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(CNN) — President Donald Trump has officially declared this as "Day One of the Trump Administration". Oh, and just for the record, he's not doing a "New York"-style blitzkrieg. He's not even going for broke. No, all he's doing is holding a series of press conferences from the White House to act like a leader.
Make no mistake: the President is doing something more serious than the normal, daily press conferences. He wants to use his bully pulpit, in an unprecedented manner, to squeeze the recalcitrant, unwilling to implement his priorities.
His first two target cities are in a state he knows to be territory with which he's not really familiar: sanctuary cities that do not honor requests by the federal government to release criminals who are now in the United States illegally.
Punishing them for what he refers to as a "violation of trust" to law enforcement authorities is bound to be unpopular. But he's doing it.
And it's time to rethink his strategy of Trump as the Mad Hatter and is behind the barricades to play it cautiously. He needs to scale it back and take a more measured, legal approach to cracking down on the "sanctuary cities" that he needs.
Of course, no one has seen the cover for Donald Trump's self-glorification nor know whether he'll actually hold onto his sartorial flourishes. But it can't be too long now. Trump knows his next big target is going to be the burgeoning tech sector, no doubt as an effort to evoke California-style populism to motivate his loyal, but declining, support.
He'll create an "entrepreneurial zone" for tech companies that do good business by paying their employees competitive wages and reaping the spoils of a not-so-cozy truce with immigration-reform hawks, such as Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Tom Cotton. They can be saluted for helping Trump on this issue while trying to foster bipartisanship, but such "compromise" deals typically end in tears for one side.
But the "entrepreneurial zone" is bigger and better than anything Trump has offered to date: It's incredibly bold and real and goes beyond traditional legislation.
Follow the money
The Invest in America "zone" is part of a "Transform America's Future" forum called "The Revitalization of the American Inland Economy." The event has President Trump set to address the forum. Of course, Trump couldn't lower the tone any lower than putting his thumb on the scale by supporting the prospects of Utah's Jeff Robbins, who's organizing the forum. As it happens, Robbins used to be Ted Cruz's campaign manager.
"Big thanks to . & Beltway. Once again, the govt will be going against 'Big Business'. Meanwhile, good, hardworking businesses across the nation - including mine - are going the opposite," the Defend American Jobs PAC (DAGP) tweeted. DAGP represents firms which would be helped by a federal program incentivizing manufacturing.
It's a strange corporate engagement strategy for a President of the United States, but what's Trump's problem, really? The public clearly likes it, even if it isn't his most conventional move. Trump wants to be like Jerry Sandusky: "No, he didn't do it. Can't you see he didn't do it?"
How to trade on his maverick-rampaging schtick
Like President Clinton's indictment of the Family Compact in his keynote speech at the Republican convention, Trump this time is under pressure from establishment Republicans to make a move that could produce a national recognition of his leadership talents. This time he's doing it. At the very least, as an acknowledgment that he's not bound by the traditional path to win power.
That's probably the right approach. If he shows we can make deals with the elites, he'll be able to trade on the maverick-rampaging schtick with great success.
"But if you raise taxes you'll just cause business to relocate to Mexico. You've got to have some kind of flexibility and you've got to be able to expand the economy," said CNN analyst Gary Cohen in an interview.
Cohen is a member of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors. "The challenge for Trump is that he's dealing with a Congress where Democrats control the House, and he's dealing with fiscal and taxation policy as opposed to immigration policy. These are the three issues that have created havoc in Washington."