- Trump’s divided state of America – POLITICO 011617
Edward-Isaac Dovere: Donald Trump has done more since being elected to court Vladimir Putin than the 74 million Americans who voted for other presidential candidates—or the tens of millions who didn’t vote at all. | Many Democrats and Republicans alike argue that’s contributing to the incoming president’s historically low, and falling, approval ratings, and could set the country on course for a fractious four years of distrust and division while damaging the institution of the presidency. | Trump, who is most at home stirring and then surfing controversy, spent much of the 10-week transition revving up supporters still exulting in his win. He boasts in private and public about how he pulled off the upset, taking to Twitter to mock Democrats and anyone else upset that he won.
- Inauguration: Donald Trump, and the world, readies for a ‘leap into the dark’ – POLITICO 011617
Shane Goldmacher: The holiday weekend was a blunt reminder that no one knows what exactly comes next with Trump. | He attacked a civil rights icon as “all talk, talk, talk – no action” on Twitter. His staff floated the idea of moving news conferences — and possibly reporters’ work space — out of the White House itself. He suggested lifting sanctions on Russia in exchange for a nuclear reduction deal. And he said in an interview with the Washington Post that the health care package he’s crafting would have “insurance for everybody” — a radical departure from GOP orthodoxy. | “It really is a leap into the dark. And I think that’s true for the country and that’s true for Trump,” said veteran GOP Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who has previously held several top Republican posts, including chief of staff to the Republican National Committee. “And that’s what the country wanted to do.”
- Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again – POLITICO Magazine 011617
ack Shafer: Now, before the Committee to Protect Journalists throws up the batsign and the rest of us bemoan Trump’s actions as anti-press—which they are—let’s thank the incoming president for simplifying our mission. If Trump’s idea of a news conference is to spank the press, if his lieutenants believe the press needs shutting down, if his chief of staff wants to speculate about moving the White House press scrum off the premises, perhaps reporters ought to take the hint and prepare to cover his administration on their own terms. Instead of relying exclusively on the traditional skills of political reporting, the carriers of press cards ought to start thinking of covering Trump’s Washington like a war zone, where conflict follows conflict, where the fog prevents the collection of reliable information directly from the combatants, where the assignment is a matter of life or death. | In his own way, Trump has set us free. Reporters must treat Inauguration Day as a kind of Liberation Day to explore news outside the usual Washington circles. He has been explicit in his disdain for the press and his dislike for press conferences, prickly to the nth degree about being challenged and known for his vindictive way with those who cross him. So, forget about the White House press room. It’s time to circle behind enemy lines.
- Donald Trump as foodie in chief – POLITICO
Helena Bottemiller Evich: Donald Trump’s culinary tastes are known to range from KFC and taco bowls to well-done steaks. At the famous 21 Club in New York, known for its rack of lamb and Rohan duck, Trump goes with the house hamburger — well done, of course. | Despite owning more than a dozen luxury restaurants, Trump is, by all accounts, not all that interested in food. But the elevated role of White House chef — paired with the growing food policy debate that has been front and center in the current administration — has the culinary world buzzing about who Trump will bring in and what it might mean for the food landscape. | Historically, first ladies have made many of the decisions about food at the White House, but there are some indications that Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who said in a statement last week that she would take a leave of absence from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her own business, could play a big role in promoting nutrition and cultivating the culinary image of the new administration.