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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Trump Interview With The New York Times

President Trump gave an interview to three New York Times reporters that made big news yesterday.  Among other things, the President said that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General had he known that Sessions would recuse himself from all investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The President also supposedly warned that the special prosecutor better not go too far afield in his investigations.

President Trump fully understood to whom he was talking.  Why would he say these things, particularly to reporters for the Times?  Without a doubt, his statements put pressure on Sessions.  There have already been numerous predictions that Sessions will resign (although I doubt that will happen.)  Further, no doubt his warning to Mueller, the special prosecutor, will actually push Mueller to do just what Trump warned against.  So, again, why did Trump say this?

Some people undoubtedly believe that it was just Trump being himself and displaying his own anger at the situation.  I don't.  President Trump has made it through a lifetime of being in the public eye.  He made it through a presidential campaign.  He knows full well what happens in these situations.  These statements are very unlikely to have been a slip of the tongue.  They were not inadvertent.  He meant to say this.  So, again, why did Trump do this?

My guess is that we are about to see some sort of offensive from the White House on the investigation front.  Ever since the news about the meeting between the President's son and that Russian lawyer, the White House has been playing defense on this subject.  I predict there will be some bombshell coming shortly.  We will have to wait and see.

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