Native English speaker Donald Trump has given yet another interview to the New York Times. He would be better off not speaking, considering the sentences he forms of his own free will.
The headline of the Times story that came out of this interview was “Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies From Attack.” Based upon a full reading of the interview transcript, though, a headline that more fully captures the totality of Trump’s statements might be “Donald Trump: Alladlighfghfughflukshgfluhglujhfjknf.”
It is worth noting, by the way, that Trump clearly went on and off the record during the course of the interview, presumably with the consent of the Times reporters interviewing him, David Sanger and Maggie Haberman. The transcript is dotted with ellipses that likely indicate the points at which Trump went off the record. For example:
TRUMP: No. I came away with a lot of knowledge. I respect both men…
SANGER: Tell us how you’d capitalize on that. On the record, tell us how, in the case with Mexico.
I wonder what Donald Trump said in his excursions off the record??? I guess we’ll never know.
The good news is Trump said many other valuable things that serve as powerful examples of his fitness for the Presidency of the United States.
David, I have statisticians, and I know, like if I went to Pennsylvania, I say, “Give me the statistics on what is going on with respect to manufacturing.” Numbers — 45, 55, 65, I have states that are so bad. New England.
On His Friend Who Builds Plants
I have a friend who builds plants, that’s what he does, he’s the biggest in the world, he builds plants like automobile plants, computer plants, that’s all he does. He doesn’t build apartments, he doesn’t build office space, he builds plants. I said to him the other day, “How are you doing?” He goes, “Unbelievable.” Oh, great, that’s good, thinking about the United States, right, because he’s based in the United States. So I said, “Good, so the country is doing well.” He said, “No, no, not our country, you’ve got to see what I’m doing in Mexico.” He said: “The business there is unbelievable, the new plants we are building. People moving from the United States.” That’s what he does. One-story plants. You understand?
SANGER: We’re under regular cyberattack. Would you use cyberweapons before you used military force?
TRUMP: Cyber is absolutely a thing of the future and the present. Look, we’re under cyberattack, forget about them. And we don’t even know where it’s coming from.
SANGER: Some days we do, and some days we don’t.
TRUMP: Because we’re obsolete. Right now, Russia and China in particular and other places.
SANGER: Would you support the United States’ not only developing as we are but fielding cyberweapons as an alternative?
TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.
HABERMAN: What do you think people will take away from this convention? What are you hoping?
TRUMP: From the convention? The fact that I’m very well liked.
This November, cast your vote for the guy who said all this stuff.