President Donald Trump: Nancy Pelosi is incapable of doing deals


On Thursday, Trump blasted the House speaker as a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in response.
“I think she’s a disgrace. I actually don’t think she’s a talented person. I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done,” Trump said. “She’s incapable of doing deals, she’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person, the Mueller report came out, it was a disaster for them.”
When asked about Pelosi’s statement, her spokeswoman, Ashley Etienne said the speaker had a “productive meeting about the state of play with [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.”
Below, the 25 lines from Trump's interview that you need to see -- whether you want to or not.
1. "I think I can say I really got to know her because I sat with her many times. And we had automatic chemistry. You understand that feeling."
    Trump kicks off the interview by touting his "automatic chemistry" with Queen Elizabeth II. Which, maybe?! And away we go!
    2. "You know, this is supposed to be today a storm and it's a little like the invasion itself, the weather was a big factor and they delayed it a day and it worked out OK. And you look at the weather we have, we have beautiful weather."
    Trump on the D-Day invasion: "It worked out OK."
    3. "I mean, we've been out now for three and a half days and looks like, I'm saying it isn't always like this, it's pretty beautiful but it can be pretty rough."
    Uh ... I think what Trump is saying is that they have had great weather for his trip (and kind of taking credit for it?) but that the weather in Europe isn't always nice. Which is true. Weather, man. Amirite?
    4. "This is one of the true, in terms of war, in terms of, probably you can also say, in terms of peace, because this led to something very special."
    A real, unedited sentence from the President of the United States.
    5. "[United Nations] Secretary [Jens] Stoltenberg has been maybe Trump's biggest fan, to be honest with you."
    ... said Donald Trump.
    6. "It's a beautiful word, if you know how to use them properly."
    Trump's reference to "tariff" as a beautiful word reminds me -- again -- of how incredibly often he describes random things as beautiful. Here's a list of 21 of them, via Quartz.
    7. "They send in $500 billion worth of drugs. They kill 100,000 people. They ruin a million families every year, if you look at that. That's really an invasion without the guns."
    It's not clear to me where Trump is getting these numbers on the supposed damage done by people entering the country illegally via our southern border.
    8. "[Mexico] stole 32% of our car business with NAFTA."
    "Stole" is an interesting word choice to describe a multi-nation trade agreement.
    9. "They send in drugs, illegal drugs, $500 billion, 100,000 people are killed, dead, every year from what comes through our southern border."
    Again, a series of Google searches doesn't turn up the source of these numbers from Trump. Which doesn't mean they don't exist! But given Trump's track record on stuff like this, it's uniquely possible he made these numbers up.
    10. "I think [Pelosi is] a disgrace. I actually don't think she's a talented person. I've tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She's incapable of doing deals. She's a nasty, vindictive, horrible person."
    ... said the President of the United States about the speaker of the US House while in a foreign country -- and with thousands of grave markers in the background of his TV shot.
    11. "They thought their good friend Bobby Mueller was going to give them a great report."
    "The Mueller report came out -- that's the Bible." -- Donald Trump, May 9, 2019
    12. "He came out with a report with 13 horrible, angry Democrats who are totally biased against me. A couple of them worked to Hillary Clinton. They then added five more who are also Democrats."
    Back in March 2018, PolitiFact found that 12 members of Mueller's special counsel team were registered Democrats while a 13th had said publicly he was a Democrat. That said, Mueller, who led the probe, is a longtime Republican.
    13. "[Mueller] made such a fool out of himself the last time she -- because what people don't report is the letter he had to do to straighten out his testimony because his testimony was wrong."
    As I documented on Thursday, this is both inaccurate and completely nonsensical.
    14. "But Nancy Pelosi, I call her 'Nervous Nancy', Nancy Pelosi doesn't talk about it. Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, OK? She's a disaster."
    ... said the President of the United States about the speaker of the US House in a foreign country -- and with thousands of grave markers in the background of his TV shot.
    15. "I think they're in big trouble because when you look at the kind of crimes that were committed, and I don't need anymore evidence and I guess from what I'm hearing, there's a lot of evidence coming in."
    This sounds like a big story! Go on ...
    16. "But look, and then ask Nancy, why is her district have drug and needles all over the place? It's the most disgusting thing what she's allowed to happened to her district."
    Quick reminder: Donald Trump is the President of all the United States -- including Pelosi's San Francisco-based district with "drug and needles all over the place."
    17. "Now, if I made any statement about anybody it would be like a big headline, why would he do that when he's overseas?"
    Trump is referring here to the report that behind closed doors Pelosi allegedly told her Democratic colleagues that she didn't want to impeach Trump, she wanted him "in prison." (Pelosi's office never confirmed publicly that she said that.) And is Trump unaware of the fact he has savaged Pelosi (not to mention Mueller) repeatedly in this interview already? Was he not there for that part?
    18. "She is a terrible person and I'll tell you, her name, it's 'Nervous Nancy' because she's a nervous wreck."
    But in your last sentence you said....ah never mind.
    19. "By the way, congratulations on your ratings. I'm very proud of you."
    It's almost like -- and stay with me here -- Trump thinks he (and Fox News more generally) are on the same team ...
    20. "No, I think we can have a good relationship with Russia. I think it's hurt by the phony witch hunt. You know, I could have a good relationship with Russia."
    Wait, so our relationship with Russia is "hurt by the phony witch hunt?" It's not hurt by their broad and deep attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election? Huh!
    21. "If somebody else, let's say the opponent, who shouldn't even be allowed to run, you know, she happens to be a crooked person."
    Trump appears to be suggesting here that Hillary Clinton shouldn't have been allowed to run for president in 2016. Due to, well, crookedness?
    22. "We have Pelosi, we have Crying Chuck Schumer, who's a disaster, by the way. He's a total political, you know, jerk."
    "If I made any statement about anybody it would be like a big headline, why would he do that when he's overseas?" -- Donald Trump, literally two minutes before saying this.
    23. "Peace, really peace. And we built up our military, we built up our wealth, we built up everything. Our country is in such great shape right now. Iran is in a much different position then they were two and a half years ago."
    This was Trump's answer to this question from Ingraham: "What do you pray for when you pray for this country?" So, OK.
    24. "Everybody wants to make a deal. We're the best. We're the strongest. There's nobody even close."
    Case closed! Have a great night everyone!
      25. "There are those that say they have never seen the Queen have a better time, a more animated time."
      In which Trump suggests that the Queen of England has never had a better time -- ever -- than she did hanging out with him over the past few days. This feels like a (very) good place to end.

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