Crazy Strict Rules the Trump First Family Is Supposed to Be Following
And while the family pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey and held the annual Easter Egg roll, other traditions were either forgotten or ignored. What are some the crazy rules every first family is supposed to follow? Hint: Trump broke all of these.
1. No family in the administration
- Both Jared and Ivanka Trump have formal roles at the White House.
Although hints are being dropped the couple may depart from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the near future, presidents are not supposed to invite family to be a formal part of the administration.
To be fair, Trump is not the only president to break this rule. John F. Kennedy and John Adams appointed relatives to hold key positions in their administration, according to The National Constitution Center. Other presidents also gave secretarial roles to relatives as well.
Next: Home is where your family lives.
2. The first family should live in the White House
- Melania and Barron Trump did not move to the White House for some time.
The Trumps said they wanted Barron to finish the school year in New York rather than moving with his father in January. And while many parents could understand the Trump’s predicament, it cost taxpayers between $127,000 to $146,000 a day just to provide additional protection to the first lady and son while they stayed in New York, The New York Times reports.
Next: Don’t spend a lot of money when you move into the White House.
3. Don’t drop a lot of dough on renovations
- Trump spent $2 million on renovations.
Trump famously referred to the White House as being a real dump, which may be why he went overboard on renovations. Although he denied saying it, changes he made to the house say otherwise. Custom rugs, wallpaper and furniture ate some of the Trump budget. Plus he was thrilled to find gold walls during the dining room update. “We found gold behind the walls, which I always knew,” Trump told Time. Renovations are grand.”
While first families are given about $100,000 to spend on updates, other presidents do it “their way” as well, Vanity Fair reports. Former President Barack Obama paid about $1.5 million out of his own pocket to customize the home, which is not far off from what Trump spent.
Next: Have dinner with the media.
4. Attend the White House Correspondent Dinner
- Donald and Melania Trump refused to attend the White House Correspondent Dinner.
Considering Trump is constantly spouting about “fake news” it’s no wonder he refused to attend his first one. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Regan, but that’s because he was recovering from a gunshot wound, according to The New Yorker. But even Regan phoned it in and delivered a joke by phone.
Next: Respect this holy holiday.
5. Host a dinner marking the end of Ramadan
- Trump broke the tradition of marking the end of Ramadan.
Last June Trump issued a statement about the Muslim holiday but without hosting a dinner like past presidents. President Clinton started the tradition and President Bush and President Obama held dinners, The Hill reports.
Next: Say ole to Mexico.
6. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
- Mike Pence held the traditional Mexican party instead of Trump.
It’s no secret that Trump and Mexico’s relationship status is complicated. This tension is driven home when Trump decided to take a hard pass on hosting the Cinco de Mayo party. But not to worry, party-guy Mike Pence took the reigns and held the party on May 4, according to The Huffington Post.
Next: Welcome a furry friend.
7. Have a pet
- But not the Trumps.
Certainly Barron would love a dog or a cat, however, it doesn’t look like he’s going to get a furry companion any time soon. Some of the latest pets to grace The White House included Bo and Sunny Obama, Miss Beazley, Barney and Spot Bush, and Socks and Buddy Clinton, according to The Presidential Pet Museum.
Next: Imitation is the best form of flattery. Except in this occasion.
8. Avoid plagiarizing speeches
- The Trumps recycle words sometimes.
Melania Trump drew sharp criticism when her Republican National Convention speech sounded close to a speech given by Michelle Obama, according to Today. Some hypothesize the future first lady was using Obama’s words to distract the country from the crafty “Rickroll” she dropped during the speech. Rickrolling is a meme-based way to prank someone by weaving in Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” famous lyrics, according to Time.
Also, Ivanka Trump re-used a speech where she made a few adjustments to fit the occasion, Newsweek reports.
Next: Celebrate the gays.
9. Recognize LGBT Pride month
- Trump recognized other groups but not LGBT that month.
Instead of recognizing the tradition of LGBT Pride during June, Trump decided to emphasize Great Outdoors Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Ocean Month and National Homeownership Month, according to CNN.
President Bill Clinton started the tradition in the 1990’s and every president since has noted June as being LGBT Pride Month. Until now.
Next: Air Force One is the presidential way to travel.
10. Use Air Force One
- Trump would rather use his own plane.
Although Trump uses Air Force One today he originally said he would use his own private plane if he won, according to CNN. Then he won and took his own plane, otherwise known as “Trump Force One,” to visit with then President Obama.
While he’s “conceded” to taking Air Force One he’s spent more money making the presidential plane more to his liking. This includes a $24 million refrigeration update, according to The Guardian.
Next: Be honest with the press.
11. Maintain full transparency with the press
- Sometimes Trump’s press secretary doesn’t even know the truth.
Former press secretary Sean Spicer only chose to speak with certain conservative publications and banned mainstream media outlets at one point during his tenure, according to The Guardian. Sometimes press secretaries like Spicer or current press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will relay information during a press briefing, which Trump suddenly contradicts.
When confronted over the lack of transparency, the Trump administration tried to distract questions by discussing the Obama administration’s visitor logs. “Frankly, the faux attempt that the Obama administration put out where they would scrub who they didn’t want put out didn’t serve anyone well,” Spicer said in a briefing, Politico recounts. “It’s not really being transparent when you scrub out the names of the people that you don’t want anyone to know were here.”
Next: Pitch in during a natural disaster.
12. Don’t go on vacation during a natural disaster
- Golfing while people suffer isn’t a good look.
While Puerto Ricans tried to dig out from underneath one of the worst hurricanes in its history, Trump hit the lynx. Trump had his 67th golf day since taking office and was photographed at his golf course in New Jersey as Puerto Ricans begged for help.
Next: Twitter should not dictate policy.
13. Use a formal forum for policy announcements
- Trump prefers Twitter to announce policy issues.
Trump loves Twitter but using it to announce policy issues doesn’t always stick. For instance, when he announced his ban on transgender people serving in the military, a federal judge swatted it down due to its delivery, USA Today reports. The judge wrote that the tweet does not contain, “any of the formality or deliberative processes that generally accompany the development and announcement of major policy changes that will gravely affect the lives of many Americans.”
Other judges have challenged Trump’s policy by tweet as well, mucking up how to move forward for lawmakers. “The 140-character medium kind of complicates things because it’s new — but it doesn’t fundamentally change the analysis,” Daniel Hemel, a law professor at the University of Chicago said to USA Today. “Bad cases make bad law, and cases where the president exceeds the bounds of his constitutional authority are going to lead to precedents that hem in a future commander in chief.”
Next: Form a relationship with allies.
14. Meet with the Queen of England and royal family
- Trump has yet to meet with the royal family.
Before she died, Trump obsessed over dating Princess Diana, telling Howard Stern that he thought he had a chance with her, according to Town and Country. Since then he’s made sexist remarks about Kate Middleton.
Trump has yet to meet with the Queen of England, canceling a recent trip to London due to protests, Town and Country reports. Previous presidents enjoyed an amicable relationship with the Royal Family, according to ABC News.
Next: Know the facts before you speak.
15. Don’t comment on jobs report before numbers are confirmed
- Trump let emotions take over on jobs report (twice).
Trump broke a federal rule (twice) where he commented on the jobs report earlier than allowed, CNN reports. Officials are supposed to wait at least one hour before publicly discussing job report numbers, but Trump disregarded that rule. He boasted about the numbers on Twitter 15 minutes after it was released.
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