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Critics Say Trump's Claims of Great Management Skills in Tatters

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 11:42 AM

When doubters questioned Donald Trump's ability to win the Republican nomination with no political experience, the real estate mogul pointed to his career as a successful businessman as proof that he had the necessary management and negotiating skills needed to be president.

But with the election just over two months away and his campaign in constant disarray, many are saying his claim to be a great manager is also in tatters, the Washington Examiner reports.

Trump boasted throughout the primaries that his keen business skills could solve many of the country's problems by replacing the "stupid" leaders in Washington who had no idea how to manage anything.

Critics say, however, that the constant changes at the top of Trump's campaign team as well as an apparent failure to plan for the general election undermine the rationale that he could run the nation's affairs more efficiently.

Veteran political strategist Liesl Hickey, who was executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee and also advised Jeb Bush's super PAC in the primaries, told the Washington Examiner that, "Smart candidates hire experienced staff. Every time you change leadership, you are somewhat starting from scratch. That makes running a campaign very difficult."

Others mentioned that slow decision making held up programs and projects unnecessarily, which is particularly harmful in an election campaign when time is so important.

In another blow to Trump's image, MarketWatch reported this week that a survey of 414 economists by the National Association for Business Economics showed that 55 percent thought Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would do the best job of managing the economy.

Trump, at 14 percent, didn't even finish second, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson beating him out with 15 percent. Another 15 percent said they don't know.

In defense of Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told CNN that his running mate's willingness to make changes was a sign of excellent management.

"The key to Donald Trump's success in business, I think, is also going to continue to be a key for his extraordinary success in his campaign, and that is bringing the right men and women around him, putting the right combination together. That's exactly what a great CEO does, and that's what Donald Trump is doing in this campaign."

The critics admit that Clinton's lead is not insurmountable.

However, they told the Examiner that Trump's inability to plan properly for the general campaign means that the Democratic team, whose senior staff has been intact since she started her presidential bid, are much better prepared in field organizing, advertising and other aspects of a campaign that usually result in a greater chance of success.

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