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President-elect was most inspired by and interested in the political game


In winning this fall, Donald Trump faced, and cleared or knocked down, many hurdles that would have destroyed other politicians. He's now facing another, and he should just step around it and let the chips fall.

Trump is against any investigation into potential Russian hacking to influence the American election.

Via his comments, Trump is taking the stance that it's more likely that American intelligence agencies are lying than it is that Russia -- which invaded Crimea, has unsettled Ukraine and is working against our interests in Syria – hacked its way into influencing the American election.

America First, as candidate Trump likes to say … unless it comes at the expense of saving Russia's feelings?

It's obvious that Trump was most inspired by and interested in the political game, the race to win a thought-impossible election, than the much more mundane practice of governing. His decision to hand off daily intelligence briefings to the next vice president says much to that. His blowback against intelligence reports harkens back to his comfort level with the war of politics, and how enmeshed his ego was to winning that war. He can't stand the idea that his victory might be tainted in the view of many, especially in light of the substantial loss in the popular vote (which he tried to put off as the result of millions of illegal votes for Clinton, something that hasn't been proved and by all accounts is untrue).

If you're going to take a side, Mr. Trump, side with American intelligence agencies over the Russian government, even if it means your detractors will throw those hacks in your face until you leave office. It's a no-win situation for you, but even you, Mr. Trump, occasionally face a no-win situation. It will happen again during your presidency. But those no-win situations have not stopped you yet.

Even the president-elect's staunchest backers should hope he reverses course on this and stands down to the now bi-partisan move to investigate the hacks.

Give the president-elect credit for making the very laudable move to build some bridges in the early days of the transition, being positive toward the sitting president and Mitt Romney — two individuals that he battled with ferociously in winning the election, and two people who represent two of the most anti-Trump elements of the nation: liberal Democrats and "Never Trump" moderate Republicans. The future president can be magnanimous.

But we also need to be concerned over his nonpresidential moves since the election, sending tweets out attacking "Saturday Night Live," or the "Hamilton" cast and play. As president, you no longer have that luxury, or shouldn't take it. The press, the comedians, they attack every president. The quicker you learn to roll with the joke, the better, for you and the nation.

Realize you will have a constant opponent in the other party on day 1, just as President Obama did. Your challenge is to lead the entire country despite that fact.

The future president needs to resist the urge to continue to fight election battles. He won. It's now time to be presidential, or very soon will be. Why not start now?