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Governmental Insiders Voice Concern Over Trump’s Limited Abilities

February 10, 2017

I have noticed this week the number of articles or paragraphs in news stories about the level of deep concern professional government insiders have over the mental ability of Donald Trump to do his job.   Today another one of those stories is being reported.

This reminds me of the politicians who get in over their head and the need for others to exercise some control for the good of the mission of the office.  I know that when former State Representative Lary Swoboda was given a job by Governor Thompson, so to remove him from the legislature for political reasons, the staff at AmeriCorp would not even allow him to open incoming mail.  Lary may have held the title as state director but not being up to the job in any way forced staff to undermine him for the better good.

“After Trump grew infuriated by disclosures of his confrontational phone calls with foreign leaders, an investigation was launched into the source of the leaks, according to one White House aide. [NSC] staffers have been instructed to cooperate with inquiries, including requests to inspect their electronic communications … The administration is considering limiting the universe of aides with access to the calls or their transcripts, said one administration official … The president and his allies believe career NSC staff assigned from other agencies are out to get them. In turn, some NSC staff believe Trump does not possess the capacity for detail and nuance required to handle the sensitive issues discussed on the calls, and he has politicized their agency by appointing chief strategist [Steve] Bannon to the council.

And then this embarrassing nugget.

When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was … Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favored Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.”

Here is a crazy idea.  Just attend the GD morning briefings with your ears open and take the reading material back at night to the residence and consume it.  Simply unbelievable.

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