Last night Donald Trump had an intensive intelligence briefing and his interview about it with Axios proves that he is totally unprepared for the responsibilities he is about to assume at his inauguration on Friday.
First of all, Trump’s overinflated ego and braggadocio were out in full force. made clear when he assured the interviewer that, “I’ve had a lot of briefings that are very … I don’t want to say ‘scary,’ because I’ll solve the problems.” Even after receiving briefings that could be described as ‘scary,’ Trump maintains that he will just “fix” everything. Either Trump still hasn’t realized that the world is a complicated place, or he is trying to project a strongman image to compensate for his fear and insecurity as he quakes in his tiny boots.
It is probably a bit of both. Trump apparently had the revelation that, as president, “you’ve got to get it right. Because a mistake would be very, very costly in so many different ways.” Apparently, Trump hasn’t been paying attention to the numerous costs borne by Americans throughout his lifetime as a direct result of presidential policy.
The Korean War, the delicate handling of nuclear proliferation during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Iran-Contra affair, and most recently the devastating conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq – none of these had made a sufficient impact on Trump. Mistakes as Commander in Chief and Head of State cost lives of Americans dedicated to serving their country, and Trump is only just beginning to grasp that concept.
More idiotically, Trump plans to fix all the scary problems without actually reading in-depth intelligence reports. He says, “I like bullet [points] or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you.” Presumably, the intelligence services do not waste their time compiling hundreds of pages of useless information. Trump is asking experts to exclude nuance and data in favor of a single page of incomplete sentences. (Unsurprising since Trump himself can’t manage to use complete sentences.) We should all be terrified that Trump is approaching incredibly complex problems in the world with an astounding lack of subtlety and unwillingness to learn about the issues he has to deal with. Americans’ lives hang in the balance, particularly our troops who should have the privilege of serving under a competent leader who treats their lives with caution and with dignity.
We should all be terrified that Trump is approaching incredibly complex problems in the world with an astounding lack of subtlety and an unwillingness to learn. American citizens are at risk, particularly our troops who deserve to serve under a competent leader who treats their lives with caution and with dignity. If Trump truly acknowledged how disastrous his mistakes as president could be, he would take his briefings seriously – not ask for the level of detail that would suffice for a middle school class presentation.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.