Almost the day after Donald Trump been officially announced as the winner of the 2016 presidential election the media was already busy trying to undermine his reputation with his voters, claiming that he was going back on some of the promises he made during his campaign.
During an interview with 60 minutes that was taped on Friday, journalist Lesley Stahl pressed Trump on issues like employing lobbyist within his campaign, stating that these are the same people he criticized during the election for being part of the corruption in politics. The New York Times, which has been one of Trump’s most fierce opponents in the press, wrote an article claiming that he campaigned against the corrupt power of special interest yet is filling his team with the very sort of people he criticized, in an attempt to tarnish his ability to keep his promises.
Long time Clinton ally Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren even blasted Trump’s use of lobbyist on Tuesday and said, “What Donald Trump is doing is that he’s putting together a transition team that’s full of lobbyists, the kind of people he actually ran against.”
Now, it seems Donald Trump has been one step ahead of the mainstream media again, as Vice President-elect Mike Pence has purged all of the lobbyist from Trump’s transition team, as originally reported by the Wall Street Journal.
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) November 16, 2016
Since Governor Chris Christie was removed as head of the transition team and Mike Pence taking over, lobbyist within the Trump campaign’s team have been “fired”, essentially proving Trump’s ability to follow through with his promises thus far. Some have suggested that placing the lobbyist on his team in the first place was a clever strategy to identify who the campaign could trust and who they could not, and then “drain the swamp” so to speak.
Of course, leave it to the media to malign Trump’s decision and spin the story as “chaos” within his transition team, as the Business Insider reports:
The move capped a chaotic day for Trump’s transition team. Former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who handled national-security duties, was ousted, as was senior defense and foreign policy official Matthew Freedman.
Rogers was told that all team members picked by Christie were being ousted, The Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. Rogers indicated the team may be in disarray.
“Is there a little confusion in New York? I think there is. I think this is growing pains,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. Sources cited by CNN in that story suggested infighting among Trump’s close advisers. Another unnamed CNN source denied the claim.
Considering CNN has earned the name “Clinton News Network” for constantly defending Hillary during this election, while attacking Trump every chance they got, I wouldn’t take their “sources” too literally. CNN also predicted this election would be a “landslide” for Clinton, along with almost all the rest of the major networks, so I’d say the media’s reputation for accuracy is pretty much down the tubes at this point.
As usual, Donald Trump took to Twitter in order to bypass the spin the press puts on many stories regarding his campaign and assured that the transition process if well organized and proceeding as planned.
Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Trump mentioned during his 60 minutes interview that he may continue to use social media as president as a way to circumvent the press and any inaccurate or bias stories they may push about him.
Considering Trump has been proven to have his finger on the pulse of the American voters by shocking the pundits and experts with his victory last week, I’d be more inclined to believe his words than anything coming out of the mainstream media.
This story will likely be under reported, but it should serve as an important reminder to anyone doubting Donald Trump that he always has a plan and has a history of outsmarting his opponents as well as keeping his word.