When Donald Trump finds himself alone with a reporter, he just can’t help himself. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing — it’s nice to find out what he says unscripted, and it’s generally something incriminating, but it’s usually also something that it’s just horrifying to hear the President of the United States say.
But that’s how he’s always been. Trump loves a mic in his face, or even just the opportunity to talk about himself. That’s what happened on Thursday while he was out golfing, when Trump came across legendary New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt wandering the links, possibly hoping for just such an opportunity to speak to him.
Considering the details that Trump casually gave up to a reporter from a paper that he’s repeatedly called “failing” and “fake news,” the fact that he spoke on the record with zero staff present is more than a little surprising, unless you consider that he simply likes to be given a chance to listen to the sound of his own voice for a while.
Among other things, Trump told Schmidt:
In all, the bizarre, impromptu interview lasted at least half an hour and moved from the course to the club at the West Palm Beach resort he’s been golfing at for three days since he said he was “getting back to work.”
It’s nice to know that Trump can be disarmed simply by the promise of being covered at all in the New York Times, but it’s more than a little concerning that he would be so loose-lipped with no staff present and seemingly no concern for keeping anything private that could be related to national or foreign policy. Indeed, Trump was eager to spill the beans. and he did not disappoint.
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