Tonight, during President-Elect Donald Trump’s first major interview after the election on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl asked him if still committed to not taking a salary during his term.
Donald Trump’s answer was, “I’m not taking it”, standing by his previous campaign promise of forgoing his presidential salary of $400,000 a year.
He followed up by saying that “I might have to take one dollar by law, so I’ll take a dollar.”
Lesley Stahl also asked Trump if he would take any vacations during his presidency, since he previously criticized Obama for excessive outings and his time spent on the golf course.
Trump responded, “We have so much work to do, we have jobs, we have healthcare, there’s a lot we’re going to be working on. So no, I wouldn’t imagine too many vacations.”
Lesley tried to trip Trump up by focusing on the protests erupting around the country and certain members of society who are “scared” now that he is president. Trump responded by looking straight at the camera and telling the country “there is nothing to be scared of”, but also mentioned how he believes there to be many paid, professional protesters involved with these events as Wikileaks has proven. He is correct, as I reported yesterday on advertisements for paid protesters on Craigslist in Seattle, and just tonight we have videos of buses transporting protesters from Wisconsin to Chicago.
Stahl also tried to implicate that since Trump wants to repeal Obamacare that there will be a period where people aren’t going to be covered, thus having no health care. Trump corrected her, saying there “won’t be 2 days, there won’t be 2 years” of people without coverage, he will repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously. Only career politicians would be so incompetent as to cancel a service that citizens rely on without having something to immediately replace it, which is probably why Stahl assumed that’s what Trump would. She already forgot, Donald Trump is a businessman, not a politician, and actually thinks logically.
On Jeb Bush, Trump mentioned the pledge that they signed as Republican presidential nominees and said, “I don’t know how you sign a pledge and then not follow up on it.”
When Ivanka Trump was asked about this campaign possibly damaging Trump’s brand, she responded with tact, saying that they aren’t worried about that being an issue, when Donald Trump jumped in and stated, “I think what Ivanka’s trying to say is who cares? This is big stuff, this is our country, I don’t care about hotel occupancy, it’s peanuts compared to what we’re doing. Healthcare, we’re making people better…it’s unfair what’s happening to people in our country, and we’re going to make it better.”
Indeed it is, Mr. Trump, and we still have a long way to go until we Make America Great Again, but this is a heck of a start.
Unfortunately, Ivanka said she will not be taking on an official roll within her father’s administration, but she did say she was very passionate about women’s issues and education. Ivanka for our first woman president in 2024?