Daniel R. DePetris 6 February 2019 8:15 AM 6 February 2019 8:15 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Donald Trump takes no punches. He prides himself on being a counter-puncher, a person who won’t think twice about hitting an opponent in the teeth. It only took a few days for those who hoped the Oval Office and the nuclear button would smooth the edges of his boisterousness, combativeness, and unbounded egotism to learn that Trump wasn’t going to change his personality for the sake of high-powered, politically correct Washingtonians. Halfway through his first term, however, Trump has learned the hard way how tough it is to enact a legislative agenda when you get on everyone’s bad side. Back in New York, when Trump was the dictator of his real estate empire, he could issue a directive on a whim and know that the underlings below his 26th floor office would execute it — no questions asked. If there were questions asked, the person doing the questioning would be abraded in public or fired. Needless to say, Washington, D.C. doesn’t work the same way. If the president’s party isn’t fortunate enough to have supermajorities in Congress, the person behind… Read full this story
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