President Trump just admitted what he considers to be his biggest mistake during the time he’s occupied the Oval Office in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that aired on Meet The Press this morning.
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While many would hope that the president’s answer would indicate some regret over the thousands of children separated from their families under his draconian immigration enforcement efforts or the murders of hate crime victims inspired by his divisive political rhetoric, careful observers of Trump’s psychology were surprised that the president — notorious for never believing that he is wrong — admitted any mistakes at all.
Trump — who has loudly and frequently tweeted about how Democrats are not entitled to a “do-over” as they follow up the Mueller report with multiple congressional investigations further excavating the special counsel’s findings — revealed the one thing that he would like to do over in his tenure to date and it’s extremely telling.
“I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general,” Trump told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press. “That was the biggest mistake.”
Of course, Trump’s most regrettable action in his own eyes is the one that ultimately led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel after Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign due to his failure to testify truthfully to Congress about his interactions with Russian diplomats during the Trump transition period before his inauguration.
After all, as the Mueller report relates, when the president was informed by Sessions that a special counsel had been appointed, this was his reaction:
“the President slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.”
While Sessions was an early and ardent Supporter of Trump, his decision to follow the norms of when an Attorney General must recuse themselves from a Justice Department investigation of which they may themselves be a subject led to Sessions’ eventual dismissal.
Trump’s singling out of his decision to nominate Sessions as his initial Attorney General as his biggest mistake proves his self-interest towers over any other consideration in the self-evaluation of his performance. It’s as if he’s saying: “I could have gotten away with all of this if it wasn’t for that damn Sessions suddenly deciding to discover ethics.”
You can watch President Trump making his fateful admission in this video excerpt from NBC’s Meet The Press below.
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Original reporting by Zack Budryk at The Hill.