Instead, he hired a staff beset by infighting, a Cabinet besieged by ethical questions and a team of aides working under the shadow of the special counsel's Trump-Russia probe.
"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out", Mr Trump said. "Good work by General (John) Kelly for quickly firing that dog!", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his chief of staff.
His comment immediately prompted criticism on both sides of the political aisle.
On Wednesday, shortly after Trump called his former aide Omarosa "that dog" on Twitter, Souza posted a photo of Barack Obama and Bo, one of his Portuguese water dogs.
Critics condemned Trump's tweet for what they said were racial and sexist undertones.
President Donald Trump used an obscenity to describe his own son, disparaged Harriet Tubman's looks, and dubbed his education secretary "Ditzy DeVos", according to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman.
Now she has released a book filled with unsavory White House inside stories - Trump says the ones about him are false - and has been playing recordings of the president and others on TV. You can not spin Trump out of his bigoted slur.
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Even so, it's one thing to have something like that under investigation, it's another to be on record encouraging a foreign state to find Clinton's emails on the same day a hack was allegedly perpetrated by Russian military intelligence officials. "You're a bad guy who's come over to the other side", Noah said, comparing her sudden change to heart to a villain on a CBS procedural. She says she said no.
Not only has Trump done little to effect positive job growth for African-American workers personally, but many of his policies are hurting the economy as a whole, from job-killing tariffs to a tax scam for billionaires that is causing stock buybacks to explode while wages stagnate.
Later on Tuesday, the CEA tweeted minority job growth figures and apologized for miscommunicating to the press secretary.
The public conflict showed no signs of slowing, as Manigault Newman did another round of interviews to promote her tell-all book and Trump's presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her alleging she breached a confidentiality agreement.
"I never heard the president use any type of racist words ever and I have never had a conversation with him about a potential tape that may or may not exist on any those issues ever", Lewandowski said.
Armed with tapes of private conversations, she's alleged that Trump's a racist with a history of using vile slurs against black people.
In it, Manigault Newman describes the recorded conversation as being a conference call held on October 11, 2016.
Trump on Monday denied the existence of any such tape, citing the show's former producer, Mark Burnett.