Michael Goodwin interviewed President Trump. It is at the NY Post and is in very short sections. The analysis is highlighted throughout the quotes.
1. On Steve Bannon
Context is important: Main Stream Media's attack on Bannon is incessant. Yet, it may be something else that influenced the language here.
Time Magazine recently called him the 2nd most powerful man in the world and used the word "Svengali" to describe the relationship between Bannon and Trump, calling him "The Great Manipulator."
When Goodwin asked the president Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, he did not get a definitive yes.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
He ended by saying, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
The word "but" refutes or minimizes by comparison the words that preceded it. Some will say "the words following "but" are the most important."
Trump began with "I like Steve", using the pronoun "I" and Bannon's first name.
What refuted or minimized his personal like of Steve Bannon?
"You have to remember"
This is to present to the audience what they "must" remember, which is:
a. "very late" entry into the campaign
b. "already", "I had already", with the word "already" addressing the element of time.
c. "I": "I'm my own strategist."
Bannon's role as a strategist was to appeal to the "forgotten Americans" and the "forgotten American ideals" including personal responsibility, freedom, and policy that benefits America.
Those who believe or agree with what Bannon stood for, should consider what may have happened here:
Donald Trump may have now embolden main stream media's influence.
Main Stream Media has always influenced politics and politicians, and it was Bannon's message of resistance to such that appealed to many Americans.
By presenting Bannon close to one who's career's goal has been, as revealed in his language, "success", was to put Bannon in the cross hairs and may reveal to the media the weakness they have sought in the president.
2. Main Stream Media
The president remains hot about the coverage he gets in The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN. When I asked about stories that cited anonymous sources “close to the president,” Trump insisted that “many of those sources are made up and I don’t believe them. Let them reveal their sources.”
“It’s fake news and fake sources,” he insisted, adding that’s why he won’t appear on CNN. As for the Times, “they’re a failing, dead paper. Lucky for them I came along. If Hillary had won, they’d be closing up shop by now.”
He is strong on this and this may explain why he by-passes media to go directly to the American people via Twitter. Note that "fake news" comes before "fake sources", which shows the proper order: presentation based upon sources. He believes this.
He’s not impressed by commentators, either. “Pundits, they knew less than my 11-year-old son,” he said. “They haveThey have zero political instinct and zero political talent.”
I have written about main stream media's deceptive techniques and have used the CNN headline and video of a black woman calling for rioting in white neighborhoods as a crude example. CNN showed her as a civil rights activist calling for peace by stopping the video where she says "stop" the riot here. She went on to urge rioters to take the violence to white neighborhoods.
I recently spent an hour before CNN in an airpot; not by choice. The incessant bias was extreme.
An argument can be made that the president's detractors and main stream media were deliberately seeking to harm relations between the United States and Russia, risking lives to make a political point.
Has media influenced the language of a negotiator?
“We’re not going into Syria. Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”
His language is that of a negotiator. This is evident with his use of "very very" in personal relationships. He is continually preparing for negotiations and by allowing media to attempt to portray any leader in either a positive or negative light may impact his bargaining skills. This is very likely to be new to his experiences.
The president called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “barbarian” for using sarin gas on his own people, but said last week’s successful missile strike was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator.
“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said. “That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard.”
He called the attack, which involved 59 cruise missiles fired from two Navy destroyers, “an act of humanity.”
I asked if he, as a new president, found it difficult to make the final decision, knowing the stakes, we are able to gain insight into his thinking.
Is he, as portrayed, impulsive, thus, dangerous?
“It’s very tough to give that final go-ahead when you know you’re talking about human life,” he said. “We went back and forth, and also back and forth about severity. We could have gone bigger in terms of targets and more of them, but we thought this would be the appropriate first shot.”
The use of his pronouns tells us that this was not an impulsive act, nor did he act alone. The pronouns allow us to see both the subtle distancing as well as the unity and cooperation he sees with his military leaders and advisors.
Main stream media has been reporting the contrary. Pronouns are instinctive. Pronouns do not lie.
Later, he added, “We hope he won’t do any more gassing.”
By using the word "first", he has signaled that, with "hope", there will be a second shot if gas is used again.
4. Russia and Putin
Here is where both politicians and main stream media have sought to do the most damage.
How seriously does he take the threats from Russia, and does he think there is still a possibility for cooperation in the region with Vladimir Putin?
“We’re not exactly on the same wavelength with Russia, to put it mildly,” Trump answered. “Putin must see what a barbarian this guy is, and it’s a very bad symbol for Russia with this guy gassing children and using barrel bombs.”
With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow as we spoke, Trump said he hoped for Putin’s cooperation, but added, “I don’t know.”
This is rare from politicians. A narcissist struggles to be seen without an answer; it is personally insulting to the extreme high view of self.
With the word "exactly", Trump is avoiding provocative statements before any possible negotiations. The "axis of evil" may help gain elections, but does it produce favorable conditions for negotiations. Those who want to see open dialog with Russia may feel assured here that the influence of MSM is not acute.
5. On China
How did Trump communicate with the president of China?
Goodwin: The missile strike in Syria overshadowed his two-day meeting with China president Xi Jinping, who brought his wife to meet Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The leaders ended their first meeting just as the first missiles were launched.
“When I explained to him what we were doing, because of the gassing of children, he understood immediately,” Trump told me.
I asked about their summit, given some of the harsh things Trump has said about China.
Note the word "explained" and not "told" indicates the passage of time, and processing of information in an instructive manner. This tells us he did not lecture Xi Jinping.
Did he expect a positive outcome?
Main stream media may seek to provoke the president by front-loading questions. "Since Xi Jinping is a communist who is silencing his own people, how can..." or "Since we all know that Vladimir Putin is a KGB thug who kills those who disagree with him, how can the president even sit in his presence and..."
The front loaded questions are harmful to negotiations as MSM seeks to "pick a fight" regardless of what it may lead to, including war. When this narrative becomes dominant, that is, the overall theme of MSM, the danger increases. Follow Trump's pronouns.
“I was a little surprised, we had a great chemistry, not good, but great,” Trump said. “I liked him and he liked me a lot. That doesn’t mean we’re going to get along on trade or North Korea, but we had great chemistry.”
Here we see the language of negotiations consistent with his language, yet we also have the pronoun "we", which also tells us how Trump perceived the relationship in light of North Korea's threats against the United States.
Those interested in such negotiations between super-powers may be pleased with the language in spite of MSM's.
The difference here, in context, is negotiation.
There is also something for consideration:
There is a difference between narcissistic language and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Often we are able to see the difference in business or sports/entertainment success:
Success will impact the language, sounding narcissistic, overconfident, etc, but the actual narcissist (NPD) will sound narcissistic outside of circumstance. Whether successful or not, the language of the narcissist does not change.