In addition, just 38 percent of Americans have a positive view of Trump, while 48 percent have a negative one — making him the most unpopular incoming president in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. [NBC News]
IT BEGAN on a whim.
Make America Great Again.
Now all the troubles of the world are about to be dumped into President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s lap.
It’s a sobering moment for the 21st-century P.T. Barnum.
Trump seemed, dare we say, humbled by recent intelligence briefings on global threats. Dick Cheney’s friends used to tell us he was a decidedly darker, changed man once he started reading the daily intel reports after 9/11. Trump seemed moved by what he’s now seeing.
“I’ve had a lot of briefings that are very … I don’t want to say ‘scary,’ because I’ll solve the problems,” he said. “But … we have some big enemies out there in this country and we have some very big enemies — very big and, in some cases, strong enemies.”
He offered a reminder many critics hope he never forgets: “You also realize that you’ve got to get it right because a mistake would be very, very costly in so many different ways.”
Worth noting: Trump said he likes his briefings short, ideally one-page if it’s in writing. “I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you.”
It’s almost here.
White House press briefings won’t ever be the same.
“You saw what happened last week: We had 510 reporters, and nobody has 510 reporters unless it’s, like, election evening.” — Donald Trump in Axios interview
When he’ll actually name the many undersecretary positions and fill to the State Department and Department of Defense vacancies is anyone’s guess.