And then there was this one.
The media tries so hard to make my move to the White House, as it pertains to my business, so complex - when actually it isn't!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Well, it is, actually. Consider just the Trump hotel in D.C., where there are at least two layers of conflicts involving at least two members of the Trump family. In fact, as our Chris Cillizza pointed out, the press conference Trump was supposed to hold on Thursday was postponed in part because the complexity of extracting President Trump from CEO Trump was a complicated one.
Trump's goal with the tweet, though, isn't to express genuine bafflement at the media's ineptitude. It is, instead, to brush aside the questions being raised by suggesting that it's no big deal.
That's premature. So far, America's more skeptical than not that Trump can avoid conflicts of interest. A poll from CBS News asked Americans if they think that Trump's business ties will create a conflict of interest. A healthy majority -- 59 percent -- said yes, including 8-in-10 Democrats, 6-in-10 independents and even a quarter of Republicans.
CBS also asked whose interests Trump would advance as president, his own or the country's. Half of respondents said the country's. Forty-four percent said his own.
A poll from Fox News took the idea a step further, asking Americans how concerned they were about the overlap of Trump's business interests with his public ones. More than half of respondents said that they were somewhat or very concerned that Trump would put his business interests ahead of the country's -- that is, that Trump would resolve conflicts of interest to his personal benefit, not to ours.
Unsurprisingly, the responses track with politics; Hillary Clinton voters were most likely to say they were worried and Trump voters the least.
Among his fans, Trump's still enjoying an enthusiastic honeymoon period. The Fox News poll found that 93 percent of Trump voters view him strongly or somewhat favorably, even though, overall, he's only seeing a 47 percent favorability rating. (That's well below President Obama, who's at 57 percent, and George W. Bush, who's at 54. It's pretty close to Mitt Romney, though. Romney's at 45.)
Trump voters are much more optimistic that he'll enact some of the campaign promises he offered. Only on the idea that he'll deport immigrants here illegally are Trump voters about as skeptical as the population overall that Trump will be successful.
As an aside: America is also a bit more confident now than they were four years ago in the role government can play in improving things.
But back to Trump. How, exactly, he plans to disentangle his personal and presidential interests remains to be determined. Again, there was supposed to be a press conference, during which he would apparently announce that his eldest sons were going to take over the business. (CBS News polled on that idea, too; 70 percent of respondents think that Trump will still have conflicts of interest if he hands things off to his kids.) His supporters and Republicans broadly are less worried about the conflicts and more optimistic about the job he'll do, but everyone else remains divided.
On one point, though, there's more unanimity: Trump needs to chill on the tweets.
Even a plurality of Trump backers think that his public statements -- which are almost always tweets -- are more knee-jerk reactions than considered sentiments. Three-quarters of Americans overall think his Twitter use is inappropriate; 60 percent think he uses Twitter too often, according to the CBS poll.
On this particular cold morning, in other words, most of America (and much of Trump's base) would have been perfectly content with Trump not tweeting at all.