With all the scuffle going on about Donald refusing daily intelligence briefings (because busy!) we might as well figure out that this is what we’re in for when the roles of CEO and COC are mingled.
We didn’t elect a politician, we elected a businessman, so of course Donald isn’t exhibiting any sort of “Commander in Chief” behavior such as attending to daily intelligence briefings. If ‘presidenting’ was actually a priority, then he would expend the energy and resources necessary to be successful in the role. Instead, our current president-elect seems content to pass off the discipline and be alerted only if ‘something changes’.
Such delegation is smart time management by any Chief Executive Officer, but a Commander in Chief can’t afford the same luxury. There is valuable information that Donald may be missing in daily briefings – the most minute change in an intelligence report detail can be an opportunity for peace somewhere, or an alert to danger elsewhere, and daily monitoring allows for personal observation of trends. But a more troubling matter arises with the issue: Donald puts the flow of information to the most powerful man in the world with access to the most powerful military in the world in utter control of those who serve him. He can’t expect a full picture with this type of setup (then again maybe that’s why he relies so heavily upon his daughter, which is disconcerting in it’s own right). Furthermore, being in the dark allows for ‘plausible deniability’ later down the road, if the need to invoke the phrase should ever arise.
Donald’s refusal to give intelligence reports attention and his indifference to the separation of business from office demonstrate where his interests really lie. We shouldn’t be surprised that we aren’t seeing any ‘Commander in Chief’ Donald Trump, for better or for worse, I suspect we will only see him in the one role he understands: ‘Chief Executive Officer’.