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Typical of many young unfortunately .want everything without doing the work
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Originally posted by maccamax maccamax wrote:

C-P=As we sit in the foggy aftermath of one of history's most extraordinary elections one thing is clear enough – Australia just received an enormous shot of financial adrenalin. We are accidental collateral winners from the Republican victory in the US. Call it the Trump gift and it's worth billions.

Trump's policy centrepiece to spend $1 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure signals a massive increase in demand for commodities like iron ore and coal, which Australia produces. And since declaring he was set to "fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals", the prices of these commodities have taken off like a rocket.

The price of Iron ore – our biggest export – has soared to almost US$75 a tonne which is almost double where it was at the start of the year. In the past few days since the days it has gained more than 8 per cent.


Macca, we won't be selling a kilo more of coal to the USA.
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Originally posted by maccamax maccamax wrote:


C-P=As we sit in the foggy aftermath of one of history's most extraordinary elections one thing is clear enough – Australia just received an enormous shot of financial adrenalin. We are accidental collateral winners from the Republican victory in the US. Call it the Trump gift and it's worth billions.

Trump's policy centrepiece to spend $1 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure signals a massive increase in demand for commodities like iron ore and coal, which Australia produces. And since declaring he was set to "fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals", the prices of these commodities have taken off like a rocket.

The price of Iron ore – our biggest export – has soared to almost US$75 a tonne which is almost double where it was at the start of the year. In the past few days since the days it has gained more than 8 per cent.



Wonderful. if only we had a mining tax which would raise much needed revenue out of that scenario,
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So what will Trump supporters make if Trump does not follow up on his cries for Hillary to be tried..?
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He sounds very conciliatory right now but is a vindictive snake, Obama would do well to pardon her just in case he is waiting for Obama to be gone
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Why would she be pardoned if she did nothing wrong.????Shocked
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A President can offer a pardon against future prosecution, as Gerald Ford did in his first month in office for Richard Nixon and several co-accused. If Trump goes after her it will be like the Lib Party here going after Gillard Rudd etc with Royal Commissions....just because they can. A pardon will head that off.

I suspect though that Donald has more than a few skeletons that can be examined should anyone choose to look You cant screw over as many people as he has and not have a huge army of people willing to sink the boot in. Look at Bill Clinton and Whitewater. It would be prudent of Obama to do this
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Look at Bill Clinton and Whitewater.


Are you saying Bill did something dodgy re whitewater or are you saying he was clean?
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Both Trump and Bill Clinton were supposed to have attended the parties and traveled on Epstein's plane, the subject of which is the basis of the underage rape allegations to be tested in court against Trump. You would think that with that sort of stuff cancelling itself out and not wanting to be tested Trump would do better to leave the Clintons alone and recant his ''jail her'' position
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Originally posted by Shrunk in the Wash Shrunk in the Wash wrote:

Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:


Look at Bill Clinton and Whitewater.


Are you saying Bill did something dodgy re whitewater or are you saying he was clean?

I don't know if he was guilty or not but Republicans spent a lot of millions and many years pursuing it.
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Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

He sounds very conciliatory right now but is a vindictive snake, Obama would do well to pardon her just in case he is waiting for Obama to be gone


As I said earlier I do not think he will be anywhere near as bad as the Right are hoping.

I also think he is in a state of shock.



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15,000 americans voted for harambe. a dead gorilla

the trump phenomenon isnt that strange....
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Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

He sounds very conciliatory right now but is a vindictive snake, Obama would do well to pardon her just in case he is waiting for Obama to be gone


As I said earlier I do not think he will be anywhere near as bad as the Right are hoping.

I also think he is in a state of shock.


