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.