For all of his rhetorical braggadocio, President Trump is acting like the know-it-all who knows he doesn’t.
Trump said he believes waterboarding terrorist suspects to be effective but that he will listen to SecDef Mattis and CIA Director Pompeo who don’t.
Allaying concerns of nepotism including with his sister, the federal appellate court judge, Trump tasked the highly-regarded Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society to lead the vetting of SCOTUS candidates and drive the selection.
Trump decreed that every American should have access to health insurance coverage and thus quality care but he’s left it to HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price to fill in the details.
Rather than presuming omniscience or micromanaging the federal monster, the focus of Trump’s flurry of Executive Orders has been to re-establish simple truths like the rule of law:
- Homeland Security is a law enforcement agency. That includes ICE. They are to enforce existing laws. They will be empowered to do so.
- Big city mayors like Chicago’s Tiny Dancer won’t be subsidized by the federal government to play pander politics with U.S. immigration law.
- A border wall conveys that America is sovereign land. You must introduce yourself and ask permission for entrance.
Trump seems to know that clearly stated first principles combined with the talent to translate them into policy outcomes is the recipe for success. And that’s all he needs to know.