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Monday, February 04, 2019

Trump won the Super Bowl

Presidents usually give the network televising the Super Bowl a 20 minute interview. Margaret Brennan of CBS did an admirable job interviewing him. I am sure his answers to her questions shock viewers who consume only Fake News.

In reading the transcript, I was struck by this exchange.
BRENNAN: Talking about the kneeling position you've taken and the controversy around it. Do you think that the players who did kneel had a point? I mean are you sensitive at all to players like Colin Kaepernick, who point out that the majority of victims of police violence are black?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you know, I'm the one that had passed judicial reform. Look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I've done. President Obama tried. They all tried. Everybody wanted to do it. And I got it done and I've been, you know, really -- a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it.
BRENNAN: Really?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it's now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people. I think that when you want to protest I think that's great. But I don't think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem. Absolutely.
Why would people not thank him?

But what was odd was Brennan -- a good reporter who does her homework -- did not realize that President Trump had addressed the problem that the players had protested.

She began the interview with two premises. One, that Nancy Pelosi out negotiated him. Two, that the intelligence chiefs rebuked him.
BRENNAN: You're still going to have to deal with her now.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, she can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue. On a political basis, what she's doing is -- I actually think -- it's bad politics, but much more importantly it's very bad for our country.
BRENNAN: I want to ask you about your intelligence leaders who were testifying on Capitol Hill this week. Did you read the report that they presented?
BRENNAN: And did you -- there was some conversation you had because you went on Twitter and you called them naive and told them to go back to school.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think--
BRENNAN: What specifically was wrong about what they said?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Let me just say it wasn't so much a report. It was the questions and answers as the report was submitted and they were asked questions and answers. We've done an incredible job with Syria. When I took over Syria it was infested with ISIS. It was all over the place. And now you have very little ISIS and you have the caliphate almost knocked out. We will be announcing in the not too distant future 100 percent of the caliphate which is the area, the land.
We're at 99 percent right now, we'll be at 100. When I took it over it was a disaster. I think we've done a great job with that. At the same time, at a certain point, we want to bring our people back home. If you look at Afghanistan we're going in very soon we'll be going into our 19th year spending 50 billion dollars a year. Now if you go back and look at any of my campaign speeches or rallies, I talked about it all the time.
Brennan inadvertently gave him a good opening to show he is a Peace President.
BRENNAN: The Senate Republicans voted, the vast majority of them said that they don't support what you're doing. That what you're doing risks national intelligence by a precipitous withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. Doesn't that concern you?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I ran against 17 Republicans. This was a big part of what I was saying, and I won very easily. I think the people out in the world -- I think people in our country -- agree. We've been fighting for 19 years. Somebody said you were precipitously bringing to- precipitously? We've been there for 19 years. I want to fight. I want to win, and we want to bring our great troops back home.
I've seen the people. I go to Walter Reed Hospital. I see what happens to people. I see with no legs and no arms. And I've seen also what happens to them up here because they're in this situation, and they come back and they are totally different people -- where the wives and the fathers and the mothers say, "What has happened to my son? What has happened in some cases to my daughter?"
It's a terrible thing. We've been there close to 19 years. And it's time. And we'll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They're tired. Everybody's tired. We'd like to have. I don't like endless wars. This war. What we're doing is got to stop at some point.

We all talk about peace.

Here is a man who is bringing it.

But peace requires vigilance.

She asked a question that I had been wondering about.
BRENNAN: How do you know when to fire someone?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: When it's not happening. 
BRENNAN: What do you mean? 
PRESIDENT TRUMP: When it doesn't get done. Like with General Mattis, I wasn't happy with his service. I told him give me a letter.
BRENNAN: He resigned.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: He resigned because I asked him to resign. He resigned because I was very nice to him. But I gave him big budgets and he didn't do well in Afghanistan. I was not happy with the job he was doing in Afghanistan. And if you look at Syria what's happened, I went to Iraq recently, if you look at Syria, what's happened in Syria in the last few weeks, you would see that things are going down that were not going down. That things are happening that are very good. So I was not happy with him, but I wish him well.
She went into the Mueller witch hunt.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, look the Russia thing is a hoax. I have been tougher on Russia than any president, maybe ever. But than any president.
BRENNAN: But when it comes to the investigation that the special counsel's conducting. I mean 34 people have been charged here, seven guilty pleas.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me. Ok, you ready? Ok, you ready? Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they're talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie. I think it's a terrible thing that's happened to this country because this investigation is a witch hunt. It's a terrible witch hunt and it's a disgrace.
BRENNAN: Do you think it should be made public?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: When you look at General Flynn where the FBI said he wasn't lying, but Robert Mueller said he was, and they took a man and destroyed his life. When you look at so many of the things that have happened, why didn't they go after Hillary Clinton for her emails? She had thirty three thousand emails that were deleted after receiving a subpoena from Congress.
BRENNAN: And according to the special counsel they were posted on WikiLeaks and your friend Roger Stone was just indicted for his involvement there and for lying.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: First of all, Roger Stone didn't work on the campaign, except way way at the beginning long before we're talking about. Roger is somebody that I've always liked, but a lot of people like Roger some people probably don't like Roger, but Roger Stone's somebody I've always liked. I mean Roger's a character but Roger was not- I don't know if you know this or not- Roger wasn't on my campaign except way at the beginning.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: So, it's all, and yet you will ask me a question like that, wasn't involved in my campaign.
BRENNAN: Would you pardon him?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I have not thought about it. It looks like he's defending himself very well. But you have to get rid of the Russia witch hunt because it is indeed. And remember this. There's been no president that has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.
BRENNAN: Would you make the Mueller report public because you say there's nothing in there? Congress can subpoena it anyway, though.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Totally up to to the Attorney General.
I doubt the interview will change any minds because most minds in America now are closed.

But both Brennan and President Trump did well.

Almost as well as our country is doing.


  1. More proof that these so-called journalists are utterly and totally uninformed.

  2. Peace...*and* Prosperity. Imagine if they got off their asses and helped the guy.

    1. Congress is up to their eyebrows in donations from the "military-industrial-complex".

  3. I'm impressed by Trump's intelligence and ability to respond in depth on any question the left throws at him. His responses are detailed - not shopworn talking points and he doesn't bloviate away to run out the clock as Obama did.

    Trump provides verifiable facts and pulls in threads from previous related efforts to make his case.

    This takes true intelligence, intellectual curiosity spanning decades and mental processing power.

    No 27 year old in the media can match him nor any self-loathing leftist. No wonder they hate him.

  4. The infamous 33,000 missing & destroyed emails were NOT published on Wikileaks or anywhere else, you dufette.

    1. I thought the same thing! The MSM has been deeply encurious to the point of complicity in never mentioning Hillary and her lawyers completely scrubbed her secret server and got to release what they felt like (even then they proved she had been sending classified emails to her server)

  5. All of her questions were from the leftist point of view. Trump hitting right handed hit them out of the park.

  6. All the Democrats have to do to beat President Trump is to not act crazy. Good luck with that.

  7. I wish POTUS had answered something like this about Stone, because it applies to everyone:

    'An indictment does not equate to guilt. Under OUR system of justice, everyone is considered INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty in front of a judge and/or a jury.'

    We can never take for granted that journalist is aware of that fact.