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A White House stretched too thin

John Kelly
John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, listens. Photo: Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images

Multiple officials from foreign governments who deal with the White House have all made the same observation to me recently: this administration is stretched too thin.

Why this matters: There is barely enough top flight talent confirmed across the government to manage the basic day-to-day, let alone the dizzying array of foreign policy battlefronts Trump has opened up — especially when it comes to trade.