Donald Trump did 18 interviews with Bob Wooward. What possessed him to do the interviews with a reporter who helped take down Richard Nixon? Some reports say Trump thought he could win Woodward over convincing the veteran reporter that Trump's views were the correct views.
There a many asking "why did Trump do it?" (all quotes are from USA TODAY)
"'He's obviously never read a Woodward book. He doesn't understand what Woodward books are,' former Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said on MSNBC. 'Who in their right mind, who’s running for office within the year, sits for 18 interviews with a journalist? This is not a smart thing to do. This is beyond folly.'
...Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Woodward's book 'spends 480 pages trashing the president," which is "exactly what you thought it would be.'
'What's surprising is that Donald Trump participated in making the book. The president sat for repeated interviews with Bob Woodward. Why in the world would he do that?'
CNN's Chris Cillizza has the answer, Trump wanted to cement his place in history:
CNN analyst Chris Cillizza said Trump 'has a superhuman belief in his ability to talk his way in or out of almost anything.'
'Trump views himself as a master manipulator, someone who is so good at reading other people that he knows how to get what he wants even as they think they are getting what they want,' Cillizza wrote. 'Which is why Trump was so frustrated with his lack of involvement in 'Fear,' he called Woodward after the manuscript had already been finished to offer to participate.'
Cillizza said another reason that Trump agreed to talk to Woodward was that he is 'obsessed' with 'hunting out ways to cement his legacy in office,' and Woodward is widely considered the presidential journalist of record. Woodward told the Post he sees himself as writing the 'second draft of history.' (The first being daily news coverage.)
'Woodward is writing the history of each president as it happens. He is the most recognizable and famous political journalist in the country,' Cillizza wrote. 'When Bob Woodward says he wants to write about you – even if you are a billionaire businessman or the president of the United States – you are flattered.'"
The bottom line with Trump-it is always about Trump. His ego drives his existence, he is always looking for ways to enhance his image making him the greatest president ever. Trump does not care for anyone but himself. He is an ego driven megalomaniac believing he is the master deal maker, the master messenger. Trump honestly believed he could put one over on Woodward. Trump thought he was making history
...and he has failed, miserably.
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