Thursday, August 03, 2017

Trump Can't Have a Coherent Interview

I am going to Lisbon, and later today I am posting on some amazing architecture in Eritrea. But first, I cannot let you go without shaking my head sadly.

I am not sure what is wrong with our President, but if you read the transcript of his interview with the Wall Street Journal - you will worry for the world. I am going to quote a large part below. Note that this is very early in the interview - on Friday - the day the Senate voted on Obamacare repeal.

Despite the Wall Street Journal giving him every opportunity to answer - almost feeding him the right words, he can't stay on a mental track for 60 seconds. This was the DAY of the big vote. And he wanders off into the weeds.

By the by, the Wall Street Journal, who's editorial staff is very pro-Trump, didn't want the full transcript released. Because it shows our President is just unable to answer a simple question. I don't use a judgemental word here like: crazy, deranged, addled, ADD,  lipstick on a pig, etc. I simple say he is unable to answer a simple question. It is scary. So scary that the Wall Street Journal wouldn't publish the actual transcript.

As was the case with the New York Times interview - which was transcribe AND available to stream without comment, listening to him is disturbing.

A very early exchange (within the first 3 questions):

BAKER: Consumer confidence at a 17-year high.
TRUMP: Can you believe it? Isn’t that nice. There’s good reason for it, too, and I think we’re doing pretty well on health care. We’ll see.
BAKER: Yeah, yeah.
TRUMP: I call it a motion to talk, you know. It’s not a motion to proceed.
BAKER: The Senate view –
TRUMP: It’s not — basically, it’s a motion to talk. But once you get that motion, it’s in pretty good shape, once you get in. It’s hard to get in, but once you get in. So we’re going to see. John McCain was a great help, coming in as he did. And so it was something I very much appreciate, and we’ll see what happens. We’re going to know in about two hours.
BAKER: What have you been doing, Mr. President, sort of behind the scenes?
TRUMP: A lot. A lot.
BAKER: I mean, what do you think the crucial conversations have been?
TRUMP: Many conversations. I just had one with a certain senator that was very convincing to that senator. So I’ve done a lot. I mean, last night — last night it was amazing. I was at the — you know, I was in West Virginia doing certain things and making a speech to the Boy Scouts, and that was some crowd. That was an incredible crowd.
But I’ve been working hard, trying to get the senators to go along with it. And I — you know, I think I — you know, look, just don’t quote me on this unless it happens, but I think we have a pretty good shot. And that vote’s taking place at about 2:00 today, right? 2:00?
WSJ: A little bit later, yeah, exactly.
TRUMP: A little bit later?
WSJ: All depending on McCain’s plane landing.
WSJ: If you get the vote — if you get the vote today to go ahead, what will be the next hurdle that you —
TRUMP: Well, then you have to go and decide on what plan you want, which way you’re going to go. You want to decide on is it repeal or repeal and replace. If it’s repeal and replace, which one do you want to go? Which form of existing conditions? I mean, there’s many things. But once you’re in there, then you can really negotiate. This is actually the heart, though. Once you’re there, you can, you know, Gerard — oh, say hello.
IVANKA TRUMP: Hi, Gerard. How are you?
BAKER: Oh, hey. How nice to see you. How are you doing?
IVANKA TRUMP: I heard you were here. I wanted to come by and say hi.
(Cross talk.)

Back to me. This conversation is  amazing. He doesn't seem to know about any of the details of repeal and replace. When he does understand a single detail (like the "Motion to Proceed" just means more negotiation) he explains it to the interviewer like their an idiot and keeps explaining until the interview says, "Yes, I get it."

And how does he go from a discussion on changing details of Healthcare for million of Americans to what a great job he did with the boy scouts?

In a way it's okay. I mean if he orders a temper tantrum nuclear strike on North Korea or China or Germany or Jerry Brown, then the commander can just ask a follow up about the election or the boy scouts and he will be distracted.

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