Trump promises a different presidency, that it will be

Published 11:23 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our View

People who voted for Donald Trump wanted someone different for president — and different he is. We have a feeling Trump’s will be a presidency like you’ve never seen before.
When Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office Friday, becoming the 45th president of the United States, the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans will live or die with the many decisions he will have to make over the next four years. We trust that the new president will uphold the oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution to the best of his ability, and that he will put the country before his vast and diverse business interests and avoid conflicts of interest that could compromise his ability to effectively govern.
Trump during his transition to the presidency has made a lot of enemies with his “tweets.” He continues to blurt out half-baked opinions on sensitive issues. He appears not to think before he opens his mouth or his Twitter account. And what pops out is usually offensive, inflammatory or inaccurate. We hope he will lay off the tweeting once he becomes president. Spouting prejudices, selling slogans and making it up as you go along may work on the campaign trail. But it will not do in the White House.
Trump has promised to rebuild America’s infrastructure and bring jobs back to middle-class America. America will never have the jobs that it once had. Those jobs are gone and they’re never coming back. We must look to a new America and a new kind of jobs, those driven by technology. We will never do things the way we once did.
Trump has also promised to build a wall between Mexico and America as a means of keeping illegal immigrants from entering the country. Many of these illegal immigrants that Trump refers to are not thugs and criminals as Trump likes to call them, but are men and women who work on America’s farms and do many of the menial jobs that Americans will not do. We are indeed a nation of laws, but we are also a nation of immigrants. It is our hope that the new president and congress will explore bipartisan ways to compassionately deal with those who are already here illegally and are trying hard to make a better life for them and their families.
We the American citizens must hold the president accountable for his words and actions. Instead of using the presidency as a bully pulpit, we hope he will use it to empower and inspire all Americans.
The words of the new president will carry even more weight now than they did during the presidential campaign. Most Americans value Trump’s frank talk, but they also value thoughtfulness, respect and facts.
Most of all, we hope President Trump will live up to his post-election pledge to be a president for all. The task of uniting our country in the wake of one of the most divisive and contentious presidential elections in U.S. history won’t be a simple one. But delivering on campaign promises of putting Americans back to work, rebuilding our inner cities and growing our economy would be good steps toward easing tensions.
Friday’s ceremony is a momentous occasion. It will be watched around the world. We hope President Trump is on his best behavior.

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