In the first 9 minutes and 44 seconds of the interview, Welker engaged in a challenging exchange with Trump as she attempted to move past his repeated claims that the 2020 election was “rigged.” Trump insisted that there was ample proof of election fraud, citing various sources, while Welker countered by stating that these claims had been debunked by law enforcement and Republican officials.
The conversation between Welker and Trump highlighted the difficulty of confronting falsehoods, as Trump continued to assert baseless claims about election fraud despite pushback from the interviewer. The interview also touched on other topics, such as Trump’s potential testimony under oath and his thoughts on selecting a female running mate.
Following the broadcast of the interview on “Meet the Press,” criticism emerged, with some observers questioning Welker’s handling of Trump’s claims and her ability to counter his assertions effectively. Critics argued that she appeared ill-equipped to confront Trump’s bravado and lacked the necessary fervor to challenge him on the subject matter.
While the interview provided a glimpse into the challenges of addressing falsehoods in a high-profile setting, the full 78-minute conversation contained more extensive exchanges on various topics. It underscored the complexity of interviewing a figure like Trump, known for his controversial statements and insistence on his version of events, even when confronted with contrary evidence.
KRISTEN WELKER: JUST TO GO BACK TO A COUPLE OF THE POINTS YOU SAID, THE BALLOT STUFFING. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN DEBUNKED.
FMR. PRES. DONALD TRUMP: IT HASN’T BEEN DEBUNKED. IT’S ON CAMERA.
KRISTEN WELKER: AS YOU KNOW, LET’S — BUT I DO WANT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
FMR. PRES. DONALD TRUMP: YEAH, BUT, KRISTEN, IT’S ON CAMERA. HUNDREDS — EVEN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. YOU TAKE A LOOK. TRUE THE VOTE. TAKE A LOOK. IT’S ON CAMERA. THEY HAVE THOUSANDS OF —
KRISTEN WELKER: BUT MR. PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS AND TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, THEY HAVE TOLD YOU THAT THAT’S DEBUNKED.
FMR. PRES. DONALD TRUMP: I KNOW, BUT, KRISTEN, YOU CAN’T SAY — THEY HAVE THOUSANDS OF PICTURES OF PEOPLE — I KNOW YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR YOUR NETWORK, BUT YOU SHOULDN’T SAY IT, BECAUSE THAT’S THE PROBLEM.
KRISTEN WELKER: BUT, MR. PRESIDENT–
FMR. PRES. DONALD TRUMP: THE NEWS HAS LOST SUCH POWER.
KRISTEN WELKER: LET’S STAY ON TRACK, THOUGH, MR. PRESIDENT. LET’S STAY ON TRACK WITH THESE QUESTIONS —
FMR. PRES. DONALD TRUMP: NO, BUT YOU’RE SAYING– IT HASN’T. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF ESSENTIALLY MOTION PICTURES OF PEOPLE STUFFING THE BALLOT BOXES. TENS OF THOUSANDS.
KRISTEN WELKER: BUT, MR. PRESIDENT, THEY’RE NOT STUFFING THE BALLOT BOXES. AND YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT BY YOUR TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. BUT LET’S STAY ON TRACK, BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH GROUND TO COVER. WE HAVE POLICY GROUND TO COVER, MR. PRESIDENT.
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