(CNN)It is notoriously difficult being president. But no series of events has better illustrated the divergence between President Donald Trump’s view of the job and the way his predecessors approached it than the health, intelligence and civic crises now engulfing the nation. If his predecessors described the presidency as comprised mainly of impossible problems rooted in inconclusive facts, Trump has chosen this week to shrug off or deny the problems altogether. He insisted coronavirus will eventually “disappear,” declared intelligence about Russian bounties a “hoax” and retrenched in old racial divisions the rest of the country appears ready to finally reckon with and resolve. People who know and speak to Trump have always been somewhat mixed on whether he actually enjoys being President. His days in the Oval Office begin notoriously late, sometimes not until noon, after a morning in front of cable news. He has expressed boredom with the extensive briefings and decision-making sessions that have formed most presidents’ days, according to several former administration officials. Issues that once would have been the subject of intensive presidential introspection are left to others, while matters that used to fall to underlings are elevated to the President’s desk. In the past, Trump’s… Read full this story
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