Published: Mon, October 15, 2018

. . clouds gather over defence chief James Mattis

. . clouds gather over defence chief James Mattis

She said that there are still people in the White House that she doesn't trust and that you shouldn't trust.

"I like NATO, NATO's fine", Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl.

The wide-ranging discussion with the network's Lesley Stahl touched on Trump's opinion of politicians ("deceptive, vicious"), Chinese tariffs and Christine Blasey Ford, among other things.

Stahl's question was simple: "Why did you have to make fun of her?" Oftentimes that meant refusing to engage in the sort of black-and-white morality journalists insist on under some circumstances. "They'll come into the administration, they'll be phenomenal".

On the old chestnut of RUSSIA MEDDLING IN THE 2016 ELECTION to ensure that Trump won, he scoffed, "Do you really think I'd call Russia to help me with an election?" When Stahl followed up with tales of rising sea levels and melting polar caps, Trump argued, "You don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man".

"They meddled", he said. What are your options? Would you consider imposing sanctions, as a bipartisan group of senators have proposed? And, like Melania Trump's utterly-on-message, relentlessly forward-moving TV interview, the President's interview had effectively the same impact as a rally; it allowed him to bulldoze his chief enemy, the media, while airing his own points at ceaseless length. I'll give ya an example. Everybody in the world wanted that order. Yeah, Russia may have interfered, but what about China now interfering to help the Democrats!

On Sunday, President Trump once again questioned the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is driving global temperatures higher and leading to more powerful storms. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these com- I don't wanna hurt jobs. "There are other ways of punishing".

Stahl: No, it's like an embrace.

President Donald Trump: Look, look. There's a lot at stake.

"I tell you what I don't want to do". There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that were the case. We get along very well.

In addition, the Woodward book said that Mattis ignored Trump's demand to plan an assassination attempt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in April 2017, after Syria launched chemical attacks in the Damascus suburbs. The guy that's getting the praise lavished on him by these television sycophants: Donald Trump. "It's up to the president of the United States to decide what he wants to do". She pushed back in the kind of bantering tone the late correspondent Mike Wallace and founder Don Hewitt established for "60 Minutes" interviews.

He provides similar responses to other issues in which the press generally presumes there is only a right or wrong answer. "I don't have to pledge to you". "I think it's a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind". But I don't know that it's manmade.

Trump said there are still "some people" in his administration that he is "not thrilled with". I don't want to be put at a disadvantage.

TRUMP: I'm not denying climate change. They got worse instead of better.

Trump said the turnover was likely to continue. Everything he does is presented as his estimation of the national interest.

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