Trump said he would make people “respect our country. I want them to respect our leader.” Asked how he would do so, Trump cited an “aura of personality.”
Bob Woodward and Roberta Costa of the Washington Post sat down with Donald J. Trump during the presidential campaign in April 2016. Here are two excerpts from that April 2, 2016 interview which are particularly interesting as now president-elect Trump moves closer to Inauguration Day 2017.
1. Trump also said that the United States has lost its standing in the world and that he would make people “respect our country. I want them to respect our leader.” Asked how he would do so, Trump cited an “aura of personality.”
2. “When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that,” Trump said.
Many people are threatened by Trump’s over-inflated ego and dominant bullying personality and how that will affect international relations going forward. Does Trump’s “aura of personality” comment give you confidence that America will somehow naturally be attracted to or respected in the world with a new president Trump?
Trump seemingly wants to control all information regarding his operations and decisions during his tenure as President as he has similarly done during the presidential campaign and within his own business structure requiring workers to sign non-disclosure agreements. How will this impact his presidency and the public’s right to know? How does this limit a person’s right to free speech under the Constitution?