It’s been months since Donald Trump held a real press conference. Aside from a couple of interviews, with The New York Times and 60 Minutes, the president-elect has limited his remarks to a few jokes with reporters, preferring to continue communicating via Twitter.
His messages are, as always, eccentric — deliberately unfiltered and barely considered, an apparently uncontrolled stream of consciousness — in an obvious design to create a direct, uninhibited, “authentic” relationship with Americans, unmediated by journalists. This extravagance, if there was any need for further clues, confirms that the Trump administration entrusted with the country Jan. 20 has literally no precedent.
And so everyone is beginning to grapple with the magnitude of this incredible and regrettable novelty, without the benefit of previous experience and without coming to normalize the fact of a tycoon-chairman managing the most powerful office on Earth: the White House. Indeed, the Trump presidency will be in perfect continuity with the Trump candidacy; the president will be a businessman.
Even the next press conference, set for Wednesday, seems to have been scheduled as a distraction from the day’s main events: confirmation hearings for key cabinet positions and discussions of the repeal — without any substitution — of Obamacare.