President Trump now feels like he got taken by the car dealer. He thought he was getting a fleet of lap dogs and what he finds he actually has is a herd of independent minded cats.
Reports from the Washington Post that surfaced in mid June, indicated that White House insiders were hearing Trump rant about various individuals in his cabinet, mostly in the Justice Department and particular among them, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Those reports, as most all reports coming from the ‘mainstream media’, were quickly dismissed by Trump’s foghorn chorus as “fake news”. But Trump himself always invalidates those claims – and he did so again Wednesday.
It turns out that Trump has been burning about Sessions’ recusal for quite some time and now it is an open secret – i.e. it was only a secret to those in denial.
Trump sat for an interview with New York Times reporters Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. First, that he would do so to begin with, is unfathomable. Remember, the Times is among the legacy media outlets that are hubs in the solar system of ‘fake news’, according to Trump and his coterie.
Those, it would seem, would be the very ones you would want to avoid unburdening yourself to, right? I mean, after all, the Gateway Pundit has a White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich available, do they not? Or there’s Jerome Corsi from InfoWars.
Why not legitimate representatives of the media? The ones who report the real stories that big media won’t touch simply because the papers have a bunch of sphincter boy fact checkers. Good, red meat, stick to your rib stories like child slave colonies on Mars. But to allow Maggie Haberman to seduce you to into unbuttoning your mind? Is Trump out of his mind? That’s a rhetorical question (see 25th Amendment).
The first thing this trio of fake newsers that Trump feigns to despise in order to inflame his political base, did, was to make some agreeable and ingratiating comments in between pauses in Trump’s repetitive and nearly interminable word salads. It greased the skids.
Trump loves the sound of his voice better than you and I like the sound of waves softly breaking on a beach or water babbling through a pebble lined brook.
Once he gets going, all caution is thrown to the wind. And that is what those wily saboteurs from the Times effected. Here’s the portion about Sessions:
MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT: Was that [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions’s mistake or [Deputy Attorney General Rod J.] Rosenstein’s mistake?
TRUMP: Look, Sessions gets the job. Right after he gets the job, he recuses himself.
PETER BAKER: Was that a mistake?
TRUMP: Well, Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.
MAGGIE HABERMAN: He gave you no heads up at all, in any sense?
TRUMP: Zero. So Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself. I then have — which, frankly, I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, “Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t, you know, I’m not going to take you.” It’s extremely unfair, and that’s a mild word, to the president. So he recuses himself. I then end up with a second man, who’s a deputy.
A couple of things here. Anyone who takes issue with Trump in any fashion, is referred to by his devotees as a “snowflake”. But have you noticed how Trump himself is excluded from that classification? Trump is constantly grousing about this is unfair and that is unfair. Here, Sessions was ‘unfair’ to Trump in the third person – “the president”. Perhaps it’s all in who is complaining.
And Trump’s comments here, reinforce what those outside of the cult already understand about him. Trump doesn’t see his role in office as a leader as much as he sees himself as a monarch, issuing edicts, pronouncements and directing servants to come and go at his whim and good pleasure.
Cabinet members, such as Sessions, as he sees them, have no discretion or responsibility to the nation as a whole or to the rule of law, but rather to act as concierge for Trump. If something displeases the King, he wants a ‘fixer’ to take care of it. Never would Trump imagine that his lackeys might defer to the law instead of him.
Trump is not done with Sessions. The Sessions situation really grinds Trump’s gears.
TRUMP: So, now what happens is, he leaves the office. Rosenstein leaves the office. The next day, he is appointed special counsel. I said, what the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts? But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point. So Jeff Sessions, Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers.
HABERMAN: You mean at the hearing?
TRUMP: Yeah, he gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t. He then becomes attorney general, and he then announces he’s going to recuse himself. Why wouldn’t he have told me that before?
There was so much more to this interview and I recommend you read it in its entirety, because once the terrible trio from the Times got Trump rolling, they could scarcely shut him up.
He is bent about former FBI Director Comey, of course and Assistant A.G. Rod Rosenstein and also admits he might reconsider dismissing the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller – especially if Mueller widens the scope of the investigation to look at all facets of Trump and Trump’s interwoven family finances.
Also discussed are his version of events meeting up with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 dinner, which he claimed was a 15 minute engagement, but actually, according to a host of observers, was at least an hour, with an additional private session as well.
The topic of the Donald Jr. email and meeting with the Russians comes up and he does himself no favors there either. There is a lengthy exchange in the beginning regarding the process of the Senate Healthcare bill. I score this interview a total knockout for the Times reporters. Trump never should have stepped into the ring with them.
Oh well …