Leslie Stahl, apparently with a straight face, asked Trump on his “plans” and other journalists have been commenting. Predictably, Trump is either softening the extreme positions he spouted to win the election or revealing them to have been lies all along. Will his supporters mind? They always excused him saying “All politicians lie,” and no one ever challenged them “Don’t you like Trump because he’s not a politician?” I suspect that even they are snapping their necks at how fast he sold them out. The election wasn’t even a week ago. He’s ending Obamacare, but keeping the pre-existing conditions and children up to 26 parts. (That’s pretty much all of it.) The wall might be a fence. (We have a fence already.) He’ll round up the criminal illegal aliens. (That’s what Obama has been doing—but to be fair, Trump adopted the Obama administration position on deportation weeks ago only no one mentioned it.)
But the whole exercise is a joke.
Trump has no plans. He never did. He’s a salesman. He made promises to make the sale. The deal is done. End of story. Pay up, America.
The only real news is that he’s not only not putting his business in a blind trust but the children who are going to be running his business while he’s on vacation – sorry being “President”—are also on the transition team. In other words his business is going to be part of his administration and his administration is going to be part of his business. Surprised?
If you want to know what the Trump “administration” plans are, just ask Paul Ryan. He has an agenda—basically to eliminate Medicare—and the means to enact it. Here’s how it goes. Give Trump a little time to get used to the White House, probably huge tax cuts for the rich, to make him feel like he’s in charge. Then wait. In a couple of months his organization will make a deal that runs afoul of conflict of interest laws and Ryan will have the ability to impeach the “President.” He then brings his agenda to Trump. If Trump doesn’t agree immediately, Ryan threatens impeachment. Since the only thing Trump is is a brand and impeachment would sully that brand, Trump will back down like the coward every bully is and do what he’s told. If he doesn’t sell Ryan’s agenda hard enough, impeachment brings Ryan to the fore. He never really supported Trump; he was right all along. He will wipe away the embarrassment of “President” Trump and Mike Pence will become “President.” After the VP debates, he was the one Republicans wanted anyway. And Ryan won’t have to convince Pence to get on board with Ryan’s agenda. He was there all along.
Still the press wonders what a Trump administration will be like. I guess they have to write about something.