Editor's note

Donald Trump rose to the presidency in part thanks to his experience as a businessman. A skilled manager, the argument went, could impose order and discipline on government. Instead, chaos and dysfunction have characterized Trump’s first month in office, leading Sen. John McCain to muse whether anyone’s actually in charge. Yesterday’s freewheeling press conference during which he described his administration as a “fine-tuned machine” is unlikely to dispel such concerns. So why the disconnect? Trump isn’t really a CEO, argues Bert Spector, an expert on leadership. Running a family business teaches a very different skillset than that of running a public corporation. 

In another story consuming Washington, Jordan Tama from American University’s School of International Service examines whether Congress or an independent commission should investigate Russia’s links to the Trump campaign.

And Andrew Boyd from the University of Illinois looks at the potential downside of sharing personal health data from wearable fitness devices with insurance companies.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Trump poses with his brain trust. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

White House in turmoil shows why Trump's no CEO

Bert Spector, Northeastern University

He campaigned on the notion that his business experience would equip him to 'make America great again,' but running a family company is poor training for the presidency.

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