Perhaps there was actually something to Donald Trump’s refusal to hold a press conference since he was elected president. A potential problem with a room full of people armed with pointed questions about national affairs is that it can jarringly reveal that the person in question doesn’t have a clue about national affairs.
Enter Mr. Trump’s first (sort-of) press conference. It was held in front of a dimly lit entrance to his Mar-a-Lago Estate in south Florida, decked with Christmas ornamentation. It appears Trump tried to assuage the forthcoming tragedy of the situation by putting possible murderer Don King on stage? Maybe that way he’d look more presidential. Ideas, anyone?
There were smart questions. There were answers, perhaps not quite as smart.
Lindsay Graham, one of the most senior Republican senators in Washington, suggested early in the week that Russia deserves sanctions for its role in hacking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s computers just prior to the Nov. 8 election. Reporters asked Trump about this and we’ll just let his answer, recorded by Mother Jones, stand for itself:
“I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind the security we need. But I have not spoken with the senators and I will certainly will be over a period of time.”
Trump will certainly will be speaking over a period of time. What’s less certain is whether or not any of the things that are spoken make any sense. His rambling answers recall the time he tried to explain “the cyber” and how “difficult” it is back in September:
So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son—he’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester. And certainly cyber is one of them.
It’s very obvious that Trump has absolutely no idea what he’s saying. Let’s try another one. How about that conflict of interest, you know, with all the business interests Trump profits from in foreign countries, some of which have complex diplomatic relationships with the U.S?Take it away, presidente.
“It’s a great business — I’m going to have nothing to do with it, I don’t have to because as you know I wouldn’t have to do that by law but I want to do that because I want to focus on the country. But, when I ran, people know I have a very big business, they elected me I guess partially for that reason.”
Then, according to Mother Jones, Trump pressed onward in his quest to take credit away from a Japanese businessman for bringing 5,000 jobs to the U.S. That deal is a boondoggle, as has been extensively reported, beyond just the fact that Trump already tried to take credit for the same jobs two weeks ago. Also, 5,000 jobs really isn’t that many. The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November.
Small change for a supposedly rich man.
At some point Trump promised to hold another press conference, where he will certainly will say more things. Aren’t you excited? We are.