In a press conference Friday, Donald Trump made a Freudian slip that provided a scary but truthful glimpse into the way he views America — and his presidency:
“The United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years and that’s going to stop. We’re a very powerful company… country.”
Of course, Trump treating the United States like a company comes as no surprise, even if it does confirm our worst fears. Let’s hope that we as a country fare better than Trump Steaks, Trump Mortgage, Trump Airlines, Trump Vodka, Trump Ice, Trump: The Game, Trump Magazine, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Trump Tower Tampa, and, never to be forgotten, Trump University. Anyway, you know the saying: 11th time’s a charm, right?
Actions speak louder than words, and Trump’s actions in the short amount of time he’s been President just confirm this “company” theory. He’s installed key cabinet positions based not on qualifications or prior service but on personal loyalty.
Even as President of the United States, he still acts in the best interest for his own Trump-brand companies — foreign diplomats have been invited to stay at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Mar-a-Lago estate has become ground-zero for events and parties, and China just granted Trump dozens of long-sought-after trademarks, among a litany of other conflicts-of-interest.
Trump has no interest in working on behalf of the American people. He’s running this country like he runs his actual companies—to make himself richer while giving as little as possible to his “employees.”
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.