WASHINGTON — President Trump regularly expresses pique over scathing kiss-and-tell books written by former aides and advisers. But he had no beef with “Let Me Finish” by Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and his onetime transition director.
“Well, honestly,” Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office this week, “he was very nice to me.”
But not nice to his family, it was pointed out, most notably Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, who was eviscerated in the book. “No,” Mr. Trump conceded, “but he was unbelievably nice to me, actually.”
An 85-minute interview with the president offers plenty of clues for Trumpologists seeking to understand him and the ways of his byzantine court — who is up and who is down, what he cares about and what he does not, what he knows and what he does not. Intentionally or by happenstance, Mr. Trump sends signals that are then scrutinized, analyzed and even satirized.
Mr. Kushner was not the only person in the president’s orbit to meet the underside of a bus during his session with The New York Times on Thursday. Mr. Trump chided aides for not connecting him with the author Bob Woodward before his own book was published. He said his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was “wrong” about a Trump project in Moscow and “has been wrong” on other matters.
He went after former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, rewriting the history of their split. While Mr. Mattis resigned in protest of the president’s decision to pull out of Syria, Mr. Trump insisted that he pushed the secretary out. “I wasn’t happy with the job that he was doing at all,” he said. “And I said, ‘It’s time.’ That’s why in the letter he wrote, ‘You have to have your own choice.’ The reason he said that was because I said, ‘You’re just not my choice.’”
In fact, Mr. Mattis showed up at the White House with his resignation letter already written. Mr. Trump initially accepted it and characterized it as a retirement “with distinction,” but took offense after seeing reports characterizing the letter as a rebuke and forced Mr. Mattis to leave two months earlier than originally scheduled.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump signaled forgiveness of sorts for Stephen K. Bannon, his onetime chief strategist who was excommunicated from Mr. Trump’s camp after talking with another author for a book that savaged the president. “If you’ve seen him on an interview over the last six months, I think there’s nobody that speaks better” about him, Mr. Trump said, adding that the two had not spoken in more than a year.
Also on the positive side of Mr. Trump’s ledger was William P. Barr, his nominee for attorney general. Although the president was reported to be unhappy when Mr. Barr at his confirmation hearing described a close relationship with Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, Mr. Trump said the testimony “was totally acceptable to me” and that Mr. Barr will be “a great attorney general.”
Perhaps most notably let out of the president’s doghouse were the nation’s intelligence chiefs, whom he had described just a day earlier as “extremely passive and naïve” people who “should go back to school!” Now, he said, all was fine because they had reassured him that their report to Congress this week that conflicted with his foreign policy had been misinterpreted by the news media.
The media, of course, remains permanently in the presidential doghouse, although Mr. Trump enjoys talking with reporters and bashing them in almost equal proportions. On Thursday, he gave the reporters three times as much time as scheduled, gamely taking on all questions, unrushed, and asked them to call him personally if they had questions. “I came from Jamaica, Queens, Jamaica Estates, and I became president of the United States,” he said, beseeching A.G. Sulzberger, the Times publisher, for better coverage. “I’m sort of entitled to a great story from my — just one — from my newspaper.”
But Mr. Trump’s description of his call-on-the-carpet meeting with the intelligence chiefs underscored how the president forms what his former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, himself an author of a tell-all, once called Mr. Trump’s “reality distortion field” where he “curves facts toward himself.”
Reporting to Congress earlier in the week, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and his counterparts said that North Korea was unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons, Iran was not currently building a bomb and the Islamic State was not defeated, all conclusions at odds with the president’s approach.
In their meeting on Thursday, Mr. Trump said he challenged them on this disconnect. “One of the things they said very strongly, according to — was that Iran is, essentially, a wonderful place,” the president recounted. “And I said, ‘It’s not a wonderful place, it’s a bad place, and they’re doing bad things.’ And they said, ‘We agree.’ I said: ‘What do you mean you agree? You can’t agree.’ And they said the testimony was totally mischaracterized.”
But it may be that Mr. Trump was the one who mischaracterized it or at least misunderstood it. The intelligence chiefs never said that Iran was a “wonderful place” or anything like it; they simply said there was no evidence of a nuclear program in violation of the agreement it made to give it up. Mr. Trump in effect set up a straw man by overstating their testimony, and they could honestly knock it down without taking back what they actually did say.
If so, it worked. Mr. Trump was happy enough to blame the disparity on the news media via Twitter — tweets that were actually sent out while he was talking with his Times visitors. He had an aide fetch printouts of the tweets to pass around.
When it was noted that he had been in the room with them when the tweets were posted from his account, he acknowledged, “Well, sometimes I dictate tweets.”
