First and foremost, I was so impressed with 60 Minutes journalist Leslie Stahl. She was professional, as she has been throughout the campaign. She was gracious, elegant, and a pleasure to watch. Other journalists should take heed and follow her example.
Now that Donald Trump is President Elect, I believe someone has to tell him to clean up his makeup.Not to be mean but he looks like an albino racoon with all that non-made up white skin around his eyes. I think that the orange hue that people have been discussing since he decided to run for office is a spray tan. Perhaps the reason his eyes look so white may be due to his using those eye protection goggles after getting the spray tan. Since his skin is tanned or oranged and he doesn’t need a full on makeup applied. So, he may want to carry a little liquid makeup with him to put under his eyes and on his lids. He may also want to get some dark blond or light brown mascara to bring out his lashes. Since he is vain and is concerned about looks and looking his best, this information can improve his on-camera appearance.
Trump said that on election night when he won, he went completely silent. I mentioned in previous blogs that he was stunned by his win as well and was taking the time to process everything. His body language showed this. That is why he looked as though he was going to cry when he arrived on stage for his victory speech. It was and still is a shock to him. He said that he realized that this is a whole different life for him now.
Perhaps that is why throughout the interview we saw a completely different Donald Trump than we saw on television or on the campaign trail. There was no loud tones or blustering. There was no over the top rhetoric. In essence, there was no showmanship that we have seen him display for the past 18 months.
When he spoke about Hillary’s call to him, he said it was a lovely call and imagined it was a tough one for her to make. He was very soft spoken and gracious when he mentioned Hillary, which leads me to believe that all the anger he displayed towards her and all the threats he made to her ( like locking her up) seem to have dissipated. He even spoke of Bill Clinton’s call, saying that it was an amazing run. When asked if he had any regrets for the nasty tone of the campaign he looked down and thought about it.
While he said he had no regrets because it got him here to the Presidency, his body language said that he did indeed have some regrets. After hearing him speak, it seemed to me that deep down he does respect Hillary’s political experience and he does actually like her. After all, he has known and supported her for decades. She even said how he would make a good candidate to run for President and he has sung her praises for years. He then said he wished it was nicer and softer and more on policy,which supports what I just observed in terms of his body language.
Regarding his meeting with Obama, which he said could have lasted 4 hours, he said Obama told him the good things and the bad things. He wanted to learn all he could about Obama’s views on the middle east because he will be inheriting this. But as he spoke about Obama, there was not a smile or any warmth. I think he was being professional in his statements, but I stick to my previous observations, which I shared with the media that there is no love lost between the two. He said he found Obama to be terrific, very smart and very nice, which may be all true. But as he said this he shook his head “no,” which may indicate that even though he may think those things about Obama, there is perhaps still a negative charge after all that was said during the campaign. It is clear that Obama may have welcomed into the White House on a superficial level, but not on a deep level. If that were the case, we would see more smiles and facial enthusiasm.
Leslie then said that he looked pretty sober sitting in the White House with Obama. He then replied that he is a sober person. Perhaps this sober person is the real Donald Trump and the one we saw on the campaign trail was the showman Donald Trump who riled people up to get their vote. He then said his actions in the White House showed respect for the office and the President. I believe that. I believe that his going to the White House and sitting along site of the President gave him a “huuuuuge ” reality check.
Leslie Stahl brilliantly asked him if it was awkward being with one another in light of what they each said about one another. Trump said they never discussed it. But deep down those comments can never be forgotten as words leave indelible scars. He said from his standpoint there was zero awkwardness. But from Obama’s standpoint there was clearly some awkwardness.
He also said that he will conduct himself well in the White House, but he may be rougher if the situation calls for it, which seemed to be an honest assessment of himself. He also said he didn’t want to be that monotoned character, which I agree with. In essence, he was saying that he wanted to be authentic.
Here’s what he said we can expect in his Presidency.
- There will be a wall and a fence in certain areas.
- He just said he would deport gang members and drug dealers deported ( 2 million of them) not regular good people as he just wants to secure the borders.
- He will lower taxes.
- He will change health care to make it more affordable.
- He wants to get rid of lobbyists and special interest groups.
When Leslie said all his transition team is lobbyists, he said that is all the people who are down there as that is what is wrong with the system. He phumphered a bit as she busted him on this as it is a real issue for him. It may have sounded hypocritical to those listening to it. He said the whole place is one big lobbyist and he wants to get rid of them even though he is relying on them now and wants to phase it out.
6. He will have term limits. 7. There will be restrictions on foreign money coming into the county. 8. He will quickly appoint someone to the supreme court who will be pro life and pro second amendment 9.If Roe vs Wade were overturned he said it would go back to the states. 10. He will continue to use twitter in moderation as a form of modern communication. 11.He will be focusing on jobs, health care, the border, and immigration as opposed to putting Hillary in jail. He also said he didn’t want to hurt them as they are good people. 12. He will find out more about Comey when he speaks with him directly. 13. He won’t take any vacation. 14. He will only accept $1 as salary for being President.
When asked point blank, if he was intimidated or scared by the gravity of the enormous situation he is taking on, he answered “no” without hesitation, which leads me to believe that he feels confident he is up to it and can handle the job of the Presidency.
She said people are scared and are demonstrating right now. He said it is only because they don’t know him. This may very well be true as all we know is what we heard on the campaign, in the media, and what he said 11 years ago on a bus to Billy Bush about women and their privates.
He believes many of the the demonstrators are professional protesters.He also said he would tell people to not be afraid and that there is a double standard with him and Hillary’s supporters. He also firmly told his supporters to not make racial slurs or incite violence as he said his aim is to bring the country together.
In fact, he looked right into the camera and told everyone to STOP IT! He was talking about his supporters stopping any harassment towards blacks, muslims, and latinos.
This was a completely Donald Trump.This was a much more subdued and professional Donald Trump. He spoke openly and was forthright. Now we will have to wait and see what he does.