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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trump Report Card from AEI

Karlyn Bowman, AEI Senior Scholar, prepared an assessment of Donald Trump's performance. She is a trusted "conservative" source of facts. The fact is that most Americans have a dim view of President Trump's performance, even when they agree with some of his intentions. He is simply a poor commander-in-chief, a bad manager, and an undisciplined president.

Trump's problem is obviously his character. He has major flaws that make him unfit for the job. His first task was to staff his cabinet; He did that by what criteria?

  1. Loyalty to him
  2. Big bucks
  3. Commitment to destroy departments
  4. Alignment with his being "all-knowing"

He surely didn't follow my advice as published in How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing. That advice has been available and published in thousands of articles over at least five years.

Trump ignores the necessity for possessing deep knowledge about things that he and his cabinet must oversee. They are deeply conflicted.

Karlyn's report is gloomy for Trump, though supports calls to oust him and his administration before too much more damage is done. AEI is the American Enterprise Institute of which I am a member.

"AEI Political Report — The Trump template: Who is “never Trump” now? 
How do Americans feel about their new president and America in a global context? In the March issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examine public opinion on President Donald Trump and his handling of foreign affairs, perceptions of America’s place in the world, support for the NATO alliance, and feelings toward Russia. Ahead of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing in the Senate, we also look at Americans’ views on the ideology of the Supreme Court and what they want from the next justice. 
Trump’s opposition: Nationally, around 35 percent have a very negative view of Trump (NBC News/The Wall Street Journal) or view him very unfavorably (Public Religion Research Institute). Around 85 percent of Republicans approve of the job he is doing as president; around 85 percent of Democrats disapprove (NBC News/The Wall Street Journal; CBS News). 
America’s standing: Roughly two-thirds say they are dissatisfied with the position of the US in the world (Gallup). Views on this question have been more negative than positive for more than a decade. Fifty-seven percent in another question say the US is viewed very or somewhat unfavorably in the eyes of the world, roughly the same percentage who gave that response at the end of President George W. Bush’s second term. Opinion on this question was more positive than negative throughout President Barack Obama’s second term (Gallup). 
Trump and foreign policy: A majority of registered voters (56 percent) in two recent polls disapprove of Trump’s handling of foreign policy (Quinnipiac; McClatchy-Marist). His approval on foreign affairs is lower than that of the three previous presidents at the same point in their presidencies, and the difference in partisan responses is substantially larger (Gallup). 
Views on Russia: Seven in 10 Americans have an unfavorable overall opinion of Russia (Gallup), and more than half consider Russia unfriendly to (29 percent) or an enemy of (24 percent) the United States (CBS News). Before 2016, Democrats had slightly more positive views toward Russia than Republicans. The latest 2017 polls show Republicans noticeably more positive than Democrats. 
NATO: A strong majority (80 percent) think the NATO alliance should be maintained, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents (Gallup). Americans have stood by the NATO alliance since it was formed in 1949.  
Supreme Court ideology: In Gallup’s time series, views of the current Supreme Court as too liberal reached a high of 37 percent in 2015 and 2016, but slightly more have always said it is just about right. Soon after Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a plurality (36 percent) said they wanted the next justice to be a moderate, while 34 percent wanted that person to be a conservative and 21 percent a liberal.

The American Enterprise Institute 

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