What is it in Donald Trump’s belly that makes him trust his gut so much? One could speculate that he’s swallowed so much of his own verbal manure that his gut is simply regurgitating the contents of his deluded mind.
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Yet, Trump boasted about the superior instincts that his gut contains that make it so much better of a source for his decision making than the minds of seasoned professional experts during an interview with The Washington Post published today.
The president’s grandiose self-assessment of his feelings as more valuable than informed opinions or even actual facts came in his comments attempting to pawn off responsibility for the many cracks beginning to be exposed in the U.S. economy upon his personally-chosen Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, who has continued to follow the Fed’s long-planned policy of gradually raising interest rates from the historic lows they were forced down to during the 2008 Republican-induced financial crisis.
“I’m doing deals, and I’m not being accommodated by the Fed,” Trump said. “They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”
“So far, I’m not even a little bit happy with my selection of Jay. Not even a little bit. And I’m not blaming anybody, but I’m just telling you I think that the Fed is way off-base with what they’re doing.”
Of course, Trump saying that he isn’t blaming anybody in this instance doesn’t mean that he’s not blaming Powell. It simply means that he doesn’t blame himself for a decision that he now regrets since he is congenitally unable to accept responsibility for anything that doesn’t include an excessive amount of undue praise for himself.
So in his “not blaming” lambasting of the Fed Chairman, the president is attempting to hide his own part in the circumstances that led to such signs of economic decline as the recent erasure of the entire year’s stock market gains and General Motor’s announcement of massive layoffs and plant closures.
In the interview with The Post, Trump also touched on how his gut is a much more reliable indicator of the state of the global environment than any nearly universal consensus among climate scientists — such as those who compiled the administration’s own report that was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving to ensure that as little attention as possible was paid to it.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump said. “You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean.”
Please try to repress your guffaws while you read that last paragraph.
The president either admitted to extremely selective blindness or contradicted his claims about his very stable genius level IQ with his next statement about climate change.
“As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,” Trump declared just days after touring the devastation caused by the largest wildfires in California history.
It must be difficult to see the big picture when you’re staring down at the ground raking leaves from the forest floor. Yet. as the full transcript of the interview reveals, the president’s gut is telling him what that big picture looks like through a prism of ignorance.
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Trump discussed a wide range of other topics in the interview, touching on whether he will be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week’s G20 meeting in the wake of the renewed hostilities with Ukraine — maybe he will, maybe he won’t, depending on the results of a full report from the national security officials he has usually ignored or dismissed as members of the “deep state” — and on the controversy over whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of a Saudi journalist in the employ of the very newspaper conducting the interview:
“Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t,” Trump said. “But he denies it. And people around him deny it. And the CIA did not say affirmatively he did it, either, by the way. I’m not saying that they’re saying he didn’t do it, but they didn’t say it affirmatively.”
Trump translation tip: by “affirmatively” he either means “definitively” or else the CIA report on the killing used a strange double negative to present its findings, something like “We didn’t find that the Saudi Crown Prince didn’t order Khashoggi’s brutal murder.”
Speaking of double negatives, Trump told The Post that he had “no intention” of stopping Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations while simultaneously demurring from a promise to let it continue until it’s completed.
“ ‘The Mueller investigation is what it is. It just goes on and on and on,’ Trump said. When pressed on whether he would commit to letting the probe continue until its conclusion, he stopped short of making an explicit pledge,” The Post reported.
“ ‘This question has been asked about me now for almost two years,’ the president said, at which point counselor Kellyanne Conway chimed in, ‘A thousand times.’ “
The one ray of good news to emerge from the interview may be a sly bit of media manipulation by the president. He floated the idea of removing American troops from the Middle East but attributed the possibility to the continuation of the lower prices for oil in an attempt to reinforce his support for the Saudi regime that has enabled the fall in petroleum prices.
“Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced. So, you know, all of a sudden it gets to a point where you don’t have to stay there,” he said while still citing the security of Israel as a reason to remain.
You can read the entire transcript of the president’s interview with Philip Rucker and
Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post here. Antacids and pain relievers not included.
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