President elect Trump could not have been clearer during the presidential campaign. He despises the “corporate” media. He consistently attacked them in his campaign speeches.
It seems, however, that they still have not got the message.
But in case they were still in any doubt he summoned the leading lights of the major news organizations to Trump Tower in NYC for a closed meeting.
Trump also had his on, and off, and on again, interview with the reporters and editors at the New York Times, presided over by Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the publisher.
Here he said he was not interested in criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation or Hillary’s email saga, in effect, leaving it to the FBI and the Justice Department and added that he has an “open mind” about climate change.
He would defer to his key appointees in national security for determination about issues such as waterboarding.
And he condemned the Nazi saluting ultra-right white nationalists who had gathered the day before in Washington DC.
But he also praised his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon. And said that his influential Jewish son-in-law would be great help in settling the IsraelI/Palestine conflict.
But the fact remains that outgoing president Obama has spent the past two years governing by executive fiat which gives incoming president Trump the chance to reverse Obama’s executive orders and regulations without having to have recourse to legislation.
These include as many as 250 executive orders and 230 executive memoranda, which the new Trump administration can rescind if he so chooses. He can also reverse Obama’s order legalizing four million illegal immigrants at the stroke of a pen if he so chooses.
No doubt President elect Trump, who is now spending the thanksgiving weekend at his estate in Florida, will be deciding which of these many orders to reverse.
After the meeting with the media big shots in Trump Tower, he sent out a video message to the American people outlining the executive actions he would take on his first 100 days in office. He did not need, he was indicating, the mainstream media in New York and Washington, and much less their assorted pundits, interpreters, or intermediaries, to distort his message to the American people about the policies he intended to priortize.
It was to be the new world order of the Internet, the new social media, and direct unfiltered access, which he, above all others, knows and has perfected. He intended to deliver his messages directly and not through what in his view are the distorted filters of the Main Stream Media.
This is little wonder. The MSM did very little hard reporting on the campaign.
Nor did the MSM mitigate its thinly veiled support for the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Recently, a piece on The Washington Post discovered that Trump took an independent path to the White House and represented in many ways the first independent candidate to reach the White House and he clearly did so through communicating around and over the MSM.
This continues with his video message.
In his video message to the American people president elect Trump said that in his first 100 days in office he would end the Pacific trade partnership negotiations and begin bilateral trade negotiations.
He would end restrictions on shale oil and clean coal production.
He would insist that every new regulation be matched with the abolition of two old regulations.
He would instruct the Department of Defense and the chief of staff to prioritize defense against cyber attacks.
He would strengthen visa procedures.
He would ban lobbying for 5 years for former government employees and impose a life time ban on them lobbying for foreign governments.
And he has continued to tweet.
One in particular tweet has already caused diplomatic confusion among the powers-that-be across the Atlantic. He tweeted that he thought the acting UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, who had been the leader of the successful BREXIT campaign, and who had appeared with Trump during the presidential campaign, would be a great UK ambassador to the USA.
This tweet caused agony in Downing Street where Theresa May, the British prime minister, had been 11th on the list of foreign heads of government that Trump had called after his election. And Downing Street is where Nigel Farage, to say the least, is not one of the best loved of characters. The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, told the House of Commons in a huff that “the post was not vacant.”
But once president Trump is inaugurated on January 20th, Britain will need the good will of the American government as it charts the already choppy waters of the post-Brexit world, and where a free trade deal with the USA will be a priority, and where Trump has already said he favors a free trade deal with Britain (unlike President Obama who said that if Britain voted for BREXIT it would find itself “at the end of the queue.”)
Queen Elizabeth, however, seems better informed. Apparently she has already invited President Trump to pay a “state visit” to the U.K. next year, and to visit her at Windsor Castle.
Trump may be tempted.
After all he obtained an official coat of arms for his Scottish golf course. Trump’s mother was a Scottish lass.
The British monarchy evidently still has its uses.
Editor’s Note: Even the Farage faint shows how Trump is shaping a different approach.
As Trump and the Brexit UK Administration faces the future, the UK and US relationship will be an important element of the reshaping of policy.
But British newspapers, actually doing analysis and looking at Trump the communicator, argued that one should not take too hasty a look at what he is saying, for he is clever like a Fox and that is not Fox News.