It remains to be seen what he turns out to be. My thought is that he will attempt to set up a corporate style govt with himself as executive chairman, probably his senior management under him will be the real power. This means a closer examination of them will tell more about what his Presidency will look like. On first impressions of the main contenders for prime executive roles, particularly VP Pence who will be the real power in the company, it doesn't look good They just look like a more conservative end of the swamp has control, those with extreme socially conservative views running the joint
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Trump accuser says she will take legal action only if he does


http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/trump-accuser-says-she-will-take-legal-action-only-if-he-does/ar-AAkdKnS?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=mailsignout


Ooops! ... sound's like the Democrats have pulled the pin on funding any of these frivolous, vexatious and fraudulent claims that they had convinced these bimbos to bring to light for the benefit of the biased media circus, every time their campaign manager felt that The Donald was getting some traction ...
In reference to every post in the Trump thread ... "There may have been a tiny bit of license taken there" ... Ok, Thanks for the "heads up" PT!
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Trump softens promise of border wall, says parts could be fence


http://Trump softens promise of border wall, says parts could be fence

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But it will be a tremendous fence Donald knows fences and this one will be fantastic Thumbs Up
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But it will be a tremendous fence Donald knows fences and this one will be fantastic Thumbs Up



Luv it, spot on PT LOL

"But certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I'm very good at this, it's called construction
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One positive about the Trump Presidency is that it will save the world from Trump TV  For 4 years at least
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Every country should have a wall !LOL
China has the great wall.   UK has hadrians wall.  And Aust has the dingo fence .Thumbs Up
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Sounds just like our Malcolm Disapprove Invite them to the White House once a year for tea and Freedom Cookies, and a discussion about how naughty they have been ripping off Trump's deplorables.


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Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over newly appointed chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon

President-elect Donald Trump's decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House has drawn a sharp rebuke from political strategists who see in Bannon a controversial figure too closely associated with the “alt-right” movement, which white nationalists have embraced.

Bannon, who was the executive chairman of Breitbart News before joining the Trump campaign in August, will serve as chief strategist and senior counselor for Trump; that will give Bannon authority over the strategic direction of the White House. Bannon will assume a similar role to that of Karl Rove during George W. Bush’s administration and recently by longtime strategist John Podesta under President Obama. He and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who will become White House chief of staff, will be among Trump's top advisers.

The announcement has produced intense hand-wringing in Washington and sharp denunciations from political observers and strategists critical of Breitbart News's close association with the alt-right, a fringe conservative movement saturated with racially insensitive rhetoric and elements of outright white nationalism.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate-watch group, has accused Breitbart of explicitly embracing ethno-nationalism. After Bannon's elevation was announced, the law center tweeted several controversial stories written by Breitbart under Bannon's control, including a piece published two weeks after the mass killing at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last year: “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.”

“Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,” the law center wrote via Twitter in its first statements on Bannon’s elevation. “Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for 'all Americans.' Bannon should go.”

Trump’s critics, across the political spectrum, immediately blasted the move on social media.

Bannon’s personal history also has been mired in controversy. Shortly after he joined the Trump campaign, court documents revealed that his ex-wife, Mary Louise Piccard, had accused Bannon of domestic violence and anti-Semitic language in 2007. (The documents were obtained and first reported by the New York Daily News.)

“The biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend,” Piccard said in a statement to the court. “He said that he doesn't like the way they raise their kids to be 'whiny brats' and that he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews.” Bannon has denied the accusations.

Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who worked closely with Bannon, called him a “legitimately sinister figure” in an article he published on the Daily Wire after Bannon joined the Trump campaign.

“Many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies,” Shapiro wrote.

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Astonishing considering Trump's children are married to Jews, Trump guy has zero principles

Count the number of big business, bankers he appoints to various positions.
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His style is to check every invoice, examine every light fixture. That will have to end, pronto.

He has entrusted his operations to a tight, tiny circle of executives, a handful at most. That circle will expand, greatly.

He has always demanded round-the-clock work and total availability from his staff. That will fit right in.

He has always bristled — and often lashed out — when staffers push back against his decisions. That could damage his presidency.

The people who have worked most closely with Donald Trump say he will bring a distinctly different style of management and leadership to the White House. He reads little and rules by his gut. He picks people by first impressions, sometimes without even talking to them. He is laser-focused on how he is perceived and what people say about him.

