May 27, 2020
President Trump’s Most Important Promise to Me
By Buck Sexton
Last week, I walked into the most famous room of the most powerful government in the world to share my opinion and advice with its commander in chief.
President Donald Trump had asked for me by name to his staff, and they reached out and asked if I would come down to D.C. for a meeting. There was no set agenda, but my belief is that when the President of the United States asks to see you face to face, you show up – no questions asked.
Being inside the Oval Office feels oddly like walking into a place you’ve known all your life. It looks exactly the way you think it does. It’s appeared in so many TV shows and movies at this point, you could probably sketch it out on a piece of paper and get most of the details right without ever having seen it in person.
As fate would have it, I’d been to that inner sanctum of our Republic several times in my life before last week, though in a very different capacity…
It certainly never occurred to me then that almost exactly a decade later, in the fall of 2018, I would return to the Oval Office as a television host for the political website thehill.com, engaged in a formal journalism interview with President Trump.
And now here we are in the midst of the 2020 pandemic, and the leader of the free world wanted to have a chat with me once again…
It was about the only invitation imaginable that would have gotten me on the ghost train from Manhattan to D.C. I counted less than 10 people on my Amtrak train heading south, all with masks on. I appreciated the quiet, but not the palpably eerie anxiety at both Penn and Union Stations.
To my surprise, D.C. was shut down even more than New York City. Finding a coffee in advance of my meeting with POTUS (once you get deep enough inside the Capital Beltway, that’s how most refer to the man) was a challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the only two cities I’ve ever called home into an economic coma.
Upon my arrival at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the White House grounds were thankfully abuzz with activity. There was an “initial screening” tent set up for visitors that I went through, with reminders posted about the symptoms of COVID-19.
Once past that, I went downstairs in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for an actual COVID-19 test. Once I was declared officially negative for the virus, it was a quick walk across to the West Wing and into the Oval Office with President Donald John Trump.
“There he is, the best hair on TV!” the leader of the free world proclaimed as I crossed the Oval’s threshold. What can I say, the man respects follicular fortitude. President Trump greeted me warmly, posed for a photo, and then sat me down in a chair as he took his place behind the Resolute desk.
It was just the two of us in there for more than 30 minutes, talking about a wide range of subjects… from national security to life in New York City and the nation’s economic future. Apparently, he also likes my radio show and my Twitter commentary.
Some of our talk was of a personal nature, and other parts of it were, at the President’s request, off the record. Yes, those were some of the more interesting moments, but a man honors his word, and I gave the President mine.
Here’s what I can tell you from the on the record portions… This president loves this country and its people. I know that sounds trite, but it constantly exudes from him. Trump is also deeply engaging and entertaining in person, and despite what the media often claims, insightful and quick to cut through nonsense.
There are two things the president told me that you will want to know…
First, I asked him to promise me that, given the economic devastation we have seen, he would agree to never advocate for another national lockdown again. He couldn’t have been more clear on this: “No second lockdown, no matter what,” he told me.
Trump went to Michigan the next day and announced this same promise to the American people in front of the national media. This was the one thing beyond all others I wanted to hear him say, and I was deeply gratified that he agreed with me on it.
The second major takeaway he told me had to do with the ongoing Russia-collusion debacle. Recently declassified documents from the Director of National Intelligence and Senate Republicans have shown that General Flynn was set up at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ. When I asked what to expect next, the president wouldn’t give me details, but he did say with a big grin that what’s coming next on Russiagate would be “unbelievable.”
My half-hour sit-down with the president went by in a flash. As hard as it may be to believe, it was more like two friends talking than an up-and-coming media commentator sitting down with the most powerful person on the planet.
Then again, that’s part of Trump’s genius… And it’s how he was able to overturn the political establishment in the stunning 2016 election upset. Trump is such a gifted politician that he makes you think he isn’t one – at least not when he’s talking to you – despite holding the highest elected office in the land.
Trump’s certainly going to need all that and more. With the country fighting through an ongoing pandemic, the economy in a depression, and the 2020 election looming, it’s obvious Trump faces the biggest test of his presidency so far.
Having been able to take the measure of the man up close and personal, I think he is up to the task. And I hope to get a chance to ask him about it all again in 2021.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
May 27, 2020