The New Yorker’s David Remnick has a terrific interview with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Much of what we know of the inner workings of the Trump White House, we know from Haberman.
D.R.: What do you make out to be the ideology of Donald Trump? Or
is it purely situational? We saw him running as a new kind of
populist. At moments, he seems very right-wing; at other times he
undermines that kind of conservative ideology.
M.H.: I think he has no clear ideology. I think he has a couple of
base impulses he’s held onto since the nineteen-eighties, when he
was taking out those newspaper ads about how Japan is “ripping us
off.” A lot of the language that he used then is the same as what
he uses now, but it’s more of a feeling than an ideology. It’s a
sense that the United States is being taken advantage of. Can he
name by whom, accurately? Not necessarily. He ran as a Republican,
and he really appealed to this hard-right base that believes in
less government. But, in reality, this is a man who grew up in Ed
Koch’s New York City, and I think he has a very specific view of
the role that government is supposed to play in people’s lives.