“Donald has to make a huge transition from Trump World to the United States of America,” said Louise Sunshine, the first executive Trump hired when he started out in the real estate business. Sunshine, Trump’s closest sidekick from 1971 to 1987, said her former boss “has to put his own needs aside — his needs for approval and acknowledgment, his inclination to use social media. He has to graduate to a huger universe. It’s going to be challenging, but he will do it.”

To govern a nation of 320 million people, Trump will have to absorb enormous amounts of information about issues he has never confronted and controversies that blow up in moments. His former executives say that’s something he does well.

“He is a quick study,” said Barbara Res, who spent 18 years as Trump’s top construction executive. “You don’t have to give him a long story. He picks it right up.”

But the Washington bureaucracy and Congress will have to get accustomed to a president who can’t stand long meetings and has little patience for complexity, according to Trump’s aides through the years.

“He’ll have someone read the reports for him and give them to him orally, real short,” Res said. “He brags that he’s never read a book all the way through. He doesn’t have the patience to sit in meetings. We always had a hard time keeping his attention during the prep for a deposition or something like that. The flip side is that he can scan something and get it quickly.”“The guy doesn’t read,” said Jack O’Donnell, who served as president of the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City at the height of Trump’s casino empire in the late 1980s. “He reacts to what he sees and hears in the moment; he is a poor listener.”

To correct for those qualities, O’Donnell said, Trump learned to delegate much of his work and give managers broad authority. But those who have worked with him say that Trump’s delegating requires extreme loyalty, and if anything goes amiss, the boss will explode.

“He gets frustrated and impatient,” said Sunshine, who said she thinks Trump will quickly adapt to the vast size and scope of the federal government. “But he is relentless. When Donald puts his eye on a goal, there’s no distracting him.”

By Trump’s own account, he “took my eye off the ball” in the 1990s, when his casino empire in Atlantic City suffered through six corporate bankruptcies. At the time, he blamed his executives for the failures, which led some of his closest aides to lose faith in him.

Trump describes his leadership style as acting as an “army of one” — relying mainly on his own judgment. In his book “Think Like a Billionaire,” he called himself a “screamer” who doesn’t hesitate to berate associates.

That will be nothing new in the Oval Office, where Bill Clinton, for example, was often heard venting at aides who had disappointed him.

But Trump will follow four consecutive presidents who took considerable pride in the depth of their understanding of policy details. President Obama has joked that he knows many areas of policy better than his aides do. President George W. Bush, who had an MBA from Harvard Business School, instituted firm top-down controls and insisted on crisp, clear lines of authority. He ran tight meetings and used his vice president, Richard B. Cheney, as a chief operating officer. President Clinton was so detail-oriented that he often engaged aides in lengthy debates that they said felt more like seminars than decision meetings.

Trump, in contrast, “rarely followed a schedule and never prepared for meetings,” Res said. “When you brought him an issue, you had to tell him how great he was and how his way was right. But if you could get him to think your idea was really his idea, then you could usually get what you wanted.”Several of Trump’s former executives said staffers knew that the last person to talk to the boss about an issue would usually get what he or she wanted. That trait was so reliable that at least one executive, who asked not to be named because he still advises Trump, said he would camp out in Trump’s office in the final hours ahead of key deadlines, making certain that his would be the last word the boss heard before making his decision.

Trump has never claimed to be interested in deep levels of detail. In “Think Like a Billionaire,” he wrote that when he’s making big decisions, “I try to step back and remember my first shallow reaction. The day I realized it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience.” In the same book, he wrote that narcissism “can be a useful quality. . . . A narcissist does not hear the naysayers. At the Trump Organization, I listen to people, but my vision is my own.”

In service of his vision, Trump will outwork even the most industrious young staffer. “He will work longer hours than any president simply because he doesn’t sleep,” O’Donnell said. “The White House staff is going to have a different kind of guy. They will see him wandering around at 3 or 4 in the morning, because that is what he does.”

“There was no down time for them,” Sunshine said. “No down time. It was always go, go, go.”

As Trump’s first executive, when he was first breaking away from his father to develop real estate in Manhattan, Sunshine would spend days bombing around the island with the boss in his black limousine, scouting properties.

