The instincts of the God-Emperor
But even before they could begin their pitch in that meeting Tuesday, Trump headed them off, saying he wanted to remove U.S. troops immediately. The ensuing heated argument put new distance between the president and his team and left the military with a mandate, if not a formal order, to remove U.S. troops from Syria within six months.
President Trump is a deeply flawed and problematic person, to be sure. He has a monstrous ego and his primary skill is in flashy salesmanship and self-promotion; his abilities as a manager are patchy at best.