WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s no surprise President Donald Trump doesn’t like to stick to the script.
He often ditched written speeches in the campaign. And he’s doing it as president, often speaking to crowds about what’s on his mind rather than what’s on the paper before him.
His staff sometimes tries to guide him to decisions by making the conventional choice seem like the only realistic option.
But Trump’s making clear to those who work for him that he won’t be boxed in.
Some aides are convinced that Trump puts more stock in what he sees on TV than in their advice. So they regularly call prominent commentators and news hosts to provide talking points on everything from tax policy to Syria in hopes of influencing Trump.