The problem in Washington today isn't that we have a poorly functioning executive branch, but rather that we have a non-functioning legislative branch. You don't like Trump's use of the pardon? Congress can do something about that. Afraid of a trade war? Congress can override any anti-trade measures. But will they? Congress is finally using its CRA power to take on regulation. But much of this regulation exists because Congress ceded its authority to unelected regulators.
"We want to do something about privacy. Here's an outline, you fill in the details." And when people complain about the regulations, Congressmen can say, "Well, that's not what I intended." Sure it is. You intended to get all the credit and none of the blame. This worked exactly as intended.
This is why Congressional incumbents have a reelection rate north of 90 percent. Doing nothing beats the alternative.