We’ve often said President Donald Trump is one of the most instinctually gifted political minds ever to sit behind the Resolute Desk. He bulldozed his way into Washington as the ultimate outsider but, somehow, walked off the inaugural dais in 2017 with a level of insight that usually is reserved for seasoned political hands.
While the election of President Trump has been unquestionably great for our country, it ups the stakes for those who wish to serve as effective aides for a president who won his first political race entirely on his own ideas, guts and hard work. Presidential advisers come and go, as in any administration, and while this president listens to advice as successful leaders do, few aides “serving at the pleasure of the president” have made an impact that provides President Trump with a skillset that he does not already possess. Suffice to say, the bar for being an effective aide to a president of such natural political instinct is a tough one to reach.
Our friend Mick Mulvaney, however, has risen to the challenge to become one of the unsung heroes of the Trump administration. President Trump has a long-term strategic vision for the country not seen in decades, and in Mulvaney he’s found an aide whose advice is worth listening to and who he can trust to execute his decisions. Mulvaney isn’t a glorified body man who simply wants to orbit the president, nor does he think his job is to act as a “check” because of a grossly mistaken belief that a modern chief of staff drives the agenda. Mulvaney knows that he is the “chief of staff” but that the two words “of staff” are the bolded text — and he knows the importance of letting Trump be Trump.
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