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Politico: Trump 'Surprised' He Can't Run Government Like a Business

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By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 11:25 AM

President Donald Trump is finding governing more difficult than he expected, Politico reports, and Republicans are "growing increasingly frustrated" with the transition from running a business to running a country.

In interviews with almost two dozen unnamed people who've been around Trump since he entered the White House told Politico "that his mood has careened between surprise and anger" over the various delays and legal battles he's encountered.

Trump reportedly "often asks simple questions," and if a conversation gets too focused on details he's "been known to quickly change the subject — to 'seem in control at all times,'" according to one senior government official.

The president's phone calls to foreign leaders have been another point of contention. One White House aide said Trump, angry over details that leaked to the press, had an investigation started to find the source. One official said people in Trump's administration are "very careful who they talk to."

Press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly told several people that he found the job's "non-stop demands" difficult. CNN reports that Trump, disappointed with Spicer's early performance, is having the White House increase its search for a communication director.

"[White House chief of staff Reince] Priebus vouched for Spicer and against Trump's instincts," CNN's source said, adding that Trump "regrets it every day and blames Priebus."

Politico quotes a person close to Trump saying he'd like to overhaul his staff, "but he knows it's too soon."

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President Donald Trump is finding governing more difficult than he expected, Politico reports, and Republicans are "growing increasingly frustrated" with the transition from running a business to running a country.
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