President Trump CBS Interview: “I Love Your Show…I Call it Deface the Nation”
President Trump CBS Interview – Trump blasts media coverage of his first 100 days on show he calls ‘Deface the Nation’
On his 100th day in office, President Trump sat down with CBS’ “Face the Nation” for a wide-ranging interview that aired on Sunday. And Trump was asked by host John Dickerson to reflect on what he wished he had known about the job before entering the Oval Office.
“One of the things that I’ve learned is how dishonest the media is, really,” Trump said. “I’ve done things that are I think very good.”
The president pointed to what he said was unfair coverage of his decision not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement as he had promised during the campaign.
“I was going to terminate it, but I got a very nice call from a man I like, the president of Mexico,” Trump explained. “I got a very nice call from Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. … I was all set to do it. In fact, I was going to do it today. I was going to do as we’re sitting here. I would’ve had to delay you. I was going to do it today. I was going to terminate NAFTA. But they called up and they said, ‘Would you negotiate?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I will negotiate.’”
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Trump, who last week referred to the show as “Deface the Nation,” complained to host Dickerson that he wasn’t given credit for his trade negotiations with China — a country he had previously called a “currency manipulator.”
“I love your show,” Trump told Dickerson. “I call it ‘Deface the Nation.’ But, you know, your show is sometimes not exactly correct. But when they talk about currency manipulation, and I did say I would call China, if they were, a currency manipulator, early in my tenure. And then I get there. No. 1, they — as soon as I got elected, they stopped. They’re not — it’s not going down anymore, their currency.”