With an orange soft-serve ice-cream cone on the president-elect’s head, the New York Daily News cover couldn’t have been more critical of Donald Trump. The newspaper called him “Mister Softie” for his daily flip-flopping. Yesterday, the almost-president was all over the place.
The billionaire scheduled a meeting with the New York Times. Then he un-canceled the meeting and showed up four hours after the original meeting time. During the actual interview, he switched his stance on subjects ranging from the alt-right movement to climate change to Hillary Clinton.
In the interview, Trump also suggested it would be possible for him to run his company and the country at the same time — but that he doesn’t plan to do so:
‘I’d assumed that you’d have to set up some type of trust or whatever and you don’t. The law’s totally on my side, the President can’t have a conflict of interest.
Trump called climate change a “con job” and a “hoax perpetrated by the Chinese” on the campaign trail. Now he says:
‘Clean air is vitally important. I think there is some connectivity (between humans and climate change.)’
He said he would keep an “open mind” when considering withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. That is a long way from his campaign rhetoric, when he said he would “cancel” the pact.
‘Let’s go forward. This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseum. I don’t want to hurt the Clintons. I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered in many different ways.’
He named Stephen Bannon as his chief White House strategist, a man who is the alt-right personified. The Anti-Defamation League said Bannon:
‘…presided over … a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.’
‘It’s not a group I want to energize. And if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why.’
The president-elect said he could run his business and the country, because he will be exempt from conflict-of-interest laws as president:
‘In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. There’s never been a case like this.’
Check out this video about Trump’s flip-flopping:
H/T: New York Daily Times.