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Transitioning the government: Don’t worry, Trump’s got this

Written By | Nov 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2016 – Although it has been less than two weeks since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States, his performance as President-elect has thus far unfolded exactly as promised. Trump has a no-nonsense, thorough, yet very rapid approach to decision-making. He is beginning to show how he plans to get things done when he becomes CEO of the American government. In addition, the things he plans to get done will be accomplished on time and under-budget.

Recognizing that he had nearly 4,000 jobs to fill before he is sworn into office and knowing that his new team members need time to work with the existing administration, Trump moved quickly after the election was over. With his advisors, he approached the daunting task of assembling a new administration the same way every business person approaches every problem: First, gather information; then seek knowledgeable and trustworthy advice. Next, consider all possible outcomes and then make the best decision possible based on available information.

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When filling each position, there are several criteria Trump must consider. While expertise, experience and philosophy are extremely important, the chemistry with the new president and with other members of the team will ultimately decide who gets what jobs.

At the same time, like any objective businessperson, he realizes that in business, nothing is ever personal and nothing should ever be taken personally, even direct attacks on character. The goal is always to maximize the return.  To do so, any negative emotion resulting from a personal attack must be eliminated.

For example, if Mitt Romney—rumored as a potential candidate for Secretary of State—will bring the greatest return in terms of successfully carrying out the duties of the job, advancing the goals of the Trump administration and providing the president with valuable advice consistent with Trump’s views, then Trump will seek to get Mitt Romney on his team.

It doesn’t matter what Romney said in the past about Trump. As long as what’s said stays within reasonable limits, Trump figures that Romney just said what he did to enhance his position, so it wasn’t a direct attack. It was an attack on an opponent by another opponent. Trump will generally leave the past in the past.

The other area where president-elect Trump is doing very well is communication. He knows, and recent polls have confirmed, that the mainstream media has exhibited a a clear and persistent bias in their reporting on Trump campaign. The New York Times has even admitted the bias, stating in an open letter to their subscribers that they will be more objective in the future. Even so, it does not appear that there have been or will be any changes in the NYTimes’ coverage of the President-elect, the Vice President-elect or the conservative movement and the Republican Party in general.

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For its part, the Washington Post consistently claims to balance its opinions by supporting one purportedly right-leaning, more conservative columnist on its online staff. But she, too, bashes Trump, and her continuing and obvious bias is clearly evident in her columns.

Given the wide-ranging evidence of continuing media bias, Trump continues to be concerned that the press will either misquote him or take his quotes out of context so they can edit or twist them to reinforce their biased, left-wing view. During the campaign, and continuing into his presidential transition, he has determined it will be simple to eliminate that distortion. As he did during the campaign, he will take his message quickly, efficiently and at virtually no cost, directly to American citizens. He simply tweets the exactly brief message that he wants to communicate, eliminating the biased media middlemen.

Those who follow him quickly get his message, while everyone else can see it once the mainstream picks it up later. Yet the tweets are what they are and initially appear the way they appear, which is exactly the way Trump wants it.

Perhaps, as all business people do, Donald Trump studied successful people in his formative years and continuously thereafter. He must have noted that Barack Obama was successful in winning the presidency in 2008, in part due to his exploitation of social media as a new tool for political communication. At the time, social media was widely used primarily by younger people who, unsurprisingly, flocked to the polls to vote for Obama. That was duly noted by Trump, who then took it to the next level. As a result, he can easily deliver his message directly to the public without having it run through a negative media filter. The media be damned.

As Trump continues to build his team, so far, so good. While we may not completely agree with all of Trump’s choices, there is one thing most of us will agree with: Donald Trump’s businesslike approach to running a massive, labor-intensive service organization like the Federal government is welcomed by Americans who are fed up with paying government too much in taxes and receiving too little in return.

Michael Busler

Michael Busler

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and a Professor of Finance at Stockton University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance and Economics. He has written Op-ed columns in major newspapers for more than 35 years.