Trump Wants the POTUS Job Title But Not the Actual Job [CNN]

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss his recently published op-ed in Politico, "7 Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President." When asked to elaborate on the top two reasons that would cause Trump to hate his time in the Oval Office, Howard led with the bureaucracy and limitations set by Congress. “The bureaucracy is excruciating. You can’t hire and fire people at will and while some of the rhetoric in the campaign has suggested otherwise, you can’t. And Congress – they’ll be crawling all over President Trump.” He also addressed reason number 5, “The Boredom Factor,” saying that “Government is a cruise ship, not a speedboat. You can’t come in with a wrecking ball and turn everything upside down. You need a scalpel, not a sledgehammer to reform government." Howard noted that there are certainly changes that need to be made in how the U.S. government is run, and Trump's promises to do that have resonated with the electorate.” However, Howard also remarked, “He is in a job interview. He is trying to get elected president of the United States and he has to show people that he wants this thing and that he is going to be into every aspect of the job.”

Howard also offered his opinion on how the first debate will unfold. “I think [Trump] will come out strong. Historically, incumbents, and I think we have to look at [Clinton] as an incumbent who represents the status quo, have had a hard time in the first debate. He is going to be Trump. He isn’t going to try to be someone he is not, but in the long run, Hillary Clinton is running a very disciplined campaign operation and that is going to be very hard to overcome.”

View the full clip here.


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