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Trump: End of the imperial presidency?

A smart conservative friend of mine predicts that Trump thinks he is coming in as emperor, but actually is appointing such a bunch of screw-ups to the White House staff, with a series of conflicting agendas, that he will erode the imperial presidency.

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A smart conservative friend of mine predicts that Donald Trump thinks he is coming in as emperor, but actually is appointing such a bunch of screw-ups to the White House staff, with a series of conflicting agendas, that he will erode the imperial presidency.

I suspect he is right. The next four years may be the best time to be a House or Senate chairman or party leader than in the previous 100.

 

A smart conservative friend of mine predicts that Donald Trump thinks he is coming in as emperor, but actually is appointing such a bunch of screw-ups to the White House staff, with a series of conflicting agendas, that he will erode the imperial presidency.

I suspect he is right. The next four years may be the best time to be a House or Senate chairman or party leader than in the previous 100.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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