In interviews, Mr. Trump can be like an unguided missile; it’s never entirely clear where the conversation will head. In defending his approach to the presidency, he summoned the spirits of George Washington, who he said also kept a business while in office, and John F. Kennedy, who appointed his brother as attorney general.
Mr. Trump does not obsess about precision. He suggested that it was excessive for the F.B.I. to deploy a “team of 29 people with AK-27s, or whatever they were using” to arrest his longtime associate, Roger J. Stone Jr. There is no such thing as an AK-27 rifle. Presumably, the self-described Second Amendment champion was confusing it with the AK-47, although the F.B.I. of course does not use Russian-made weapons.
Pinning him down can be a challenge. Mr. Trump was asked if he was the person in Mr. Stone’s indictment who directed a campaign official to contact Mr. Stone about damaging information in the possession of WikiLeaks, which was releasing Democratic emails stolen by Russian agents.
“Can I tell you? I didn’t see it,” he said of the indictment. But then he suggested he was knowledgeable about what was in the document. “I know what was in the indictment — if you read it, there was no collusion with Russia.”
Similarly, referring to Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, he first said, “Rod told me I’m not a target of the investigation.” But then he suggested that the assurance had gone to his lawyers. “The lawyers would speak to him a lot about that,” he said.
And he said that he did not initially know about a memo that Mr. Barr wrote as a private lawyer criticizing one of Mr. Mueller’s lines of inquiry, only becoming aware of it later. “I mean, I read it afterwards,” he said. Then he said: “I didn’t see the memo. I never read the memo.”
Truth be told, he did not read Mr. Christie’s book either. (Sorry, governor.) He knew that Mr. Christie wrote nice things about him because his staff summarized it for him. “I don’t have time to read it, but I get all — I have somebody — boom, boom! They give me quotes, it’s like five pages,” Mr. Trump said. “That you can read, right? And he was very respectful of me.”
And so Mr. Trump would be respectful in return. No matter what Mr. Kushner might think.B:
