Trump Gets Head Start on the Week
Despite claims that he would send Hillary Clinton to jail should he win the presidency, Donald Trump said yesterday that he “probably” won’t actually do so. He told reporters from the Times that it wasn’t “something that [he] feel[s] strongly about.” He additionally said that he doesn’t think his supporters will be disappointed in his decision not to pursue further criminal investigations, and that he doesn’t want to “hurt the Clintons.”
Trump was meanwhile stirring up more trouble with the Times itself. After sending a tweet out that the newspaper had changed its terms for a scheduled meeting, and that he was subsequently canceling said meeting, he later showed up at the Times office. There, he spoke with reporters regarding a variety of topics, including how he felt that the Times had not been gentle with their coverage of him. The press meeting was the most extensive that Trump has given since Election Day. It covered his plans for treatment of the press under the First Amendment (“I think you’ll be pleased,” he told reporters), as well as his feelings on Breitbart.
One of his most interesting comments to the Times reporters, however, came in regards to the Paris climate agreement, which Trump has said multiple times that he would back out of. However, he told reporters that he has “an open mind” to the agreement. He also backtracked on his previous comments regarding climate change being a falsehood fabricated by the Chinese government. He’s reported as saying that there was “some connectivity” between climate change and human activities. Obama has already promised that the United States would cut its emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, and other diplomats around the world are pledging to push the United States to retain this position established by the current president.
Earlier this week, Trump announced he would pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership his first day in office. The partnership is a trade deal signed by Obama which links all countries on the Pacific Rim. Without the United States, the partnership has little merit. However, large trade players, significantly China and Russia, are looking for ways to replace the partnership. In addition, other countries are looking to ratify a separate deal aside from the United States, the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The comments by Trump follow the recent forum for Pacific Rim countries that took place in Peru.
Trump inserted his opinion in yet another place where it was not welcome, as he tweeted out earlier this week that “Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!” Nigel Farage is a pro-Brexit politician that Trump has somewhat of a history with. In response, British spokespeople commented that there was no ambassador vacancy, as the United States already has a British ambassador. Later, one BBC radio host pointed out that “It’s not considered diplomatically appropriate” and “It’s not good manners to say, ‘Hey, you’ll be sending us an ambassador and we want that guy, Farage.’ It’s like saying, ‘You know, when you buy me a Christmas present, I want a pair of shoes from Gucci.’”
Farage himself said that he was “surprised” and “flattered” by Trump’s comments and that any critics to the idea were “out of touch.”
In regards to conflicts of interests that may arise between Trump’s presidency and his political dealings, he has tweeted out that “Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world. Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!” The same “crooked media” is saying that Trump has yet to hand off his company to his children in a blind trust, and that he continues to own and manage his business. However, the children are still making their presence known in Trump’s presidential dealings, with Ivanka appearing at meetings with the Japanese prime minister, and also speaking via phone to the Argentinian president.