As America continues to ponder whether President Donald Trump is obstructing justice by firing his FBI director in order to stymie an ongoing inquiry into his team’s various bizarre links to the Russian government, the Economist delivered an interview with the chief executive that reminds us of the original and most basic horror of the Trump administration: The president of the United States has no idea what he’s talking about.
You think they exaggerate? Read the link for many specific examples.
Re tax returns:
Mr President, can I just try you on a deal-making question? If you do need Democratic support for your tax plan, your ideal tax plan, and the price of that the Democrats say is for you to release your tax returns, would you do that?
I don’t know. That’s a very interesting question. I doubt it. I doubt it. Because they’re not going to … nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters. Oh, at some point I’ll release them. Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.
Hope Hicks [White House director of strategic communication]: Once the audit is over.
President Trump: I might release them after I’m out of office.
I like the take from New York magazine:
Donald Trump Tries to Explain Economics to The Economist. Hilarity Ensues.
And, woo boy, check Trump on naval carrier technology.
PS: Also in Trump news, he said today he’d made up his mind to fire Comey before the Justice Department letter, thus directly contradicting the White House statement. And he verges close to admitting the Russian thing was making him unhappy. He admits asking Comey about the investigation and his involvement. Obstruction of justice, anyone?