WASHINGTON – It’s early in the process, and one can place too much emphasis on a single phone call, but we need to be hopeful about the new presidency. (Republican Donald Trump will be the next president unless something changes when the Electoral College votes are counted Dec. 19.)
The call was from President-elect Trump to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic minority leader.
It was about 10 days ago. Trump had already been weighing second- and third-tier appointees. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, is one of them.
“President-elect Trump called me,” Schumer said, “and asked me what I thought about Preet Bharara continuing his role as U.S. attorney. I told him I thought Preet was great.” No flunky made the call. It was Trump himself. That Trump took Schumer’s advice, and that Bharara agreed to stay, was reported in The Buffalo News.
What is most significant is that Trump reached out early and directly to his friend from Brooklyn for advice and took it. Whether Bharara would have been asked to stay if Hillary Rodham Clinton had won on Nov. 8 is highly problematic. Bharara’s prosecutions had already toppled top figures in New York’s bipartisan corruption machine. Bharara was already reportedly probing possible irregularities in the Clinton Foundation.
The Trump-Schumer conversation speaks hopefully of their interest in draining the swamp, not only in Washington, but in New York as well.
The Bharara arrangement signals that Trump and Schumer will not sulk and hide the way President Obama and retiring Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a despicable hack, did. So the bet here is that Senate Democrats, under Schumer’s leadership, will make a deal on Trump’s huge public works program, and Schumer and Queens-born Trump will ensure that New York will get its share. Trump and congressional Republicans, who deny the virtues of the state-funded Erie Canal, want the works program paid for with tax credits. Schumer and the Democrats want it paid for from tax revenues.
Judicial Watch, a conservative investigative group, will act as a watchdog in the Clinton-backed efforts to force recounts in such states as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the presidential votes were close. Besides the fact that Clinton conceded to Trump a month ago, is the curious involvement of Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, as the front person for the effort.
Stein is the strongest opponent of Israel ever to run for president. Stein wants the United States to boycott Israeli exports and services, pass economic sanctions on Israel and wants Americans to disinvest in Israel. She called it an apartheid state because it won’t succumb to Palestinian demands.
The Jewish blog Forward said exit polls showed 70 percent of the Jewish vote nationally went to Clinton. Now she is teamed with a virulent enemy of Israel in hopes of overturning the election.
Never Trumpers are bellyaching over Trump’s victory lap in Indiana, claiming credit for pressuring Carrier into keeping about 1,000 employees in the United States instead of shipping the jobs to Mexico. These “jobs are never coming back,” Obama said – a favorite theme of elite globalists – when the shift was announced 10 months ago. Among the complaints is that the deal will cost $7 million in subsidies. (The only industrial expansion done in New York is with state and local subsidies.) Another is that Trump may have threatened Carrier’s parent company with the loss of some $6.7 billion in federal contracts. If Trump did, good for him.