Audio provided by former President Donald Trump’s team to Breitbart News of the end of Trump’s interview with Piers Morgan proves that Morgan and his team misleadingly edited the interview to give the impression that It was a controversial ending when it wasn’t.
A 30-second promotional clip Morgan released on Wednesday afternoon appeared to show Trump flying off and walking out in the middle of the interview as a righteous Morgan asked him some tough questions about his views on the 2020 election. But the full story seems to indicate that Morgan’s team edited the clips in a deceptive way to make it as unpalatable as possible for Trump and to boost ratings for Morgan’s new show. Morgan’s New Show, Piers Morgan uncensoredlaunches next week on Talk TV, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
“It’s a pathetic attempt to use President Trump as a vehicle to revive the career of a failed television host,” Taylor Budowich, Trump’s communications director, told Breitbart News. “It’s also another example that President Trump is right, because he told Piers Morgan the host was being dishonest to the face, and Piers, for the first time in his life, did not disappoint.”
The 30-second clip that Morgan’s team released splashed tabloids and media, taking the lead in the Drudge Report with several links accusing Trump of having a “meltdown.” In it, Morgan stitches together several clips that appear to be on-screen graphics and a deep male voiceover says that Trump is a “former president in denial” in the 2020 election. The promo, which calls it ‘the most explosive interview of the year’, pulls out some short clips of Trump calling Morgan ‘a jerk’ and saying ‘that’s very dishonest’ and ‘let’s finish the interview’, before showing Trump standing stand up and walk away saying “turn off the camera”.
But that’s not what happened, not even close. Trump spent more than an hour with Morgan, and the way the promo clip cuts together what he calls “Morgan vs. Trump” moments to promote the interview that airs next Monday night is particularly misleading. Most of those moments had nothing to do with the election issue, and the full audio of the latter part of the interview shows Trump standing up and walking away and saying “turn off the camera” came after Morgan ended the interview and thanked Trump for a “great interview.”
The audio file obtained by Breitbart News, which is about seven and a half minutes long, begins with Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich interjecting midway through the interview to tell Morgan to wrap up. “We’re in an hour,” Budowich said. “We must pack.”
Morgan responds by pleading for more time with Trump. “Just a few quick questions and then…” Morgan said. “Thank you,” Budowich replies.
Morgan then asks Trump to define the meaning of a woman, to which Trump responds by disparaging Lia Thomas – the biological male transgender athlete who competed in women’s swimming events – then Morgan continues to ask more and more questions. issues.
The next question he asks is about whether Trump is pressuring his family that he’s president again if he decides to run again – and whether his family members would want him to come home. White.
Trump responded by saying his family loves the country, then touting several of his accomplishments in office. When Trump turned to Operation Warp Speed, which got the coronavirus vaccine through quickly, Morgan asked another question — this one about Trump saying he was fully vaccinated and encouraging Americans to take the vaccine. “We saved tens of millions of lives,” Trump said. “Maybe it would have been the Spanish flu of 1917 if we hadn’t [with the vaccine]. I did it in nine months instead of—they were planning on five to 12 years. I did it in nine months. I’m very proud of it.
“You’re against warrants,” Morgan continued, asking yet another question.
“I’m strongly against mandates but I’m very proud of what we’ve done,” Trump replied. “I have saved tens of millions of lives around the world.”
After that, Budowich steps in again – now nearly two minutes after telling Morgan to wrap up – to say, “One last question.”
Morgan asks Trump if he accepts the criticism some have leveled at him that he didn’t take the coronavirus seriously enough at the start of the pandemic.
“I’m a cheerleader for this country,” Trump replies. “I want to be positive for this country.”
The audio cuts out for a few seconds, as the recording device recording it appears to have been moved, but then it returns at about 2:10 a.m. to the file and Morgan says, “Last question, Mr. It would be good to catch up after this long time – it has been a tumultuous time for the world and the country. There is a chance that you run. Very clearly, you said it clearly in this interview.
“I don’t think I was clear,” Trump interjects.
“You said they would be happy?” Morgan asks.
“I said I think people are going to be very happy,” Trump said.
Morgan doesn’t stop there and continues to press once again. “For those who don’t like you—there are people who don’t like you, I know you said recently that you were very popular and the most honest man in the world—” Morgan said.
“I’m a very honest man,” Trump replies.
“Is it true?” Morgan asks again.
“Yeah, I think I’m a very honest man,” Trump said. “Much more honest than you actually.”
“Really?” Morgana responds.
“Yeah, because I don’t think you’re real,” Trump said. “Yeah, I think I’m a much more honest person in a lot of ways than—”
“Why am I not real? asks Morgana.
“We’re not going to get into that,” Trump said. “Let’s finish the interview. Go ahead.”
“My question was this,” Morgan then asks. “What message do you have for people who can’t think of anything worse than running again and would be distressed again? Would you come back with all the experience you had as president, would you come back a different person? Would you do things a little differently?
Trump responds by saying, “So, I like this question in a way. I walked in and was attacked from day one, unfairly. Russia, Russia, Russia. It was all a decoy. The impeachment hoax, number one, number two. It was all one big hoax. The Mueller report? I had to fight back, and I had to fight back hard. If I hadn’t fought back vigorously, I would not have survived. I say it, and I say it louder. I had two jobs to do: to run the country well, and the second was to survive. No other president has gone through this fake stuff or Fake stuff was made up like Russia, Russia I’m the one who shut down the pipeline I was the one who put all these sanctions on I’m the one who saved NATO NATO was dead They had no money, they were broke – and I got the money to pay from countries that would never have given it to me If I wasn’t like I am, you know what would have happened ? I will not be s not here for two weeks. Two weeks. Now, would I like to be a little different? Yes. But if I hadn’t acted like I did, it wouldn’t have been the great success it was.
Morgan then starts asking another question, this time about his time with Trump when they co-starred on The apprentice, and another Trump aide can be heard in the background saying as Morgan begins, “Last question.” Morgan responds to this person by saying, “Yeah, yeah.”
After another minute of back and forth between Trump and Morgan, Morgan asks Trump’s team another “last question.”
Budowich responds by saying, “You’ve done the last question four times now. I feel like you’re lying at this point.
Trump steps in and says “very misleading”.
“You said the last question four times,” Budowich said.
“I didn’t ask any questions – I wanted to finish with your hole-in-one,” Morgan says, then asks Trump to describe his recent hole-in-one while playing alongside golf legend Ernie Els.
Trump agrees and says “go ahead”. Then Morgan asks his question and Trump responds for over a minute. Once that’s over, Morgan agrees the interview is over and thanks Trump for a “great interview.”
As they pick up their microphones and Trump gets up to leave, Trump can be heard saying “turn off the camera”, then a member of Trump’s staff asks “to turn off the mics too”, and Trump says “very dishonest” . the audio file ends.
NBC News, which also ran an article on the Trump team audio file, asked a News Corporation spokesperson to provide this comment in response to the misleading editing revelations: “We have nothing to comment on at beyond public information (ie the music video and Piers’ column in the NY Post).
“A Morgan producer did not immediately return an email for comment,” the NBC report added.