John Dickerson interviewed President Trump on Saturday, asking him “about the news the North Korea had fired yet another test missile late last week, how he has changed his thinking on China, and what he has learned in his first one hundred days in office.”
President Trump corrects the premise that he had told North Korea not to test a missile, saying, “Well, I didn’t say don’t test a missile, he’s going to have to do what he has to do. But he understands we’re not going to be very happy. And I will tell you, a man that I’ve gotten to like and respect, the President of China, President Xi, I believe has been putting pressure on him also. But so far, perhaps nothing’s happened and perhaps it has. This was a small missile, this was not a big missile. This was not a nuclear test, which he was expected to do three days ago. We’ll see what happens.”
Dickerson asks President Trump, “Why do these missiles keep blowing up?” Trump replies, “Well, I’d rather not discuss it but perhaps they’re just not very good missiles. But eventually he’ll have good missiles.” Trump describes Kim Jong-un as a “smart cookie” in that he was able to take the reins of power while others were surely trying to seize them for themselves. President Trump was unable or unwilling to address his mental state and level of sanity.
President Trump tells Dickerson he thoroughly enjoys the job, saying, “It’s something that I really love and I think I’ve done a very good job at it.”
Dickerson asks, “What do you know now, on day 100, that you wish you knew on day one?” Trump replies, with something he already was aware of so the instances of reinforcement must have been significant. He responds, “Well, one of the things I’ve learned is how dishonest the media is, really. I’ve done things that are, I think, very good. I’ve set great foundations with foreign leaders, we have, you know, NAFTA, as you know I was going to terminate it. But I got a very nice call from a man I like, the President of Mexico, I got a very nice call from Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada.” He goes on to explain he was asked if he will negotiate, which he agreed to do, but still reserves the right to terminate the agreement if the negotiations are not favorable.
He notes the difficulty in getting things done, particularly in the Senate where the rules are “unbelievably archaic and slow-moving” as being something that he’s had to adapt to since taking office. He says you’re forced to make deals that aren’t the kind you’d make otherwise, that you’re forced into situations that you hate being forced into.”
He also points to the Democrats being “totally obstructionists,” noting that “Chuck Schumer has turned out to be a bad leader, he’s a bad leader for the country and the Democrats are extremely obstructionist. All they do is obstruct, all they do is delay.”
He makes the point that “we’re going to have a very wealthy country again,” which Dickerson completely ignores. If we have wealth we don’t have many of the problems that we currently do but that reality is lost on the interviewer, who is obviously on a tight schedule with a lot of topics he wants to cover, Medicare being one of them.
Trump assures him Medicare will not be touched, outside of waste, fraud and abuse.
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