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Timothy L. O'Brien

America Isn’t Finished Paying for Trump’s Incompetence

Vaccine rollout confusion and the Russian cyberattack are reminders that the president isn’t doing his job.

Can he ever get the job done?

Can he ever get the job done?

Photographer: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

In 2016, a few months before Donald Trump was elected president, I wrote a column about his long history as a mismanager that cited this chestnut from his book “Crippled America”:

Trump’s book, like all his nonfiction works of fiction, was a self-promotional exercise at odds with his true history as an inept bungler. The point of my column back then was that Trump was campaigning for a job that was likely to elude him, regardless of how voters felt about him. Nothing in his past had prepared him for the presidency or for effectively managing a bureaucracy as complex, influential and sprawling as the federal government.