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WashPost: Trump Advisers Didn't Know About NYT Interview

WashPost: Trump Advisers Didn't Know About NYT Interview
President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with members of the U.S. Coast Guard, who he invited to play golf, at Trump International Golf Club, Dec. 29, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 08:40 PM

Not a single White House aide or adviser had a clue about — or took part in — an interview President Donald Trump gave Thursday at his private golf club to a New York Times reporter, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The paper said the impromptu interview had been "enabled" by Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a long-time friend of the president.

Ruddy, "a club member with a level of personal access to the president in Florida that rankles White House staff," invited New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt to lunch, the Post noted.

Seated next to the President's table, Ruddy introduced Schmidt to the president. After the lunch, the president offered to give an interview with Schmidt as advisers not present scrambled to reach Trump. His personal aide interrupted the sit-down to hand him a cellphone to talk to communications director Hope Hicks, the Post reported.

Others were out of the loop even after the Times story was posted Thursday evening.

"What interview? Today?" One White House official responded to a question about the sit-down, the Post reported.

Another aide called it "embarrassing," the Post reported.

But sources told the Post Trump was pleased with the interview and happy not only that the Times was at his golf course, but about coverage that dominated TV most of Friday.

Trump has received positive media reviews for taking a less combative approach with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying he expects Mueller will be fair.

Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone told the Post the President's mixing at his clubs "allows Trump to be Trump."

"Nobody tells Donald Trump where he can and cannot go," Stone said. "The president is able to get a lot of information that is normally blocked from getting to him . . . You don't have the minders. There is no doubt that he makes more calls."

While White House officials understand the president's time at Mar-a-Lago is a break from Washington, it has its drawbacks, unnamed sources told the Post.

"At Mar-a-Lago, anyone who can get within eyesight changes the game," a former White House official told the Post. "Everyone who is angling for something knows to be there."

According to the Post, Trump's interview also raised questions in the West Wing about the processes implemented by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Ruddy tweeted the Washington Post story Friday night with a note: "Trump gives home run interview w. New York Times, crushes media spin and anonymous aides complain? Makes no sense."

Ruddy later told Newsmax: "Many of the president's aides don't know him well or fully appreciate how important Mar-a-Lago had been for him to build the relationships with conservatives, media and donors that laid the groundwork for his successful presidential run."

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