I Underestimated Trump Again
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I Underestimated Trump Again

In an article a couple of days ago, I bet that Donald Trump would not fire Tom Price, but instead change the subject – perhaps to Puerto Rico.  I didn’t think he would want to point the spotlight further on the kind of individual corruption going on by his senior people, especially as they included people in his family.   I was wrong.

He was right to do what he did.  Letting Price go cleared the air and, by so doing, protected all the others in his Administration (think Mnuchin, Zinke, and so on and so on) from further attention.  In a sense, cutting Price free (who had also lost favor for his bungling of the health bill) allowed him to do what he does best, start a new fire and totally change the conversation.

Once Price took the heat, the President could easily transition to attacking the Mayor of San Juan and Kim Jung Un

Actually, an amazing skill Trump has is his expertise in setting fires so often that neither the press nor the public can stay on any subject for more than a day.  In fact, I wager that few people can even remember what set them off only a day earlier.

The President’s slight of hand, when it comes to raising the temperature on any of many subjects, is his strongest suit.  It is a skill that he must have honed long ago, and one that he is masterful at.  The biggest mistake anyone can make is to fail to realize that he is brilliant at keeping the caldron boiling at the same time as he changes the subject daily if not hourly.

Underestimating Donald Trump is a big mistake.

Daniel Socolow
Daniel Socolow: President, Socolow Group. Former Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, President of the American University of Paris, Vice President of Spelman College. BA, MA, Ph.D.

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