Donald Trump as A “WarTime” President:

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  • “This is a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But, it’s something that we have tremendous control over.” (March 15)
  • “You’re talking about 2.2 million deaths. “So if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job.” (March 29)
  • “The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. This is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.” (April 2)
  • Understanding of the job: Benjamin Wittes has written a book § with Susan Hennessey titled Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office. In their book, Wittes and Hennessey point out that the Presidency is a management office and the fundamental job of the President is to run the government and manage process. Trump instead wants and works to elevate the “personal and expressive” elements” of the office and make it all about him. Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution and author of Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again makes a similar point in her article “Trump’s Failed Presidency.” She writes, ‘…the importance of mass communication leads presidents to believe that the words and activities that got them into office can work, once they are in office: more rallies, more speeches, more tweets, and more television advertising. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
  • Management expertise: In an ironic moment, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, at a coronavirus briefing on April 2 said “What a lot of voters are seeing now is that when you elect somebody to be a mayor or a governor or a president, you’re trying to think about who will be a competent manager during the time of crisis.” After Kushner said that, we did think about it — as we are certain so did many bipartisan Americans — and Donald Trump did not come to mind. We thought instead of six hotel and casino bankruptcies, over four thousand lawsuits, and the countless number of employees § who lost their jobs in his failed businesses.
  • Organizational and problem-solving skills: The President either has those skills or needs to have a strong core group than can bring them to bear to bring order out of chaos and calm in a time of crisis. Trump by contrast is planning averse, revels in creating chaos, and has had such high turnover in the White House and key agencies that deal with matters of this type that there is a void in this critical competency area.
  • Do a comprehensive situational analysis to determine how to proceed
  • Put a shared national battle plan led by the federal government in place to be used to manage the response and monitor the results in the war
  • Bring state and local governments and American citizens together in a unified effort to combat and defeat the coronavirus pandemic

Frank Islam is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Ed Crego is a management consultant. Both are leaders of the 21st century citizenship movement.

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