Donald Trump has an opinion about everything. Even snow.
Trump doesn’t approve of Boston’s snow management strategy.
In a wide-ranging interview with Boston.com, Trump, who considers himself as something of an expert in big-city management and crisis resolution, said he’s very much aware of the winter weather that has brought much of metro Boston to a grinding halt.
“I have friends in the area, including Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady,’’ Trump said, offering congratulations on the Patriots Super Bowl win.
But Trump’s enthusiasm for the New England Patriots does not extend to the city’s handling of snow.
“Whenever I see snow, I see cities pouring salt all over the city,’’ Trump said. “It’s like hiring Rosie O’Donnell on The View – short term pleasure but long term disaster.’’
Salt is “devastating’’ to steel, concrete, and asphalt, according to Trump.
“It corrodes everything. One of the reasons our infrastructure is so bad is they use salt on the roads … I’ve forbidden salt at any of my properties. I have many long driveways. I won’t let them use salt.’’
Trump’s solution? A “sand based material’’ is less effective in the short-term, but “will do no damage.’’
Last winter, Massachusetts used more than 585,000 tons of road salt, but only 27,000 tons of sand.
In Canada, where snow management is as much an art as a chore, criticism over the effects of salt led to an increased use of sand. But others have pointed to the potential environmental threat posed by sand.
Just because he’s anti-salt doesn’t mean he’s anti-snow.
“When I was a young boy, in first or second grade, we had a large [snow] storm in New York. I loved it. I shoveled snow. I didn’t have to go to school,’’ Trump recalled.
Trump doesn’t approve of the current childhood immunization schedule.
Snow removal isn’t the only hot topic about which Trump has an opinion. The measles outbreak that began in southern California is spreading, and public health officials have said “the resurgence is mostly caused by the growing number of people who are declining to vaccinate their children for personal reasons, or delaying the vaccinations.’’
But Trump said he doesn’t think “a baby’s body can handle’’ the recommended vaccine schedule.
Trump said his own children are “fully vaccinated,’’ but he opted for a “spread out schedule’’ when it came to administering their childhood immunizations.
“We spread them out over a period of one year.’’
In 1998, a medical journal article alleged a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The study was discredited, and the article was retracted.
But Trump is convinced the manner in which children are vaccinated is to blame, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
“I’ve known people with perfectly normal children and then they took the child to get a single massive dose of vaccine, and the children are now autistic at a very high level … I’m totally in favor of vaccinations, but I also feel like they should be given not at one time. There’s a reason why autism is through the roof,’’ he said.
Trump is still pondering higher office.
Is a presidential run still in the cards?
Trump told Boston.com he still isn’t ready to announce a decision, but said he is “thinking about it very, very seriously.’’
“I’ll be in New Hampshire soon.’’