Trump hits two home runs in batting practice

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General James “Mad Dog” Mattis (USMC retired)

I was not a fan of President-elect Trump going into the election, something I feel I must repeat often just to let you know I have no bias towards Trump when I say something positive about him. It would be unfair of me to let the distain for Candidate-Trump color my assessment of every decision the man makes as president.

Trump has already shown in the transition that we’re in store for a roller coaster ride; especially if the media keeps trying to guess what he’s going to do next. He’s proven to be fairly apt at faking out the media and leaving them completely baffled in his wake. We may as well tune out the media when they start to tell us their opinion on what will happen next. 

Reportedly the transition is in turmoil. It sounds to me that President-elect Trump is keeping things like he likes them – confusing for everyone but him. Nothing about the transition pace appears troublesome at this point.

Several of his appointees have been well known names in and out of the government. Steve Bannon and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R, Alabama) have raised the most questions. Bannon because of his association the the alt-right through Breitbart News and Sen. Sessions because he was denied appointment to a federal judgeship in the Reagan Administration due to allegations of racism. Bannon’s position as chief strategist in the Trump Administration does not require confirmation hearings; Sen. Sessions appointment as attorney general does.

The first home run in my book is the reported appointment of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis (USMC retired) as the Secretary of Defense. This was my write-in vote for President so of course I’m happy to see a man of this caliber helping Trump.

The second, a moon shot home run of epic proportions, is that President-elect Trump is requiring all appointees to resign as lobbyist and be banned from lobbying for five years once they leave their position. Sounds like draining the swamp to me. I ring that up as a good promise kept.

He’s batting .500 early on with many more innings to play in a very long term. I’m certain he’ll vacillate between making us want to pull our hair out and cheering him for a job well done. Let’s hope for more of the latter.  To quote Tom Hanks, who was openly supportive of Hillary Clinton, “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years”.

Stay tuned and stay involved.

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