The President Elect’s first press conference of the year shed some light on his preparations for the office as well as the priorities of his presidency.
The four main highlights of the press reference:
- President Elect’s FIRST effort at reassuring the public that he won’t use the Highest Office in the country as leverage for the Trump Organization. Even though Mr. Trump will not put his business empire into a blind trust as expected, he went through the trouble of having his attorney, Sheri A. Dillon, explain that he will sever his involvement with his business interests and resign from all positions he holds in the Trump Organization. (His business empire will be run by his two sons for as long as he is in office.)
To avoid the appearance of impropriety the Trump businesses won’t engage in any new international dealings during his term in the office. In the same spirit, the President Elect will donate to the U.S. Treasury all profits his hotels have made from foreign governments.
- Repealing Obamacare stands and the program will be replaced with a “better” and cheaper alternative “almost simultaneously”.
- Building “the wall” still remains a priority but the construction – at least initially – will be paid for by the American taxpayers.
- Saving American jobs and bringing in more of them still seems to be high on the President Elect’s agenda. Even though he didn’t offer specifics, Mr. Trump said that new factories will be built in the Midwest, soon. (Details to be announced in several weeks.)
The President Elect is more spontaneous than any politician we’re familiar with and his spontaneity often works against him. He is quite undiplomatic and can be ungracious. (There is no need demean and disparage those who hold opposing views. There is a way to disagree while maintaining mutual respect. A respectable person may hold a view we disagree with. The view may be disagreeable. The person remains respectable. There is such a thing as diplomatic protocol and the dignity of the office. Someone should explain that to the President Elect.)
President Elect’s attempts to devalue the press are another thing that’s not endearing. EVERY President needs the support of the press. The President Elect who is fluent in Twitter-talk will need the press sooner or later, too. There is no conspiracy of the media against him. All main stream media – and all intelligent people – share similar values; they have the ability to distinguish a fact from fiction; a possibility from a dream. That’s the essence of the “conspiracy”. The press has an open mind: it criticizes when appropriate and gives credit where credit is due. (Hopefully, as President, Mr. Trump will earn the recognition of the country. When that happens, the press is sure to lend him its support.)
It is for the first time, after the press conference, that I think that the President Elect should be given the benefit of a doubt whether or not we share his values and whether or not we agree with the entirety of his vision for the Country (we all agree with SOME of its elements). His spontaneity and lack of diplomacy make him unlikable. But if you look past them (and I’m not saying we should!) the man is passionate and he seems to love his country. Today, it is conceivable to me that he might have good intentions and may – eventually – adjust his most extreme views to align with the moral values of the majority of Americans. He took the first step.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich