In the transcript of its Friday interview, AP found 16 “unintelligible” instances, which is quite a compelling figure for a single interview.
Trump talks about the military:
TRUMP: I’m rebuilding the military. We have great people. We have great things in place. We have tremendous borders. I mention the F-35 because if I can save $725 million — look at that, that’s a massive amount of money. And I’ll save more as we make more planes. If I can save that on a small number of planes — Gen. (Jim) Mattis (the defense secretary) said, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” because he had to sign the ultimate ( unintelligible) … He had to sign the ultimate, you know. He said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before, as long as I’ve been in the military.” You know, that kind of cutting.
TRUMP: Now, if I can do that ( unintelligible) … As an example, the aircraft carriers, billions of dollars, the Gerald Ford, billions and billions over budget. That won’t happen.
AP: Is that something you’re going to take on?
TRUMP: ( unintelligible) But as we order the other ones, because they want to order 12, the other ones are going to come in much less expensive. …
And about Syria:
TRUMP: Well the one thing I would say — and I say this to people — I never realized how big it was. Everything’s so ( unintelligible) like, you know the orders are so massive. I was talking to —
AP: You mean the responsibility of it, or do you mean —
TRUMP: Number One, there’s great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I’m saying to myself, “You know, this is more than just like, 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that’s involved,” because people could have been killed. This is risk that’s involved, because if the missile goes off and goes in a city or goes in a civilian area — you know, the boats were hundreds of miles away — and if this missile goes off and lands in the middle of a town or a hamlet …. every decision is much harder than you’d normally make. ( unintelligible) … This is involving death and life and so many things. … So it’s far more responsibility. ( unintelligible) ….The financial cost of everything is so massive, every agency. This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world. The second-largest company in the world is the Defense Department. The third-largest company in the world is Social Security. The fourth-largest — you know, you go down the list.
He goes on to talk about the press and the media as well.
It’s good to see Trump giving these interviews, because this way, we get to see exactly what’s going on in his mind, even if ( unintelligible) ( unintelligible) ( unintelligible).