Donald Trump’s presidential etiquette and political correctness — or lack thereof — doesn’t sit well with many of his colleagues or citizens. He isn’t the only U.S. president governing alongside controversy, but his Twitter habit makes his opinions — and intended behaviors — easily accessible and open to criticism.
From tweet storms to disrespecting the military, these are all the written and unwritten rules Trump breaks (wait till you see the family rule he breaks on page 4). They’re affecting his relationships, professional and otherwise, much more than you might think.
Donald Trump vs. ‘the media’
Trump and mainstream media don’t get along — and maybe both sides are to blame.
Some of the nation’s top media sources started losing credibility when the president’s “fake news” claims began circulating. Mistrust in once trustworthy news sources brings into question who Americans can trust to bring them the information they need.
The president’s self-destruction
Often described as unconventional and childish, the president’s use of language and his mannerisms in front of audiences — and behind a screen — don’t help his cause.
Perhaps Trump’s behavior both on and offline explains why he struggles to draw a fine line between personal and professional relationships — with the military, with his family, with lawmakers, and so much more.
Mistreating the military
A president treats the military as a whole — and its operations — with respect, only ordering the use of force after careful consideration and taking full blame when this backfires. At least, they should.
In early 2017, a poorly executed raid resulted in multiple deaths — likely avoidable with more presidential scrutiny. He then blamed the generals in charge of the mission instead of taking responsibility for the fatal error in judgment.
Trump hires family — is that OK?
There’s technically no law against placing family members in White House staff positions, which is why Donald Trump has employed members of his own family to work within his administration.
Aside from obvious nepotism speculations, hiring and working with family members in any field creates dangerous expectations and raises the emotional stakes. That’s not the kind of drama you actually want inside the White House, is it?
Too quick to tweet?
When the Council of Economic Advisors released the monthly U.S. jobs report in mid-2017, Donald Trump technically broke the embargo prohibiting him from commenting on the results before they were released to the public.
Unsurprisingly, he disregarded the law via Twitter, which did not impress experts.
Speaking of the president’s infamous tweets …
They call him the ‘Twitter President’
Trump tweets. A lot. More often than not, it more than qualifies for Twitter suspension, or worse. Twitter has yet to ban him, though, because his abusive and often threatening tweets fall under “newsworthy” content — meaning they won’t get taken down unless he does that himself.
This doesn’t come without consequences, though. Most Americans are sick of his Twitter rants, which probably hasn’t helped his approval rating much.
On political correctness
Trump’s lack of political correctness likely helped him win the presidency. He’s quick to judge, and not afraid of being judged or criticized himself. Many Americans felt the country needed something like this in a brand-new leader.
He uses a much more politically correct approach to executive leadership than most expected. Many believe he’s doing the country — and its relationships with enemies and allies alike — more harm than good.
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