Josh Dawsey, summing up Trump’s array of interviews marking his 100th day in office:
President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War — which
erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He said he
would be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North
Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses
his people, under the “right circumstances.”
The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline.
Trump said he was “looking at” breaking up the big banks, sending
the stock market sliding. He seemed to praise Philippines
strongman President Rodrigo Duterte for his high approval ratings.
He promised changes to the Republican health care bill, though he
has seemed unsure what was in the legislation, even as his
advisers whipped votes for it.
And Monday still had nine hours to go.
“It seems to be among the most bizarre recent 24 hours in American
presidential history,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential
historian. “It was all just surreal disarray and a confused mental
state from the president.”