The Wall Street Journal reports that President Barack Obama will be spending more time with Donald Trump as the president-elect makes his transition from candidate to leader of the free world.
Trump was allegedly “surprised by the scope” of presidential duties during his Thursday conference with President Obama, according to “people familiar with the meeting.” Additionally, Trump’s team appeared “unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.”
Trump is greener than green, and because of that, Obama will spend more time with him than a sitting president normally would in order to aid the businessman in his transition from Trump Tower to Oval Office.
Some Republicans will certainly fear Obama’s influence on Donald Trump. They may attempt to lay blame at the president’s feet for Trump’s recent walking back of his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, as well as his “softening” on immigration. There’s legitimate concern there. However, President Obama can only influence Donald Trump as much as Donald Trump wants to be influenced.
That may reassure Trump voters who believe the businessman is made of steel, but in reality, it should scare them senseless. Trump is much closer to Silly Putty than steel, molding to the hand that currently holds him.
Trump hasn’t held a firm position on any political issue in two years. Even his promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” was diluted during his 60 Minutes interview Sunday, when he told Lesley Stahl that fencing would be acceptable in some areas.
This should come as a surprise to exactly no one. As he told The New York Times editorial board, when audiences get tired or antsy, “I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
Trump’s team appeared “unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.”
The Wall Street Journal
Donald Trump is a manipulator, and he can take whatever form is necessary to survive. Now that he’s passed the election hurdle, he may need to change shape yet again to thrive in Washington.