As President-elect Trump softens on some of his major campaign promises quicker than a man with severe erectile dysfunction, his main supporters are going to suffer a stroke after a report in The Wall Street Journal revealed the President-elect will be hanging out with current President Barack Obama.
After Trump and Obama’s meeting at the White House, the The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump “seemed surprised” by the magnitude of running the country, as Obama explained the duties required to run a functioning country. Furthermore, they reported Trump’s own aides were unaware that an ENTIRE new team had to be hired to staff the West Wing once Obama’s Administration exits. Because of this, Pres. Obama, according to some, plans on taking Trumpy under his wing and showing him the ropes.
After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.
This comes after Trump’s transition team suffered leadership shake ups and delays due to Trump’s own desire to not “jinx” himself considering no one really believed he could pull off the greatest presidential upset in American history. Along with being behind schedule, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was removed from the transition team leadership and replaced with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The Wall Street Journal reported:
Another contributing factor: Mr. Trump’s victory surprised even his own top advisers, who, before Tuesday, were unable to focus the New York businessman on the 73 days between the election and inauguration, a senior aide said. They said Mr. Trump didn’t want to jinx himself by planning the transition before he had actually won.
The Wall Street Journal wrote that Trump’s transition is behind compared to previous presidential administration transitions. For instance, Obama appointed his chief of staff just two days after his successful 2008 campaign. It took almost a week for Trump to name RNC chairperson Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff.
However, Trump’s communications director for the transition, Jason Miller, tried to downplay the idea of an Obama mentorship or an unqualified Trump being in over his head. He commented:
The difference between President-elect Trump and a politician is that Trump puts a premium on making the right decision, not the politically expedient one. President-elect Trump’s excellent judgement and temperament has served him well in business and in life, and he’s not going to be swayed by a bunch of political insiders responsible for filling up the swamp in the first place.
However, that’s questionable considering Trump has already begun softening on issues such as Obamacare, building a border wall, and prosecuting Hillary Clinton especially after his meeting with President Obama. These top issues were what elevated him to the top in the primaries and ultimately to the White House. The idea of an Obama mentorship may be hilarious to some (it is), however with his softening, it may play out well for Democrats. Furthermore, it’s a testament to Obama’s own legacy in that he would perform the most gracious of acts and mentor someone who criticized him in some of the most racist manners.
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