In an interview with John Dickerson on “Face The Nation” Donald Trump was asked what he wished he knew on Day 1 that he knows now.
JOHN DICKERSON: Give me another thing you learned that you’re going to adapt and change because all presidents have to at this stage.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think things generally tend to go a little bit slower than you’d like them to go.
JOHN DICKERSON: Why?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Just a system. It’s just a very, very bureaucratic system. I think the rules in Congress and in particular the rules in the Senate are unbelievably archaic and slow moving. And in many cases, unfair. In many cases, you’re forced to make deals that are not the deal you’d make. You’d make a much different kind of a deal.
You’re forced into situations that you hate to be forced into. I also learned, and this is very sad, because we have a country that we have to take care of. The Democrats have been totally obstructionist. Chuck Schumer has turned out to be a bad leader. He’s a bad leader for the country. And the Democrats are extremely obstructionist.
All they do is obstruct. All they do is delay. Even our Supreme Court justice, as you know, who I think is going to be outstanding, Justice Gorsuch. I think that it was disgraceful the way they handled that. But, you know, I still have people, I’m waiting for them to be approved. Our chief trade negotiator. We can’t get these people through.
JOHN DICKERSON: I want to get to–
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They are obstructionists. And you know what that’s hurting? It’s hurting the country.
This is something all of us have witnessed from a distance with Trump. He came into office expecting the ability for him to push his agenda easily through congress. What he has met is the cold hard reality of party politics. No matter how good something is the opposing party will shoot it down and attempt to halt the agenda as much as possible.
The Democrats have no leadership and no clear direction. They are only united on the halting of Donald Trump’s agenda which will cost them in the long run.
The answer given by Trump is the one that we needed to hear. Although we love the fact he isn’t your everyday politician he still needs to understand how politics works. He can’t attempt to bombard his agenda through our political system. The judicial system is full of Obama holdovers and congress is full of obstructionists Democrats.
Now, by no means am I calling for Trump to take the easy road and not fulfill the agenda he set out on the campaign trail. I am simply calling for him to do it in a way that will work.
Trump has four years to implement his agenda, he needs to govern like it.