No one gives an interview like President Donald Trump. And no one ends one like him either.
In a wide-ranging Time magazine interview published Thursday, Trump faced difficult questions in classic Trump style. No matter the controversy, the man just does not back down. That kind of spirit is what the American people voted for, and the interview did not disappoint.
The president defended his methods, honed over decades of business success.
“I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” he said near the top of the interview. “When everyone said I wasn’t going to win the election, I said well I think I would.”
That part was undeniable. But it’s how Trump ended the interview, with Time’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer, that was perfect.
“Hey, look, in the meantime, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not,” Trump said.
Ouch. In one sentence, Trump shut down Scherer, reminded the world of his wild success, and brought some wit to the interview.
In an interview that generated headlines from outlets as varied as CNN and Us Magazine, Scherer grilled Trump on his claims of wiretapping by the former President Barack Obama’s administration, millions of illegal voters in the last election, and Sen. Ted Cruz’s father being involved with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The crux of Trump’s defense was that rather than originating these controversial allegations, he’s quoting other “highly respected” sources, including the media. Trump argued that he quotes “highly respected people” instead of making allegations himself, according to TheBlaze.
Of course, The Donald comes from the business world, where it’s more commonplace to say one thing on one day, then take a complete turnabout the next day based on new information or objectives. Running the U.S. government is a little more complicated; we need reserve, consistency and a steady hand at the helm, but all new presidents are on a learning curve.
Trump did a great job of returning the focus of the interview to his successes, which the media largely ignores. If he can stop giving the media cannon fodder, perhaps they too will help put out the fires of contention and suspicion that they keep feeding and focus on helping the president do his job.
America can be great again, and we have the right man in the White House to do it. After all, he’s the president and, ahem, you’re not.
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