NYT Calls Trump’s Bluff, Releases Audio Of Corker Saying ‘I Hope You’re Recording It’

The biggest impediment to progress for this presidency is Donald Trump’s refusal to stop lying in public and just generally not knowing when to keep his mouth shut.

One of the things he has a habit of doing is jumping on Twitter and making claims that are demonstrably false even when he has to know that the chances of his bluff being called are high. And of course the more angry you make people, the higher the chances that they’ll call your bluff when they get the chance.

Ok, so remember this morning, when Trump claimed that Bob Corker was set up by The New York Times and didn’t know he was being taped? Here’s the tweet:

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Well, Mr. President, consider your bluff called. Here’s the New York Times (if you click on the article the actual audio is there).

President Trump claimed on Twitter today that The Times “set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation.”

Mr. Trump was referring to our interview Sunday with Mr. Corker, the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he said Mr. Trump was recklessly tempting “World War III,” treating the presidency “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” and required constant supervision by his own staff.

As the reporter who conducted the 25-minute telephone interview with Mr. Corker, I thought I would offer more insight about what actually transpired.

Far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation.

“I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too,” he said as two of his aides listened in on other lines, one of them also taping the interview.

End of story. Not only was the Times taping it, Corker was himself taping it.

Trump has been caught in yet another lie and he should have known this was going to happen. Now let’s see how he tries to spin this one.

And for anyone who missed it, here’s the rest of the audio from the interview:

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4 thoughts on “NYT Calls Trump’s Bluff, Releases Audio Of Corker Saying ‘I Hope You’re Recording It’

  1. “One of the things he has a habit of doing is jumping on Twitter and making claims that are demonstrably false even when he has to know that the chances of his bluff being called are high. And of course the more angry you make people, the higher the chances that they’ll call your bluff when they get the chance.”

    These words caught my eye: “even when he has to know that the chances of his bluff being called are high.”

    I’ve always wondered why Trump repeatedly places himself in the position only to get caught by his short hairs. His court fans attribute it to sly Svengali-like strategy that we are to dumb to see. But this reader’s comment on Amazon for the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” sounds right as a reason why Trump has this strange habit of getting caught up:

    “What is most awesome about *The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump* is that most of what is written here rings true. The authors introduce concepts I was not familiar with that such as those relating to Trump’s relationship with time. Unlike most of us who consider the future impact of our actions, Trump responds in the moment, to assuage his ego needs vs. thinking ahead about the harm his comments might cause. We are witness to his in-the-moment orientation in his attachment to Twitter. Some journalists and pundits have convinced themselves, and tried to convince us, that Trump’s Tweets and other interference’s are strategic, meant to give him “wins”. The authors here confirm that this simply is not so. The delusion that Trump has some secret wisdom leaves us in danger of following Trump down the rabbit hole to our own destruction.”

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3MF04N6LEGJWV/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1250179459

  2. Presidents of the past seemed more invested in the country. Even other billionaires like the Bush’s seemed more invested. Why do we keep voting for billionaires? If it must be lets force Gates to be president. That guy should have been president. He knows how to get shot done

  3. “Trump has been caught in yet another lie and he should have known this was going to happen.”

    Ha ha ha ha, that’s rich, H! Y’all calling him unhinged for a year, and expect him to act hinged all of a sudden????

    “Now let’s see how he tries to spin this one.”

    He’ll ignore it like he has most of the other 1,317 lies. Time to stop normalizing this loon with expectations of rational acting.

  4. Like cult members, his core followers will believe everything he says. All we can hope id that enough citizens have the mental capacity , to realize he must not serve a second term.

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