Just in case you haven't figured this all out by now, here are ten things you need to know about President Trump:
1) He means what he says.
He said "extreme vetting" and that's exactly what he meant. He fully intends to do what he said he would do. On the Big Things, he means to keep his promises.
2) He's tireless.
The man is a human dynamo. He has routinely exhausted people half his age. He thrives on hard work. A man of action, he loves to be in the center of things.
3) He expects and demands the best from others.
He pretty much takes it for granted that if he hired you, you will work every bit as hard as he does and that you won't mess up. You will get it right.
4) The leadership role comes naturally to him.
Leading a large organization is who he is and what he does. It's what defines him. He assumes responsibility and gets to work. And as he has been known to tell his employees: "If I don't work, you don't work."
5) He likes to prod and taunt others.
This is his way of nudging those around him or setting them off guard. It's sort of like an ongoing test he conducts. Can you take it? Are you up to the challenge? Will you endure the nudging and show your best?
6) He's not afraid of conflict and confrontation.
Though some may think he actually seeks conflict, that's not necessarily true. You don't accomplish what he's accomplished in life by being terminally disagreeable or constantly provoking conflict. But, if a confrontation is what it's gonna take, well . . . .
7) It's all about the deal.
He's a consummate deal-maker and more often that not, he's probably got some sort of deal in mind. But, his deal-making strategy means that he often has to start from the standpoint of greatest strength -- playing hardball and seeking maximum gains. The accommodations can come later, if at all.
8) He's a quick learner.
He watches closely. He studies; not from books, but in his mind as he watches. He looks for errors and for ways he can improve upon what he's seen and studied. Then, he steps out.
9) He a risk taker.
Some people might call him a gambler. They are wrong. When it comes to really important matters, his risks are more careful and calculated that you might expect. He toyed with the idea of running for president for a long time. But he didn't run until he thought the timing was right and he had the best chance to win.
10) He's instinctive.
Instinctive behavior is mediated by reactions below the conscious level. Some people look upon this as "trusting your gut". But it's more than that. Instinct is often informed by experience and a keen understanding of personalities and the subtext of human behavior. Don't underestimate it or him!
Oh, one more thing: He obviously plays to win. Though he may actually appear to be losing or faltering at times, he never takes his eyes off the prize. He will do what he has to do to succeed.