'A leader immersed in needless rows will be distracted from the business of government'
They say self-praise is no praise, but not in the mindset of the new President of the United States, Donald J Trump. There was a revealing incident earlier this month.
With less than a fortnight to go before his inauguration, it might have been expected that Mr Trump would be consumed by his preparations to lead a new administration, but the then President-elect was otherwise engaged. He was, in fact, busy point-scoring in a self-indulgent Twitter spat over a reality TV show.
Mr Trump could not resist sending a gloating tweet to highlight the poor ratings figures for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Celebrity Apprentice' show. At the same time, Mr Trump drew attention to his own prior success on reality television; he grandiosely described himself as "the ratings machine, DJT", and he suggested that Mr Schwarzenegger had been "swamped" in comparison.