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Donald J. Trump is an outsider.He was from the beginning of his campaign. The day he came down the escalator you knew this was going to be unlike anything we had ever seen.He did not talk like a politician. He didn’t even THINK like a politician.
We knew where he stood on the issues. He’s the same person today as he was years ago.He never pandered.
He’s had that same message for years; that he’s tired of the U.S. being ripped off and if it ever got bad enough he would run for President.
He was always compassionate.You wouldn’t know it to listen to the lying media today.He was NEVER accused of being a racist,until he ran for President.
Trump decided it was bad enough and kept his word. He came down the escalator at Trump Tower and made his announcement. Over the years Mr Trump had contributed to various political campaigns,both parties. He also contributed to veterans groups and projects in his home state to benefit the city of New York. He didn’t really live in the political world though and have the type of connections most politicians have.He even went onto be the host of the popular television series The Apprentice*
He had never ran for office before. He gathered together a small group of people for his campaign. He paid for his own campaign. I remember when he was losing delegates to Ted Cruz and hired Paul Manafort to help the campaign. Say what you will about Manafort he understood the process of getting delegates and did the job for Mr Trump.
I can think of many reasons that Donald Trump won the nomination and ultimately the Presidency but I’m going to focus instead on his growth as President of the United States.
When he came into office-that first day-he was met with fierce opposition both from the Democrats but also from people in his own party.There were no alliances to fall back on.I believe he tried to make peace with the establishment by hiring Reince Prebius.I also think he calculated that having Jeff Sessions-a man who supported him during the campaign-as his AG would help some Republican nay sayers come to terms with his presidency. Sessions would easily be confirmed too.Most conservatives liked Sessions. He was a very popular figure in politics.
President Trump did his best to pick a cabinet and nominate persons who would fulfill his campaign promises.
Some of his picks turned out to be a huge disappointment and he didn’t waste time telling them they were fired. The more notable moves are his quick replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.Tillerson and Pompeo were polar opposites. Tillerson seemed slow and lacking ambition. Pompeo is on the ball at all times.A fantastic choice.He then hired John Kelly as Chief of Staff. I think Pres Trump thought highly of Kelly especially as someone he could trust. Kelly left and Trump replaced him with Mick Mulvaney.
The one person that the President stuck with the longest, with the least reason to,was Sessions. For all the stock we put in Sessions he was a let down for all of us.He was a good man who did a great job in all the positions he previously held but he wasn’t up to the task of Attorney General.
So where is the President as of 2019 as compared to 2016? He had a great economic team from the beginning. It’s his forte-the business world. His other choices such as Ben Carson and Rick Perry have been super. They were the right people for the right positions. Is he getting along any better with the GOP establishment? That’s a big hell no. He has some great allies in Jim Jordan,Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows as well as all the new people that were elected to Congress in the mid terms; with a very few exceptions.One of those exceptions is Mitt Romney. in the near future I will have a few words about him,but i digress.
He made a great choice in William Barr to replace Sessions.As of 2019 the cabinet is solidified and his appointments are doing a fantastic job.It’s full steam ahead. As the ad used to say,”you’ve come a long ways baby.”
When opposing parties take over the government it takes time to wrest control of the government. In Trump’s case it was especially difficult for a variety of reasons.
There are 2 critical factors though: he walked into a bureaucracy filled with Obama hold overs and some never Trumpers. He also walked into the office with a coup in progress. There is no president in our history who has ever had that happen.
*Oddly enough,I never watched the Apprentice.
Note: there were some videos i almost included of a younger Mr Trump. They were good videos and shed some light on the man but they didn’t lend a point to this particular topic.i’ll add them in a future blog.