2. Trump 101: The optics
In "Trump 101: The producer of his own epic film," Jonathan Swan and I report after talking to many friends and colleagues that the president "sees himself as The Producer, conducting The Trump show, on and off stage": "Trump's gut on what sells on stage often works. His obsession with optics, style and TV glam are central to his being." Here are some gems we picked up:
- Trump judges men's appearances as much as women's. A source who's worked with Trump explains: "If you're going to be a public person for him, whether it's a lawyer or representing him in meetings, then you need to have a certain look. That look —at least for any male — you have to be sharply dressed. Preferably, I would say, solid colors. … You should have a good physical demeanor, good stature, hair well groomed."
- Trump pays close attention to ties. Says a source who has worked with Trump: "You're always supposed to wear a tie. If it's not a Trump tie, you can get away with Brooks Brothers. But I'd suggest Armani." Trump prefers wider, traditional ties, this source says. Regarding Trump's rakish policy adviser Stephen Miller, the source adds: "I've always been surprised about how Stephen Miller survives with those thin ties."
- Trump likes the women who work for him "to dress like women," says a source who worked on Trump's campaign. "Even if you're in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly."
Read the whole thing for more on Trump's obsession with imagery. And see the cool video by Rob Groulx and Bubba Atkinson.
"Trump Takes a Hair-Growth Drug, His Longtime Doctor Says," the N.Y. Times' Larry Altman M.D. reports in a "Doctor's World" dispatch on p. A19: "Trump takes medication for three ailments, including a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth, ... Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said ... The other drugs are antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, and a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids."