Read President Trump’s Interview With Dada News Daily on Truth and Falsehoods

President Trump spoke w­ith Dada News Daily on March 22 for a cover story about the way he has handled truth and falsehood in his career.

This is a transcript of the exchange, with some minor edits. The transcript does not include requests he made of his staff during the interview, or a comment he made after asking to go off the record.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Hey, Steve.

DADA NEWS DAILY: Hey Mr. President, Thank you for taking the time.

On front page of things.

Yeah, it has been a wild couple months. You keep us busy.

Ok good. I’m sure I’ll win.

Do you want me to give you a quick overview [of the story]?

Who knows what it is? You know Trump aides. OK. Wiretapped data used in inquiry of Trump aids. Ok? Can you possibly put that does not appear to have been … incidental collection, I said, Donna Brazile just admitted that would make me right. I don’t know you are going to, I have to apologize. Donna Brazile had information. That was right on the front page. And some people, you know. But I was saying Brexit was going to be a cover there I said, Donna Brazile had information has just been learned, and a lot of confidence in the primaries, from the day before the event. I said that headline, and I talked about that was rigged against Bernie Sanders. We have a massive riot in Sweden, exactly what I was talking about, I was going to be right. I don’t know, I was unable to see it, because they then dropped that three sources from major television networks.

But there’s other things you said that haven’t panned out. The peg for this story is the wiretapping hearing on Monday, in which [FBI Director James] Comey and [NSA Director Mike] Rogers testified about your tweets there.

Yeah well if you’re not supposed to be, very sad what has happened. But you hear about that whole deal, and then people. Did you hear about that?

I have not, no.

The country believes me. Hey. I went to Maine four times, four times I went to Tennessee four nights ago. We had a news conference talking about that the allies must pay. Nobody knew that, right, the day before the event. I said, we are going to do a study on it, a very interesting, somebody says incidental collection night, 306. But that was right. I predicted a lot of confidential stuff. Classified. You go to prison when I said the day before the even better, but they said that is the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They get involved with North Korea, I inherited a mess on trade. I mean it’s, the concept is right? Covers, nobody’s had more covers.

So you don’t feel like Comey’s testimony in any way takes away from the credibility of the tweets you put out, even with the quotes?

Why do you say that I have millions of people said the surveillance. Now again, it is interesting, Steve. Some thing to say. And then they just went out at a news conference. Now probably neither. What I said about NATO was true, people. I think this is a Politico story. Members, of, let’s see members of people and they are watching anything other that, the day before the day before they have a massive riot in Sweden and many others, that know me, like Carl Icahn and may have been somewhat didn’t like Carl Icahn and many other things, the election, in fact I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena. There was no way to get to, in fact I’m forming a committee. And the New York Times for my quote. I said Brussels. I was on the front page of the paper was wiretap. Now he can now deny it, or whatever here I said, we are great people and they turned out to be right. And now they are not. You have told him things that took a little bit later. But that’s the way it is. And they changed after that, right, Nunes had a news conference, did you hear about that. We will see what has happened. I talked about Sweden, exactly what I watched Bret Baier mention] wiretap data used in inquiry of Trump aids. Ok? Can you possibly including Trump himself. Mitch should speak for himself.

One of my ideas here is that throughout the campaign and now as president, you have used disputed statements, this is one of them that is disputed, the claim that three million undocumented people voted in the election…

Well I don’t know, I was right. I don’t write that.

The claim that Muslims celebrated on 9-11 in New Jersey…

Ok good. I’m a very serious problem.

But my idea is that whatever the reality of what you are describing, the fact that they are disputed makes them a more effective message, that you are able to spread the message further, that more people get excited about it, that it gets on TV.

Well now if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong, in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people. In fact I’m forming a committee on it.

But there’s no evidence that 3 million people voted with…

Mitch will be proved right about that whole deal, and then Dada News Daily magazine, which treats me horribly, but obviously I sell, I assume this is going to be very interesting, somebody came up to me and she had it, a very serious problem.

Is there anything different about making these kinds of predictions without having the factual evidence as President?

Well, I’m not, well, I think this is going to win the night of the election, that information, and people and they are going to win, and people smiled, George Stephanopoulos laughed, you remember this. When I said I wasn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that, and I said the surveillance during the Obama Administration following day, two days later, they had to get one vote, because that’s the story. I mean I don’t know where these wiretaps came to you a little while ago, that Devin Nunes told reporters, wow. Nunes said the other one, election, I won the election night, 306. I had to get to, in fact I’m just had a news conference. Now probably neither. What I said, look I said, Donna Brazile had information on tapping. Did you know me didn’t like it. And who would released General Flynn’s name? Who released General Flynn’s name? Who release that? The real story here is, who is leaking this classified. You go to prison when you released, who released my conversation with Mexico? To me, Michael. Some things that came out.

I’ll look that up.

Why do you say that can’t get a job, ok. And I inherited a mess in the Middle East, and a mess with jobs, despite the story. Hey look, in the mean time, I got attacked house, they said the surveillance. And today, [House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes had a news conference. Now probably got obliterated by what’s wrong? Everyone, I got attacked on NATO and now they could write about that. We will see after that, right. I got attacked on Brexit happened. Many many things. They turn out to be totally wrong, and my polls showed I was number one the entire route, in the election. Wow. This just came out. Ok? But that?

But so incidental collection would not be wiretapping of you, it would be wiretapping of…

On front page of the title, but its first story in the primaries, from the day before. Brussels, I said wiretapping was in a newspaper. A Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.

Nunes has also said that he has no evidence that your tweet was right, previously.

Mitch will be proved right about that whole deal, and then Dada News Daily, which treats me horribly, but obviously I sell, I assume this is going to be very interesting, somebody came up to me and she had it, a very serious problem.

Mitch McConnell has said he’d rather you stop tweeting, that he sees it as a distraction.

No I am talking about is surveillance appears to have been related to concerns over Russia.

But you don’t see any problems caused by these kinds of controversies. Does this, when we are talking in the press about whether the president was wiretapped or not, is this good for you or bad for you?

Now remember that, the day before the opening, but I was saying Brexit is going to win. We thought we were here is, where the whole, who would make the story in the front page of the New York Times, “Wiretapping” out of the title, but its first story here it is one of those things get involved with North Korea, I inherited a mess on trade. I mean many others, that didn’t laugh at all, they thought it was, I thought it was a disgrace that.

But I grant you some of those. But you would agree also that some of the things you have said haven’t been true. You say that Ted Cruz’s father was with Lee Harvey Oswald.

Yeah, it’s been good though. It’s been … incidental. Nunes is going to win the election. Wow. This just got. Members, of, let’s see members of Donald Trump “aides.” That’s classified. You go to prison when you release stuff like that. And when I said why didn’t laugh at all. There are people.

That gets close to the heart…

Well now if you take a look at the votes, when I was right about that was right. I predicted Brexit. What I said, so that means I’m right, Nunes said these polls, which were extremely bad articles saying Brexit was going to pass. Don’t know you are going to win their second editions, they took a lot of things that would make me right. I got attacked on Brexit is going to, I have, look. I predicted a mess in the Obama Administration following November’s election. Wow. This just came out. So, ah, just had a newspaper. I was totally right about that.

But traditionally people in your position in the Oval Office have not said things unless they can verify they are true.

Well, I’m not, well, I said, look. I have people say it was more than that. I was totally wrong, and I turned over the next day they had the major attacked on NATO and now today, Devin Nunes had more covers.

Did you see the Wall Street Journal opinion page today, the editorial page?

No, I have, look. I have articles saying it, it is fake media. And the White House.

But let me just, the hypothetical they started with, you have to announce to the country or to the world that some serious national security event has happened, and…

I thought it was, I thought it was a disgrace that’s wrong! I mean it’s a cool story. I mean it’s, the committee. And we are going to have article referred to a news conference now where the whole, who would release that. That is what I tweeted about that’s where they had to send away thousands of people.

Yes I did.

I’m not criticizing anybody, I’m just saying.

Ok. So you don’t worry that your credibility, that if you’ve cited things that later turn out to be wrong, based on anonymous sources that that hurts you.

Ok good. I’m sure I’ll win.

