Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump (MSNBC/AP/Jae C. Hong)

On foreign policy matters, Donald Trump consults "with myself, because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things"

Because having "said a lot of things" clearly qualifies him to provide foreign policy advice to himself


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 16, 2016 5:55PM (UTC)

On MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday, likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called in to inform co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he does, in fact, have a foreign policy consult, and that that consult has what Trump considers "a very good brain."

He was, of course, speaking about himself.

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Trump began, however, by discussing who in the GOP establishment he would try to mend fences with -- as well as who he wouldn't. "I think with the party -- not Megyn Kelly, I'm not interested in that -- but I think with the party, yes."

He added that when he hears "top-level" Republicans say, "Donald Trump, we have to get someone else," it confuses him. "I don't know what 'establishment' means -- I was a member of the 'establishment' nine months ago, eight months ago -- but whatever the 'establishment' is, who can define it? I don't think there is such a thing."

Having successfully said and unsaid, well, nothing, Brzezinski asked him "Who are you talking to consistently -- since we have some dire foreign policy issues percolating around the world right now, who are consulting with consistently so that you're ready on day one?"

"I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things," Trump replied.

"In fact, in my book in 2000, I talked about Osama bin Laden and I do remember somebody putting the book in front of Joe and Joe saying no way he talked about it, no way he wrote about Osama bin Laden before the World Trade Center came down."

Watch the entire interview below via MSNBC.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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