“I like to take everything personal because you do better that way.” Was President Donald Trump’s reply when he was asked why he felt so strongly about the investigation. He insisted that he was not “anxious” by the ongoing Russia probe led by Robert Mueller.
Which is well, a huge revelation.
Because he’s right! He does take absolutely everything intimately! And thinks first, second and third of how things will impact him and his life!
There’s a much more open question as to whether Trump’s commitment to take absolutely everything intimately a good thing — either for him or the country. Take the example of now-fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself in the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President,” Trump told The New York Times in a July 2017 interview. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself. … It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the President.”
Trump was/is incapable of understanding that Sessions recused himself not to hurt Trump but because he believed it was the best way to avoid even the slightest appearance of impropriety when it came to the Justice Department’s examination of a foreign power’s attempt to meddle in a presidential election. (Sessions was a prominent surrogate for Trump on the campaign trail.)
Point is:The problem with Trump’s take-it-intimately or personally philosophy is that being President isn’t about him. It’s about the country — and doing your best to lead it regardless of your own personal feelings. He’s never grasped that. And he’s not going to start now.