A number of top advisers talked. Kushner is on the record extensively. The president spoke 18 times.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 9, 2020
Trump remarked that he was awestruck meeting Kim for the first time, thinking to himself, ‘Holy shit,’ and finding Kim to be ‘far beyond smart.’ Trump also boasted to Woodward that Kim ‘tells me everything,’ including a graphic account of Kim having his uncle killed.”— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) September 9, 2020
“When I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid, strategically jeopardizing our place in the world and everything else, that’s when I quit.” https://t.co/lPcI6iqXSq— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) September 9, 2020
Nailed it https://t.co/YhWzYljA51— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 9, 2020
Inspires confidence, doesn't it?
Someone tried asking the president about his Feb. 7 comment to Woodward. The president refuses to take that question, goes to someone else.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 9, 2020
Asked why he didn’t take action in February when he knew how deadly the virus could be and waited til March and later. “You didn’t really think it was going to be to the point that it was. ... You have to show leadership. And leadership is confidence in our country.”— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 9, 2020
Once again: it's the country's fault.
The caravans of antifa thugs on planes Trump was stoking panic about just last week couldn't be immediately reached for comment https://t.co/EldC1mXObN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 9, 2020
Panic is as panic does.
March 19: "I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down."— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 9, 2020
March 24: "I think Easter Sunday, and you'll have packed churches all over our country, I think it would be a beautiful time, and it's just about the timeline that I think is right." https://t.co/jYedqzAa82
D’Antonio told CNN that Trump likely agreed to interviews with veteran journalist Bob Woodward because “his reality was formed back in the ’70s when Richard Nixon was president and Bob Woodward was the most famous reporter in the world.”
Yeah, I've noticed that about him.
“He thinks that this is a wonderful thing that Woodward wants to speak to him,” D’Antonio speculated. “But he’s also a con man. He believes that he can con almost anyone. He believes he could con Woodward.”
“But the strange, bizarre element in all of this is that as he’s speaking to Woodward, he’s revealing that he doesn’t believe his own con,” the Trump biographer continued. “So, he knew he was lying. He knew these were lethal lies that were tantamount to homicide for tens of thousands of Americans.”
Why does anybody talk to Woodward?
D’Antonio added: “I mean, this is so self-destructive, so bizarre, so depraved that you really have to wonder how many screws loose this man has.”
I stopped wondering some time ago, but I take your point.
When they framed the First Amendment, the Founders implanted in the free press a unique obligation to public service. Bob Woodward abjectly failed that obligation. I expect nothing from this president* so he shocks me less.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 9, 2020
Bob Woodward knew the truth behind the administration*’s deadly bungling—and worse—and he saved it for his book, which will be released to wild acclaim and huge profits after nearly 200,000 Americans have died. https://t.co/GTmj40AJaT— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 9, 2020