This question has been going around my head for a while and I’m really starting to worry about it. Whatever he is, President Donald Trump is a preferable alternative to President Hillary Clinton. But can he be an effective leader as he claimed during the campaign and as many of his ardent supporters claimed? I have not seen any evidence to suggest that Donald Trump has been an effective leader or will become one in the future.
He contradicts members of his staff and cabinet publicly and embarrasses them, he makes vague and sometimes inaccurate statements, he makes claims that are ostensibly true but doesn’t provide evidence, and he blames everybody in the world but himself for his travails. Additionally, just like every other politician he has started to renege or loosen his campaign promises.
To my knowledge he has done, or rather not done the following:
- Not yet moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
- Has not confirmed that the full border wall he promised will actually get built or be paid for by Mexico
- Repeal Dodd-Frank
- “Tear up” the Iran Nuclear Agreement
- Repeal Obamacare (this is the GOP Congresses fault but they should’ve received hands-on leadership from him)
- Reform taxes for everyone by August (doubt this will get done by then)
- Lean out the size of government by much
- Cut a lot of spending as he suggested
He has been nothing but a storm of tweets. The left hates him and the right dislikes him, how is this guy supposed to get anything done? He did not lead his party to victory as Barack Obama did during the push for Obamacare. President Trump didn’t ensure victory for himself and the country. He is very light on policy details and is ready to sign anything without looking at the fine print first and he is not able to coerce or persuade members of his party to go along with his policies. This man leading by tweets strategy must go, he should tweet materially important things in an official tone rather than blasting out like an angry 15 year old every time he is frustrated. Donald Trump may be an important culture warrior in the fight against political correctness and the pussification of America but thus far he has been a useless political leader and may go down as one of the worst Presidents in history if he doesn’t get his act together. Hiring Marine General John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff was probably a good idea to foster a professional and collegial operating environment and to put the White House on a path to order and success, but this is all contingent on President Trump heeding General Kelly’s advice and growing up. For the sake of the country, I hope he grows up and starts getting through some of his pro-growth campaign promises such reforming the tax code and eliminating Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.
This is Saint Reagan signing off