Saturday 3 December 2016

The presidential race is done - we'll leave it all to you now, Donald

Gerard O'Regan

Published 19/11/2016 | 02:30

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Nothing for it at this stage - however off-beam the thought may be - but to contemplate Donald Trump when he goes to bed for the night. For maybe it is only there, at the end of what are surely days of swirling activity for the president-elect, with his every waking second accounted for, that he can truly indulge his own most secret thoughts.

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There now seems to be hardly a person in countries such as Ireland who does not have a strongly held view on Mr Trump. Yet the reality is that despite all the millions of words spoken and written about him, he still remains a mystery. What exactly are his gut intentions when he moves into the Oval Office in a few weeks' time? We simply do not know.

How much of all that verbiage he spouted during the election campaign does he actually believe? Common sense would suggest a fair whack of it was simply to stir the pot, and whip up reaction, be it good or bad. Does he actually know himself at this stage what he's going to do, on a range of head-wrecking complexities, once he has the levers of control firmly in his hands?

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