“President Donald Trump conceded that his White House [mostly him] is often too combative, but he added ‘the only way you survive is to be combative.’” Basically Trump’s two primary mentors, his dad Fred and the very slimy power lawyer Roy Cohn, either only taught him to be a one trick pony of aggression or he never realized that they possessed additional nuanced abilities.
In any event the Donald is a one trick pony. Or another way to look at Trump’s strategy, or lack thereof, is to think of him as a witless battlefield command who only attacks the enemy head on no matter how well dug in he may be or how much firepower he has at his deposal. In other words every venture of General Trump is like General Ulysses S. Grant smashing up his Yankee army against the Southern boys of General Robert E. Lee in the Battle of Cold Harbor. This Union fiasco of the American Civil War earned Grant, at least for a time, the nickname the butcher.
Indeed, Trump’s personality is crude and so are his amateurish, bumbling tactics. Apparently the smoke and mirror tricks that he employed in his private sector business dealings designed to create the illusion of success don’t carry over quite so well to government work. But of course as president he is forced to play well with others if he expects to do good himself, and in that department Mr. bluster has zero experience.
And so our one trick pony ends up looking like a bull in the White House China shop. Unfortunately we American citizens have to clean up and pay for his endless messes.