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Can anyone get a handle on the president who handles everything?

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02.08.2017

For a man with such small hands, President Trump handles an awful lot of things.

As a businessman, he handled golf courses, casinos, hotels, bankruptcies and, by his own account, a number of unsuspecting women. When you’re a star, they let you do it.

Now he’s president and he handles, well, everything. “We have some interesting situations that we’ll handle,” he reported at this week’s Cabinet meeting. “. . . We’ll take care of them. We’ll take care of them very well.”

Fox News’s John Roberts asked about the latest North Korea missile launch. “We’ll handle North Korea,” Trump said. “We’re going to be able to handle North — there will be — it will be handled. We handle everything.”

Now the man who handles everything has a handler.

Retired four-star Gen. John F. Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff, is by all accounts an ideal fit. He has the stature, the independence and the brass to tell the president to cut the nonsense. He has shown sensible skepticism about Trump’s proposed border wall, his firing of James B. Comey and more. Let’s wish him well.

But I fear Kelly — “General,” as Trump calls him — does not appreciate just how out of hand this president is, or how allergic he is to the sort of discipline Kelly aims to impose. Trump alone does the handling, and I’m not just talking about the awkward public touches he has had with everybody from Ivanka Trump to Angela Merkel. He has no capacity to be tamed, shamed or restrained.

Trump gave Kelly assurances that he would have full........

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