Historian Doug Wead discussed how President Donald Trump leading the country makes him different from his predecessors in an interview Friday, Dec. 6, with the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) following the release of his book “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency.”
“What I saw that surprised me was how calculated and purposeful the so-called chaos was,” Wead told the DCNF. “Trump will blow something up and then he’ll fix it, but if he doesn’t blow it up he can’t fix it. The bigger the blow up, the better the odds of fixing it.”
“I saw a method to the madness,” he said.
— Doug Wead (@DougWead) December 2, 2019
Wead used the Sun Tzu quote, “In the midst of chaos comes opportunity,” to describe the way that President Trump makes his political decision and governs his administration. An excerpt from Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency, source Breitbart News.
As a candidate, Trump’s frequent refrain was “America First.” We should take care of our own problems, he said, before meddling in the business of other nations. But the words “America First” were also a reminder that other countries were competing for our attention and our resources. One reason Trump had entered politics was his long-felt frustration over the nation’s trade deficits and defense arrangements, which he believed had led to the economic bloodletting of the American middle class. Were Americans being taxed to take care of the rest of the world? Trump had also complained that massive regulations, especially onerous to homegrown American businesses, had chased companies and jobs out of the country.
The challenge for Trump was determining how to take this on. Those jobs were going somewhere. Those trade deficits were benefiting someone. Our massive military expenditures were protecting other nations, freeing them to spend their money on other things.
The tax dollars that had fled America under Bush and Obama, on a massive scale, were now funding other nations’ government programs. They were building highways and airports in the capitals of other nations. An American president who had promised to make his country great again would have to pry loose those American dollars from the clutches of nations that had become addicted to them and that would not give them up willingly. America was not alone in the world. If Donald Trump was really going to put America first, the rest of the world was going to howl.
And it was even more complicated than that…
Among the remarkable conversations that Wead had with the president’s family and staffers is one with the president’s senior adviser Jared Kushner who believes Americans will miss how Trump leads the country.
“Given time, they’re gonna miss him [Trump]. The people will miss that honesty and that frankness,” Wead said, citing Kushner.