On Sunday, the DOTUS gave his first interview since the election to Chris Wallace. I call him the “Pre-President” because he’s been acting like the President since the election. Part of the interview was conducted on the plane dubbed “Trump Force One”. He’s says it’s nicer than Air Force One. It’s a Boeing 757. Inside it has gold window frames. Go figure.
In the course of the interview he made a comment I haven’t seen picked up on, to do with “draining the swamp”.
Now. a number of the opposition politicians including the DNC have said “But, but, but, he promised to drain the swamp and he’s appointing billionaires, you should rise up in outrage”. Total misunderstanding. “Drain the swamp” doesn’t mean appoint poor people. Never did. It means get rid of corruption, inefficiency, duplication of effort, and unnecessary regulations.
Part of draining the swamp has to do with bad business deals. The DOTUS spoke of two of them. The first was the contract for a new Air Force One for the President. He wants to cancel the deal, says it’s a total ripoff. Gotta say … this is the first Pre-President that would know first-hand if Air Force One is a bad deal or not. I and most of us sure wouldn’t.
The other bad deal was the horrendously overpriced F-35, your basic horse designed by a committee that does everything a bit but does not do anything well. Hundreds of billions of dollars. Meanwhile it’s taken so long that the world is moving on to drones …
Now, the Pre-President has already taken the first action to drain the swamp. Before he began looking for appointees, he made it clear that they will be held to his campaign promise regarding lobbying. Anyone he appoints will be barred from working as a lobbyist for five years, and will be barred in perpetuity from working as a lobbyist for any foreign country. This is totally unprecedented, and long overdue.
In his Trump Force One interview, in addition to talking about bad deals, he made what to me was a new proposal and pointed to a different kind of swamp denizen, not a lobbyist but a job-hopper. People negotiate deals with large government suppliers, both defense and others, and once the deal is done, six months later they’re working for the company that they just gave the bid to at three times their government salary … as the Donald pointed out, this may involve more money than that regarding lobbyists.
So his proposal, as I understand it, is similar to that of the lobbyists—if you are involved in cutting a government procurement or grant deal with some company, you can’t go to work for that company for five years. Me, I’d make it a lifetime ban, but the five-year ban will help.
I like that plan a lot. It will definitely help us cut better deals for the people of the US, and as a businessman, I can only applaud that.
What a time to be alive! We’ve never had a Pre-President before, one who would lay down the law regarding a five-year ban on lobbying before even starting his interviews.
My very best wishes to everyone,
PS—I note that people are still confused about why the Donald is meeting with such odd people. Today it’s Bill Gates and Kanye West that have the twitterati all abubble. My previous explanation still holds. He is meeting and learning from every major player in every industry in the time he has; and he is also auditioning with each of them to be their President. Gates and West are each giants in their own arenas, none bigger. Trump wants to know everything he can about them—their aims, their dreams, their abilities, their alliances, their enemies, their strengths and weaknesses, what they can offer him, what they want from him. In addition, he needs for them to be on his side, to accept him as their President and not reject him as an unknown ogre. What an amazing opportunity he has, to meet and learn the ropes about your new job from every successful person, every superstar, every leader in every field of life! Any future President-Elect who doesn’t emulate this master-class in preparing for the job is a fool.