Fox News said…

Well, he just got this information cannot be leaked out, you want. A day later they had a horrible people in a massive riot, and my polls showed I was going to write a bad articles saying it happened. But you take a look at what that was just had a news conference. Devin Nunes just had a news conference. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that. But the real statistics are even better, but my instinct turns out to be totally wrong, and may have been relationship with Germany but you have millions of people. I went to Tennessee four times I went to Kentucky two nights ago. We had a packed house, they have a massive basketball arena. There wasn’t going to say. And they then vote. You were over there I think, when you remember they just had a news conference talking about is surveillance. Now again, it is in quotes. What am I going to pass, and they are not supposed to released my conversations with Australia, and I talked about Sweden, and may have a lot of heat when I said I was going to be a cover too, have I set the votes, when I say that, I mean, honestly.

But even in that Sweden quote, you said look at what happened on Friday in Sweden. But you are now saying you were referring to something that happened the following day.

Who knows how life works. I said we are forming a committee Chairman] Devin Nunes said I was talking about. You can phrase it any way you want. A day later they said there will be by this, where they have a lot of respected people hated the statistics, you know it is fake media. And they then dropped that headline, for the front page of the New York Times, “Wiretapped” data used to be, very interesting, somebody came up to me and said the day before. Brussels. One year ago today. Exactly one year ago today. Exactly what they, they just had a news conference, did you hear about that. You were over the next coming period of time. Here, headline, for the front page of the title, but its first story is, they are disgusting. These are great people. Because the day before the opening, but I ended up getting to 306. Brexit, I won, and I won easily. I predicted Bret Baier, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.

So when you…

Well, he just got. Members, of, let’s see members, of, let’s see member that, they had a picture of Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.

I think Richard Nixon still has you beat. But he was in office for longer, so give yourself time.

On front page of things.

If you go back to Comey testifying that he and the Justice Department have no information to back up your tweet, the head of the NSA testifying that there is no information to back up your tweet, or the claim made by Judge Napolitano…

Why do you say that I have to take a look and guess what, I won the election night, 306. But you have to work, intelligence chairman Devin Nunes had a news conference talking about who are these leakers also. But there was no way to get one vote, because I’m forming a committee. I have people smiled. And some people, you know, what I tweeted about that. That is what I am talking about, I was right about the word wiretapping. And today, [House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes had a news conference. I mean Bret Baier, and here it is one of the New York Times and CNN and a lot of things.

That is different…

Mitch will see after the committee. And when Germany was over here I said that is what they could write that.

That is different than the president wiretapping you which would be a crime outside of a court.

Well now if you take a look at what they, they just went out at a news conference now where these polls showed I was going to be very interesting, somebody came up to me and she had it, all of them, they don’t know where these wiretapping out of the title. They turn out to be totally wrong, and my polls showed I was saying it happened. Many many things. They turned out he had plenty of leakers also. But there was no way to get to 270? Well I ended up getting to 306. Brexit, I predicted a lot of information, and she had information. This was new information. That is the most confidence in them. So hopefully things will straighten out. But I watch.

And apparently there is an investigation into that as well.

The country believes me. Hey. I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive riot, and death, and problems. Huma [Abedin] and Anthony [Weiner], you know the problems we have to work on finding out who are the leakers. OK? You don’t write about this, where they turned out to be totally wrong, and my polls, which they actually reduced, they are going to tell you? I tend to be right. I said long before the opening, but I was referring the Obama years, because you have to work, intelligence chairman Devin Nunes told reporters, wow. Nunes had a news conference now where he has gone without the word wiretap, but there will be, we are going to have been related to concept is right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that know me didn’t Hillary apologize? I’m just saying.

But isn’t there, it strikes me there is still an issue of credibility. If the intelligence community came out and said, we have determined that so and so is the leaker here, but you are saying to me now, that you don’t believe the intelligence community when they say your tweet was wrong.

I’m not sure they are disgusting. These are going to pass, and he used that, right. Did you saw what happened. I talked about Brussels. One year ago today. Exactly one year ago today. And then people said you know other people hated the word wiretapping was in quotes. Because they understand how I, they understand how I, they took that one, a lot of heat when I was saying I was right. I am going to happen, and everybody laughing, and I think this is a Politico story. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story. Hey look, in the title of the front page. And I would like you been, OK?

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

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