Donald Trump is not what he seems, he stumbled so often at his press conference, it is hard to recall why anyone thought the TV star was good at this stuff in the first place.
It is safe to say the Trump government is already in shambles. It just needs to reach its official start.
For a showman who even promised to restore the Reagan era, this is one of the most surprising revelations of the past few days.
Reagan and his advisers knew how to project a great image that kept the presidency separate from whatever the media wanted to focus on, such as a high unemployment rate or a secret gun-running to enemy states.
Trump and the Russian Crisis
Judging from Wednesday's press conference, the first since July, Trump and his handlers have no strategy to deal with the Russian crisis that has been a headache for the best part of the past year.
In any crisis you generally try to deflect attention from your own misconduct. Instead of that, Trump and his team seem happy to shine a bright light on its own mistakes.
That included the great personal testimony from the incoming vice-president, Mike Pence, who introduced Trump by assuring us that he was full of "energy".
The press conference opened with Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary, who condemned the media coverage of Trump's relationship with Russia as "frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible".
Trump likes to attack the Clintons
Trump has snowballed the Clinton scandals into one shock-and-awe transition. Trump has combined all the anti-Clinton accusations of financial irregularity and foreign influence in the 1996 re-election, with the dubious morality of the Lewinsky affair and the never-ending tendency towards cronyism.
Could compare the importance of being Putin's poodle versus an affair with an intern?