Despite widespread discussion of the idea, the United States has never before had a president whose background is primarily in the business world. To many people this seems like a good idea, both in the sense that Trump's business acumen seems to have led many voters to believe he'll steer the broader economy to prosperity and also because many observers believe a corporate-style decentralized management structure would be a good idea.
"He's running it much like he'd run a Fortune 500 company," Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told Politico after his meetings with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. "He's finding the best people he can and he's going to turn the reins over to them to see what they can do. He wants them to perform."
Trump, it's worth emphasizing, has never run a Fortune 500 corporation. No board of directors of any company has at any point even considered hiring Trump as a CEO. He did have a stint running a publicly traded company that he started during the 1990s stock market mania, and it turned out (like his fake college) to be a scam, in which he enriched himself at shareholder expense. It is true, however, that many big companies (though not Apple) are run along these kinds of decentralized lines. And it's easy to see why Trump, assisted by a core team of Priebus, Bannon, and Jared Kushner — none of whom have any experience working in government or running a successful publicly traded company — would come up with this facile and deeply flawed analogy between the two kinds of undertakings.
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But you can't run the government the way you would run a publicly traded conglomerate for roughly the same reason actually successful CEOs don't host reality television shows — it's not the same thing.