“When Donald is on a mission, when his eye is on the ball, when he has a clear-cut goal, he gets there,” she said. “Donald is extremely brilliant, and he doesn’t take any bullsh--. He gives out a lot of it, but he doesn’t take it. He sees right through it, so he does not respect people who are disloyal or who try to get at him publicly. He doesn’t like that at all.”

Trump enforced loyalty by requiring top employees to sign non-disclosure agreements that limited their ability to talk about their work. “Loyalty was prized,” said Randal Pinkett, who won the 2005 season of Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” and then oversaw the renovation of Trump’s casino properties in Atlantic City. “People who do well there are people who are willing to follow his lead and remain loyal to him.”Several of Trump’s former executives said staffers knew that the last person to talk to the boss about an issue would usually get what he or she wanted. That trait was so reliable that at least one executive, who asked not to be named because he still advises Trump, said he would camp out in Trump’s office in the final hours ahead of key deadlines, making certain that his would be the last word the boss heard before making his decision.

Trump has never claimed to be interested in deep levels of detail. In “Think Like a Billionaire,” he wrote that when he’s making big decisions, “I try to step back and remember my first shallow reaction. The day I realized it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience.” In the same book, he wrote that narcissism “can be a useful quality. . . . A narcissist does not hear the naysayers. At the Trump Organization, I listen to people, but my vision is my own.”

In service of his vision, Trump will outwork even the most industrious young staffer. “He will work longer hours than any president simply because he doesn’t sleep,” O’Donnell said. “The White House staff is going to have a different kind of guy. They will see him wandering around at 3 or 4 in the morning, because that is what he does.”

“There was no down time for them,” Sunshine said. “No down time. It was always go, go, go.”

As Trump’s first executive, when he was first breaking away from his father to develop real estate in Manhattan, Sunshine would spend days bombing around the island with the boss in his black limousine, scouting properties.

“When Donald is on a mission, when his eye is on the ball, when he has a clear-cut goal, he gets there,” she said. “Donald is extremely brilliant, and he doesn’t take any bullsh--. He gives out a lot of it, but he doesn’t take it. He sees right through it, so he does not respect people who are disloyal or who try to get at him publicly. He doesn’t like that at all.”

Trump enforced loyalty by requiring top employees to sign non-disclosure agreements that limited their ability to talk about their work. “Loyalty was prized,” said Randal Pinkett, who won the 2005 season of Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” and then oversaw the renovation of Trump’s casino properties in Atlantic City. “People who do well there are people who are willing to follow his lead and remain loyal to him.”Those who do, tend to stay. Trump’s inner circle has long included people who have worked for him for three or four decades. His chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, originally worked for the president-elect’s father, Fred, and has been with the Trump family for almost 40 years. Weisselberg is the man Trump’s closest aides point to as the consummate Trump executive: Good at his work, secretive, press-shy, fiercely loyal, expert at managing the boss.

“I’m sure Donald will keep some of his own people around him,” Sunshine said. “Loyalty matters, and Donald is accustomed to working with just four people around him.”

Although Res and Sunshine disagree on how well Trump will adapt to the White House — Res says it will be a hard pivot; Sunshine thinks her former boss will figure it out on the fly — they agree he is likely to surround himself with a hard-charging staff with mostly women in charge.

“He totally believed that women work harder and are stronger,” Res said. “He called them ‘killers,’ and that’s his highest compliment. And he didn’t feel like he had to compete with them because he was a man and we were women.”

Trump also likes to hire people who have opposed or blocked him. “Donald would hire lawyers who opposed him on certain projects just so they couldn’t oppose him on the next one,” Res said. “He’d say, ‘Keep your enemies close.’ ” Such hires weren’t just put on ice; several became important figures in Trump projects.

Trump sometimes brings aboard people who he thinks just look the part. In 1981, he saw a security guard at the U.S. Open tennis championships who did a nice job of ejecting some hecklers. Trump asked Res to hire the man. “But you’ve never even met him!” she protested. Trump said he liked how the man handled the situation.

