Former Trump officials also said a big problem in his response was that he didn’t rely much on data, but instead used what he had previously called “his very, very big brain.” At a briefing in mid-April, he did pointed when asked about the metrics by which he would decide when the economy should be reopened.
“He’s a good guy who doesn’t like a lot of details about things, so he works with the hydroxychloroquine thing because ‘hey, that’s good, I have a good feeling about it,'” said a former Senior Trump official.
Others are skeptical that Trump’s daily briefings will do him any good, and fear that they will backfire by letting the president do his favorite sport: quarreling with reporters and attacking the media.
“He has two hours of material to fill on his show every day and will do things before they are fully baked,” said the former official. “They somehow survived their usefulness,” added a former White House official.
Most don’t believe that 73-year-old Trump has changed as a person, even though he’s had 9/11 fatalities every day for the past few weeks. This scourge toppled one of his closest friends and swamped the Queens neighborhood where he grew up.
When asked whether Trump was a different person because of the virus, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s short-lived communications director, said: “No way. This guy hasn’t changed an iota. “
Scaramucci added that one thing that has stayed in line with Trump is what interests him the most: himself.
“There’s only one thing he’s worried about, and do you know what it is? It’s” TRUMP, “he said, formulating the letters for the effect.” When he does a news search, he looks for “TRUMP” . He is not looking for “USA”, but for “TRUMP”. “
Three former officials said Trump is most concerned about the economy because the president believes he won’t be able to win a second term if the US continues to slide.
Trump studies his base religiously, as several noted, and often shifts his rhetoric to where he believes his most reliable supporters are going.
There is also strong skepticism about whether he has learned a lot since the beginning of the crisis when he compared Covid-19 to the flu and said it would “disappear” like a “miracle”.
“Most people would say,” Yes, I learned from it, I learned not to jump ahead or be that definitive, “but I see no evidence of it,” said the former senior administrator. “It is somehow doubled [by saying] He coped perfectly with this and I’m not sure if he learns the same way as other people. “
Republicans near the White House are concerned about how Trump’s dismissive comments are used early on by Democrats against him who show up early Show of democratic groups.
In the most recent example, Trump dragged Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to reporters this week to say he didn’t warn that an outbreak in the fall would likely be “worse” – only that the start of the flu season could make it more difficult. But the president went even further, commenting in comments that could follow him later that the virus “may not come back at all”.