There was Trump and former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, reportedly a front-runner for secretary of state.
And, Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Then, of course, Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
That meeting also produced this incredibly long/awkward/awkwardly long handshake.
The point of all of this is for Trump to be seen. And not just be seen, but be seen as the person whose ring everyone is coming to kiss now that he is the president-elect. That includes former rivals such as Romney and Rick Perry, as well as military generals and even some Democrats (Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii will be at Trump Tower today.)
Remember that at the center of Trump's personality is a deep belief that he has always been on the outside looking in, always being laughed at or mocked by the elites. Whether it was his dad being a big-deal real estate developer in Queens but not Manhattan, the old money types never accepting him into their inner circles once he made it big or the Washington establishment rolling their eyes at the possibility of him actually running for president, Trump is forever motivated to stick it to all the people who said he was never good enough or smart enough.
Given that, it isn't enough simply for Trump that he got elected president. He wants everyone to know that the world is now coming to his doorstep, literally, to either pay homage or ask him for a job — or both. Doubt it? Notice that Trump is not only publicly appearing with almost everyone that came to his club in New Jersey, but is also tweeting out his meetings — so you know he is doing them.
General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
For Trump, if things done in private aren't made public in some way, they don't exist. (Think back to his insistence in a private national security briefing during the campaign that military leaders are no fans of President Obama or Hillary Clinton.) This is a man who has lived his entire adult life in the national media spotlight and whose fame soared over the past 15 years thanks to a reality show in which he played a corporate boss constantly being kowtowed to by hopeful future employees.
Good news for Cabinet hopefuls who don't make it is they each get pool spray w/POTUS-elect & Celebrity Apprentice board game as memento.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 21, 2016
Trump sees all interaction as a public show, all the world as a stage. There is no separation between private interactions and public perception. All of it is potential material for Trump's biggest, greatest performance ever.