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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:53 PM

Why do his decisions look so dumb?

By Daniel W. Drezner
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University ...
May 15 at 10:15 AM

... As his trade war with China escalates, Trump continues to display a fundamental lack of comprehension about how the policies he’s put in place work. He has repeatedly insisted that China pays for U.S. tariffs, even though every economist — including his own adviser Larry Kudlow — acknowledges this to be false ...

In Iran, the Trump administration is increasing pressure; administration spokesmen and spokeswomen have brandished military threats and plans. Based on Trump’s own comments, however, it is not clear he is aware of the implications of his foreign policy. When news broke about a Defense Department plan to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran were to escalate existing tensions, Trump simultaneously denied it but also suggested that “if we did that, we would send a hell of a lot more troops” ...

Unlike any of his predecessors, Trump possessed zero experience in any branch or level of government when he arrived at the White House. His only previous contact with the legal system had been suing others and being sued, which did not prep him for the finer points of law. Trump has repeatedly commanded his staffers and Cabinet secretaries to do things that, as president, he has no legal authority to do. And in return, they have repeatedly mocked his knowledge deficits. Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson, Steven Mnuchin and H.R. McMaster all reportedly called him some variation of “idiot” during their service in his administration. After leaving office, Tillerson explained: “What was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented ExxonMobil corporation, to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘This is what I believe.’ ”

If Trump is the president with the least experience in government in American history, he is also the one most hostile to expert advice. Like a small child who thinks that no one is wise to his bluff, Trump has consistently claimed expertise on subjects that he clearly knows nothing about. During the 2016 campaign, Trump claimed that on foreign policy, “my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.” Despite Trump’s rather limited tech savviness, he has claimed expertise about wind energy, the aeronautics of Boeing planes, and self-driving cars. He has repeatedly rejected the assessments provided to him from the U.S. intelligence community on security matters. He has spurned his economic advisers on foreign economic policy. The reason for the high turnover on his foreign policy team has been his refusal to listen to their counsel ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/15/trump-says-he-knows-everything-hes-obviously-wrong/?utm_term=.8a3dd6914920

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Reply Why do his decisions look so dumb? (Original post)
struggle4progress Wednesday OP
guillaumeb Wednesday #1
Siwsan Wednesday #2
Sherman A1 Wednesday #3
dixiegrrrrl Wednesday #4

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:57 PM

1. #1: It could be coincidence, or, more likely,

#2: Trump is not very intelligent at all.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:00 PM

2. I'm assuming that's a rhetorical question.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:06 PM

3. +1000

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:29 PM

4. I'm reading Michael Wolfe's Fire and Fury, about the trump infestation of the WH.



the reason trump dislikes briefings is that he refuses to show he doesn't know anything. So his reaction is like a kid who says, when you tell him about something, " I knew that! " and gets mad at the person who tried to tell him.
That, coupled with his 5 sec. attention span = really dumb ideas.

Kushner and prolly Ivanka know how to get him to listen to their ideas, they are family.

One other interesting weird thing I learned....Kushner's dad and Trump's dad have "an uncanny resemblance to each other"
There is enough stuff going with that family to keep a whole team of psychiatrists busy for a decade.




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