Fox News contributor Charles Hurt on Friday praised Donald Trump for coming off “as a little bit of a madman,” extolling the president’s ability to seem “nuts” when dealing with rogue regimes including North Korea and Iran.
The Outnumbered co-hosts were discussing the comments Trump made Thursday that seemed to foreshadow an upcoming military engagement; speaking after a dinner with his top military officers, the president told reporters, “maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”
“Going back to the comment that Mr. Trump made, the guy is a master of theatrics, creating anticipation,” Hurt said Friday about his remarks. “But I think it’s genius the way he comes off as a little bit of the madman. If you’re negotiating with someone like Kim Jong Un or a Iran, having them really think this guy might be nuts is a good thing.”
Fox News host Lisa Booth reminded her co-hosts Trump “promised us on the campaign trail that he wanted to be intentionally vague because he didn’t want to tip off his hat on to what we were going to do as a country in dealing with these rogue nations.”
“What’s funny as it was reported not too long ago that Kim Jong-Un is trying to figure out Trump,” Booth explained. “He doesn’t understand him and he’s been reaching out to people through the United States saying who is this guy?”
“There are people with the North Korean government reaching out to Democrats in the United States trying to figure out how this president works,” Lisa Kennedy Montgomery agreed.
Trump declined to explain what he meant by that statement, instead telling his viewers “you will find out.” Politico’s Josh Dawsey reports of all the sources he’s spoken to, none can pin down what the president meant with that riff:
No one I’ve spoken to in the White House is entirely clear what Trump meant when he said “calm before the storm” and “you’ll find out.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 6, 2017
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