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Here Are The Weirdest 12 Quotes From Trump's New York Times Interview

My brain hurts.

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President Trump sat down for an interview with the New York Times in the Oval Office on Wednesday. He made tons of political news β€” for example, he said he wouldn't have picked Jeff Sessions for Attorney General if he'd known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation β€” but he also said a bunch of bonkers stuff.

1. First, the president doesn't seem to know the difference between health insurance and life insurance. He says a 21-year-old can get health insurance for $12 a year which

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It's not the first time Trump has apparently confused health and life insurance, either. He did the same thing back in May in an interview with The Economist. The Washington Post has a good explainer of this brain puddle here.

2. Trump thinks his recent speech in Poland about fighting for the West was the greatest speech, just huge, maybe even the best speech ever given on foreign soil by a US president.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump used his speech to "fan flames of nationalism and promote the idea of a clash of civilizations," emboldening the European far right.


It's true, though. Macron does love holding Trump's hand.

Donald Trump just broke his own awkward handshake record with Emmanuel Macron πŸ˜‚πŸ˜©πŸ˜³

4. And then Trump praised Macron some more, but came back again to the whole handshake thing.

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5. Speaking of handshakes, Trump also reminisced about that time he failed to shake the hand of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office for the cameras. He said he never heard the photographers asking for a handshake.

Photographers: Can we get a handshake? Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake? Trump: *no response* Mer…


6. Trump described last week's Bastille Day parade in Paris as "super-duper" β€” even if he didn't seem so into the marching band playing Daft Punk at the time. But he liked the planes!

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"It was one of the most beautiful parades I have ever seen," he said. "And in fact, we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave."

7. Now, we know Trump loves a crowd, but he thinks the crowd that gathered outside the Eiffel Tower when he dined there was maybe the largest ever such gathering.

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FYI, Madame Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, normally gives public presentations in Japanese, but she's given at least one speech in English (although it's not immediately clear how much she speaks).

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Amber Jamieson is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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