The one thing you must always remember about President Trump

He does not care enough about the American presidency to give up his business for it

The Trump family marks the opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in October 2016.
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President Trump isn't exactly a man of mystery. He has willed himself to be a public figure for more than 30 years, has written numerous books about himself and seen others written about him, hosted two conjoined reality TV shows, and was a staple of cable TV, talk radio, and tabloids for many, many years. He appears to lack basic impulse control — his Twitter account seems bio-electronically connected to his id — but we don't know that for sure. In fact, while it is hard to think of something that hasn't already been written about Trump, there are lots of things we don't really know.

Does he like being president? Maybe. Is he happy in his marriage? That's not really our business. Did he really not think America was great before his election? As Sean Spicer might say, his slogan speaks for itself. Does he believe all the untrue things he says? Who knows? Willful belief is a powerful drug. Is he mentally stable? That's inappropriate to judge without a proper in-person analysis by a trained professional. Does he really want to help blue-collar workers in small-town America? Probably — don't you? Why are Trump's policies so in line with Russian President Vladimir Putin's, a U.S. adversary that almost certainly meddled in the U.S. election? There are multiple investigations looking into that.

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.