President Donald Trump gave an extended interview for NBC on Thursday, marking his first public appearance with the MSM since he fired FBI director Comey, during which he emphasized two main issues. First, that he was determined to terminate Comey’s job at the FBI regardless, i.e. even without a report from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. The other key highlight of the NBC interview is that President Trump reiterated his support for a full investigation with regard to the “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential election, with or without Comey running the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
President Trump detailed how former FBI director James Comey told him three times that he wasn’t under investigation and also that he wants the probe into the so-called Russian interference to be done nice and proper.
“I want to find out if there was a problem with the election having to do with Russia…. If Russia or anybody else is trying to interfere with our elections I think it’s a horrible thing and I want to get to the bottom of it and I want to make sure it will never ever happen.”
President Trump insisted that he was not aware of any type of collusion with Russia:
“no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians.”
while he reiterated that :
“this was set up by the Democrats.”
“The other thing is, the Russians did not affect the vote, and everybody seems to think that
“As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly. Maybe I’ll expand that, you know, lengthen the time (of the Russia probe) because it should be over with, in my opinion, should have been over with a long time ago. ‘Cause all it is, is an excuse but I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people.”
The POTUS denied that he was sending a message to Comey’s successor via the manner in which the former FBI director was fired. When asked about the war in Afghanistan, and especially about how some of his administration officials want it expanded with more troops and more gear on the ground, President Trump changed the subject almost immediately, emphasizing the fight against the Islamic State, which he claims it’s going well:
“I will say this, most importantly, we are making incredible strides against ISIS and next week (Defense Secretary) General Mattis and my generals are going to be having a major news conference to inform the public and the world how well we’ve done against ISIS. We have done really well.”
The NBC interview was run in an interrogation like manner by the TV anchor Lester Holt, during which the POTUS was interrupted 9 times in less than 3 minutes and he also spoke over Donald Trump on a number of occasions. Every statement made by the President was seriously questioned. And yes, we’re talking about the same Lester Holt, who was the third debater during the election.