Sunday, November 13, 2016

THE FIRST WEEK


In the 70 days until his inauguration we may get an informative idea of what the Trump Presidency will be. There are signs that much of his blowhards of his campaign was for effect and will be moderated by the realities of national and international life. Already some remarks have been made by insiders that such and such was just campaign talk and promises not to be kept.

Anon, I am sorry that I fell asleep during 60 minutes and missed most of Trump's interview when he said that he will keep all his campaign promises although he did say that section along the Mexican border could be fenced.

His womanizing life style is not unique among Presidents; JFK being one of the most notorious post war but he was beloved by women whose ethics and religious beliefs were very strict. It should not be a factor of his government except perhaps on abortion issues which will be a concern.

He has already made overtures to leaders in the Senate and House, and his rumored selection of RNC Chairman. Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff as most powerful position who although a Trump supporter from the Convention represents Washington insiders,


Most disturbing is the announcement that Steve Bannon, Trump's controversial campaign CEO whose website, Breitbart News, has espoused anti-Semitic and nationalist views will serve as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president, Trump's transition team announced Sunday. Under Bannon, Breitbart.com has embraced racist conspiracy theories and become what Bannon termed "a platform for the alt-right."  (NBC news).


That suggests that minorities, religious, racial, and ethnic could be subject to overt discrimination.


“Does he tap a sober-minded consensus choice such as Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) as secretary of state or a combustible Trump confidant such as former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani or former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who are both said to be eyeing the diplomatic post?(Washington Post).

Giuliani who has exhibited Fascist tendencies either there or as Attorney General would be a disaster. Gingrich would be the lesser of those two evils as Secretary of State but his history as Speaker of the House would suggest that he would not be diplomatic,


Most likely Christie will be rewarded with a position that does not need Senate approval.


As to the appointment of his children or their spouses to an office either in the government itself or on his staff he may be restricted by 5 U.S. Code § 3110 - Employment of relatives; restrictions.


These are interesting and perhaps dangerous times. We will have to see how it plays out.

 

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