Anyone familiar with Donald Trump’s history should not be surprised by anything he is doing or has done to this point. Since he was a child Trump has had one overarching principle: win at all costs. Even as a cadet at New York Military Academy, his classmates spoke of his singular desire to win. He most likely inherited it from his father Fred Trump who was also driven by the philosophy of winning and expected his children to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, Trump’s older brother Freddy did not inherit the killer instinct which may have led to his untimely death from addictions. President Trump learned from an early age not just to fight, but to win. It is this mindset which causes him to lash out at any detractors. He views any attack as a personal affront and responds accordingly as he demonstrated first as candidate Trump and then as President Trump. So should his thin-skin cause us alarm?
If nothing else, the military academy taught young Donald a lesson that would prove valuable in adulthood as he navigated two divorces, bankruptcy and regular spasms of bad publicity: No matter the crisis, he could prevail…
Dobias said he recognized in Trump an innate drive: “He wanted to be number one. He wanted to be noticed. He wanted to be recognized. And he liked compliments.” – Washington Post
Well let’s look at history. We have survived blustery Presidents before Trump. Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harry Truman come to mind, but we live in different times. Never have we had a President who has used social media for reprisals and attacking his critics. Although he has been criticized by his opponents and most media outlets, he has seen no ill effects from his base. Since he first declared his candidacy many pundits have speculated his tweeting would lead to his demise, but this has proven to be false. While others see a bully, his supporters see a tough negotiator and an unyielding champion against the liberal agenda ruining America.
With the growing challenges facing this president and our country how can we expect President Trump’s personality to respond. Here are some of my predictions for the coming crises:
North Korea – President Trump is itching for a fight to demonstrate to the world he is a fighter and America will no longer be intimidated. If North Korea continues their ballistic tests, I foresee Trump launching an airstrike soon before they have the capabilities to launch and reach America. I think their capabilities are being overstated and an airstrike might be premature, but he will not continue to be bullied by someone he sees as a little tyrant, Kim Jong Un.
Russian Collusion – Trump will continue to be bellicose and deny any involvement. Remember during the general election it wasn’t until the last few weeks most polls had Trump not only losing, but losing big to Hillary Clinton. It would be a stretch with Trump’s personality to believe if the Russians had anything on Clinton, he would not take it. There are those who believe it was this information which allowed Trump to close the gap and eventually defeat Clinton. Trump expects loyalty from his subordinates and assumes they will take one for the team.
Immigration – Immigration, one of Trump’s signature issues and an important issue to his base. He will continue to press forward with his ban on immigration using the court system. He will work to reduce legal immigration by eliminating the lottery and reducing the H1-B visas.