That security guard, Matthew Calamari, has worked for Trump for 35 years and is now chief operating officer of Trump Properties. (His son, Matthew Calamari Jr., started with Trump five years ago as a security guard and is now the Trump Organization’s director of surveillance.)Ultimately, however, Trump’s former executives say he confides only in his adult children, and especially his older daughter. “He doesn’t have friends he can totally trust,” Res said. “He trusts Ivanka.”

In the public imagination, courtesy of Trump’s catchphrase on “The Apprentice,” the new president will summarily fire staffers who displease him. But in reality, although Trump did not hesitate to sack people he considered disloyal or incompetent, he did not do so cavalierly, former aides said. They said he would be sensitive to public reaction to a president who suffered rapid turnover in his senior staff.Trump has also used the threat of lawsuits as a cudgel against those who block his way or criticize him in public; that’s an avenue he won’t have as president, though he has said he wants to dilute First Amendment protections of free speech.

“He will probably find he can’t do nearly as much in Washington as he thinks,” said Dave Shiflett, co-author of Trump’s book “The America We Deserve,” which was published to set up a possible presidential campaign in 2000. “He wants to drain the swamp, but he is going to find there is a lot of quicksand in the swamp. A lot of people in his party don’t like him, and a lot of Democrats don’t like him. He paid a price for running that kind of campaign.”

The new president will have to decide whether to maintain his fiery, divisive campaign rhetoric or work more quietly to cut deals, said Leon Panetta, President Clinton’s chief of staff and defense secretary. Trump could “create a real crisis” if he tries to build a wall and deport all illegal immigrants, Panetta said, or the 45th president could turn to the more conciliatory approach he described in his victory speech Wednesday morning.

Trump “is not a Republican, and he is not a Democrat,” Panetta said. “He really does have the opportunity to create an interesting coalition if he wants to take the time to do it.”

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"His style is to check every invoice"

Really? Says who? His accountant says he didn't have a clue.
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Didnt have a clue about what? 
Trump hasnt got all the way to the top with out a clue!
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Trump to supporters harassing minorities: 'Stop it'

 By Eric Bradner, CNN


Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Sunday told his supporters to stop harassing minorities, in his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect.

"I am so saddened to hear that," Trump told CBS' Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes" when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. "And I say, 'Stop it.' If it -- if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: 'Stop it.'"
Trump directed his comments to his own supporters whom Stahl said have written racist slogans or chanted degrading messages -- particularly in schools. It was a powerful appeal to a nation ripped apart by the divisive 2016 campaign. Trump's election has left Democrats angry and many minorities fearful about the future.
    Yet Trump also criticized the protests that have broken out in cities across the United States since his defeat of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
    Trump said he's seen "a very small amount" -- including "one or two instances" -- of racial slurs being directed at minorities, particularly in largely white schools, since his election.
    "I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together," Trump said.
    As for anti-Trump protests, Trump said, "I think it's horrible if that's happening. I think it's built up by the press because, frankly, they'll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could've been there before. If I weren't even around doing this, and they'll make into an event because that's the way the press is."
    Here are six topics Trump addressed the interview:

    FBI review

    In the wide-ranging interview Trump also said he's still deciding whether to ask FBI Director James Comey for his resignation.
    Trump demurred when asked about his plans for Comey -- whose decision to end the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was widely panned by Republicans.
    "I think that I would rather not comment on that yet," Trump said. "I haven't made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. ... There's been a lot of leaking, there's no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him."
    He admitted he isn't sure about Comey's future. "I'd want to see, you know, he may have had very good reasons for doing what he did," Trump said. Comey has more than six years to go in his ten-year term.
    Trump also balked when asked whether he'd carry out his campaign pledge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.
    He said Clinton "did some bad things" and that he's "going to think about it" -- but that he is more eager to focus on health care, immigration and other policy matters.
    "I don't want to hurt them," Trump said of the Clintons, noting he'd spoken to both Hillary and Bill Clinton since his victory. "They're good people. I don't want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do '60 Minutes' together,'" he said.
    Hillary Clinton has cited Comey's late-campaign season disclosures as a reason for her loss. The former secretary of state told donors in a conference call Saturday that Comey delivered a double whammy to her candidacy in the final days of the campaign by taking another look at emails related to Clinton's private server before abruptly saying he found no wrongdoing.
    In the interview, Trump also discussed lobbyists' role in his transition, his distaste for the Electoral College and the future of the Trump business brand. And he waded into how abortion and gun rights would be affected by his Supreme Court nominations.

