Opinion Comment

Saturday 27 May 2017

Trump has raised unrealistic hopes - he should be nervous

Donald Trump kisses daughter Ivanka after his election victory. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty
Donald Trump kisses daughter Ivanka after his election victory. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty

Carole Coleman

Was it just me, or did Donald Trump look nervous on his first visit to the Oval Office? Seated next to Barack Obama, Mr Trump nodded and spoke in a low voice. He talked about "difficulties" and "high-flying assets" - whatever that means. And when it appeared he might answer a reporter's question, Mr Obama restrained Mr Trump and reminded the new president-elect that it was "house rules" not to take questions at photo opportunities.

Thursday's meeting was a surreal ending to a raucous, bitter campaign and a counterpoint to the prime time madness Mr Trump presided over for the last 16 months. Having driven a wedge the size of the Grand Canyon through the American populace, Mr Trump talked about unity and called Mr Obama "a very good man".

President-elect Trump has every reason to be nervous. This is not a beauty pageant he's won. Mr Trump now shoulders awesome responsibility, and he won't be able to blame Mr Obama or corrupt Democrats if things go wrong. With both a Republican House and Senate at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, it will be all up to "Team Trump".

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