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Observers Question Trump's Mental State In Interviews

| by Jordan Smith

Observers have responded with surprise to a series of interviews given by President Donald Trump on May 1, with one even suggesting he may have dementia.

Trump gave interviews to Bloomberg News, CBS' "Face the Nation" and SiriusXM, according to Politico.

The president questioned whether America's Civil War needed to happen and suggested he may be prepared to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un under certain circumstances. Currently, Washington has no diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

Later on May 1, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer backed up Trump's comments on Kim when Spicer praised the North Korean leader for "assuming power at an early age" and "obviously [managing] to lead a country forward," Politico reported.

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Trump also praised Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of killing thousands of people in his war on drugs.

The president also suggested introducing a tax on gasoline and indicated he was considering the idea of breaking up the big banks. This latter comment caused the stock market to fall.

"It seems to be among the most bizarre recent 24 hours in American presidential history," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told Politico. "It was just surreal disarray and a confused mental state from the president."

Brinkley was not the only one to point to Trump's confusion. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough went further.

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"My mother's had dementia for 10 years," Scarborough said, referring to Trump's Civil War remark, according to The Root. "That sounds like the sort of thing my mother would say today."

Trump suggested in an interview with the Washington Examiner that Andrew Jackson could have prevented the conflict from breaking out.

"He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, 'There's no reason for this.' People don't realize, you know, the Civil War -- if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there a civil war? Why could that one not have been worked out?" Trump said, according to The Guardian.

Even officials close to Trump who spoke to the media anonymously acknowledged the interviews had been less than clear.

"They were not helpful to us," a Trump adviser told Politico. "There was no point to do all of them."

"He just seemed to go crazy today," added a senior Republican aide.

David Blight, a Yale University historian, warned that Trump's comments on the Civil War could have serious consequences.

"White supremacists, lost causers, states-rights activists could latch onto this," Blight told Politico. "I don't know if Trump even knows he's doing it. You can be too ignorant to know you're ignorant."

Sources: Politico, The Root, The Guardian / Photo Credit: White House/Wikimedia Commons

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