No quote better sums up the recent election than Salena Zito’s, “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” If you substitute press for “Left” then you have the complete underpinning of the election and the events that have followed. Nowhere is this divide more apparent that the reaction to “Build the Wall.” While the Left sought to demonize the concept as internment camps, racial registration and ripping families apart; those that supported Trump saw it as a representation of the protection of sovereign rights, national security and a respect for the law of the land. If we truly want to understand how a President Elect Trump is going to govern then we only need to look as far as the way he has conducted himself.

Be parsimonious…

“I believe in spending what you have to. But I also believe in not spending more than you should.”

This is apparent in the way he has already won concessions and agreement from Boeing in the Air Force One deal.

Be extremely parsimonious when needed…

“To this day, if I feed a contractor is overcharging me, I’ll pick up the phone, even if it’s only for $5,000 or $10,000, and I’ll complain. People say to me, “What are you bothering for, over a few bucks?” My answer is that the day I can’t pick up the telephone and make a twenty-five-cent call to save $10,000 is the day I’m going to close up shop.”

I however find it refreshing to have a politician who is actually trying to be a good steward of the American tax dollar.  Because he is willing to take on the defense spending “Golden Calves” now, he is setting the stage for not having to become involved with every deal. He is sending the message that business as usual in Washington is ending and every deal can be scrutinized.

Options, Options, Options…

“I never get too attached to one deal or one approach… I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.”

When our politicians say “No boots on the ground” or “We will not use tariffs” they are already ceding much of their ability to negotiate. Those that sit across the table from the U.S. need to know that there are always a variety of tools that can be employed and in order to protect the American people they will be used if necessary.

Think Big…

“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”

Drain the Swamp.

Then Think Bigger…

“I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. I was out to build something monumental – something worth a big effort.”

He did not just say he was going to get America back on track, he said he was going to “Make America Great Again!”

Don’t be afraid to fight…

“In most cases I’m very easy to get along with. I’m very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard.”

The mainstream media has learned to their disappointment that unlike Republicans of old DJT will not allow them to be the sole provider of his narrative; even engaging in bare knuckle twitter brawls to spread his message.

Sometimes the worst scenario is the best scenario you are going to get…

“If you plan for the worst – if you can live with the worst – the good will always take care of itself.”

As a Project Manager, I know the importance of contingency planning. You hope for the best, plan for the worse and then have secondary plans in case those fall through as well.

Walking away can be a good thing…

“The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.”

The Iran deal is a farce, but this is what you get when you are more worried about the symbolism of making the deal instead of the details of the deal itself.

It’s all about the delivery…

“You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.”

The Carrier Deal was about more than 1,000 jobs. In the grand scheme of things 1,000 jobs will not make much of a difference to the economy of the United States, but it will make a hell of a difference in the lives of those 1,000 families. It was symbolism that for some segments of the country everything has not been going great and their concerns have been heard.


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