Piers Morgan sat down with President Donald Trump during an extended interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Trump walked into the interview telling Morgan, “I missed you,” as Morgan’s voiceover called the president “a long-time friend.” The president confessed that he likes his hair to be lit well and that he’s “holding onto it, barely.”
Trump told Morgan that he’s always been “fair” in talking about the president. Morgan noted that Trump “doesn’t mind criticism — as long as it’s fair.”
“Well, if it’s not fake,” Trump conceded. He then returned to his “win” and touted the size of his crowds at rallies as the identifier that he knew he would win. “If I hadn’t won, I would have been very disappointed.”
When asked about the environment and climate change, Trump pivoted tout his economic agenda and claimed credit for the economy and seemed remarkably lost in false claims that there are more ice caps than ever under his leadership.
Celebrating Trump’s tweets, Morgan claimed he loved the access to Trump’s mind and how his mind works. Trump said that without Twitter he can’t defend himself unless he has “a press conference every 15 minutes.”
Morgan asked if Trump is laying in bed with his phone ready to “wind up” the world with his tweets. The president confessed sometimes he’s laying in bed, sometimes he’s sitting at breakfast. However, during the day he seemed to indicate he’s too busy to be focusing on trolling the world on social media. The claim runs in contrast with Trump’s own timeline, where tweets have been known to appear during the morning.
To the woman marching at the redux of the Women’s March, Trump explained that he already has the support from the women that were marching. He did note, however, that the march was “a lot smaller than last year.” He touted his belief in gender equality for the reason that women should be supporting him.
“We have to evolve — if we don’t evolve, there’s something missing,” Trump said about his “evolution” on women’s issues. Yet, Trump still maintained he’s not a feminist.
Trump also promoted his “British” ancestry as his mother was from Scotland. In a rare moment of discussing his parents, Trump noted his mother loved the queen. He said that he wasn’t worried about the fact that his parents never lived to see him become president because they lived to see him be successful.
Trump said that he “would certainly apologize if you wanted me to do that” for the retweets he did from a radical extremist group in the U.K. Morgan thanked him — but Trump came short of actually apologizing.
Morgan asked Trump about the mass shootings and compared the numbers of Americans killed by terrorists to the number of people killed by guns. Trump explained that people in France were killed during a 2015 shooting at a cafe. Morgan explained that the numbers don’t exactly support the justification that America needs guns to protect against terrorism.
Trump explained that the Las Vegas shooter was going to kill people whether he had guns or not. “If he didn’t have 55 guns he would have 55 bombs,” he said.
Like many interviews with Fox News, Trump refrained from saying anything meaningful and Morgan refrained from asking any tough questions.
See a few of the video excerpts below as they become available:
It’s nice to be missed… pic.twitter.com/14uhePZx0G
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 26, 2018