From an amusing little story in The Guardian on Carter Page's "three attempts to gain his doctorate from the University of London, finally succeeding in 2011." Mr. Page, you'll recall, was one of Trump's top foreign policy advisers during the presidential campaign.
Page first submitted his thesis on central Asia’s transition from communism to capitalism in 2008. [One examiner] said he had expected it would be "easy" to pass Page.... He said it actually took "days and days" to wade through Page’s work. Page "knew next to nothing" about social science and seemed "unfamiliar with basic concepts like Marxism or state capitalism," the professor said.
The [exam], held at University College, London, went badly. "Page seemed to think that if he talked enough, people would think he was well-informed. In fact it was the reverse," [said the examiner]. [The] subsequent report was withering. It said Page’s thesis was "characterised by considerable repetition, verbosity and vagueness of expression."
[The examiner] said he was mystified as to why Page tried to pursue an academic career…. [He] said during his three decades as a lecturer he failed just one PhD student twice: Page.
Is Trump so incredibly ignorant about foreign policy because he hires clowns such as Carter Page? No. Not at all. Trump is incredibly ignorant about foreign policy because he's stupid.