This is not the first time a piece of this sort has been published in a major media outlet. During the campaign, similar stories ran on occasion, but this may be the first time since the inauguration.
The piece opens with: "Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be president. If he did, he’d nominate candidates to the 350 important but vacant administration jobs and get on with the job of governance. He doesn’t seem to want to be commander in chief of the armed forces, either, having outsourced Afghanistan troop-level decisions to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Don’t burden him with foreign policy -- which so daunts him that he’s postponed an official trip to Britain because (as some report) he fears the inevitable protests that will greet him."
The writer then goes on to describe how it seems Trump really wants to be White House communications director.
In some ways this might seem like a good thing that Trump has left so many positions vacant in his administration, a much greater number than any previous President. Fewer appointees could potentially result in fewer mean-spirited and discriminatory policies.
But what happens if we have another natural disaster the size of Hurricane Katrina and all the top FEMA positions are vacant, as they are now? What happens if we have a Three Mile Island-sized industrial accident and most of the top DHS positions are vacant, as they are now? Or what if we have another 911 with critically important intelligence and national security positions vacant, as they are now?
This article ended up making me realize Trump is dangerous in many more ways than we may have thought. And that is truly, truly frightening.