Executive Intelligence Review

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Feisty Trump Tells Fox News, ‘If You Don’t Fight Vigorously, You’re Not Going To Win!’

Nov. 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—In a wide-ranging interview yesterday with Fox News commentator Chris Wallace, President Donald Trump rose above Wallace’s obvious attempts to shape the discussion by instead asserting reality.

When Wallace stated that “some people” found the President’s tone “divisive,” Trump said that if he had acted differently,

“I wouldn’t have gotten what we had to get ... you have to have a certain ability to fight back and, as you know, people ... take strong stands on me both ways.”

He continued:

“A lot of times, you can’t practice tone because you have people coming at you so hard, that if you don’t fight back in a somewhat vigorous way, you’re not going to win. And we have to win. This country has to win.”

To Wallace’s suggestion that Trump has attacked the media, just because he didn’t like their negative coverage of him, Trump stated very simply that the media lie. He pointed to the example of media claims that he refused to visit the American cemetery in France, during his Nov. 11 visit there, when, in fact, the Secret Service told him he shouldn’t travel there by helicopter because of the heavy fog which represented a security concern.

The President dismissed Wallace’s attempt to use the case of CNN reporter Jim Acosta to belabor his point on Trump’s attacks on the media, by reiterating that “news about me is largely phony. It’s false.” Fake news, he warned, “is what’s tearing this country apart, because people know, people like things that are happening, and they’re not hearing about it.” Rather than calling him to check a story, he said, the mainstream media “just make things up. Fiction.”

Wallace implied that by not answering Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s questions about obstruction of justice, or agreeing to a sit-down interview with him, Trump is, in effect, admitting to obstruction.

“There was no obstruction,” Trump said, adding that neither is there proof of collusion. “I think we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt,” he said, emphasizing that further discussion with Mueller is unnecessary. “We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked, and I think that should solve the problem.”

Trump admitted that it took “a little while” to get used to the idea of being President of the United States, and pointed to the beauty of the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk which he uses, that was also used by Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. He remarked that the desk was especially important to him, because it was also used “by some people that I respect.”

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