In a prescient interview recorded hours before Donald Trump issued strikes on Syria in retaliation for their leader’s chemical attacks, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of a book abut the president commented that there’s no bounds to what Trump might do to distract from his many scandals.
“One of the promises he made was he’s going to get us into a war,” Trump biographer David Cay Johnston told SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah, noting that on the campaign trail, the then-candidate also promised that he would use nuclear weapons.
“Hopefully he means a tactical weapon that would take out the hotel I’m in,” Johnston added, “not a strategic weapon that could take out the city I’m in.”
Trump, the biographer said, “is looking for things to distract you, to change what you’re doing and because he has no core philosophy except the glorification of himself…you should expect that there will be dangerous things.”
Though it might not be to distract specifically from this week’s scandals, such as the FBI raid on his lawyer Michael Cohen or the embarrassing anecdotes about him in fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book, Trump, Johnston suggested, is chomping at the bit to use the weapons in his arsenal.
“If he can find a reason to use a tactical nuclear weapon and can get Jim Mattis, the Defense secretary, to go along with this, yes, he would do that,” the biographer concluded.
Listen below, via The Dean Obeidallah Show: