Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIME Cover Story: "Donald Trump After Hours"

TIME Cover Story: "Donald Trump After Hours" "They are professionals and I authorized the generals to do the fighting."

"Tonight, at dusk on May 8, President Trump invites three TIME correspondents for a tour of his home and office, followed by a four-course dinner in the Blue Room, the oval-shaped parlor on the first floor of the executive mansion. ...
"Each president leaves his mark on the building, and Trump has wasted little time making his.
"The modern art favored by the Obama family is gone, replaced with classic oils, including portraits of Trump's favorite predecessors, like Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt.
"In the Oval Office, military-service flag stands have been added, topped by battle ribbons.
"But few rooms have changed so much so fast as his dining room, where he often eats his lunch amid stacks of newspapers and briefing sheets.
"Trump says he used his own money to pay for the enormous crystal chandelier that now hangs from the ceiling.
"But the thing he wants to show is on the opposite wall, above the fireplace, a new 60-plus-inch flat-screen television that he has cued up with clips from the day's Senate hearing on Russia. . .
Trump said "By the time they get to me, and I get back to them, usually it’s over anyway.
"The enemy is gone. They couldn’t fire. Under the Obama Administration they would get back to them three or four weeks later.
"I’m a believer in professionals, whether it’s in Iraq, Yemen, Libya or anywhere.
"They went to West Point, Annapolis or the Air Force Academy. They’re professionals.
"They love doing it, and they know every inch of the territory. Why I am I telling them?
"So I authorized the generals to do the fighting."