NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump announced at a press conference that he plans to take a “gap year” before occupying the White House.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Trump said. “I’ve enjoyed many, many years as a successful billionaire business tycoon. It’s going to take time to transition to a low paying job, and I want to do it the right way.”
“So, basically, you plan to be an absentee president?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked.
“Anderson, you’re a flaming homosexual, but you don’t hear me calling you names, do you?” Trump said. “I think you owe me a little tolerance, as your ilk would say. For heaven’s sake, I’ve got a country to run.”
“Mr. President-elect, I did not mean to offend you,” Cooper continued. “But the fact is, you plan to take off to one of the islands you own right after you’re sworn in as president. You will, in fact, be absent from the White House.”
“You want to know what an absentee president is? Look at Obama,” Trump replied. “For the past eight years, this country has been without leadership while that guy and his family spent $815 million in taxpayer money on monthly vacations. I will get more done in one year tweeting from the beach than Obama accomplished during his entire presidency.”
“And speaking of Obama,” Trump continued, “his daughter Malia has taken a gap year before she heads off to college. I don’t see the media giving her a hard time over her decision. It’s the right thing to do when undergoing a major life change.”
The press conference quickly concluded as the bewildered media pool could think of no further questions.