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Trump Wasn’t Eager to Give Oval Office Address

President Trump was not a big fan of using an Oval Office address to try to convince Americans to back his demand for a border wall, according to various reports.

I thought he did well, and definitely better than Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in their response. But it’s not a natural format for a president who loves winging it and views a speech as just a set of ideas for him to riff off of.

According to the New York Times:

Privately, Mr. Trump dismissed his own new strategy as pointless. In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors hours before the address, he made clear in blunt terms that he was not inclined to give the speech or go to Texas, but was talked into it by advisers, according to two people briefed on the discussion who asked not to be identified sharing details.

“It’s not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it,” Mr. Trump said of the border visit, according to one of the people, who was in the room. The trip was merely a photo opportunity, he said. “But,” he added, gesturing at his communications aides Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, “these people behind you say it’s worth it.”

H/T Washington Examiner.

13 Responses to Trump Wasn’t Eager to Give Oval Office Address

  1. Watching him, I got the impression he was just about to go off script at any moment and had to control himself so he would not.

    He said what needed to be said. I refused to even listen to the rebuttal. Why they were even given time, I just don’t get.

  2. The NYT and one of the people who were in the room – right.
    The New Lyin’ Times and the WH ghost.
    No one believes anything they print/post anymore.

  3. I thought it was a good speech. Funky Chuck and Nasty Nancy, I refused to watch.
    Of course, all the flotsam and jetsam are going to be mentioning DJT’s deep breaths, but if that’s all they took away from it, our future looks dim.
    Cruising the internet, it seems DJT made some valid points to people who may not have been on his team before.

  4. Did he say this or did someone wish he had said this? I do think that Trump does not want to be like Obama and run to make an Oval Office speech every whip-stitch.

    I do think the Trump realizes the fight is bone on bone now. It’s going to be a matter of raw power.

    This speech made me call my Dem Senator this morning and repeat that I want him to support the wall.

  5. The Dem leaders made a big mistake last night.
    Who knew there were so many photoshop artists, creative writers, and funny people on the internet? Geez, they massacred Schumer and Pelosi. lol.

  6. Why single out Trump for not being eager to give an Oval Office address? Yesterday, before the speech, Dana Perino noted presidents typically don’t like to do it because of the lack of an audience, crowd feedback, etc. The reticence isn’t unique to Trump.

  7. There is LITERALLY no way to know if this LEAK is real. I doubt it. At any rate, the report will undoubtedly end their access in this formst