Although the briefing was sobering, it was not revelatory, some of the participants said.
“There was very little, if anything new,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “I remain mystified about why the entire Senate had to be taken over to the White House rather than conducting it here.”
And as Trump approaches his 100 days in office, his achievements are remarkable for their lack.
No president — no matter how much of a dealmaker — can force Congress to pass bills. But Trump set himself up for failure in a way past presidents never have. He promised to get his priorities through Congress in a matter of months.
'Think what we can accomplish in the first 100 days': Trump, over and over again.
That was an amateur move, says pretty much anyone who knows anything about Congress. Major legislation doesn't happen in increments of weeks or months. It happens in years: Medicare, gun reform, Obamacare. These things took years, if not decades.
"He didn't grasp the reality of legislating," Bell said. "It takes a lot of time."And he had an advantage many Presidents do not: control of BOTH houses of Congress at the time of his inauguration.
And yet he failed.
"Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." [REALLY?]From all the above, it is clear that Trump has very little knowledge of the world and world affairs. And he is constantly surprised by it.
"After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy..." (on China's ability to "fix" North Korea).
"If You Can't Produce Middle East Peace, Nobody Can." (to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner who is now 'responsible' for the Middle-East).
And when he learns something surprising (which almost everyone knew), he's so excited to tell EVERYONE.
So why did he ask for the Senators to be briefed on the "North Korea Situation" that was "not revelatory"?
Because he just found out how complicated it was and how serious it was. Who knew?
[After I posted this, read a new quote from The Donald: I thought being President would be easier. ]