I’ve actually said this myself, quite a few times.
Trump’s experience is as a showman and a reality TV huckster. He’s about as out of his element as he can be, but the post turtle is there, and now we have to figure out how to deal with him.
On Thursday, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage had a bit of advice for the president:
“We’ve got to tell him that the TV show’s over and that he’s gotta move on now,” LePage said on Newsradio WGAN, as first reported by CNN.
LePage apparently feels that the rumors of internal conflict within Trump’s Cabinet may be due to a bit of prompting from Trump, himself.
“I think he does promote some competition,” he said of Trump, the former host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” competition reality show. “He brings that business aspect to it.”
“In [Trump’s] case, too much competition,” LePage added. “Everybody’s fighting to be that No. 1 person. You’re going to have a lot of slip-ups.”
“If you allow too many people at the top, you break down the communications. Everything’s got to flow through your key people, and if it doesn’t do that, you’re going to have enormous problems.”
And he’s got a good point. Competition in the business world can be a good thing, but in a government, there can’t be room for ego, with so many pressing issues that need to have all hands on deck.
LePage did back Trump during the election, and feels he has the makings of a good president, but he also feels that there is a lack of unity and structure that must be addressed.
In his Thursday radio appearance, LePage added Trump that could improve his administration’s stability by better utilizing Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
“[They’re] good people,” he said of both men. “If he goes through Pence, he’s going to have somebody that’s very qualified, he understands the Congress, [and] he understands how it works in Washington, [D.C.].”
I think a lot of people are hoping Trump will hand off a larger share of responsibility to Pence.
We’re only a month into this administration and it has already been a roller coaster ride. Perhaps another few months in the office will help the reality TV host settle into a more presidential groove.