横财富高手论坛开奖结果香“【这】【倒】【是】【个】【办】【法】，【不】【过】【大】【王】，【朝】【廷】【将】【来】【定】【是】【要】【将】【百】【越】【之】【地】【纳】【入】【版】【图】【的】，【若】【是】【现】【在】【过】【于】【奴】【役】【他】【们】，【臣】【担】【心】【会】【对】【将】【来】【的】【统】【治】【不】【利】。” 【寅】【有】【些】【担】【忧】【的】【说】【道】。 【杨】【浩】【闻】【言】【也】【不】【禁】【沉】【吟】【起】【来】，【寅】【的】【担】【忧】【不】【无】【道】【理】，【百】【越】【之】【地】【虽】【然】【如】【今】【尚】【处】【于】【蛮】【荒】【阶】【段】，【但】【是】【总】【有】【一】【天】【这】【里】【势】【必】【会】【是】【自】【己】【的】【地】【盘】，【他】【可】【不】【想】【征】【服】【那】【里】【后】，【就】【要】【面】
【除】【此】【之】【外】，【这】【张】【精】【神】【力】【大】【网】【并】【不】【是】【简】【单】【的】【一】【层】，【而】【是】【里】【三】【层】、【外】【三】【层】！ 【层】【层】【叠】【加】【在】【一】【起】，【杀】【伤】【力】【十】【分】【骇】【人】。 【也】【就】【是】【白】【小】【飞】【实】【力】【够】【强】，【神】【剑】【够】【猛】，【否】【则】【还】【真】【不】【一】【定】【可】【以】【瞬】【间】【切】【碎】【大】【网】。 【很】【明】【显】，【就】【是】【因】【为】【白】【小】【飞】【太】【过】【轻】【松】【写】【意】，【佝】【偻】【三】【眼】【人】【才】【终】【于】【意】【识】【到】【了】【不】【妙】，【准】【备】【全】【力】【以】【赴】【了】。 【想】【到】【这】【里】，【白】【小】【飞】【也】
【正】【说】【着】【一】【个】【小】【侍】【从】【低】【着】【头】【走】【了】【进】【来】。 【根】【据】【单】【尹】【姗】【的】【了】【解】，【这】【个】【皇】【太】【后】【身】【边】【伺】【候】【的】【都】【是】【从】【自】【家】【各】【个】【分】【支】【中】【挑】【选】【的】【资】【质】【上】【佳】【的】【孩】【子】【从】【小】【培】【养】【的】。 【就】【面】【前】【这】【小】【孩】，【别】【看】【他】【只】【有】【十】【一】【二】【岁】，【但】【是】【却】【已】【经】【是】【饱】【读】【诗】【书】，【同】【时】【为】【了】【保】【护】【这】【个】【淮】【家】【唯】【一】【的】【太】【后】，【能】【在】【身】【边】【伺】【候】【的】【都】【是】【武】【功】【上】【佳】【的】【孩】【子】。 【这】【孩】【子】【不】【说】【别】【的】【但】【就】
【王】【兽】【心】【脏】【碎】【成】【七】【小】【块】，【被】【李】【安】【心】【吞】【入】【腹】【中】，【碎】【片】【刚】【刚】【入】【腹】，【就】【有】【一】【块】【被】【他】【消】【化】，【化】【作】【滂】【沱】【能】【量】【注】【入】【四】【肢】【百】【骸】【中】，【再】【反】【馈】【回】【内】【在】【黑】【球】。 【能】【量】【源】【源】【不】【断】【注】【入】【他】【左】【胸】【的】【伤】【口】，【修】【复】【能】【力】【全】【速】【运】【作】，【终】【于】【将】【伤】【口】【强】【行】【愈】【合】，【但】【新】【生】【的】【皮】【肤】【居】【然】【是】【灰】【黑】【色】【的】，【看】【起】【来】【不】【像】【是】【正】【常】【人】【的】【皮】【肤】，【更】【像】【是】【一】【块】【死】【肉】。 “【相】【当】【强】【烈】【的】横财富高手论坛开奖结果香【对】【方】【出】【来】【的】【是】【圣】【手】【华】【光】【徐】【凯】，【双】【手】【均】【空】【着】，【凭】【肉】【掌】【对】【敌】，【一】【瓢】【使】【的】【是】【天】【罡】【掌】【法】，【对】【方】【使】【的】【却】【不】【知】【是】【何】【种】【招】【式】，【只】【觉】【得】【繁】【复】【异】【常】，【一】【把】【一】【式】，【都】【蕴】【藏】【着】【一】【股】【绝】【大】【潜】【力】，【稍】【一】【接】【触】，【即】【觉】【得】【心】【乱】【神】【移】，【一】【瓢】【知】【道】【今】【晚】【无】【法】【讨】【好】，【忙】【聚】【气】【凝】【神】，【袖】【袍】【一】【展】，【施】【展】【出】【毕】【生】【修】【为】【的】【铁】【袖】【神】【功】，【一】【股】【纯】【阳】【罡】【力】，【向】【对】【方】【打】【去】。 【对】【方】
【后】【山】【听】【起】【来】【真】【的】【很】【小】【一】【样】，【事】【实】【上】【并】【不】【是】，【山】【阳】【宗】【前】【生】【是】【曾】【经】【是】【人】【界】【之】【主】【的】【紫】【薇】【斗】【宗】，【如】【今】【虽】【然】【时】【过】【境】【迁】，【过】【去】【了】【近】【百】【万】【年】。 【但】【是】【山】【阳】【宗】【还】【是】【留】【下】【了】【不】【少】【紫】【薇】【斗】【宗】【的】【痕】【迹】，【特】【别】【是】【山】【阳】【宗】【的】【护】【宗】【阵】【法】【力】【量】【仅】【次】【于】【灵】【宝】【道】【宗】。 【要】【知】【道】，【灵】【宝】【道】【宗】【可】【是】【道】【教】【圣】【地】【之】【一】，【拥】【有】【无】【穷】【底】【蕴】，【在】【紫】【薇】【皇】【朝】【之】【前】【便】【已】【经】【存】【在】。
【最】【佳】【女】【配】【颁】【奖】【结】【束】，【林】【浅】【下】【去】【的】【时】【候】【导】【演】【欣】【慰】【的】【侧】【头】【看】【着】【林】【浅】。 “【从】【你】【提】【名】【的】【时】【候】【我】【就】【知】【道】【肯】【定】【是】【你】。” 【林】【浅】【对】【角】【色】【的】【演】【绎】【是】【他】【在】【这】【部】【电】【影】【里】【最】【满】【意】【的】【一】【次】。 【终】【于】【韩】【珊】【能】【拿】【到】【最】【佳】【女】【主】【倒】【是】【挺】【让】【他】【意】【外】【的】。 【倒】【不】【是】【因】【为】【韩】【珊】【的】【演】【技】，【而】【是】【因】【为】【盛】【昕】【心】【也】【被】【提】【名】【了】。 【盛】【昕】【心】【的】【演】【技】【也】【很】【在】【线】，【那】【部】【电】