President Donald Trump made a series of bizarre statements during interviews on May 1 that are reportedly worrying GOP aides and journalists.
Trump said that he would be "honored" to meet the brutal dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, insisted that President Andrew Jackson was "really angry" about the Civil War, even though he died 16 years before it began, publicly considered a tax on gasoline, floated the idea of breaking up large banks, wanted changes in the Republican health care bill even though he didn't seem to know the bill and called Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte "very popular," notes Politico.
"[Duterte] is a man who has boasted publicly about killing his own citizens," Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said. "The United States is unique in the world because our values -- respect for human rights, respect for the rule of law -- are our interests. Ignoring human rights will not advance U.S. interests in the Philippines or any place else. Just the opposite."
"I have no idea what they view as a successful media hit," a senior GOP consultant told Politico.
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"He just seemed to go crazy today," a senior GOP aide added.
"[Trump's interviews] were not helpful to us," one senior Trump official stated. "There was no point to do all of them."
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, stated his opinion of Trump: "It seems to be among the most bizarre recent 24 hours in American presidential history. It was all just surreal disarray and a confused mental state from the president."
Outside of the interviews on May 1, Trump tweeted that Jackson -- who owned slaves -- saw the Civil War coming: "President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!"
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On May 2, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski voiced their concerns about Trump's behavior.
Brzezinski stated: "I’m not sure he’s OK. You have that feeling with people who are not OK, where it starts to dawn on you that they are not OK. There’s a much bigger issue."
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, also sounded the alarm:
It’s getting worse, worse than it has been. You talk about the AP interview and these other interviews. The president of the United States saying, "Gee, this is a lot harder than my last job was." There’s not a human being on the face of the earth that wouldn’t understand that you were stepping into the most difficult job of your life. Just look at pictures of presidents walking in and walking out of the White House.