- To understand Donald Trump, it's vital to recognize how much he craves approval, writes biographer Michael D'Antonio
- Trump wants positive media coverage, high approval ratings and a thriving Trump brand, D'Antonio says
Michael D'Antonio, the author of "The Truth About Trump," is writing Trump Watch, a series of columns on President-elect Donald Trump for CNN Opinion. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Two weeks into his transition from President-elect to America's commander in chief, Donald Trump has signaled his priorities and demonstrated the habits of mind he will bring to the most powerful position in the world. The clues tell us we shouldn't expect this 70-year-old showman to be transformed into a genuinely sober, predictable leader, but this is not necessarily a bad omen.