    Same-sex marriage and abortion

    Trump said he's "fine" with same-sex marriage remaining legal across the country, and wouldn't appoint Supreme Court judges with the goal of reversing that ruling.
    "It's irrelevant because it was already settled. It's law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it's done," Trump said.
    He added: "These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And- I'm -- I'm fine with that."
    Trump also pledged to appoint judges who oppose abortion rights and oppose restrictions on Second Amendment gun rights.
    If Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, were overturned, Trump said, decisions on whether to legalize or ban abortion would return to states.
    Women seeking abortions whose state has banned them will "perhaps have to go -- they'll have to go to another state," Trump said.
    "We'll see what happens. It's got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go," he said.

    Draining the swamp

    Trump's rallying cry on the campaign trail was that he'd "drain the swamp" in Washington. But so far, Trump's transition team is filled with the usual suspects -- lobbyists and longtime Washington hands.
    Trump didn't chafe at that characterization of his transition team. "Everybody's a lobbyist down there," he said, referring to Washington.
    "That's the problem with the system -- the system. Right now, we're going to clean it up. We're having restrictions on foreign money coming in, we're going to put on term limits, which a lot of people aren't happy about, but we're putting on term limits. We're doing a lot of things to clean up the system. But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist," Trump said.
    He said relying on those lobbyists now while planning to eliminate them later is no contradiction.
    "I'm saying that they know the system right now, but we're going to phase that out. You have to phase it out," Trump said.

    Fighting ISIS

    Trump stuck by his often-mocked claim that he knows more than American generals about fighting ISIS -- despite having no experience in government, the military or elected office before winning Tuesday's presidential contest.
    Asked if he still feels he knows more, Trump said: "I'll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they've done. OK, look at the job they've done. They haven't done the job.
    "Now, maybe it's leadership, maybe it's something else. Who knows? All I can tell you is we're going to get rid of ISIS."

    Ditching the Electoral College

    Trump won more electoral votes than Clinton -- but he didn't win the popular vote.
    Still, he says, he favors ditching the Electoral College and handing the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.
    "I'm not going to change my mind just because I won. But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. you know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win. There's a reason for doing this because it brings all the states into play," Trump said.

    On the Trump brand

    Trump and his children both said they're not sweating any negative impact on their family's businesses resulting from a long and contentious campaign -- or from backlash to the President-elect.
    "I don't think it matters. This is so much more important, and more serious," Ivanka Trump said.
    Her father added, "I think what Ivanka's trying to say, 'Who cares? Who cares?' This is big league stuff. ... We're going to save our country. I don't care about hotel occupancy. It's peanuts compared to what we're doing."
    Trump isn't putting his family's business in a blind trust -- leaving it to his children instead -- but does plan to turn down the salary typically paid to presidents.
    "I've never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think I have to by law take $1, so I'll take $1 a year. But it's a -- I don't even know what it is," Trump said, before turning to Stahl and asking, "Do you know what the salary is?"
    When Stahl told Trump it is $400,000 per year, he said, "No, I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it."
    Trump also signaled he has no real plans to change his tone -- even though it's seen by many as evidence of a man too combustible for the presidency.
    "Well, sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated," Trump said. "I don't want to be just a little nice monotone character, and in many cases I will be."
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tlazolteotl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Nov 2016 at 3:01pm
    Trump on global warming.Shocked Most of his brilliant insights were made late autumn or winter in New York, where, guess what, it's cold: ergo, there is no global warming.

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    Did you want the above post in the other thread?
    How did you get the Trump post into legible text? Word? Notebook? PDF?
    Experience is something you gain a few minutes after you could have used it!
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