A Christ­mas wish list for our pres­i­dent-elect

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mercedes Sch­lapp

Iwarned the Sch­lapp chil­dren that their Christ­mas lists were due no later than this Fri­day to give “Santa” enough time to or­ga­nize his work­shop sched­ule. In think­ing of what my girls might ask for, I couldn’t help but won­der what Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s list would look like. If he needs any help, I have some rec­om­men­da­tions for him.

A united GOP. The Repub­li­can­con­trolled Congress should be ready to work around the clock to push for­ward Mr. Trump’s eco­nomic agenda. So far, some GOP law­mak­ers are re­sist­ing some of Mr. Trump’s ideas, in­clud­ing tar­iffs and the time­line for re­peal­ing Oba­macare. House Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy, for one, is al­ready rais­ing ques­tions about Mr. Trump’s tar­iff pro­posal.

Repub­li­cans in Congress should fol­low the ex­am­ple of the Democrats and present a united front with their new leader. Pres­i­dent Obama and the Democrats worked closely to­gether to pass Oba­macare and have gen­er­ally been more dis­ci­plined about not break­ing ranks. Mr. Trump is fo­cused on pro­tect­ing Amer­i­can work­ers, en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ments, and en­sur­ing that cor­po­ra­tions help build the econ­omy and not aban­don ship. There will be dis­agree­ments and fric­tion, but the goal should be to find com­mon ground and swiftly pass leg­is­la­tion to undo the dam­age done by the out­go­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion.

A peace­ful tran­si­tion. De­spite the ag­gres­sive re­count ef­forts by Green Party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Jill Stein, the left still feels de­pressed, frus­trated and an­gry at Novem­ber’s re­sults. Doc­u­men­tary film­maker Michael Moore sug­gested that he would “lead the charge” against the Elec­toral Col­lege and plans a “tweet­storm” to dis­rupt the in­au­gu­ra­tion next month. Protests are sched­uled in D.C. around the in­au­gu­ra­tion, and there are still those who are in com­plete de­nial about the elec­tion re­sults and ar­gue that Hil­lary Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote and should be pres­i­dent.

A united America. Mr. Trump has said that he wants to unite all Amer­i­cans, but there are still raw emo­tions, a di­vided elec­torate and a move­ment against him. Hav­ing Amer­i­cans come to­gether, fo­cused on what unites us and not what di­vides us, would be a nice thing to find un­der the Trump Christ­mas tree.

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Mr. Trump promised to bring back jobs to America and has been work­ing to ne­go­ti­ate deals with both Amer­i­can-owned and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. He’s not afraid to ar­gue with a union leader in In­di­ana or threaten to can­cel an air­plane or­der with Boe­ing. Mr. Trump an­nounced this week that Ja­panese com­pany SoftBank would in­vest $50 bil­lion in the United States and cre­ate 50,000 jobs. U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi said that he would be “more than happy” to re­hire laid-off em­ploy­ees and hopes to “ac­cel­er­ate in­vest­ments” now that Mr. Trump has won the pres­i­dency. The stock mar­ket is ral­ly­ing, and many cor­po­ra­tions feel cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about Mr. Trump’s abil­ity to cre­ate a busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment and a pros­per­ous econ­omy.

Just one day of fair re­port­ing from the main­stream me­dia. The main­stream me­dia spent most of the elec­tion re­lent­lessly at­tack­ing Mr. Trump. Even The New York Times pub­lic edi­tor agreed that the news­pa­per should have done a bet­ter job. The main­stream me­dia were con­vinced of a Clin­ton win and were shocked when Mr. Trump blasted through the “blue wall” of Demo­cratic-lean­ing states to cap­ture an Elec­toral Col­lege ma­jor­ity. It would be a nice Yule­tide ges­ture if Mrs. Clin­ton’s aides and her me­dia en­ablers would drop the tired talk that Mr. Trump’s sup­port­ers are racists and sex­ists or that the Trump cam­paign pro­vided a plat­form for white su­prem­a­cists.

“It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year” — so goes the hol­i­day song. Mr. Trump is spend­ing every wak­ing hour this Christ­mas sea­son or­ga­niz­ing his Cab­i­net, ne­go­ti­at­ing deals and pre­par­ing to be­come pres­i­dent of the United States. As long as Mr. Trump doesn’t fire Santa Claus, a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans will feel the Christ­mas spirit with a sense of hope and op­ti­mism this hol­i­day sea­son. And the pres­i­dent-elect will have earned his pre­sents.

Mercedes Sch­lapp is a Fox News con­trib­u­tor, co-founder of Cove Strate­gies and for­mer White House di­rec­tor of spe­cialty me­dia un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

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