Being president is probably the hardest job in the world. No matter what you decide, people are going to disagree — both here in America and around the world.
So a bit of unsolicited advice to our 45th president: Tap the brakes on your cabinet and staff turnover.
The latest Trump ex is National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton certainly had his detractors, although most of them were from the left. Bolton was as hawkish as it gets, seemingly made for life in Trump’s circle. His selection was praised by many, if not most, conservatives. He’s now the third NSA the president has had, after Mike Flynn and H.R. McMaster.
Trump’s first director of Homeland Security was John Kelly. Kirstjen Nielsen took over … and left in April.
Alex Azar replaced Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services.
Mike Pompeo is secretary of state. He replaced Rex Tillerson. Pompeo is being courted by the GOP to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas, and would almost certainly be elected.
David Shulkin was the president’s first secretary of Veteran Affairs. Robert Wilkie has the job now.
Jeff Sessions was Trump’s pick for attorney general; his troubles with the president were well-noted. William Barr has the job now.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is gone. So is Labor head Alex Acosta and Interior’s Ryan Zinke.
And these are just cabinet positions. Communications directors, press secretaries, chiefs of staff and a ton of other support positions have come and gone.
American kids growing up in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s surely remember the playground merry-go-round. Few adults remember the merry-go-round fondly.
The NSA is a key post. But then again, if you think about it, just about every position in a presidential cabinet is a key post. Trump’s cabinet and key posts seem stuck on one of those merry-go-rounds, destined to either be ejected, become sick or regret the experience.
But here’s the thing: People want to be a part of Trump’s cabinet, so they get on.
The president has the right to have the people he wants in the jobs he wants them in. But all this turnover comes at a price. For one, it’s difficult to sustain a coordinated plan of government when there’s so much turnover. Government is intrinsically slow-moving, and the dizzying pace of change in the Trump White House has been anything but slow.
And the worst part is that the president gives ammo to his detractors every time there’s another new face in an important role. Bolton is a prime example: The left hated his appointment. And now they are thrilled he’s gone. The president gets grief both ways.
Granted, the left is going to assail any move this administration makes. It would better for both sides, ultimately, if the president didn’t have such a short leash on his people.Full article