I was going to post this in the combox. Though since it overlaps with a separate idea, I’ll just give in and grant its own space here. Almost like an indulgent father…
One aspect of Trump’s bombing of Trumpism that shouldn’t be minimized is not merely the disastrous influence of Kushner, but that of his wife. Who knows their validaity, but multiple venues have reported that Donald’s transformation into GWB resulted primarily from his little princess pouting her lip at Assad.
If true, this speaks to the well-known and frequently ignored advice to keep family and business in separate silos. No leader of something so vast and all-invasive as the federal government should take the counsel of those who hold emotional leverage over him. Objectivity loses to emotionalism every time. In such a situation it is critical to evaluate competing viewpoints independent of your personal relationship to the source. And consider how many doting fathers can fully filter the natural tug of their daughters.
Running a family business is nothing like running the executive branch. The former accommodates the input and participation of children specifically because the whole enterprise exists to be passed down to them. And passing down the presidency only has meaning if your last name is Bush or Clinton.
Donald needs to get his daughter and son in law out of the Oval Office and back in the real estate and handbags businesses. For his own clarity of thought he must surround himself with people whose ideas and proposals are challenged–sometimes viciously. And if Rex Tillerson can sway him to war with sniffles saying “sad pictures make me cry!” then so be it. Just don’t make the process so damn easy.