Three days into his presidency, all indications show that as much of the nation feared, Trump is nowhere near up to the task of running this country. POLITICO reports that his aides are already trying to cure him of his “worst habits,” which include getting bored and watching television instead:
One person who frequently talks to Trump said aides have to push back privately against his worst impulses in the White House, like the news conference idea, and have to control information that may infuriate him. He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that.
This person said that a number of people close to him don’t like saying no — but that it has to be done. “You can’t do it in front of everyone,” this person said. “He’s never going to admit he’s wrong in front of everyone. You have to pull him aside and tell him why he’s wrong, and then you can get him to go along with you. These people don’t know how to get him to do what they need him to do.”
Reports also indicate that on Inauguration Day, Trump began reading negative Twitter messages about himself and grew furious at the mockery and the criticism he was receiving.
While it is well-known that the adjustment from public citizen to POTUS is a difficult one, Trump is resisting all attempts to encourage him to change his habits and not behave like an impulsive, spoilt bully who obsesses over perceived slights and is hellbent on revenge for petty squabbles.
“He can never let go and stop watching cable TV. Now he’s off to the worst start of a presidency in a very long time” says presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.
As we all knew he would, Trump is refusing to take his office seriously. He has already brought disgrace to the American presidency with his off-the-rails speech to the CIA yesterday, where he lashed out at the media, told the CIA that he loves them despite having compared them to “Nazis” a few days earlier, said that God himself had stopped the rain from falling on his inauguration, and idly said we might invade Iraq again to “get back the oil” – all in front of the memorial wall celebrating all the agents who had fallen in service of our nation.
The idea that his aides have to “control information that may infuriate him” is terrifying to consider. Trump is literally behaving like a child, unable to accept criticism and dodging his duties so he can watch FOX News and think about his ratings. Trump hasn’t worked what people would consider a regular job in fifteen years; he doesn’t seem to want to do this either. It’s astonishing to think so much of the American people actually bought into the idea that he would change.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.