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Another mad day in Trumpland

Yesterday was another mad day in Trumpland — or America, as it used to be called. The president-elect started the morning off by promising, somewhat mystically on Twitter, that ‘Great meetings will take place today at Trump Tower concerning the formation of the people who will run our government for the next 8 years’. But the most fascinating event of his day —for us saps in the self-immolating media, at any rate —was his showdown conference with the New York Times. The meeting was nearly cancelled in the morning, after both parties failed to agree on its terms and conditions, and then put on again after a bit of confusing back and forth between the Trump team, NYT, and the Donald’s multi-personality Twitter account.

My favourite pet theory is that Trump is secretly and perversely determined to save the New York Times — the ‘failing New York Times’ as he always calls it — by giving it as much attention and controversy as any publication could wish for. When the press conference finally happened, he seems to have offered a truckload of massive global stories. Here, in brief, are just a few that might be of particular interest to Spectator readers:

– On the story that he had urged Nigel Farage and his gang of transatlantic Brexiteers to fight wind farms because they ruined the aesthetics of his golf courses in Scotland, he said ‘I might have brought it up’

–  ‘In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,’ he said, although he also said he would ‘like to do something’ about concerns over conflicts of interest between his commercial enterprises and his future government. ‘The law’s totally on my side,’ he said. ‘The president can’t have a conflict of interest.’

– He repeated that he would not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

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