What he’s saying: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” Trump said, echoing a famous Tyson quote.
I had asked the adviser whether Trump ever expressed frustration that his West Wing lacked enough of a plan for the crises ahead.
“He gets frustrated when there is a plan,” the adviser said. “He’s not a guy who likes a plan. … There’s an animosity towards planning, and there’s a desire to pick fights that have nothing to do with us.”
Trump used the Tyson quote as evidence that detailed strategic plans are pointless and said, in the adviser’s recollection, “We’ve just gotta fight every day and that’s how we win.”