Source: Trump fear and loathing in Davos
An interesting article that reflects the misunderstanding of Trumps election by not only Europe, but many Progressives here in the U.S.
To answer the question of how seriously to take Trump, I can offer the following advice, though you may not want to hear this. You may not need to take his literal words seriously, but you are making a fatal error if you do not take his message seriously.
Regarding that message, there is also something important for our friends in Europe to understand. Our representative system is rather unique. It is designed to reflect both the will of 50 (still) largely sovereign States plus the will of several hundred million sovereign individuals. Regardless what the American press might tell you, Trump’s positions may or may not represent the popular will of the masses, but those positions most certainly represent the will of the Republic.
The difference may be subtle, but it is incredibly important.