TRUMP’S POWER LUNCH
All hail the Mr. Bigs of the America — the CEOs, the deal makers, the chairmen. While Democrats dither over President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices and the breadth of his business holdings, a new reality is slowly but surely taking over. The White House and America itself appear destined to become a haven for smart business. Consider that 16 of the nation’s uberCEOs plan to gather with Mr. Trump in the nation’s capital for a meeting of the mighty.
They will assemble at the White House the first week of February, and they will go under this august name: “The President’s Strategy and Policy Forum.” So step aside here, folks. Mr. Trump is drawing the talent from a veritable pantheon of business leaders. Names on the rarefied roster include Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors; Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric. The group’s chairman is Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, an asset management which has $361 billion of those assets and 300,000 employees.
They are not there to posture. The 16 members of the forum are expected to give private sector insight on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation, and productivity in a “frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner,” according to the Trump transition team.
“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” says Mr. Trump himself. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.” the movement at all,” writes John Gramlich, an analyst for the Pew Research Center, which released a survey on the issue on Monday.
“A majority (54 percent) of U.S. adults say they have heard ‘nothing at all’ about the alt-right movement and another 28 percent have heard only ‘a little’ about it. Just 17 percent say they have heard ‘a lot’ about the movement,” Mr. Gramlich continues. “Liberal Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are far more likely than other Democrats to have heard about the movement. Two-thirds of liberal Democrats have heard a lot or a little about it, compared with fewer than half of conservative or moderate Democrats (39 percent) and just four-in-ten Republicans.”
It’s complicated, and the evolving “movement” — first identified in 2002 — garners considerable press attention.
“The alt-right is small. It may remain so. And yet, while small, it is part of something this election showed to be much bigger: the emergence of white people, who evidently feel their identity is under attack, as a ‘minority’-style political bloc,” wrote Christopher Caldwell, a senior editor for the Weekly Standard, in a recent op-ed for The New York Times.