President Trump took the Washington Post on a wild ride through his thoughts on climate change, Russia, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and more in a 20-minute interview Tuesday. One main topic was the Federal Reserve, which he strongly criticized for raising interest rates. "I'm doing deals, and I'm not being accommodated by the Fed," Trump said. "They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me." He said he was "not even a little bit happy" with his choice of Jerome Powell as Fed chairman. The interview comes a day after he spoke with the Wall Street Journal on trade, a chat that Vox says shows Trump "has no idea what he's doing." A fact-checked, annotated version of the Post interview can be found here. Other highlights:
- Russia and Ukraine. On Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian Navy ships, Trump said, "I don't like that aggression," though he noted he was still waiting for a "full report" on the escalations. That report may affect whether Trump has a sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit this week in Argentina: "Maybe I won't even have the meeting."
- Climate change. Trump doubled down on saying he doesn't believe a sobering climate-change report issued by the US government this week, noting that our air and water are "right now at a record clean," and that "people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers" that climate change is a man-made issue.