In an exclusive interview with NDTV’s Sreenivasan Jain, former President Donald Trump fielded a question he hadn’t yet heard.
“What about the media buzz that Ivanka might be your running mate? Is there any substance to that?” asked Jain.
Trump’s eyes widened. He wanted to be sure he heard correctly. “That Ivanka? That my daughter?” Shaking his head incredulously, he continued, “Never thought of that one, never even heard of that one.”
“It’s been in the media for a while,” defended the interviewer.
Trump seemed to consider the idea for a second, conceding that it was not a ridiculous concept in terms of Ivanka’s capacity for the job.
“Oh that’s an interesting idea… She’s a very capable person, that I can tell you. But no, I have not heard that one.”
“Would you consider it?” pressed Jain, a nervous smile peeking through his beard.
“No, I wouldn’t,” Trump answered dismissively, leaving no room for doubt. “Not my daughter.”
— NDTV (@ndtv) September 8, 2022
His decision will certainly make a lot of people happy, regardless of which way he goes. But he is a pretty open book. It seems mighty obvious that he is chomping at the bit, waiting for the timing he’s been told is optimal, letting the anticipation build.
Without prompting, the former president attacked both the process by which he was forced to interrupt all of his success as president and the ensuing nightmare of Joe Biden’s presidency.
“We had a great four years. Then we had a terrible election, a terrible, terrible thing happened. It was a rigged election. And we’ll now see what happens. But that was just a terrible thing happened to our country. Because our country… It’s suffered so badly over the last two years. When you look at inflation, when you look at Afghanistan, when you look at all of the things that have happened that have been so bad, and we were doing so well before that.”
Regarding the Mar-a-Lago raid, Trump did not mince words.
“That was a terrible thing that they did. Raiding my home was a terrible thing. And I think it’s, it’s boomeranged and very negatively on them,” he said.
The interview, which ran on Thursday night, covered a range of political observations and speculations, including whether Trump was planning to run in 2024. Trump responded to that in a way we’ve grown accustomed to over the summer.
“Everyone wants me to run, I’m leading in the polls, and every poll, Republican polls and Democrat polls, and I’ll make a decision in the very near future, I suspect. And I think that a lot of people are going to be very happy.”
Inviting further conversation, Jain asked, “When the FBI says we found secret documents, the Justice Department releases that photo, you know, file scattered on the floor of Mar-a-Lago with ‘Top Secret’…”
Not able to wait for the rest of the question, Trump pounced.
“That they put there. It’s a setup. It’s weaponization. And it’s inappropriate to do and it’s a bad thing for our country. And this is like Russia, Russia, Russia, and the Mueller report and all of the hoaxes that we’ve had to go through and it’s become standard American politics and it’s a disgrace,” he said.
Questioned further on whether he still feels strongly about the fairness of the 2020 election, Trump showed his sad frustration.
“I feel strongly about a lot of things. You know what I feel strongly about? Our country, and our country is going to hell. That’s what I feel strongly about,” he said.
There has been a lot of speculation on both sides about whether Republicans should continue with Donald Trump as the standard bearer of the party. One of the hurdles is the apparent preference of independents
“According to a new poll, 67% of Independents don’t want Trump to run in 2024, which could make it impossible for Republicans to win if he is their nominee in 2024.”https://t.co/lJ4KD3JRaa via @politicususa
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 8, 2022
On the other hand, it has also been observed – much to the horror of the left – that six in ten Republicans prefer Trump as their candidate, no matter what he’s been accused of lately.
Frightening new poll (NPR/PBS): 61% of Republicans want Trump to run for president in 2024 “even if he’s charged with a crime”. It’s a cult.
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 8, 2022
The interview, held in Bedminster, N.J., was with NDTV, an Indian news channel. The interviewers are Indian supporters of Donald Trump. One of the interviewers was Shalabh Kumar, a Chicago-based businessman who helped raise money for Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Trump confidently proclaimed his good relationship with India, saying, “I don’t think you’ve [ever] had a better relationship than you had with President Trump.”
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