Ruddy said that all the Cabinet members are “A or A+ people” but that Trump’s inexperience as a politician means he’s on a “learning curve.”
“He is used to being very reactive, shooting from the hip and just telling people what he thinks,” Ruddy said. “I think there’s a view within the inside that they’ve been doing too much, that they’re stepping all over themselves.”
Ruddy said he believes that Trump is still in “campaign mode” and that more people with the president’s ear will begin pushing back on his use of Twitter.
As for Trump’s ongoing battle with the press, Ruddy said that he does not believe it is a reflection of the president’s ability to handle criticism and that the press is “baiting” the president. However, he thinks the White House’s continued complaints about what it perceives as media antagonism are a bad idea.
“I think it’s a mistake on the administration’s part to be so confrontational with the media,” Ruddy said. “They know he’s very reactive and he gets angry, so they are just enjoying this rising of the tension.”
He said he think it’s in Trump’s best interests to return to policies that will garner bipartisan public support, such as banning lobbyists in government.
“I personally have encouraged him to be more consensus- and populist-driven,” Ruddy said. “Everybody agrees people that work for the government — it shouldn’t be a revolving door … and nobody knows about it because they did the Muslim ban rollout.”
As for Mar-a-Lago’s serving as the winter White House, Ruddy said he doesn’t think that’s a conflict of interest, adding that “it’s a myth” that membership at the club means automatic access to Trump.
“There’s a virtual security area around him when he’s sitting at his table. You can’t just walk up to him,” Ruddy said. “Where in the past he used to talk business, I don’t ever see him talking about business at all.”