I’ve been getting a bit gloomy about the presidency of Donald Trump recently. The media coverage of him seems to be nothing but Russia, Russia, Russia, Impeach, Russia. And even people outside the MSM are saying that the presidency has been taken over by Goldman Sachs and the US General Staff. They say he’s become isolated in the White House, unable to do things the way he used to before he became president, and was now surrounded by aides who leaked everything to the media the minute he left the room. Trump had been completely neutralised. The Deep State was in command. Yes, Trump was still in the White House, and he still thought he was president, but really he had been pretty much reduced to sitting on the floor playing with bricks while the adults got on with the job of screwing the American people and starting the next war.
The low point came when I read Ann Coulter, author of In Trump We Trust, in the Daily Mail:
Ann Coulter has admitted that, four months into the Trump presidency, she’s worried that her favorite candidate’s administration is a bust.
Coulter – who last year published the book In Trump We Trust – has told The Daily Caller that she is beginning to doubt Trump’s ability to pull off his promised changes.
Likening his presidency to a man who promised to drive to LA, but then started heading to New York, she says there is still a chance for him to ‘turn the car around’.
It had all looked so good for a month or two, but now it was over. And the same gloomy message was coming from Alex Jones and Michael Savage. Trump had set out to Drain The Swamp, but instead he’d been sucked into it.
But then last night I watched Judge Jeanine Pirro interviewing Trump in the White House about five days ago:
And a different picture emerged. Here was a president who looked and sounded assured, in command, presidential, talking face-to-face with someone who was clearly a personal friend of his.
They talked about Russia, and about Comey, and lots of other stuff, but two things stuck out for me.
Firstly, Trump is contemplating stopping having White House press conferences in which his press secretary Sean Spicer “gets beat up”, and which get high TV ratings. Instead he’s thinking of putting out a daily printed statement.
I’ve seen one or two of these press conferences, and it’s a bear pit, with almost all the questions being about Russia. I think it’s a great idea to simply stop having them, and take the ratings away from the TV channels, and control what comes out of the White House. So I hope he does that.
And secondly I heard (25:30 minutes in), for the very first time, that Trump had, “within one minute”, got Egypt’s general Al-Sisi to agree to release young Aya Hijazi (and 8 other prisoners) from 30 or 40 year prison sentences – something that Obama administration had been trying unsuccessfully to do for 3½ years. There was even footage of her (right) with Trump in the White house. I had heard of Aya on and off over the past few years, and now she’d been released, and I’d heard nothing about it. When did that happen? A bit of investigation told me that it happened on or about 16 April – over a month ago. Why hadn’t I heard? Because the media go on about Russia, Russia, Russia, the whole time, and don’t report these stories. How did Trump manage it? He probably managed it because he knows how to make deals, and make them very quickly. It’s what he’s been doing all his life, and what Obama has never done.
Anyway, I learned much more in the few minutes that Trump talked to Judge Jeanine Pirro than I had in the past month about what Trump had been doing. Because all I’ve been hearing is Russia, Russia, Russia. Not because I spend any time at all watching or reading the MSM, but because the alt-right online media that I do watch and read have spent their whole time responding to the MSM, so they didn’t report Aya either.
In the interview Judge Jeanine Pirro was asking Trump how they were going to get their message out in the face of a hostile media. But she was showing how to do it while she was asking the question. Because through her I’d learned about not just Aya, but also the natural gas and cattle deal that had been done with China, the visit of the Ukrainian foreign minister, price cuts on airplanes, the detention of “thousands” of MS-13 gangsters, and the signing of 32 Bills (all of it news to me).
So as far as I’m concerned, the very best thing Donald Trump could do would be to stop having MSM-dominated press conferences, and thereby crash the ratings of the hostile TV companies, and instead just call in Judge Jeanine Pirro every couple of weeks to talk face to face with him in the cabinet room of the White House.
And I’m feeling optimistic about Trump again.