Former President Donald Trump has sat for multiple interviews over the last few months to make sure the reporters who are writing books about his administration get his side of the story. Some of his advisers were against the idea but Trump knew he would not get a fair shake any other way.
In Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s new book, I Alone Can Fix It, Trump sat for an hour-long interview with the two Washington Post reporters and held nothing back. He trashed Mitch McConnell, calling the Kentucky Senator “a stupid person” before hinting at a comeback.
Trump said of his popularity with the GOP, “I think it would be hard if George Washington came back from the dead and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me. I think it would be hard if George Washington came back from the dead and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me.”
The two reporters were able to get something out of Trump few rarely do, they got him to name one thing he would have done differently if given the chance.
“Over the years,” Leonnig and Rucker write, “Trump rarely has expressed misgivings. But he regrets his response to protests last summer in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and other cities. ‘I think if I had it to do again, I would have brought in the military immediately,’ he said.”
Jared Kushner, the lifelong Democrat, who is the son of a major Dem donor, advised Trump against a too tough response to the protests the spread across the country. Ann Coulter was one prominent voice telling Trump to ignore Kushner and follow his gut.
The authors said Trump came in to check on them towards the end of the evening and was a gracious host. They wrote:
Later in the evening, Trump returned to check on us. He wanted to make sure we were comfortable. His gallantry seemed genuine.
“Good conversation,” Trump said. “I’m getting the word out.”
“The interview, he said, was “a great honor.” He offered to do another if we needed to ask anything else and shrugged off the mention of how many hours he had already spent answering our questions.
“I enjoyed it actually,” Trump said, a twinkle in his eye. “For some sick reason I enjoyed it.”
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