussions in order to give the appearance that he is in complete control of these meetings. It’s a sign of insecurity on his part.

3) Trump doesn’t read but he is a “voracious” consumer of cable news. This affects his moods and decision-making. Morning Joe can set him off edge if he is criticized.

4) Sean Spicer has likely already burned out from working for Trump. Trump is very unhappy that a woman played him on SNL and doesn’t like his look. [I have read that he thinks Spicer is overweight and has an ill-fitting suit. That is one of his biggest complaints].

5) Trump criticizes what his people wear and what they say when they are speaking to the press. He will tell them if their appearance doesn’t meet his sense of decorum. [The Intellectualist].

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.

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