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Welcome to Washington DC, President Trump: Insiders Share Their Thoughts on His Presidency

| November 21, 2016 | People Feature

As Donald Trump ascends to the highest office in the country, what becomes of Washington? We asked DC insiders to weigh in.


“When Harrison Ford played a fictional President James Marshall in Air Force One, he commanded his hijackers to ‘Get off my plane.’ In Donald Trump’s victory, he told a lot of career Washingtonians to do just that… get off his plane and get out. The Trump years in DC will look very different from the ones many of us have known. In a world where everything is bigger with Trump, expect outsized state dinners, longer motorcades, and a president who prefers Sharpies to email. What we can agree on with regard to Donald Trump is that one must expect the unexpected, which means if you’re in the ‘creating content’ business, there will be an abundance of material. Presidential daughters have had the monopoly on the White House for over 50 years, so expect a new interest in what a little boy’s life looks like with free rein behind the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as Baron Trump takes his place in history behind Tad Lincoln and John John.”—Marc Adelman, principal of Adelmania Consulting

“The Bernie Sanders movement and the GOP success of Trump point to a reorientation towards Main Street and more regulation for Wall Street, which means fewer snazzy receptions at the various national galleries and museums in DC and more open-for-all celebrations on the National Mall. Trump has a challenge: Everyone who supports him expects that he will be a human wrecking ball flattening Washington and ending cozy relationships that have defined DC for generations. No one knows what that will look like—but by design, a Trump presidency won’t be pretty.”Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large for The Atlantic

“I anticipate steakhouses will excel in Washington.”—Ashok Bajaj, restaurateur

“We look forward to working with President-elect Trump to ensure that every last child has a healthy start, the ability to learn from a high quality education, and protection from harm.”—Mark K. Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network

“With Trump as president, daughter Ivanka will become a leading voice for millennial entrepreneurship as it relates to America’s revitalization through creative industries. Washington’s cultural scene will benefit from her engagement with creativity, as expressed in both art and innovation.”—Susan Fisher Sterling, director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

“With a new Trump administration, there will be the immediate reversal of the recent executive orders on immigration and environmental regulation, major legislative battles on tax reform, infrastructure spending, and the filling of the vacancy on the Supreme Court. On K Street, there’ll be a frenzy of hiring of FODs (friends of the Donald), Melania and Ivanka will both serve as first hostesses at the White House, and the Benjamin Bar & Lounge at the Trump International Hotel will be the place to make deals, rub shoulders with the Trump inner court, and just be seen.”—Suhail Khan, former Capitol Hill staffer, Bush administration appointee, and longtime GOP activist

“There is no doubt he will continue his tough and negative views of government and how it works, politicians and how they work, and our allies that he does not approve of. Newt Gingrich has said that a President Trump will be the marketing chief of America. I am not sure who he will turn to to run the White House. Newt Gingrich?”—Tammy Haddad, co-host of the podcast Bloomberg: Master in Politics

“With Donald Trump as our 45th president, local trends will skew more private and exclusive... more luxe. We might see more formal, gilded interiors. It seems to me the White House would be designed to be more extravagant, modern and opulent... an Age of Opulence!”—Barry Dixon, interior designer

“Trump’s children have played a key role in his campaign, and I would expect they will be front and center in a Trump administration. Ivanka, in particular, could be used as a bridge to Republican and Democratic women lawmakers that he’ll need in the first 100 Days.”—Anna Palmer, coauthor of Politico’s newsletter The Playbook

“Washington will be adrift. Many will reflect on the sum of their professional careers. Media and home sales will flourish.”—Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center

“In a town of predictable bedfellows, I expect some strange new ones to get a little frisky under President Trump. For voters who want to see the government work, that could be exciting.”—S.E. Cupp, contributor to CNN, New York Daily News, and Glamour

“I think we will see a return to Reaganesque glamour and perhaps more obvious displays of wealth and power: Bigger jewelry, furs, and parties. Because Mr. Trump is a showman, I think you’ll see him out and about quite a bit. Most importantly, expect the Trump Hotel to be a hub for power meals and parties. Everyone will want to be seen at the president’s baby.”—Stephanie Green, DC-based journalist

“The District of Columbia is a vibrant, thriving place to live, work, and raise a family. In my view, it’s the coolest place to live on the map! When the next president takes the oath of office in January, the nation’s capital is destined to become the coolest state in the union, where residents have the same rights as every other American—full democracy, representation, and a fair shot at a good life.”—Mayor Muriel Bowser

“Land values will fall in DC and the surrounding counties as the number of highly paid government employees and contractors and lobbyists will decline with the reform of our tax-and-spend regulatory-state. Fewer government goodies being passed out [means] fewer jobs for those who lobby to grab them.”—Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform