In a surprise interview with the New York Times published Thursday, President Donald Trump said that the media would let him win in 2020 because it's in their best interests.
What did he say exactly?
"We’re going to win another four years for a lot of reasons, most importantly, because our country is starting to do well again and we’re being respected again," he was quoted in excerpts with the New York Times.
"But another reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes," Trump continued. "Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times."
"So they basically have to let me win," he added.
"And eventually," he concluded, "probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, 'Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.' OK."
Trump trusts in special counsel Mueller
The interview offered another surprise. Despite the constant proclamations from his allies that special counsel Robert Mueller is unfairly biased, Trump said that he trusted him and to treat him fairly.
Trump also said that the investigation made the country look bad.
"The only thing that bothers me about timing, I think it’s a very bad thing for the country," he is quoted as saying. "Because it makes the country look bad, it makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position. So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country."
Anger from the left
Some on the left are criticizing the interviewer, Michael Schmidt, for not "hitting back" on some of the statements the president made, and simply allowing him to talk as much as possible.
Liberal activist Oliver Willis tweeted, "The NY Times follows Maggie Haberman's model of not challenging Trump because he'll keep talking to them and bring in clicks. It's not good journalism though."
Every journalist claiming "we just let Trump talk" is legit is full of it. It's kotowing to power. It's certainly n… https://t.co/o8hqBkhWmK— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1514517110.0