What is it about people who claim to hate the media and then spend endless hours chattering to reporters on background? The example I always think of is Steve Bannon, another guy who broke big in politics inveighing against the political and media establishments and who then ended up talking himself out of the White House after he went on record with Michael Wolff and, allegedly, off the record with many others.
If you don’t trust the press, don’t talk to them. Too bad Trump didn’t learn that lesson before doing 8,000 interviews with Bob Woodward for his new book.
Last week Jennifer Griffin corroborated parts of the Atlantic story that accused him of having described certain American troops as “losers” and “suckers.” Sources told Griffin that Trump had used the word “suckers” to describe soldiers who failed to find an excuse to get them out of service in Vietnam, and that he had suggested that Americans wouldn’t want to see disabled veterans at a military parade in Washington. The president called for her to be fired over that report.