Exciting and even refreshing could be how you describe the upcoming inaugural events in January. The events of the inauguration will also be an enlightening picture of what we can expect when the Trump team gets to work after the parties and celebrations conclude.
According to the inaugural speech writer Stephen Miller, you can expect to get a glimpse of just how Trump will run the country.
Early discussions of the address have focused on laying out some of the structural problems facing the country, and then framing Trump’s first-term agenda in more nationalistic than ideological terms. Among the half-dozen areas that Trump is considering issuing a collective call to arms to address are the nation’s education system, infrastructure, border security, the state of the military and the economy, in particular, the outsourcing of jobs.
The choice of Miller, the 31-year-old who wrote most of Trump’s major prepared speeches in 2016, including his Republican national convention address that was criticized as overly dark, is of no surprise to Trump insiders. Miller played an unusually multi-faceted role on the campaign: a behind-the-scenes policy adviser, Trump’s chief speechwriter and a speech-giver himself, becoming a skinny-tie-wearing fixture over the summer at Trump rallies as a warm-up act.
And of course, Trump himself will have a hand in the speech writing process.
Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump’s, said that Trump will be “the most impromptu president anyone ever can remember. I think that this speech would be an opportunity to share not just his ideas but his style and his approach.”
“I have heard that they want this inaugural to be different and reflect the fact that he would be the first citizen president,” said Ruddy, who had dinner with Trump this past week in Florida.
While Trump will absolutely stress unity in his address, he plans to hold nothing back while outlining things to be done. There will be no sugar coating the problems. And as we have all watched the campaign, we would expect nothing less from a Trump administration.