When members of the foreign press were asked to evaluate President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the overwhelming response was ineptitude. Given the series of missteps, reversals, and failure to enact legislation since Inauguration Day, the label in no way strains credulity. White House attempts to spin Trump’s performance, which include blaming Democrats and “fake news,” only reinforce the notion that there is a knowledge deficit in the Oval Office.
There is a fine line between ineptitude and indifference, with the latter leaning more toward ignorance. Despite having access to some of the most strategic thinkers in government, Trump has yet to demonstrate an ability to grasp or effectively articulate policy positions unless they are part of a prepared statement. One can only conclude that not only does he not “know more than the generals,” he may not understand basic governmental processes.
Jim Paladino, Tampa