Outside of frequent interviews with various Fox News opinion personalities, Donald Trump has been very selective in granting extensive one-on-ones with journalists.
George Stephanopoulos of ABC News got a rare opportunity, though, scoring three lengthy chats with the commander-in-chief over two days in Iowa and Washington.
And he delivered with an hour-long primetime special chock full of front-page news, and — perhaps more notably — a few revealing details.
There were many crazy moments, and obviously a ton of lies. We also witnessed Trump’s mean side.
Many of this conversation’s most noteworthy moments were induced by Stephanopoulos letting Trump reveal himself. That was what the Good Morning America co-anchor did during one stunning sequence in which Trump chewed out his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, for coughing.
“Let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer,” Trump said — as his chief of staff was hacking up a lung. “I don’t like that, you know? If you’re gonna cough, please leave the room!”
Trump then consulted with the cameraman, before resuming his statement. There might not be a better 30-second piece of tape illustrating the president’s vanity.
In an outtake from @ABC interview, Mulvaney coughs and Trump skips, loses focus, stops, demands to shoot it again, then chastises Mulvaney: "He's coughing in the middle of my answer…I don't like that…you just can't cough…if you're gonna cough, please leave the room." pic.twitter.com/171OlVQfdP
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 17, 2019
Then there was the time where Trump said he’s put flags in the Oval Office, something he says former President Obama didn’t do.
“You didn’t have flags to any great degree. You had an American flag, but for the most part you didn’t have flags. Uh, it’s quite a bit different than President Obama.”
But, again, that is a lie:
— BGSU Lady (@BGSULady) June 17, 2019
Trump does have the military flags on the side in the Oval Office. But behind Trump’s desk are the American Flag and the Presidential Seal Flag…the same two that Obama had:
Also note that it appears that Obama has work on his desk, briefing folders, etc. Trump… not so much!