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Trump’s Bizarre Story About Taliban Leader Baffles CNN Analyst

Former President Donald Trump’s rambling interview with Hugh Hewitt where he talked about the leader of the Taliban baffled CNN analyst Chris Cillizza.

Chris Cillizza wrote a detailed and baffled analysis of Trump’s lengthy answer to Hewitt’s question

TRUMP: I spoke to, and sort of the known head, but nobody was sure, but now I’m sure, and I was sure then when I was speaking to him. And I knew as soon as I spoke to him. And even the introduction, I say hello, and he screamed something very tough.”

Chris Cillizza: ” If I am reading this right, Trump wasn’t sure that Baradar was the head of the Taliban when the conversation first started but he figured it out once Baradar “screamed something very tough.”

TRUMP:If you do anything bad to the United States of America, if you do anything bad to any of our civilians, to any American citizen, or if you do anything out of the normal, you know, they’ve been fighting for a 1,000 years, but out of the normal, because you’ve had your wars, and if you do anything out of the normal, but anything bad to America or any American citizens, I will hit you harder than anybody has ever been hit in world history.”

Chris Cillizza: “This sentence is 85 words long. And it ends with Trump recounting that he told Baradar that if the Taliban hurt any Americans that Trump would “hit you harder than anybody has ever been hit in world history.” Which, well, would be pretty hard. Also, Trump’s description of Afghanistan’s history — “you’ve had your wars” — is truly remarkable.”

TRUMP:I wanted to be out by May 1. I had spoken to him quite a bit before May 1, but we had a condition of May 1. But they missed conditions, and so therefore, I bombed and we hit them very hard.”

Chris Cillizza “Trump using the word ‘I’ to describe a bombing campaign is not surprising, given what we know about him. But it is still a little surreal.”

 TRUMP:  I never realized, and of course I realized the importance and power of the presidency, but I never realized how important the office of the president is until this happened, because when I watched what happened over the last week and a half with some horrible, stupid decisions that were made, number one being allowing our military to leave before the civilians and before we get all of our equipment back, $83 billion dollars.” 

Chris Cillizza: “So, Trump never realized the power of the presidency until after he had left office and was watching the Afghanistan situation from afar? Really? Of course, he also contradicts himself in the same answer when he says “of course I realized the importance and power of the presidency” right before he says “I never realized how important the office of the president is.” So….The back-and-forth is, well, something else.”

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