With questionable legitimacy, Donald Trump's first task is to staff the administration. In my new book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, the job model for President is defined as six tasks.
As commander-in-chief, the President is responsible for managing on-going operations while continuing to improve government in concert with Congress.
• Changing, amending, and retiring and replacing present laws
• Issuing presidential directives and memos communicating policies and policy guidance
• Administering directives and memos as they too require changing, amending, retiring, and replacing
• Strategic planning
• Budgeting and funding requests
All of these things are a product of the president’s management approach and government processes and routines governing them.
Proposed is that the first and most important presidential task is staffing, organizing and scheduling the executive branch work of government. An effective chief executive leverages the appointed staff as a multiplier on their effectiveness by selecting individuals who are more knowledgeable about specific areas of government than the commander-in-chief.
The Commander-in-chief is the top executive and also should be the top authority in Constitutional law about which the incumbent is the leading executive implementer and often the author of the new and amended legislation.
Donald Trump is a failed incumbent because he lacks knowledge and respect for the law and the American political system.
The first task of a President is staffing. He failed to properly vet his staff and appointments and has put the nation at considerable risk.
Task 1: Planning, staffing, organizing, and scheduling Presidential work and government functions
Subtask 1.1: Recruit and staff the cabinet and department and agency appointments
Subtask 1.2: Conduct cabinet meetings to develop and implement strategies and policies for accomplishing the nation’s workload and issues
Subtask 1.3: Define the nation’s outcomes and priorities for each major department and agency to produce the nation’s strategic plan
Task 2: Develop the President’s management agenda and budget and reconcile with Congress
Subtask 2.1: Assume responsibility for the legacy agenda and make adjustments to align with the President’s management agenda or equivalent
Subtask 2.2: Work with cabinet heads to develop performance plans and schedules
Subtask 2.3: Work with Congressional leadership and collaborate to implement the nation’s strategy, plans, and programs
Task 3: Initiate and approve legislation
Subtask 3.1: Propose bills to Congress
Subtask 3.2: Consult and advise Congress
Subtask 3.3: Collaborate with industry and business leaders in the development of policies and regulations of all kinds
Subtask 3.4: Approve or veto legislation
Subtask 3.5: Request a declaration for war from Congress
Task 4: Implement plans and manage on-going operations
Subtask 4.1: Review and evaluate programs that include new acquisitions and on-going operations
Subtask 4.2: Evaluate programs including legacy processes and engineer new ones for accomplishing and producing required and promised outcomes
Subtask 4.3: Continuously improve
Task 5: Report progress and discuss issues with the American public to keep them informed
Task 6: Meet with heads of state and participate in international meetings and conferences for heads of state
Subtask 6.1: Participate in international economic conferences
Subtask 6.2: Respond to international crises and requests for assistance
Subtask 6.3: Promote democratic process and reforms
How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing
White House: Trump didn’t know of Flynn plan to register as foreign agent
BY JORDAN FABIAN AND MEGAN R. WILSON - 03/10/17 03:07 PM EST
White House: Trump didn’t know of Flynn plan to register as foreign agent © Getty Images
President Trump was not aware that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn would likely have to register as an agent of a foreign government for his lobbying work during the campaign, the White House said Friday.
“No,” press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked whether Trump was informed of the arrangement.
“This was a personal matter; it’s not a business matter. It’s not something that would be appropriate for a government entity to give someone guidance on when they should file as a private citizen,” he added.
The White House is defending its handling of the situation after The Associated Press reported that Trump’s transition team was told Flynn would probably have to register with the federal government for his work on behalf of a firm owned by a Turkish businessman with close ties to his country’s government.
Spicer said Thursday, before the report was published, that Trump was unaware that Flynn was acting as a foreign agent when he picked him as national security adviser.
“I don’t believe that was known,” the spokesman said.
Flynn filed paperwork Wednesday with the Justice Department to officially register as a foreign agent, admitting he may have done work that benefited the Turkish government.
But work conducted by Flynn’s now-defunct firm was publicly reported as far back as the fall.
Flynn resigned last month after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Pence and other senior officials about the nature of his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump's inauguration.
“I think it is an affirmation of the president’s decision to ask Gen. Flynn to resign,” Pence said in an interview with Fox News.
The vice president added that he was unaware of Flynn’s lobbying work until his filing was reported this week."
Who conned who?