Editor’s Note: Campaigning is not leading

Ingrid Jacques

Donald Trump seems happiest when he’s in front of a large, cheering crowd. The rowdier the better. Just a few weeks after securing the presidential contest, the president-elect would rather be performing in front of his supporters than attending to tedious matters.

That includes proclaiming over the weekend that he doesn’t need to get the daily presidential intelligence briefing — something he apparently finds repetitive and boring. Trump would rather rely on experts he’s appointed to his Cabinet to handle the details, in addition to more serious politicians such as Mike Pence, vice president-elect.

“You know, I’m, like, a smart person,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that. But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.’

To get back to campaign mode, Trump has embarked on a “thank-you tour” to states that he won, holding packed rallies reminiscent of before the election. That includes Michigan, where he visited the Grand Rapids area Friday.

Given Trump’s leadership style, it’s essential he appoint competent and experienced individuals to his administration. His Michigan picks offer confidence, with Betsy DeVos for education secretary and now state GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to head the Republican National Committee.

But Trump also should play the part of president — that includes the mundane stuff — with a little more gusto.