It’s long been clear that Trump has very little idea of what being President actually involves. He likely didn’t expect to win — his complaints about election-rigging sounded like face-saving before an anticipated defeat. Since the election, and particularly after his early meetings with Obama, he’s been realizing what he’s gotten himself into. And he’s sometimes seemed rather daunted by it, something especially striking in a man who usually projects such boundless self-confidence.
It’s possible that, deep down, he wishes there were a way out. He’s already talking about living part of the time in New York instead of the White House, treating the Presidency as a part-time job and leaving as much of the real work as possible to others. He’ll soon learn, if he hasn’t already, that that won’t work. Most of the President’s power is non-transferable, and therefore, so is most of the responsibility.
But he still has an escape available, in the unlikely event that he has the imagination to use it