Barr Assesses Trump's 'Verbal Skills'

Former attorney general was asked whether his former boss is 'losing it'
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2023 4:20 PM CDT
Barr Assesses Trump's 'Verbal Skills'
Then-President Donald Trump moves from the podium to allow Attorney General William Barr to speak about the coronavirus at the White House in March 2020.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Former Attorney General Bill Barr tried to explain the sometimes less-than-coherent outbursts of his old boss by saying you have to understand what Donald Trump is working with. "His verbal skills are limited," Barr said during an appearance Friday at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. The moderator cited some of Trump's venting and asked if the former president was "losing it," USA Today reports. "If you get him away from 'very, very, very' ... you know, the adjectives … they're unfamiliar to him and they sort of spill out, and he goes too far," Barr answered, adding, "He's not very disciplined when it comes to what he says."

The assessment drew laughs from the audience. The Trump camp did not immediately comment, though the former president has responded critically in the past to Barr's statements. Barr also talked about a potential second term in office for Trump, per Newsweek. "He's already saying it's going to be about retribution, and he's a very petty man, and it's all about him," Barr said. With that as Trump's priority, Barr said, "things would start moving toward chaos." Trump did challenge the "limited" evaluation in April, posting that Barr is "slovenly." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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