President Donald Trump doesn’t seem too worried about the specifics of government policy, although that’s literally his job. In a recent interview with Sean Hannity at Fox News, the host asked Trump about his priorities for a second term, and the president’s attempt to answer didn’t exactly go so well. In response, Trump never articulated a single specific priority, suggesting that his real priorities consist of elevating himself and thinking about the consequences later. During a subsequent interview with former Fox New host Eric Bolling, who now has a show at the Sinclair Broadcasting Network, the host offered Trump a do-over and asked a similar question about second-term priorities — and Trump again devolved into sputtering mostly vague nonsense.
Bolling commented that some people were “upset” with Trump’s initial answer to Hannity, so he repeated the line of questioning, asking for the president’s second-term agenda. Trump replied:
‘I will tell you, it’s very simple. We’re going to make America great again. We are doing things that nobody could have done. We’ve rebuilt the military. We have ways to go. We’ve done things for the vets like nobody’s ever seen. We can do even more. We did choice. As you know, we did accountability. What we’ve done nobody’s been able to do, but we have more to do, economic development jobs, trade deals. The trade deals I’ve made are incredible.’
Sinclair's Eric Bolling gave Trump a "retake" on his empty answer to Hannity on his priorities for a second term. Here's how Trump answered this time: pic.twitter.com/zKIRKcAtVB
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 2, 2020
Making America “great again” doesn’t inherently mean anything at all, in terms of an actual policy agenda. It’s a campaign slogan — and it’s the same one that Trump used during the 2016 campaign season, at that. Is Trump implying that he’s failed to make America “great again” for the entire duration of his first term so far?
In his Sinclair interview, he eventually named slightly more specific points, but he failed to meaningfully elaborate upon them. His agenda includes… wait for it… doing “even more” for veterans. What does that even mean? The examples that he cited of what he’s supposedly already done aren’t even his own. The Veteran’s Choice program, which supports visits to private medical facilities for veterans, was enacted in the Obama administration.
After the above, during his interview with Bolling, Trump added even more nonsense. After continuing to praise the supposedly great trade deals that he’s enacted, he added:
‘Our country will be so strong at the end of our first term. It’s going to be great. It would have been phenomenal. We got hit with the plague. At the end of the second term, it’s going to be at a level that nobody will have ever seen a country. We’re doing it, whether it’s trade, whether it’s military, all made in the USA.’
It’s more meaningless nonsense. He mentions trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. — but what’s his plan to accomplish that? Does he have a plan? Saying “trade deals!” is not a plan. It’s an excuse and a smokescreen meant to try and manipulate Trump’s base into voting for him again, although he has no idea what he’s doing in office and seems uninterested in learning.
Watch the full interview in the video below: