The media reports of a confused, exhausted, mentally-unstable President could not be further from the truth, according to a report in The Washington Examiner.
Interviews with White House aides tell a profoundly different story, a POTUS who never stops working and engages with political figures across the spectrum.
“The critics did the very same thing with Ronald Reagan,” says Christopher Ruddy, a Trump supporter and the owner of Newsmax. “Trump is 100 times more engaged than Reagan.”
General John Kelly counted himself shocked and amazed when Trump continued to work the day after a marathon tour of Asia was concluded.
Excerpts from the Examiner:
Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, top aides and allies feel good about their direction and achievements, crediting the president’s “stamina” and “100 percent energy” to fight past critics, especially the media.
“If media coverage was fair, unbiased, down the the middle, there would be 100 stories about the unstoppable momentum and energy of the Oval Office,” said senior adviser Stephen Miller.
For example, instead of noting that he took no time off after an arduous 12-day trip to Asia and delivered a report card live to public, the media poked fun at his fumbling for a water bottle during the speech. And his ex-wife Ivana fanned the flames when she said, “I think he must be freaking exhausted. I would be too.”
White House chief of staff John Kelly expressed surprise that Trump wanted to talk about the Asia trip immediately after getting home. “After a 12-day trip to Asia, I encouraged the president to take a day off and recover. The president wouldn’t hear of it. He insisted he wanted to report back to the American people on his trip to Asia,” he said.
It’s been noticed on Capitol Hill, especially among the lawmakers Trump calls several times a day.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday said that she has held several meetings with the president to discuss the ongoing tax reform debate and added that he has adopted some of her ideas. Speaking at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, she added that the process to win support for the tax reform bill has been much different — and better — than the bid to repeal Obamacare. “So much more outreach. It’s just night and day,” Collins said.
Trump, said Sergio Gor, spokesman for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, “is one of the most energetic and engaging individuals in Washington. Believe me, there are plenty of low energy elected officials, President Trump is not one of them.”
It’s a testament to Trump’s persuasive powers that Rand’s spokesman used 2 patented Trump phrases in a short quote – “low-energy” and “believe me.”
Can you imagine half as much progress in Washington if “Low-Energy Jeb” Bush had be elected instead?
Bush would never have stoked a booming economy in such a short time. Believe me.