Trump Has Reportedly Told People He’s Going to ‘Follow His Own Instincts’ More


A new report at the end of another big news week looks at just how far President Trump is taking that “I alone can fix” ethos.

In the past two weeks, both Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn have left. Before Cohn left the President touted the “great energy” in the White House, denied there’s “chaos,” and said everyone wants to come to work in the White House.

According to the Associated Press, Trump is all-in on the idea of being “his own best consultant”:

Trump has told confidants recently that he wants to be less reliant on his staff, believing they often give bad advice, and that he plans to follow his own instincts, which he credits with his stunning election, according to two people who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about private conversations…

Advisers argue that tales of Trump’s freelancing are exaggerated and that in many cases — as with tariffs — he is following through on long-stated promises. Still, the president’s decisions, as well as his proclivity for off-the-cuff announcements, frequently leave aides and allies guessing.

Trump said at a press conference this week that he likes “conflict,” and certainly there was some of that internally on the tariffs. But Trump also apparently told aides “his experience in business gave him an edge in deciding what to do on tariffs” and he knew the issue could better than some of his advisors.

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