Week In Review – 22 Jan 2017

Finally, the noise and crowd have dissipated.  The week long of fanfare and hoopla around the presidential inaugural is thankfully behind us.  President Trump is maintaining his brand of unpredictability & destabilizing negotiation style throughout the shindig.

Unpredictable. He continues to tweet even after becoming the 45th President of the United States. While true that social media are flexible in communication, that does not mean the president should use it just because he has it.  Think launch code.

Destabilizing. He continues his attack on the media and others on reports that do not support him.  This first-strike tactic has worked for his campaign but is no longer viable from the White House.  Case in point is the debate about the size of the crowd at the inauguration.

And if fake news is not bad enough, President Trump’s brand adds to that mix of distrust and confusion.  As the leader of the free world, he has responsibility to lead & inspire with clarity and not the opposite.  It does not bode well for the administration’s credibility with the public.

Chaotic as this week may, I try to maintain my sanity by focusing on the big picture (i.e. still early in the new administration and that change is good).  In spite of temporary set backs, I would not let them detract the significance of this week’s milestone.

Have a great week.

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