Donald Trump sat for an interview with the Associated Press and the transcript of that interview should truly concern every American.
An astonishing sixteen separate times during the interview, transcribers had to use the word “unintelligible” to replace what Trump was actually saying, either because he trailed off in a mumble or because his speech was unclear. With neurologists and psychiatrists already concerned about Trump’s mental abilities due to his repeated lapses in memory, the inability to speak clearly in a one-on-one interview with a reporter is cause for serious concern.
That interview also featured some extremely confusing and muddled answers even when the new president’s words could be understood. For instance, Trump was asked about his promised 100-day plan and, suddenly, Trump sees the whole concept as unimportant and refused to take any responsibility for developing or promoting that plan at all.
‘I think the 100 days is, you know, it’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful…somebody, yeah, somebody put out the concept of a hundred-day plan.’
The Associated Press reporter had to ask Trump three separate times if he felt he should be “held accountable” for his failure to meet the goals of his 100-day plan. Trump finally gave an answer, saying “no…things came up.”
Trump was also asked how the job has changed him during his first 100 days and his answer was equally disconcerting.
‘I never realized how big it was…there’s great responsibility…I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that’s involved in some of the decisions.’
In other words, Trump admitted that he campaigned on promises that “only I can fix” what’s wrong in government with absolutely no idea what the scope of the job really was. He did not consider the human lives he would affect as president or the damage he could do to those lives with the policies he promoted.
That’s more than concerning; it’s downright frightening. It’s even more frightening than his later answers regarding how his experience as a businessman, which Trump insisted was what made him qualified to run the country, was actually quite different than the role he plays now.
‘In business, most things don’t involve heart…in fact, in business you’re actually better off without it.’
That answer alone is more frightening than the rest of the interview combined.
For just a few of the promises Trump made regarding “day one” of his presidency, much less the now unimportant and inconsequential 100-day mark, see video below:
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